Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday

It's Bloomin Tuesday, hosted by MsGreenThumb Jean.
Pop on over to see more beautiful blooms.
Let me just say,
you don't have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful garden.
I want to show you all of my "FREE" flowers.
Gladiolus Byzantinus.

The fire department was about to burn down an old deserted home here,
and ladies... there ain't no shame in my game!
I went and asked the fire department if I could gather the plants that were about to be destroyed. Wouldn't you, for flowers like that? I absolutely love them.
These fragrant white iris were given to me. A huge garbage bag full of them!
These pink roses are the most fragrant roses that I have.
I got this rose out of a ditch on a dirt road.
Have shovel... will travel.

If any of you recognize the above rose, I would love to know the cultivar.
This next rose was on my property when I bought it 6 years ago.
I dug up the roses that were here and moved them to another part of my yard. There must have been some healthy roots left behind, because, the next spring, this popped up. It is quite healthy, as you can see, so I decided to just leave it where it is.


These iris grow wild in several places here, so I have lots and lots of these, and I just love them. Just below this iris, you see my indian pinks, which are in bud now. These are so pretty. I collected these in one of my favorite places to shop for new plants...
my Dad's land.


It's just amazing what mother nature has to offer us,
if you just slow down,
take the time,
take a walk in the woods,
and look around.
More free plants from mother nature...
royal ferns,
cinnamon ferns,
and solomon's seal.


These were on my Dad's land too.
Jack in the pulpit.
The tiny little white flowers bloom underneath the leaves.
Don't you just love it?

And I find that most gardeners are the kind of people who love to share.

These Iris are pass along plants from friends.



Now for the first plants that I actually spent money on.

See that pretty little bud? It's gonna grow up to be a beautiful foxglove. And for this, I bought a pack of seeds.

A few years ago, I bought one little pincushion flower, I've divided it twice, and now I have about 2 dozen of these plants. You just have to smile when you see these cherry little blooms.

I love this clematis. And to the left, see those tiny little lavender buds? That's russian sage, which my little helper grew from seeds. The hummingbirds adore this plant, and we love to see the hummingbirds.

I have a few azalea's hanging on.

And this plant is so worth spending the money on.
French Lace Weigela.

The new foliage has a pink hue, even in bud, it's gorgeous.
And it blooms all along the branches, all the way to the tips.
As usual, being on a budget, I buy one plant,
if it can't be divided, I'll root it to have more plants.
Propogating is not difficult, and it's a great way to stretch your gardening dollars.

Gerber Daisies are so worth spending the money on.
They come back year after year.
Too cute.

I love cooking with fresh herbs.
And I love to just rub these leaves between my fingers,
they smell heavenly.
Here you see my oregano, chives, and lemon thyme.
Happy together, and they just get bigger each year.
Each was in a 3" pot, when I bought them.

So you see, you don't have to spend a fortune,
to have a beautiful garden.

Now, I'm headed outside to enjoy this gorgeous weather,
and divide some plants, because more is better.

I hope you're all having a beautiful day, too!


  1. You are one practical gardener! I love free plants, some of my oldest & best ones were pass-a-longs. I love those Glads, such a vibrant shade of fushia. :) Beautiful blooms, one & all today.

  2. It's a wonder we haven't bumped into one another, I shop at some of the same places you do. LOL The FREE ones!! Your plants are beautiful.

  3. Wow - you are so fortunate to have been the recipient of such gorgeous blooms! All are beautiful!

  4. These are beautiful! I love the roses and that fern! Love it!

    Lou Cinda :)

  5. Heavenly. Everything looks so happy and healthy-I bet your garden is a lovely place to explore (and shop:)
    Smart post.

  6. FREE is always the best! I love looking in your garden. I worked in mine on Sunday and am anxious for the new plants, that were NOT free, to bloom. Your post reminded me I don't have any foxgloves. I need to take care of that soon. Take care,Sue

  7. FREE and FAB!!! I miss free. In AZ, plants are expensive but, I am learning where and how to shop "FREE." Thanks for the "FREEview!!!"

  8. Everything is beautiful! I love to pass along plants. I also passed on some seeds last fall. Love all the different iris. Lovely! Jean

  9. Beautiful. What a frugal gardener you are. Things are just begining to grown in my neck of the woods. It won't be long before I can have blooms of my own. Until then, I'll live through your garden. LOL

  10. All lovely. You are lucky! I can get free agave pups and cactus cuttings at our Cactus and Succulent Society meeting, but other than that, nothing. I would love to find a rose bush in a ditch!

  11. Teresa, Teresa, how does your garden grow?
    You need to get over to The Renaissance Chick and pick up your award!


  12. I love all your wonderful blooms . I just put up my post as I am a bit late So I am blooming Wednesday. lol. Have a great week!

  13. I was outside today in my gardens..I have 10 beds. I'm overwhelmed to say the least. I just can't keep up. I would love nothing more than to have you as my mentor in all of this Teresa. To be your neighbor would be so darn awesome. Oh but you would have to move here cause...well you know...the red neck thing LOL
    Hi to all from over here where it's still only 35 degrees in the morning...brrrrrrr
    Love you all
    Love Claudie

  14. Yes, I would do the same thing. Our neighbors have climbing roses mixed with over sized verbenum and gauva trees. I have threatened to jump over the fence and save them. The owner years ago was a wonderful gardener you can tell, but know you can't even see the house for the over grown yard. I think they actually heard me say that I was going to jump over and save some of the roses because a few weeks later; they just mowed over a few bushes. Crazy HUH.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Great blog! I found you through Darla! Good thing huh!!!


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