2016 Cultivating Gratitude: Free Plants

marigolds    I’ve been gardening for a lot of years and if you counted up what I’ve spent at nurseries, it is a wonder I ever got to retire.  I know that a perennial plant comes back year after year from roots.  However, there are other ways for a plant to come back.  Some plants sprout from seeds that it puts out after it blooms.

I found a ton of Marigolds in the yard for free this year and I’ve transplanted them to some bare spots (I don’t have as many bare spots as I used to).  I had some pots in the garden that were still empty and I was waiting on a sale at Lowe’s.  I also found sprigs coming up in a pot of Moss Rose from last year. A little shot of Miracle Grow and now I have free flowers!  moss rose

After visiting the herb garden out back, I found basil popping up and several bunches of Dill.   I love fresh dill and know it won’t last long, but it does put out a seed.  When it dies back down, I’ll shake the dried seeds back into the soil for next year.  dill

Speaking of free plants, when I cleaned out the irises last fall I found what I think is a wild grape vine.  I can only assume a bird dropped the seed. I cleaned a place for it and trained it on a trellis.  I’ll call you when it is time to stomp grapes for wine! Yum.

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About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, three-time published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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