Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gardening on the Cheap


As I sit here typing, it's cold and rainy outside, definitely feels like fall. But my flower garden is loving this weather and since our days together are numbered, I thought I would do a blog post about my garden.
So, the last flower garden I tilled and planted was definitely done on the cheap. One nursery was closing for the season and I got several flats of perennials and annuals and a butterfly bush for $20. The smaller back portion of the garden I planted mid July and consists of perennials I bought at a customer appreciation day at a nursery for $15 a flat (18 plants in a flat)! They were teeny tiny and have grown a lot since then. So $35 for all the plants in this garden really is cheap. Many of the flowers that are giving me great pleasure right now are ones I grew from seed just plunked right in the ground and tended by Mother Nature: zinnias, cosmos, morning glory and cleome (something ate my sunflowers).





The cheapest plants; one's that were there when you bought the house! I love this old yellow rose. It blooms twice a year and it one of the most fragrant varieties I've ever smelled.



Some frugal gardening pages on the web...
Hillybilly Housewife Garden Tips
Being Frugal
Frugal Living
Tips

About.com Gardening
The Frugal Gardener

8 comments:

Zan Asha said...

Your flowers are beautiful! Thanks for the frugal tips! :)

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

Your garden looks quite lovely, especially with it being the end of the season. The yellow rose is indeed a beautiful variety. Love the photos! Deb

Jennifer Rose said...

that is really cheap, well done. the garden looks wonderful. :)

WillOaks Studio said...

Very nice bargains on your perennial additions and excellent "fill" while they grow up-using annuals that you love!! That rose is just lovely!

Ratty said...

I can't really keep any kind of garden up but I can enjoy looking at the pictures of yours. It's all very beautiful.

Veronica Lodge said...

Thanks your the links, I will be doing some major gardening on the cheap next spring and appreciate the help!!

Kristen said...

Love the morning glory, I had one last year and I forgot to get one this year, your's is a deeper shade than the light blue I had. Cleome's are fun too. I went to the Botanical Garden in DC this weekend, I was Very Impressed mostly with the outdoor gardens. The grasses and potted plants and all the planned gardens just went perfectly together. Have you been there before?

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Thanks guys. I'm going to miss these flowers when they're gone but I'm also excited to see how everything comes up next spring!

Kristen, I have been to the botanical gardens in DC, not for ages though. It's a really nice place! You should check out Longwood Gardens someday. It will really blow you away! :)