A Container Garden for $10 a Trip to the Dallas Arboretum and a Story


Good morning! It's April 10th - how can that be? The 10th is the day each month that I gather with friends and share ideas for life that cost less than $10. This time we settled on container gardens since it is spring, after all. 

I can not tell a lie though! This was much harder than I anticipated. Perhaps I should have given this a little more thought to remember that $10 really doesn't go that far when it comes to gardening.  If we are being real, gardening is not an inexpensive hobby. Sure there are lots of tips and tricks which I employ regularly but this time I was hitting a roadblock in my mind.  Remember, we could only spend $10.


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So here's what I did - First I retrieved an old wall pocket from my stash that I've had for years. I love this old thing because it's made from old ceiling tins. In the past, it has hung on our front door filled with flowers and in our last house, it was on a wall just as part of a random gallery.


Next, I filled the container with potting soil from my trusty stash of Miracle Gro. That was already in my garage so it doesn't count in the cost breakdown. Right? :)


With my $10 I purchased one caladium otherwise known as The Thriller. A packet of six tiny Dusty Millers (I used two) otherwise known as The Fillers. One Golden Creeping Jenny otherwise known as The Spiller.



It took less than 5 minutes to plant this container. The plants are very small because I could only spend $10. I strategically placed the planter in front of other pots to fool your eye. Is it working? Do you see lush plantings here? It will happen! All babies take time to grow.

Now let me share a few pictures from yesterday's trip to the Dallas Arboretum while I tell you about our baby bunnies. These photos have nothing to do with the bunnies or the $10 planter but I'm hoping you'll be wowed and enjoy your time here.


About two weeks ago I spotted a hole in our yard with fur on the outside of it. We pulled back the fur and spotted several little bitty wet babies that had just been born. We weren't positive at the time but assumed they were bunnies. We made the decision not to allow our dog Belle in the backyard for awhile.


We've been watching carefully and have never seen the mother coming and going. Last Thursday I was mowing the yard and decided to take a peek in the hole. I could see little baby bunny bottoms in the hole! The cutest little cottontails were filling up the space and I knew they wouldn't be there much longer. Fast forward to yesterday when I decided to peek again. When I pulled the fur back, two baby bunnies jumped out and ran across the yard! They weren't much bigger than a mouse. I felt just terrible about disturbing them!


I worked in the flowerbeds for a little bit and then decided to go find those babies. I was imagining all the terrible things that could happen to them. I found them both...scooped them up...and put them right back in the hole where they belong. Hopefully, the mother bunny will forgive my thoughtlessness.  Lesson learned: Don't bother the babies!


Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my container planting. I'll share it again further down the road as it matures.  Be sure to visit my fellow Ten on the 10th participants to see how they stretched their $10 to create a container planting.

48 comments

  1. I hope the baby bunnies grow up and move out of your garden so you don't have them eating the flowers. I love your container idea. It's so cute. I love the thriller, filler, spiller idea. I was trying to do that too but didn't know what it was called and couldn't get it for under $10.00. Good job.

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  2. We have baby bunnies here that we and our neighbors have found like that - we have to be very careful when we mow the yard. I love your container. I have an old white one from my Southern living at home days that I need to makeover like yours! So pretty and will look lovely as the flowers grow. SO funny that you mentioned the Thriller, filler and spiller. I use that every time that I plant a container. It really does work!

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  3. You did so good! You know I love my container gardening. Oh my a lot of my money goes into my flowers every year, I have bought tons of new containers and soil and spent hundreds already and I don't even have the flowers yet, lol! I always say Thriller, Filler, Spiller and "Chiller" because I always need something cold to drink form all that planting, lol! Have a GREAT day!

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  4. The planter is gorgeous..the caladiums are definitely one of my favorites...just love the combination of the pink and green....I look forward to hearing more of the bunnies story....and that last image...be still my heart....Have a great day Stacey!!!

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  5. I'm glad you found the baby bunnies before Mr. McGregor! Your container pocket garden is gorgeous and so are your photos from the Arboretum. I have not been yet this spring. Must do!! Thanks for organizing another fun Ten on the 10th.

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  6. Love what you did with the metal pocket. The colors are beautiful.

    Yeah I had my first experience with baby bunnies last year. The mother buried them up against my house in a flower bed. The Mom's leave them alone most of the day, thinking that if she was close to the hole that predators would find her and the babies and kill them. That's why she usually isn't around. My dog found ours before we did unfortunately. But we are on huge bunny watch now. Have seen big Momma but no signs of babies yet.

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  7. The bunnies have eaten are perennials all winter and my husband has tried many things to encourage them to move next door!! Every winter they nest in the same area and then in the spring have lots of babies - the first year they were cute - not so much now!! Love your container garden and the assortment of flowers you chose! So pretty!!

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  8. You've inspired me to get my wall pocket out and plant a few things in it for my kitchen door!

    Yours looks great!

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  9. Aww love the pictures! Still nothing blooming here-it lightly snowed again last night�� We have had baby bunnies in our yard multiple times-tragically I’ve had to take them to the Animal rehab a couple times too. They said the nests will tend to get made in our yard because we have a fence and a dog so it’s hard for predators to get to the nests and the momma knows this. We have to work really hard to keep our dog away from the nests; one year she found it first and took a bunny for “a walk”. We then took it to rehab... Thankfully it’s only about 20 minutes from our house! Can’t wait to see how beautiful your planter grows!

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  10. Oh, I love your door pocket. So pretty...and we used to have kitties, they loved the bunnies. But not in a good way. Now that the kitties have passed, the bunnies are always here. Every year we get a fresh round of babies and I love watching them grow. Enjoy your teeny, furry brood!

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  11. I think your container is a hit! I love the color. This month's challenge is hard I think given your budget, but you nailed it!

    We're hoping to replant trees and things we lost during last spring's drought. We've bought a couple of roses, and we've ordered 5 sasanqua camellias, "mine no yuki." I had to get them for the name alone....

    Have a great week!

    xo,
    RJ

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  12. Your container turned out so pretty! Love the pictures of the arboretum and the story about the little bunnies.

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  13. That's such a cute story about the bunnies! I agree that plants can be really expensive these days. Have a terrific Tuesday.

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  14. We once discovered baby bunnies in our yard on Easter morning, of all days. :) I'm sure you didn't disturb them too much and they'll be fine. Love all these blooms and your wall pocket planter looks fabulous!

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  15. The planter is adorable and baby bunnies. Oh my. Hopefully, you will get to see them grow up and hop right on out to bigger places. I just love nature EXCEPT for creepy crawly things.

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  16. Everything about this post makes me happy, Stacey. The arrangement is wonderful (I LOVE that planter) -- and you wouldn't want it too stuffed with larger plants or they wouldn't have room to develop, which I suspect they will very soon. And the photos are glorious. I'm such a sucker for bunnies and the babies sound adorable. Thank you for taking care of them.

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  17. I love your precious container but I REALLY love your bunny rabbit story!!!
    Thank you for organizing us all once again:)

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  18. Love your pocket planter, that hot pink really grabs your attention! Stacey, I'm just like you, I always want to help Mother Nature along. I had a bunny situation a long time ago, and ended up caring for about 8 baby bunnies for several weeks. I'll never touch a bunny nest again!haha

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  19. Stacey, I am crazy about your pocket planter, it’s just wonderful! I want one now! Oh, your bunny story, just precious! 💕

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  20. Just love your choice of flowers and the cute planter too:)

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  21. Always wowed by the Dallas Arboretum! Your pink planter is cute, and I loved the baby bunny story.

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  22. Great container planting, Stacey, and good story on the bunnies. I have a new "well" dug in my landscape, but haven't seen the evidence of life yet. They've been making their nests in the back part of our landscape for a couple years, but moved a little further north this year. :) They're not very smart about where they nest...seems they'd burrow under bushes instead of right out in the open. We have hawks that fly by regularly, so it's the survival of the fittest.

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  23. What a lovely planter and I like your choice of plants to fill it.

    Cute story about your baby bunnies.

    Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

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  24. First of all, I'm jealous you are close enough to the Arboretum to go visit it and get beautiful photos. I love that place! Next, I think your pretty container is going to look so gorgeous as your plants grow and fill in...hope you will share it when it does. And lastly, I love your bunny story! Nothing cuter than baby bunnies! They will be all gone before long...grown up and out of their nest!
    Have a glorious Spring day!

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  25. Your container gardens look gorgeous, Stacey. I have to live vicariously through you because we have yet to see Spring around here. Have a wonderful week.

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  26. Love what you done with $10! My kind of gal you are. And...it turned out so pretty. Love your garden Stacey. Awe...the little bunny's must have been ready though to leave the nest. Happy day to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  27. Glad you could get the bunnies back into their nest again. They are really cute when they are little like that. Your container garden for $10 is really pretty. I love the color of the container and the pattern on it too. Very cute. Happy Wednesday.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  28. I have a few of those tin pockets and they look so cute planted with small flowers! We had a bunny family in our yard last year...I only saw the mother a few times. I don't know if they are still there since it is so cold. I have a huge Forsythia bush they could hide in.

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  29. Bravo on many fronts. $10 isn't an easy task for gardening challenge, however, you were very successful. Love all the plants you chose.

    Indulge me for a moment, we had the same thing happen with the bunnies. The mommy put the fur on ours towards the end. I was so upset. I thought my landscapers mowed them. I called and was really mad. They said relax their mommy does that with her for, they are fine.

    Not too long after that we had the entire family hopping about. I love seeing this in spring.

    Cindy

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  30. I'm sure those little baby bunnies will be just fine Stacey. All of your photos are so pretty and remind me of the beauty of nature when she is in full bloom. Unfortunately for me it is spring is taking its time to show up hear. Your planter is also very pretty and I really am learning a lot from all of you ladies!

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  31. I love how your container turned out! You did such a great job! And how fun that you get together with your friends for simple, easy projects! I love that idea!

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  32. Oh I love the feeling of satisfaction when you can repurpose something you already have!! It looks so pretty!! And your bunny story is the sweetest!
    Jenna

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  33. I cracked up over Thriller, Filler & Spiler! I’ve never heard that! If you made it up, you are quite clever!! We have bunnies & I’ve seen them with a mouth full of mulch! Not sure what they do with it! Loved your post!

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  34. Where, o where, is my old metal wall pocket? Your post has inspired me to plant one! Love the color combo you selected and caladiums are among my favorites!

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  35. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and the bunny story, know it is hard to keep from cuddling them. I do want an update, know it will be gorgeous.Have a great day.

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  36. I love that you used what you had on hand to create such a lovely garden arrangement. Loved your beautiful photos, too!

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  37. Wowwwww i really like your blog ...i follow you now....and i Will come back soon love Ria x 💜

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  38. Stacey,
    A great post! Your planter reminds me beautiful things can occur WITHIN THE BUDGET. I love your Arboretum photos and your bunny story. Your bunny story came at the same time I read a similar article in the British Country Living magazine. :)

    I am making plans to join your garden linky party next week. I know there will be many beautiful articles with so many great gardening ideas.

    Judith

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  39. I hope those baby bunnies are ok - I wonder where the mom was? Gorgeous pics, Stacey, how lovely!! I do love botanical gardens and arboretums!! No spring here yet, sadly....hopefully soon before I go out of my mind waiting!

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  40. SUCH a great idea! You're very creative :)

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  41. Nice job stretching a dollar, Stacey! I still haven't bought a thing for my pots. They just sit there staring back at me. I love your flower combinations.

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  42. Oh isn't the Arboretum truly a balm to the soul! I love how you took the red of the metal container and repeated it in your plant selection. It looks so lovely!

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  43. Hi Stacey, your pink pocket is so pretty and looks great as a planter with the pretty flowers. Springtime is a fun time to plant and look at the flowers!!
    I can't wait to do this in May when the weather will be warmer for me to plant flowers and veggies.
    Hope you have a nice day and week.
    Julie xo

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  44. Your blog is beautiful. What a great project! I always love reading tips on making the home beautiful on a budget! xx- Shannon || Gamine & Stripes

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  45. Stacey, I have a metal pocket hanging very similar to yours. Thanks for the great idea to plant flower in it. Also, I really enjoyed your photos of the arboretum and bunny story. ♥

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  46. Your container garden looks fabulous! That container is adorable, and I love your selection of plans. I particularly like the caladium. In the past, I haven’t had much luck growing them. I need something for my front porch, and it gets a lot of hot afternoon sun, and I’m thinking caladiums are for shade, am I right? I love that you put this together for $10. You are a clever girl!

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  47. Stacey, I love that you found those baby bunnies and put them back. It must not have been easy to locate them! And also that you kept your dog out of the yard for a while so they could be safe. The Dallas Arboretum looks spectacular. It's going on my list of things to see if I am ever in the area!

    Heidi | Mysweetcottage.com

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