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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Saved $20 by Borrowing From the Garden Again

Last spring, I bought a spring color bowl (a pot that was pre-planted with spring bulbs and primroses) from the garden center, to place on a table just outside the bedroom window. It brought me a lot of joy in the early spring weeks.

I had planned on  buying another one for this year. I thought again, then decided to raid my garden. I "borrowed" some daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths, hyacinth, and some primroses from my yard and put together my own color bowl, using a pot and soil that I already had. When my flowers are done blooming, I plan on returning the bulbs and plants to the garden and finding something else to put in these pots.

Anyway, the other day, it took me about 30 minutes to dig and pot, and it will take another 15 minutes to put all of the plants back. So, forty-five minutes of work for $20 in savings -- that's a pretty good deal. Since I had really planned on buying a color bowl this spring, this is a real savings (as opposed to a theoretical savings).


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    1. Thanks, live and learn. Spring flowers just outside my window is so cheering for me after a dark winter.

  2. Very pretty and frugal! So spring like with the flowers and the bunny.


    1. Hi Angie,
      Thank you. This bunny makes its way around the yard and house this time of year, a little like the elf on the shelf. He puts a smile on my face.

  3. Great idea! Do primroses last year after year?

    1. Yes, they do! The previous owners of our house planted some and they return every year--and trust me, I'm not the nurturing type when it comes to plants!!!

      Lili, is there anything more cheerful than spring flowers? :)

    2. Hi Ruthie,
      as Kris said, they do! In my area, they seem to thrive in the slightly shady parts of the yard, where the soil stays somewhat moist. They come back and multiply if the soil is kept slightly damp. Every few years, I divide the clumps and spread the early season cheer around.
      If your yard is hot and dry in summer, they may do better on the east side of the house, in a spot that gets regular water and some afternoon shade. If hydrangeas can thrive in a spot in your yard, primroses will too! Oh, and you can grow them from seeds or get a division from a gardening friend.

    3. That would explain why mine do well--they are on the north side of the house close enough to always be in the shade, get the rain run-off, and funnily enough, we have hydrangeas nearby, too.

    4. We've had primroses for about 30 years, and these have always been the scenarios where they've succeeded. I'm glad to hear that yours have done well in a similar location.


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