Flower of the Week
Planter Pilfering

No money?  No vases?  No problem.

I figured out years ago that you don’t need money or proper vases to have a flower arrangement.   I also figured out that if you choose your hanging baskets and planters for the summer wisely you can have flowers in the house all summer long too.

Admittedly I’m a bit stingy when it comes to cutting the flowers I grow, but by early summer there are so many of them out in the garden it doesn’t pain me at all.   Well it pains me a little bit, but not too much.

It pains me the same amount it pains me to give away a single french fry when I have an entire plate of them.  I begrudge it, but once it’s over and done with I don’t really notice.  Oh God.  Who am I kidding?  I still remember every single fry anyone has ever taken from me.  Bad example obviously.

So this morning I grabbed a few things from the cupboard, took a stroll around the yard and came up with this:


The Inspiration

Day Lilly


Red Geranium


The Flowers:

The selection

3 Geraniums
1 Daylily
1 small Hosta leaf
3 Lily of the Valley leaves

Before we get to the grand finale … if you only have a geranium hanging around (or perhaps that’s all your neighbours who are away at the cottage have) you can make due just fine.

Grab a few shooter glasses or some other small thing that can act as a vase. Egg cups, tea cups, protective cups … whatever you have around. Then just cut the geranium stems and stick em in.


Line em up on the table ...

... or bunch 'em together.

Stick them on a windowsill

Pretty, pretty

Now if you have a few more flowers and greenery on hand like I do, grab a low bowl (I used my cat’s water bowl which was bought for $2 at Dollarama a while ago) and start trimming your Lily of the Valley leaves.

You want to just cut the rounded edges of the leaves straight so they sit flat on the bottom of the bowl and don’t raise up above the top edge of it. You’re going to line the vessel with them if your bowl is glass. If it isn’t just skip this step. Unless you’re really bored and a bit touched in the head.

Here’s what you get with 3 geraniums, a Lily of the Valley leaf liner, 1 Daylily and a Hosta leaf:

Honest to Mother Nature, I’ve paid good money for arrangements that didn’t look as nice as this. If you happen to be the author of an overused phrases dictionary, feel free to use this picture under the “Cheap & Cheerful” listing.

The only thing you have to remember is a Daylily is called a Daylily for a reason. It blooms for a day, then it croaks. Ca-put. Dead. The good news is, there will be another new one on the plant, ready for picking in the morning.   That’s the good thing about flowers.  They grow on trees!  Unlike french fries.


  1. Tricia Rose says:

    You may be cranky about fries Karen, but you sure have talent.

    • Karen says:

      You’re right. I am pathologically cranky about most potato products. Thanks for the “talent” compliment!

  2. Pam'a says:

    I love pilfering from the yard! Cute arrangements, but what I really want to know is, did you redo your grout? It’s looking suspiciously pristine. Now I have grout envy. Hmph.

    • Karen says:

      Oh dear lord, my grout is a mess. No need for grout envy! I do use a Magic Eraser on it occasionally though. Works great. Plus once in a while I’ll just paint it. Don’t worry about the mess on the tiles cause it just wipes or scrapes right off! Grout envy! Pfttt.

  3. Langela says:

    Very pretty arrangement, Karen. I love the brightness of the red against the white of your kitchen.

  4. Zina says:

    I was just dreading buying vases for our new flat. I love vases but they’re terribly expensive in the UK. But now I have your blog, and our new flat is just a few doors away from the Pound Shop! (The UK equivalent of the dollar store, of course.) Yay!

    I am going to so spend so much money there, I suspect, given the amount of inspiration you provide, Karen.

  5. Heidi says:

    Good thing the flowers don’t last too long, the cats are going to get thirsty!

  6. Marie-Louise says:

    Um… so am I the only one left wondering about the cat (ie. sans watering bowl)?

    Just saying…. 😛

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