I was going to write about Finn’s first day of school (pre-school, that is), which was two days ago…or about the fact that I am now (and have been since early May) working, at night (to supplement our income) as a server (aka, waitress) at a super fun restaurant, with great people – but it’s still waitressing…in addition to keeping up with the house, the laundry, our business, the dishes…phew.
Days are long and the nights are late…mornings now begin only a few hours (or so it feels) after I’ve (finally) fallen asleep…oh the conundrum of working (or not working) as a mom.
But instead of sharing more about my busy life (I’m sure you can relate!), I decided to talk about the little luxuries growing throughout my garden and surrounding my home – my flowers. Flowers I started from seed months ago or planted as bulbs, years ago…
They are simply spectacular right now. And all that beauty cost me next to nothing to start – granted there is a time investment, but it’s oh so worth it!
It makes me so happy when I look out my windows or pull into my driveway and see a variety of colorful petals and leaves looking back at me…especially when the hummingbirds are humming about…do you see them, there are two!
Morning glories, sunflowers, nasturtiums, lilies, beach roses, delphiniums, dahlias, poppies – all started for a few dollars…
the time invested starting these little beauties is nothing compared to what I’ve gained – and will continue to gain…
I’m already thinking about next years plantings…
So when I spotted some discounted seed starting pots I had to pick them up – they were only .60 each, how could I not?
That’s 150 seedling beginnings for only $1.80!
Granted, I’ve used used egg cartons in the past, but my ‘egg guy’ has asked us to start returning them to help keep his costs down…so I do. With that in mind, I couldn’t pass this bargain up!
So while our household income has increased (slightly), so have our expenses (Finns education)…every purchase has a purpose (if not a dual one)… Whether it be for necessity or fun, everything is accounted for. But that doesn’t equate nothingness…
Living within your means or more appropriately, on a budget, doesn’t have to mean living without life’s little luxuries….grow your own flowers and enjoy freshly cut flowers all summer through!
It’s the simple things that make life, lovely…the first day of school, watching your child play on the playground with his new school mates and flowers in the garden…
I love planting just a few seeds and having flowers to cut and bring inside too! Zinnias are my favorite.
Your flowers are lovely!
thank you! Isn’t it amazing how few seeds you need to have a lot of flowers? (: Zinnias are the best because they keep coming back every time you cut them…flowers, flowers, flowers…
Thank you Mim!
Zinnias are my second favorite–favorite one–daisies. Fresh flowers fill up a room. Every look their way brings a smile.
Daisy’s yes. I haven’t thought to plant daisy’s – their on next years list now! (:
I tried for years to find a variety like the ones my Granny had that bloomed all summer. Finally found one 2 years ago. It is a shasta named Becky. Look for that one–you’ll love it!
Will do! Thanks!
So true, I love all the beautiful color that flowers bring to our lives.
If only we’d have more color in the winter…almost time to start planting the indoor narcissus bulbs…(:
Flowers make me happy and always bring a smile to my face
me too (:
Thanks for the reminder. I had found your blog for the first time with this post. I took my scissors into the yard and made a beautiful arrangement with some wildflowers and a few asparagus fronds, why don’t I do this more often? Simple yet priceless. Thanks again for the reminder!
Yeah! So happy this post was an inspiration to you and I’m so pleased to hear about your beautiful arrangement…we often don’t even need flowers, sometimes a variety of greens or pine boughs (in the winter) is enough to bring the outdoors in and to put a smile on our face…thanks for stopping by and sharing!