Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday

When it comes to yard work at my house, Perennials WORK FOR US! They really do "do" the work. If I don't buy a single plant my yard will have blooms most of the spring, summer and fall. If I'm bent on adding new plants, all I have to do is divide some of the ones I already have. Perennials are amazing!

Its still early in the Spring, but here are a few I took a picture of this morning.

This is An old fashioned plant that I started from a little clump dug up from our family cemetery and one lone daisy. This plant is amazing. It has these purple flowers every day until it gets hot and then they close up. The next day they bloom again. They grow very big and I can divide it to make more plants with wild abandon! I have clumps of it all over my yard. Lesson: Any plant that survives at an old family cemetery, is a good one.

Purple Bearded Iris. I kid you not, I started with one root! I now have several bunches in different flower beds.

I bought one tiny pot of this green plant to accent some other perennials in this pot. I didn't know it was a perennial. Not only did it survive the winter, it has completely filled up this pot and has little purple flowers. I'll never have to worry about filling up this pot again. There are other perennials in there that haven't come up yet.

These yellow iris came from my grandmother's garden many years ago. She was 92 when she died and she has been dead for nearly 30 years.

A couple of hostas just beginning to grow.

As time goes on there will be more and more perennials blooming in my yard. Soon there'll be daylillies and gladiolas. Later there'll be mums.

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Claire said...

Thanks for the comment. That's pretty funny about the hockey sign!

BLUE SKY said...

I always seem to buy annuals because they are cheaper, but I guess perennials are really MUCH cheaper in the long run!! I did not know those irises were 30 years old!

The Happy Housewife said...

This is a great idea, I need to do this too! It would save money over time because you aren't purchasing annuals year after year!

The Nest Egg said...

Those are just beautiful! I'm a little envious because I do not have the nack of a "green thumb".

My hosta's are coming back this year and some of my cannan's but that's it. My Iris stocks come up but don't bloom. I'll just keep trying and maybe someday I'll have a yard full like you! :)


ttelroc said...

I have always found it so interesting to walk through peoples gardens who have "family" plants. It is so cool to have your family represented even 30 years later.

I really enjoyed your garden tour & tips!

Have a Great Day!

Pen Pen said...

Perennials cost more to buy initally, but are so much a better value in the long run! And they are a much better value when we can get them for FREE from people who are sharing. How neat that you have such old flowers and especially those from your grandmother. My mom has perennials that are very sentimental to her too... those that came from special people in her life. I hope to steal some from her soon, when we are able to buy our "final" home, so that I can have those same sentimental touches.

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