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.
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!)
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.
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!
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:
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!
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!
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…