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May 21, 2012

Flowers for Free

A three legged dog head-butted me in the face while I was darting through the alley by my house, pruning sheers in hand.  Dharma would say the universe might have been telling me I'm a jerk.  Why?  I had my pruning sheers in hand because I've been collecting massive bouquets of lilacs, growing beside the road, and filling the townhouse with the sweet smell of spring.

I love fresh cut flowers (who doesn't?) but I hate, hate, hate spending the money.  I've read so many articles listing "a vase of fresh flowers" as the cheapest way to spruce up a room but, at $10.00 a pop (and that's Costco prices), with a bouquet lasting a week, maybe two, I can't bring myself to indulge.  I just can't.  I keep doing the math and calculating what kind of fabulousness I can buy if I saved $10.00 a week.  That's why I'm darting around the neighbourhood under the cloak of darkness.  Oh yeah, did I mention I do this at night?

Even with my sore nose (stupid dog), I'm happy.  Because look at all the lilacs . . .

In our bedroom:




 In my office:


 In the kitchen:


In the living room:



I haven't wanted to take them from the tree in our backyard, because I want it to stay all purdy for our view.  That's probably why the universe saw fit to punish me: we have our own lilac tree but I'm thieving them instead (not from anyone's property, though, so I'm not all bad).


And here's the bee I brought in with the lilacs.  Another sign, no doubt. Too bad, universe.  I win.

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  1. Haha! I would be cutting those too! So pretty! Don't worry, the universe will forgive you some day!

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    1. :) I've been extra vigilant with recycling to make amends.

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  2. I also love free flowers! I can't stand paying so much for them at the store. I wish there were more wild flowers around. Once I came across a beautiful sunflower in an abandoned school field in Vanier. It made my week.

    Emilie
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    1. Ha ha! Love it. Which school? Just kidding, I won't horn in on your secret sunflower source.

      When I lived in Kingston, I used to drive 10 or 15kms to the military area, because there were TONS there and no one else dared cut lilacs from the edge of military fields.

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  3. Your home must smell incredible! I'm with you on the cost FOR SURE! Back in April I cut 3 big leaves off my house plant, stuck them in a vase, and they lasted a month. Seriously! I just threw them out last week! Love your milk glass vase - it's a great shape :-)

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    1. I love the idea of using leaves. I just don't have much luck with house plants. I'd love for my African Violets to flower but they (and my Hibiscus) went on strike years ago.

      The vase is a recent yard sale find. 25 cents, can you believe it? I was so excited to use so many of my vases, they normally sit empty . . .

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  4. So pretty! I envy you having lilacs so plentiful. Texas winters don't get cold enough for lilacs to grow here with much success.

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    1. Really? I'm trying to find some sympathy in my heart for your winters that aren't cold enough, lol. I would happily give up the cold to say goodbye to lilacs. But then again, I don't know if I'd want the oven-heat you get for summers. I was cooking even when I visited you last spring! Where are things perfect?

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  5. Lilacs are my fav! purple, smell wonderful, and remind of m grandma & papa. I would be snatching those babies right up too...I mean they are not on someone else's property sooo....

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  6. My dad loved lilacs, had a row of bushes in the backyard. When I was a child, he'd cut huge bouquets of the branches and fill cardboard boxes full to take to friends all over town. I'll never forget the wonderful feeling of the blossoms crowding across my face in the back seat of the car... and the aroma! So, Tanya, my guess is the universe intends for lilacs to be given away. Having said that, you might want to stick in some coneflowers and monarda in your yard. They're incredibly hardy perennials, they multiply, and they bloom later in the season, so you'd have replacement possibilities later on. Oh, and do watch for Queen Anne's Lace in the ditches when you go scavenging. It's a "weed" but really lovely.

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    1. Oh, your dad sounds like the kindest man ever!! What a beautiful story. Good tip on the hardy perennials. I am the worst gardener, I need all the help I can get!

      P.S. I love Queen Anne's Lace too!

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  7. Free flowers...i wouldn't pass that either. I just love lilacs!

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  8. I think those lilacs are just gorgeous. And I love the muted purple that seems to be all of your home now!

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  9. Firstly......Dharma would say no such thing ;) I am a firm believer in *Free is Fabulous* and the fact that you head butted a 3-legged dog in the dead of night to get these gorgeous blooms makes me think you and I would make either very good friends or very funny *bad girl* friends!!! Love the yellow vase.

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    1. Ahhhh, I LOVE this comment.

      I was thinking of Dharma and Greg's Dharma, but if you're saying take the flowers, I think you're the Dharma that MATTERS!!

      It's funny that you're the only one who commented on the 3-legged dog. Hubby thinks maybe folks think I made that up, but how could I? I have the slightly bruised nose to prove it, lol. It wasn't the middle of the night, I'm not that cool, but it was pitch black.

      And you are officially my new bad girl friend! What kind of trouble can we get into?

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    2. Seriously, how could anyone miss the 3-legged dog part of this story? LOL It's too specific to be made up ;)

      Tanya, I am a "bad girl" friend to many.....it's like a *calling*. Trouble we could do. I see you and I in black morph suits stalking lovely blooms in public parks and alleyways in the dusky hours and leaving beautiful poseys on doorsteps for fun!

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    3. Oooo, I love the idea of redistributing flowers. In VASES, I think (I will start hoarding them from yard sales). Then it will be all mysterious and everyone will think they will have secret admirers.

      Wait . . . how is this bad?

      Did I mention the 3-legged beast is a boxer? Who would have thought those doggies have such dense heads??

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  10. I likey your way the best! Free flowers are best.

    And here I've been thinking how I would be so impatient if / when I did get my lilac tree - because it would take YEARS - to be able to bloom LIKE THAT in your neighbourhood!!!!!!

    I wish some of my neighbours have one where I can *ehm* help prune!

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