Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. Now as you all know mummy has a large garden to look after. It is a good thing that she likes to garden, but sometimes, she says it is like doing outdoor housework.  Like all gardeners, she has a place to repot her plants and grow cuttings.

IMG_4798Now, as you all know mummy is rather cheap frugal and doesn’t like to spend too much money on plants.  So, imagine her joy when she was at the Warehouse (think Wal-Mart for our American readers) and found 12 spinach plants for a $1.  Sure they looked withered but mummy was sure she could revive them with a bit of tender love and care.  She re-potted them in good quality potting mix and gave them a long drink of worm-wee.  Needless to say they are looking much better.

When her and daddy went on their recent garden tour, she purchased one hosta plant for $15.  A lot of money according to daddy, but mummy was sure that she could split the plant into more plants and sure enough she did.

One plant became four (one was already in the garden when this photo was taken)

One plant became four (one was already in the garden when this photo was taken)

Another bargain mummy found was again at the Warehouse.  She brought two golf ball Pittosporum for $2 each. Sure, they didn’t look their best, but with a bit of pruning and feeding they would come right.  They  retail at over $20 each.  Not that my cheap mother would pay that amount of money for one plant.

Looking so much better.

Looking so much better.

Another bargain, mummy found was a Pachysandra terminalis for which she paid $10, but managed to get four plants for her money.

IMG_4949Bargains galore.

Love from Jasper and Nellie, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.


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9 Responses to Garden

  1. Cupcake says:

    Your mum has the greenest thumb I ever saw! My mom buys plants that look amazing, then we sit back and watch them die.

    Love and licks,

  2. fredrieka says:

    green thumb like my Dadwithoutpaws

  3. Mommy bought the pansies that looked like they were dying from too much rain and planted them at both churches. They still look like they are dying, 3 months later. I don’t really care, as long as she takes good care of me, which she does, he, he.

  4. We love Pittosporum, and everything else your Mama rescued and nurtured. My Mama is very excited about her compost heap. Should you open a large container of what is labeled yoghurt in our fridge, boy will you be grossed out/ surprised! She is now seeking worms..,every fishing spot seems to be sold out ( we went shopping last Saturday). She will search in our yard too. That being said, she is NOT on the level of your Mum. A window box and some deck plants may be her capacity.

  5. Kismet says:

    You are spending a lot of money unnecessarily. We’re about to start planting and it is going to cost zero. We figure out what we want to eat and the first year we may spend a little extra to buy seeds that are heirloom. We don’t do GMO or hybrid. It means that the heirloom seeds have been around for a long while and if you save some of the seeds from one harvest and plant them next season, you’ll be healthier while being frugal. If you do that with hybrids you’ll wind up with garbage from the seeds that they produce. The seeds of the plant that gave you big red tomatoes will give you small orange ones.

  6. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Your little garden is looking good
    Lily & Edward

  7. So fun to see your garden and all the green. We are in the middle of winter so not much green for us right now!

  8. Earl Lover says:

    So cool! Your garden is ace!

  9. corkscot says:

    Here in Florida, I have a whole bunch of trees and plants that have appeared without any help. I thank the birds for depositing seeds on the property. The fallen mangoes generate new plants every year. I will soon have a mango farm.

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