Everyone want's flowers in the home but why should this be a luxury?
I will show you that on a tiny budget and with some garden know-how you too can create a beautiful bouquet to rival any other.
In a time of financial worries why not treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet of flowers, part bought, part home produced. This will save you money, allow a little luxury and bring your favourite plant's indoors for all to see.
I buy flowers for the home on a weekly basis, usually Lilies which cost up to £6.00 (nearly $10.00). Today, when looking to buy flowers, I had a small revelation. Why should I spend so much on flowers when I grow fantastic flowers at home? (That thought was a long time coming I know!). Yes, you have to account for seasonality when growing your own but there are flowers and foliage available to use at most times of the year.
For this bouquet I bought Gypsophila paniculata and Chrysanthemum 'Anastasia', fairly cheap flowers totaling less than £3.00 (under $5.00). Add to this some Verbena bonariensis, Micanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf', and Anemone x hybrida 'Whirlwind' and you have a full looking, beautiful bouquet.
This bouquet, if positioned correctly; out of full sun and away from heat sources, should last up to two weeks. When you take this in to account what was once a luxury item costing £6.00 ($10.00) now barely makes a dent in our finances at around £1.50 ($2.45) per week. An acceptable expenditure in my eyes.
The next time you are looking to buy a new bouquet check your garden first to see what you have available to you. If you have enough to create a full bouquet use it, or if you want to add a special or exotic plant to the mix maybe buy that alone and add your own produce. This way we can all enjoy the beauty of fresh flowers while watching our finances.
Do you regularly bring your cut flowers indoors? Do you grow flowers for cutting that you would strongly recommend? Or have you never considered this idea but may give it a try? I would love to hear your stories.
Also, please remember entries for my competition to win a pair of professional Felco sceateurs need to be in by 1st October 2009. You can enter by leaving a comment here.