Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall's Bounty, And Some Frugal Gardening

Hello!  I've been a bit buried under over the last week, going through more of our mother's belongings.  My oldest brother was up from Nova Scotia for two days, and we had to make the best use of the time we had.

I mentioned in last Friday's post that I had a little surprise for you.  However, with the above mentioned, that post got delayed.  Today is another day, however, and here goes.

I'm planning ahead, gardening wise, for next Spring.  My Hollyhocks, beautiful as they are, have not been shown in their best light in my garden.  They had gone all floppy.  They needed some type of support, and we had not had the time to make something pretty, yet practical, to support them.

Then along comes Walmart.  We happened to be shopping for other items, and something caught my eye as we were walking down an isle. 

That something was the Clearance section for the gardening supplies.  And I spotted this beauty, at 40% off. 

I needed a new one to replace this one, which, turns out, was poorly made.
Now, who said Fall is not a good time for a gardener?! 

But, it didn't stop there.  Because, as we were loading this plant urn onto a wagon, my eyes zoomed in on these trellises, also at 40% off.

I paid $10 for each of these.  And, considering what Mike was going to make for me, we are ahead of the game financially, as well as time wise. 

Mike was going to use latticework to make trellises for my Hollyhocks.  The problem with this solution was the number of trellises he would have to make.  Six!   Hey, what can I say, I have a thing for groups of Hollyhocks, lol!

So, I now have my six! And, no, I did not want to pay $60 for these.  However, I much sooner pay $60 than $100!

I also purchased these Tulip, Crocus, and daffodil bulbs.  Between what is displayed, and what is in the big bag, I have 100 or so.

I should be able to get all these planted in my garden within the next week.  I have some work to do in my back garden next Spring, adding several new perennials as replacements for lost plants.  The beauty of these tulips in full blossom should give me the encouragement I need!

I am very happy to say I have finished the edging of my garden!  I finished one section, the sorting through of furniture at my mother's house took place, and then I was able to complete the other section, and finally, level the whole area off.  And, now my bulbs are ready to be placed in the ground!

Fall's Bounty will be Spring's beauty!