Later on this evening we’re hav­ing a big birth­day cel­e­bra­tion Chez Bum­ble­bee. It’s my husband’s mmmmm birth­day cel­e­bra­tion and I want to do it up right. His favorite meal. Favorite wine. Favorite cake. Can­dles. Flow­ers. Oh, and those flow­ers? We have some mums!

This year I have seen some stun­ning arrange­ments of mums. So I decided to pull together a mum-featured arrange­ment for the birth­day boy using plants that I could later plant out into the gar­den. It just so hap­pens that the Lowe’s Cre­ative Ideas  peo­ple offered us a mum chal­lenge this month too—with a $50 Lowe’s gift card give­away. (That’s right. Pay atten­tion, peo­ple, because there could be some­thing in all this for you.)

I went to Lowe’s search­ing for a nice com­bi­na­tion of plants that would work both in the arrange­ment for the table and that I could also reuse in the gar­den. Here’s what went into this arrange­ment and the costs:

Two Pur­ple Mums (Chrysan­the­mum x mori­folium) — $13.96

Two Lacey Blue Russ­ian Sage (Per­ovskia atrip­li­ci­fo­lia ‘Lisslitt’) — $15.96

One Big Twister Rush (Jun­cus effusus ‘Big Twister’) — $6.98

Three Dianthus – $8.94

Con­tainer — Mine

SUBTOTAL — $45.84

Lowe’s 10% Mil­i­tary Dis­count — $4.58

TOTAL — $41.26

Besides a very nice table arrange­ment that we can enjoy at the party and for the next few days, I also have sev­eral plants that will work right into my gar­den. Win-win!

Now you can win too. As part of the Lowe’s Cre­ative Ideas pro­gram, I can give away a $50 Lowe’s gift cer­tifi­cate to one reader. So, leave a com­ment on this post by Wednes­day, Octo­ber 17, and you might be the one. You can make your own mum arrange­ment or pick up sup­plies for your own next DIY project.

Happy birth­day, Harry! I love you.

Be Socia­ble, Share!
Robin

33 Responses to “Whole Lotta Party Goin’ On…And Mums are Invited (And There’s a $50 Giveaway!)”

  1. Celia Says:

    I did not have much luck with mums this year, but I do like them!

  2. Ashley C Says:

    I’ve been want­ing to get some mums to put out on our porch!

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  3. Julie Says:

    Love lowes thanks

  4. Cindy Aiton Says:

    Thank you so much for offer­ing such a gen­er­ous give­away! I would use the gift card to buy some pretty fall plants and maybe a pump­kin or two. :)

  5. Cara Says:

    New to your blog and enjoy­ing it. I loved your but­ter­fly bush video.

  6. Joan Says:

    Loved your table arragment,Hope that yall had a great time at the party

  7. Brenda @the blonde gardener Says:

    I love the mum arrange­ment. I also like to do arrange­ments where I can plant later and enjoy for years.

  8. Cindy Says:

    What a fan­tas­tic cen­ter­piece! Thanks for the oppor­tu­nity to win the gift card! Love your blog!!
    Cindy

  9. Merrilee Says:

    Fun! Always love thrifty ideas.

  10. DeDe @ Designed Decor Says:

    Love the fall col­ors and the many col­ors of mums! Happy day to your hubby!

  11. Sheila Says:

    I love mums for fall. Your arrange­ment looks great, espe­cially the Twister Rush. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine Says:

    Can never have too many mums!

  13. Mary Ryan Says:

    Your arrange­ment is beau­ti­ful. I love mums and have them on my roof top ter­race. Would love more! Happy birth­day to your husband! :)

  14. Raeann Says:

    Your arrange­ment is lovely! I do love Russ­ian Sage! ;~}
    I planted sev­eral small mums and pan­sies in some vin­tage con­tain­ers that hang on our fence lin­ing our dri­ve­away. The deer ate them! ALL!! I knew deer ate pan­sies, but didn’t know they would eat the mums! I could use that gift cer­tifi­cate to pur­chase new plants for the pots ~ some­thing the deer won’t eat! Thanks for the chance with your giveaway!

  15. Deanna G. Says:

    Love the arrangement! :)

  16. Lisa Says:

    I love Lowes. I buy most of my plants there. Beau­ti­ful display!

  17. Marissa Says:

    Hmmm… what to do with fifty bucks at Lowe’s.

  18. Carol Says:

    What a pretty arrange­ment. I made a spin through our local Lowes on Sun­day and came out with one mum. They had a good assortment.

  19. sarahliz Says:

    Just saw this. What a pretty arrange­ment.
    Hope I’m not too late to get into the give-away.

  20. livivua c Says:

    i love mums and the col­ors are just great for home decor or out­side decor

  21. Vicki Juhlin Says:

    The fat black cat sat qui­etly next to this arrange­ment nib­bling gen­tly on the tall greens then leans over to sniff the pretty pink flow­ers but ahh one sniff is not enough, another and another the she just bites in rip­ping out the flow­ers clump after clump dirt fly­ing every­where then she squats in the dirt to do her business,rakes the dirt lightly over it and wan­ders off. time to go to lowes to get sup­plies for another arrange­ment. Sure could use $50 gift cer­tifi­cate here!

  22. Lisa W Says:

    Mums were always my favorite flower because I love the fall…until I dis­cov­ered hydrangeas! I’m think­ing I could use the Lowes card to replace the dead tree by my front porch!

  23. Shelia David Says:

    Thank you for show­ing us this beau­ti­ful fall arrange­ment!! I would love to try and make the same one!!!Love your cre­ativ­ity. Please post more!!! I could use the Lowe’s card to replace dead shrubs from our harsh sum­mer here in Okla­homa. Thanks!

  24. Kelly Says:

    I love mums, I didn’t appre­ci­ate their value in my younger days but I absolutely love them now. What a pretty arrangement!

    You paps are adorable too! We have 2 as well, Betsy and Ella.

  25. Vanessa Williams Says:

    cre­ative & beau­ti­ful ~ love it!

  26. Cheval Says:

    Great idea, will remem­ber for next party

  27. Kirsti Says:

    What a stun­ning arrange­ment! That is no sur­prise since you do every­thing with such taste and flair!

  28. Cindy, MCOK Says:

    You are indeed totally awe­some … even when you’re not giv­ing away gift cards!

  29. Layanee Says:

    You know you are and so is your cre­ative con­tainer. Love it and a big Happy Birth­day to that Harry. I am wild about Harry.

  30. Patsy Bell Hobson Says:

    You rock, chick lady. Oh please, oh please pick me.

  31. Jane Calloway Says:

    Mum’s the word! Beau­ti­ful arrange­ment! Happy birth­day to Harry!

  32. Dayloooo Says:

    Roses are rose, vio­lets are vio­let. Bacon.

  33. Sandie Anne Says:

    That is a beau­ti­ful pic­ture of those mums. I love all their col­ors for the fall. Adds a beau­ti­ful bou­quet to the color of the autumn leaves!

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.

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