No Cost Beauty For Your Home


May 17, 2016 by Terry


I am not one of those people who can afford to buy fresh flowers on a regular basis “just because.”

For a few days now I have been admiring a hedge of lilacs that I drive by on a daily basis.  Finally today I got up enough courage to stop and ask the home owner if I could please snip a few branches to have.

He laughed at me and said “take them all if you like!” … Oh do be careful what you say to this lady! lol!

I brought home the most beautiful arrangement in a simple white tin bucket and not only did it look and smell gorgeous … it cost me nothing!

  I am a huge fan of bringing the outdoors inside and I do it as often as I can all through the year.


It may look like I took the whole hedge, but they were so thick with blooms, this is really only 3 branches!  The whole house smells wonderful!  I’m so lucky we don’t have any allergies.

I may have to sneak back for more!


Have a great day!




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20 thoughts on “No Cost Beauty For Your Home

  1. I did the same thing this past fall. I would walk our dog by one of our neighbors place and noticed her gorgeous hydrangeas. One day she was outside and I asked if I could have a few, and she told me to take as many as I wanted. I even sent my husband back for more. You never know if you don’t ask! Your lilacs look lovely and I can almost smell them. 😊


    • Terry says:

      Ohhhhh how I would love to come across a hedge of Hydrangeas!!! I can hardly wait for my peonies to bloom … they’re almost ready! You’re right! It never hurts to ask :)! I hope you have a great week!


  2. So beautiful… Bringing a bit of nature into your home!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Deb! It’s so simple and yet I don’t use it as often as I should … I’m always on the down swing when it comes to enjoying the blooms ;) I hope you have a great week!


  3. The lilacs are gorgeous Terry! My neighbor has a large lilac bush that he severely pruned a couple of years ago. It’s just now starting to bloom again, thank goodness. They are just the prettiest, aren’t they?


    • Terry says:

      We too have a lilac bush in our back yard but I think the previous owners over pruned it too as it has only ever produced 1 small bloom in the last 6 years :( Not sure why that is… Luckily this kind fellow has lots for me to take and enjoy. Maybe I will let these branches root… I hope you have a great rest of your week Susan!


  4. your lovely home is a perfect place for such lovely floral arrangements.


  5. Cheryl says:

    Your lilacs are beautiful… Just 3 branches??? Wow. You may already know this.. if you take a hammer and lightly smash the stem ends where they sit in the water the blooms will last longer.


    • Terry says:

      Wonderful tip Cheryl! I just shared it again! Thank you! Yes! Only 3! … I took the hedge trimmers and stole the biggest ones with the most blooms and rearranged them trimming here and there to fill the pot! I hope you are having a great week so far!


  6. Would you believe I have a fully
    Bloomed lilac tree in my front yard, and lilacs are my favourite flower, and I haven’t cut one branch to bring indoors. Your gorgeous arrangement reminded me it’s time to head outside with some clippers!


    • Terry says:

      You are so lucky Marie! Cheryl shared a great tip to make them last longer. Hammer the ends to soften them so they drink better and last longer :) You may have heard that one though? … I hope you have a great rest of your week!


  7. Love the look of lilacs! How lucky that you were able to take all you wanted!


  8. thewoodspa says:

    They are gorgeous Terry! I feel so jealous when I see other people’s pictures with REAL flowers decorating their homes or just to stage their projects. I’m useless at gardening but eventually I will have to tackle it as I absolute love flowers but can’t afford buying them, as you say, “just because”.

    Have a great weekend.


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Patricia! I love peonies too and finally planted some that I could pick for free, I just wish they would bloom for the entire summer! I hope you have a great week!


  9. Terry, this is such a beautiful way to decorate and bring the outside in, what a generous neighbor you have . You know how much I love lilacs! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday favorite Things link party watch for your feature on Monday, pinned! xo P.S. you will have a new I was featured button to add to your many others.


  10. Oh my gosh, Lilacs! They are gorgeous and your vignette is too! I’ll bet they smell fabulous too. Loved your post!


    • Terry says:

      Thank you Wendi! They smelled amazing but they didn’t last as long as I would have liked … oh well, on to the Peonies! :) Have a great day!


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