Clearance Flowers

Clearance Flowers

I just assumed everyone knew to look for clearance flowers.  My neighbor was shocked when I told her that most of my flowers were bought on clearance.  So I thought I’d make sure everyone was aware the benefit of clearance flowers.

My mom taught me years ago to always go to the back in Lowes’s garden center.  Walmart and our nursery both always have great clearance racks too.  I have never had any problems with the flowers on clearance dying once home.
My wheelbarrow full of flowers were all bought on clearance a few weeks ago. (Except the 3 pink/white geranium plants which were $1.49 each on sale). I paid $15 total for all of them and look how beautiful they have grown …

clearance flowers

 This wheelbarrow was a gift from my dad who had our cousin Roger make it for me.  

One of my fav gifts ever! 

These are a few I picked up yesterday at Lowes for $7 which included a basket of flowers, a 6 pack of wave petunias, several inpatients, geraniums, and others.  They are now all potted and ready to grow more beautiful at a quarter of the price.

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I also love going to the nursery at end of season for perennial flowers for next summer.  That is a lot of my blooming fun the next spring to see them.  It saves so much money.

Just remember … the weekend isn’t far away!  🙂

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Parmesan Grilled Tomatoes

Parmesan Grilled Tomatoes

I am not big on tomatoes except on a BLT or a fresh slice with salt.  I had pinned a recipe for baking the Parmesan Tomatoes which looked really good.  However I wanted to try them on the grill.  I just did grill to baking temp and kept them off the hottest part if of grill.  Worked perfect!

Parmesan Grilled Tomatoes

2 medium tomatoes sliced
1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh oregano (didn’t have but would have made even better but still was good!)
Salt and pepper
Olive oil


Sprinkle cheese all over top.
Sprinkle slices with a lil oregano and salt & pepper.
Drizzle small amount of olive oil over top.

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Preheat grill to 450 degrees.
Grill abt 10 min. until cheese is bubbly and tomatoes are slightly charred.

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I really liked them!  They were good hot or cold.  Simple and quick side dish!
Later I even had a fresh tomato slice with parmesan cheese and salt & pepper and that was tasty too.

 

I can’t give credit for original recipe.  It was one of those pins that had all the info in comments but link did not go to recipe.  It seemed simple enough so didn’t even bother searching another recipe.

Have a wonderful day!

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Adding solar lights to planters

Adding solar lights to planters

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This is a simple tip but works fantastic!  Looking for more light on your decks … add solar lights to planters.  These work great and give off a good amount of light!  Abe Lincoln, our cat, really likes going and sitting by it.  I am going to get a few more for the pool deck.

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Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp

grilled shrimp

We are getting a few nice days FINALLY here.  It’s time to GRILL!  I love grilled and summer foods.  Today I tried a new shrimp packet recipe.  It was very easy to make and even easier clean up.  When I make it again I will add a bit more seasoning such as Italian seasoning. I will also increase the red pepper flakes to at least a Tablespoon for more kick.

Grilled Garlic Shrimp

1/2 stick of softened butter

1 cup of chopped parsley

2 chopped garlic cloves

Salt and Pepper

1 pound of LARGE shrimp, unpeeled

dash of Red Pepper Flakes

1 lemon

Mix  butter,  parsley,  garlic cloves, salt, and pepper. Toss with the juice of  the lemon,  unpeeled  shrimp and a big pinch of red pepper flakes. Divide between 2 foil packets. Grill over high heat, 8 minutes.

Double or triple recipe as needed.  This will make enough for 2 servings.

This pin is awesome because they have 50 different grill in foil recipes!  You will be seeing a few more of them on here!    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/50-things-to-grill-in-foil/index.html

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Planting Dahlia bulbs

Planting Dahlia bulbs

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I love dahlias! 

Dahlias come in so many beautiful colors and sizes. They are the first tubers my mom gave me from her yard. (My momma has gorgeous flower beds all around her property!) Now I have several varieties that I have bought or been given. I really like doing them in containers for around the pool area.

So what is new to me this year is I have started them early inside in containers. (Waiting on ground to warm up so can plant some in ground.). Normally I wait until May to do both but this week have done several containers.
I have them inside sitting where they would get the most sun, (however there has been no sun). Until temperatures stay above 50’s, I will keep them inside. Yes, for all of you that are enjoying 70’s and 80’s its not that way up north. 🙁 Will update post as they start to grow and bloom.

I have only planted tubers but you can buy them as tubers, seeds, or already growing plants.  They can be grown in containers and in the ground.  The tubers come with easy planting directions that can be purchased at Walmart, Lowes, Menards, nurseries, and etc.  They are beautiful flowers and really easy to grow!  Best part is that you dig them up in fall and reuse them the next year … that saves a lot of money over the years.

Here are some pins that have great info on growing dahlias.

Better Homes & Gardens names them as one of the best summer bulbs. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/bulbs/summer-bulbs/

BHG’s Tips on growing Dahlias:  http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/bulbs/growing-dahlias/

Tips for growing Dahlia’s in containers:  http://www.dahlia.org/index.php?page=growing-dahlias-in-pots

One of the best tips to save money and make your flower garden mean more is to get tubers, starts, grasses, and seeds from family and neighbors. I love having flowers from others! I even have flowers from my grandma Frances and my great grandma Jeannie’s yards. (Remember them in their gardening hats working in their flowers so well!) My mom and dad went out of their way to give me those. They mean so much to me since they both died many years ago.
Mom gives me new seeds and tubers every spring and fall. I also have bushes in my back yard that were on my great grandfather’s land that my dad dug up for me.  My mom gave me several grasses that we love watch getting bigger and bigger each year.  Plus a few years ago my dad had me a wheelbarrow made for my flower bed.  My dad also made me a birdhouse himself. (His only wood working project just for mom and me.)  So I get a lot of joy out of my yards along with the beauty of my flowers.  It really makes that gardening work so worth it!

Have a wonderful weekend!!  Our prayers remain with those in Boston!

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Don’t put foam peanuts in containers as a filler!

Don’t put foam peanuts in containers as a filler!

What a devastating day for our nation yesterday on 4.15.13 when bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line.   It’s a sad world when fans and athletes have to worry if they will make it home alive after an event.  My prayers and thoughts go out to Boston, the victim’s suffering, and the families that lost loved ones.

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This journey is learning what works and what doesn’t … this pin was one of those that didn’t.  Funny part ….  I did it while hubby was at work, when he got home and I told him of my failure.  He remarked he could have told me they would decompress and not work. 😉

 

Using foam peanuts as plant container fillers

 

I had kept a large bag of foam peanuts from Lush orders.  

peanuts

Not good at all!

Much better off using plastic bottles as filler!   I’ll save the peanuts for mailing items.

On a brighter pin … the plant cork markers work great when planting my bulbs in containers!   May need to make more!

cork plant

 

 

 

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