Yard tip: trade plants with neighbors

I can’t believe I’m about to give anyone a yard tip, ha! Our yard is nothing to write home about! But, here goes: Trade plants with your neighbors! We have a fun (sometimes obnoxious) list serve thing that our neighborhood uses to send out (mostly) useful information. We just used it to get a bunch of free plants!  And our neighbors were so excited  for Andy to come and dig them up! The plants had gotten too big or too tall or were taking over… whatever the reason, they were excited to get rid of some plants and we were happy to get new, free plants! Win- win.

trade plants with neighbors

 

Here’s Andy with all of his loot! I think he’s excited, ha! He dug up all of these goodies out of a neighbors yard! (Obviously with their permission!)

Trade plants with neighbors!

We got lots of varieties including this pretty ginger plant. Free plants are pretty awesome, but I also love knowing that if the plant grows well in the neighbors yard than it should (fingers crossed) grow well in our yard too! The leaves are green striped… I love it. I decided to actually plant the ginger plant in the ground. 
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And the Wandering Jew. Or purple heart? I don’t know? But, it grows really well here in Austin and has a pretty pink flower. If anyone needs any, we’re happy to share… we have tons! Word to the wise, don’t call it Wandering Jew in your neighborhood list serve! Some people are not a fan of that name! 
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So, this post was a double whammy update on my bed of pots and yard tip by yours truly. Remember when I crawled under my house to rescue a bunch of pots? And then stuck them all in one flower bed? Yea, well… I still love my potted flower bed! Everyone should have one! Here’s why:

  • It makes saving plants in the winter way easier, just move the pots into the garage.
  • You can change things up whenever you want. Or even move pots to new spots.
  • The pots don’t let weeds pop up.

If you’re new here, read this. If you’re not new, you might recall this lovely little instagram:

Unique garden beds

 

By some miracle of something, the lilies bloomed again. Everyone should have a few lilies… they’re easy, y’all! And they make you feel like such a green thumb. You can forget about them all winter long, and than bam! They pop up and look awesome!

How to make easy flower beds!

I added some lantana to the big pot. Oh and I stuck a pot inside of the big pot. See, the rim of the begonia? Gave the big pot a little height. Kind of fun, right? And free!

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Here are all my random yard tips in a nice little list:

  • Trade plants with your neighbors
  • Trade plant clippings with neighbors! (Cacti, Wandering Jew, Hydrangeas are easy to grow from just a clipping!)
  • Don’t call Wandering Jew Wandering Jew in your neighborhood list serve
  • Don’t be scared to plant pots inside of other pots
  • Plant some lily bulbs, and forget about them. You’ll be amazed one year later!

I think that’s all of my thrilling yard tips for now. Have you ever traded plants with the neighbors? What do you call the purple plant int the picture above? I’d love to hear…

 

Psst… Oh and check out my salsa garden and my mama’s bottle tree for more garden fun!

Trunk or Treat decorating ideas

You know I get excited about Halloween! Remember our family of 3 costume last year? And this year Il’l have a crawler… oh the possibilities! So, I’ve never actually attended a trunk or treat event, but it looks so fun! I’ve gathered up 31 super creative trunk or treat decorating ideas! Check it out…
31 clever trunk or treat decorating ideas 1. Mouth and tongue car Trunk or Treat decorating ideas 2. Black cat clever trunk or treat ideas 3. Little red riding hood trunk or treat 4. Wizard of Oz trunk or treat 5. Slumber party trunk or treat   6. Sweet shoppe trunk or treat   7. C is for cookie and candy trunk or treat 8. Noah’s Ark trunk or treat 9. I spy… trunk or treat   10. Star Wars trunk or treat 11. Yellow brick road Trunk or Treat decorating ideas   12. Toaster (and bacon and eggs) clever trunk or treat ideas 13. Smurfs trunk or treat ideas 14. Noah’s Arktrunk or treat   15. Charlie Brown and the great pumpkin patch trunk or treat ideas 16. Camp out clever trunk or treat ideas 17. Treasure chest clever trunk or treat ideas   18. Jonah and the whale trunk or treat ideas   19. Rock n’ roll trunk or treat ideas   20. Dragons, Knights, and Queens trunk or treat ideas 21. Crime scene and CSI clever trunk or treat ideas   22. Hippies clever trunk or treat ideas   23. Mummy clever trunk or treat ideas 24. Egyptian clever trunk or treat ideas24. Mary Poppins trunk or treat 25. Bath time trunk or treat 26. Grease clever trunk or treat ideas27. Spider web clever trunk or treat ideas   28. Jail clever trunk or treat ideas   29. Angry birds clever trunk or treat ideas   30. Candy Land clever trunk or treat ideas   31. Black hat bake shoppe clever trunk or treat ideas So, have you ever attended a trunk or treat? Or just decorated your car for Halloween for fun? I’d love to hear… Psst… here are tons more Halloween related posts!

Monday Funday #79 {DIY projects}

Happy Sunday! I shared some cute Maxwell pictures along with our porch makeover this week. It’s pretty exciting stuff., ha! We turned a stump into plant stand and gave a pot some turquoise love. Check out the porch makeover project here. In other fun news, Maxwell had his 4 month birthday this week! I absolutely can not believe this happened 4 months ago, it seems so short and so long at the same time! Does that make any sense?  I hope y’all are having a nice, relaxing summer! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and welcome to the Monday Funday Link Party!

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