Friday, June 19, 2009

Flower Gardening - Fertilizer Friday

It's Fertilizer Friday! I only have one new thing blooming this week, and it's something I didn't even plant! More on that in just a sec...

Be sure to pop over to Tootsie's blog and check out all of the beautiful gardens being flaunted today. Except for the fact that it's a heat index of 105 degrees here lately, I still think I need to plant more stuff, don't you? Now I know why people love annuals so much ... they are alot of work but they give you blooms for a pretty long time.

Nevertheless, do you think that the heat has stopped me? Oh no. Yesterday I was out in the veggie garden, at high noon, moving plants and planting more seeds like a crazy woman. Thankfully I did remember my sunscreen!

I'll try to get back later today to fill in the blanks but y'all have seen all of this before, so really it's the same old, same old... except for that very last one. :) Thanks for coming by and viewing my gardens!

Garden Diary - June 19, 2009

The hydrangeas in the backyard are fading but these in the front bed are just now coming to life. They are in much deeper shade, so they don't really bloom a lot.

This is the shade bed that the hydrangea above is in.

The hibiscus in the front yard corner bed, part sun, part shade.

One of the cannas in the front yard is finally blooming.

The petunias in the front yard are hanging in there so far - I'm sure the regular fertilizing has helped a lot!

An annual Begonia in the sunnier part of the front bed.

Another part sun, mostly shady bed in the front yard. It gets a bit of morning sun, but that's about it.

A shady bed in the backyard. The impatiens are hanging in there too - again I'm sure because of the regular fertilizing. Lots of ferns and caladiums in this bed too.

This is called a Purple Heart {thanks ladies!}.

I'm getting some buds on my Camellia but not many.

These are some Ranunculus Flamenco, I think... will have to get back to you on that! I planted this late and they are just now coming up and I think this is where I put the Ranunculus. Guess I'll have to wait for some blooms to be sure!

I'm hoping the dahlias bloom now that they are moved here. We'll see! At least I saved a couple of them. The rest have died off from the heat in the past couple of years.

The Buttercups are still going.

This is one of my climbing roses - can't recall the name at the moment, so I'll have to look it up, but these are the tiniest, most delicate pink roses I have ever seen. This little bud is no bigger than my fingernail!

The lantana are flourishing in this heat - they're in a southern facing bed, up against the brick of my house.

I'm not sure what this is! I moved it from somewhere because it looked like a plant, but heck it could just be a weed LOL!

The butterflies have been busy with the Butterfly Bush, which is just about played out. I've been deadheading it and getting a few more blooms out of it, but it's almost too hot to keep up with that now.

And they are busy with the lantana in the middle sunny bed. I had 5 butterflies in my yard the other day, 4 of them were chasing each other around in a circle while flying through the air and it was so cool looking!

Okay... it's not a flower, but my tomatoes are finally starting to turn!

And finally ... I have tried for years to grow some of those giant sunflowers, but the squirrels always managed to find them and dig them up! So I just quit trying. This year, to hopefully keep the squirrels out of my garden and my feeders, I started feeding the squirrels sunflower seeds. Well, seems that they planted a few for me! So when I saw some plants coming up, I told The Hubs to be sure not to plow 'em under the lawn mower and some of them are starting to bloom! I love how they turn in the direction of the sun. In the morning they are facing east, and in the evening, west.

But this is the one I am waiting for. Right now, this plant is about 4-1/2 feet tall and just beginning to open.

Well, that's about it for the week! See you next week - maybe I'll have some new stuff by then??


  1. that purple plant looks like a moses in a boat! it is a houseplant for me...not sure tho till it blooms
    I wish I could grow hibiscus outside here like that ...and Caladium
    your garden looks wonderful!
    thanks for linking up!

  2. Nice Blooms! The purple plant is called Purple Heart.

    Happy FF!

  3. Mary,
    Everything looks so nice. I just love Ranunculus--I grew them when we lived in Alaska but I have had no luck finding them in the lower 48--I'll have to look harder for next spring. All of your plants looks so healthy and happy. Sheila in NC

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  5. Everything looks just beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Wow! You have a lot of blooming going on. Thanks for showing them.

  7. Mary, your flowers look wonderful. I love the Caladiums - tried them once but I think in the wrong spot and they fizzled.
    I think your purple plant may be a Purple Heart and I think it's in the same family as the Moses one Tootsie mentioned - I have both (I think my other is the Moses one) and the Purple Heart has a more purple leaf on the top and bottom. It gets a little pink bloom. If you go to my blog, on the right where my flowers are listed click on Purple Heart and it's the 6th picture down top left.
    Hope this helps. Linda

  8. I don't feel so bad moving plants in the 80's if you're moving them in even hotter weather. It's never too hot or too late to plant :)
    I love the plants in your shad hardens. I think the Caladiums are houseplants here.

  9. Beautiful....and sunflowers are the most fun....

  10. Wow your garden is just full of beautiful blooms. The color are intoxicating!

  11. Thanks for showing us your's been very enjoyable! But your side bar with all that yummy food...OMG I want some! Warm wishes, Esther

  12. Pretty blooms! Love the sunflower! I feed my squirrels sunflower seeds too and that seems to help. Some are even growing here too!!
    Happy FF!!!

  13. Happy Gardening Everybody!! Thanks for stopping by and all the sweet comments.

  14. Oh, I love the butterfly pictures. I had one dancing around the passion vine~ that still hasn't bloomed. :) Beautiful photos of your garden. I'm with you on the heat index I think it was 108 on Thursday. All I know is that it's 7:43am and I've been out watering and already broke a sweat. (bluh) Have a great weekend!

    Hugs~ J

    P.S. I always leave your blog, :)


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