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Friday, April 9, 2010

Fertilizer Friday

It's hard for me to believe it's already Friday, April 9, 2010! http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/
host the weekly meme Fertilizer Friday.

Snaps, Loro, Iris, Grass in the blue container, Petunias, Alyssum, Gerbera and fading foliage of the Crocus.

Petunias and Verbena

Blue Bedder Salvia-this plant kept some green on it all winter.

I trimmed my Hot Lips Salvia after the first frost last winter and the small mound stayed green all winter as well.

Dianthus--I have four of these and they are about 2 feet tall.



Cornflowers are opening. Seed directly sown in the garden during winter.

My first Ranunculus opened on March 20, 2010 they are still going strong and producing more buds.



I planted the banana looking bulbs, although I know they sell Ranunculus seed...could this be seed in the making here? If so, I'll be sharing!

and yet another color...
Lacecap Hydrangea that Ms. Doris rooted for me last year has returned strong and healthy.
Larkspur seed sown directly in the ground during winter.
Monarda--Bee Balm Scarlett from Ms. Doris. I now have three clumps of it.
Columbine from Rain Gardener..

My experiment: I know the ph in the soil changes the bloom color on the Mop Head Hydrangea, I bought a pink one two weeks ago to see if it stays pink.

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Today I am Thankful for the inch of rain we received yesterday and the return of Spring weather this coming week and not early summer temps.

36 comments:

Dani said...

We got rain this morning. Woohoo! Hopefully, it knocked some of the pollen down.

Dar said...

You have so many wonderful and colorful blooms already. I'm jealous again. And look at you go, in that header...wow...I loved the trampoline in high school...I'd still love it today but I'd probably break my sacroiliac again. One back surgery is enough
BlessYourWeekend

tina said...

Verbena and petunias are a fantastic combo. Looks great! I might have to borrow that idea.

P.S. Voles are similar to mice but a bit differently shaped and different teeth. They are stouter, shorter tail and shorter head. They are sometimes called field mice. They are a real issue in many gardens here in my area. They do some real damage to plants and trees and shrubs.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Pinch those bee balm plants. They'll produce more blooms if you take the top two leaves off each stem. Trust me on that.

We got a little rain. Barely enough to wet the ground in places. Our next chance is more than a week away.

Amy said...

I'm with you ... I want spring temperatures to continue. You have so many pretty blooms! I put down larkspur seeds, too. I have never had it before.
Also, love the header. I thought I went to the wrong blog. :)Enjoy your Friday and weekend!

Lola said...

You have lots of pretty flowers going on now. I like the combos. Much more interest. I've been concentrating on my veggies then the flowers.
We also got a little rain during the night.Things look fresher & cleaner. Hope the Spring temps stay around for a long time.

bennie and patsy said...

The days do go by so fast. I like your new look.
Patsy

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Beautiful gardens and flowers. I love your flat yard. You've sure got a green thumb.

FlowerLady said...

Wow, what a difference a couple of zones make, even living in the same state. I love all of your beauties, quite a few that I don't have, and some I've tried but they don't like it down here.

Enjoy and have a great weekend.

FlowerLady

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning, I really love the Dianthus. I will be on the lookout for them in my area.

I was just thinking what a quick week this was and its already Friday.
Marnie

Racquel said...

Wow your garden is really in full spring mode! Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by today. :)

xinex said...

Your flowers are gorgeous! I can only imagine how pretty your garden looks like....Christine

Becca's Dirt said...

Good morning Darla. Dianthus is really full. That does look like seed on the ranuculas. Everything is beautiful. Hope you have a great weekend.

George said...

We had a cold and dreary day yesterday, but didn't get much rain. The sun is shining brightly today. We've got color in our yard, but not nearly the variety you have.

Paula said...

Your dianthus get to be 2 feet tall! Amazing! Ours die back each year and are starting to poke through the ground. They are faithful little flowers. Love all your blooms always! Thanks for wharing, Paula from Idaho

Lois said...

Beautiful as always Darla! I was glad to see the rain too, but not the lightning.

Ann said...

Beautiful pictures. I do somewhat the same thing, only I post what's growing in my garden on the 15th of every month, for 'Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day'. Fun to see what's growing. Plant and Garden Blog

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful Darla... I cannot get over how pretty that Dianthus plant is.... AND that purple Columbine is marvelous!!!!

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Noelle said...

Oh goodness....you have so much going on in your garden. I love the 'Hot Lips' and I cannot wait to see your hydrangea in bloom. They are some of my favorite flowers :-)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Wow, just look at your garden showing off girl! I am in love with your dianthus. The Ranunculus just keep on giving don't they. Just beautiful.

noel said...

aloha,

everything looks gorgeous this friday, i love those first ranunculus blooms and the columbine, your garden looks beautiful.... thanks for sharing

Shelley said...

Everything is arranged so beautifully! And I keep learning about new flowers every time I visit you!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

These weeks really speed by don't they?! Love all your Spring flowers! I'm trying Dianthus again this year, I haven't grown them in years. I don't think I've ever had them get 2 feet tall.
The Columbine from Linda is beautiful!

Chandramouli S said...

More and more and more and more lovely flowers!!!! Love the Columbine. Unique color!

Prospero said...

Looking good, Darla! The Ranunculus is very impressive. Didn't we plant our blue bedder sage at the same time? Mine was trying to be green all winter too (the wind had other plans).

Julie said...

Everything just looks so beautiful, Darla! Hey, I found a Walking Blue Iris (the same one I had found the other day, and then the bloom was done and gone in 24 hours)...at a local nursery here! I'm gonna go get one asap! Should be fun!
xoxo- Julie

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Just beautiful!!!

Tootsie said...

girl...I love that Columbine!!! mine are not up yet...if they come up at all...I planted all the seeds from all the bloggers...so I am hopeful!
Your garden is like a lush park...I am so glad you share it with us all!
have a great weekend and thanks for linking in this week

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hey Darla,

I always plant lots of Salvia for my hummingbirds-They just love it!

Beautiful post! All I have growing is pansies-though my Hydrangea is looking promising!

Have a great weekend!

Robin~♥

Corner Gardener Sue said...

As I was reading your post, I was thinking about saying, "What winter, you don't have winter!", but then I remembered you did have quite a cold winter. I'm glad it's over, and hope it doesn't come back too soon.

Things are looking great your way! Yes, I am so very excited about seeing new things coming up and growing so quickly. Now, I need uninterrupted time to finish getting plants moved around to different spots and thinning those that are beyond their boundaries.

imac said...

Blooming well there Darla, You ought to have an open day around your garden.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Well, we got rain, and hail, and snow. But those hardy plants just seem to persevere.

Everything is looking wonderful in your garden.

Jen

Wendy said...

So pretty! I bought a hydrangea a couple weeks ago, and have it in a pot for now. We dont have any real landscaping in our yard. We just added some new azalea bushes along the front of the house, but no trees or anything in the yard (except some nasty palms in the front corner I want gone). Any suggestions on what to do with the hydrangea? They get pretty big, don't they?

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla Dear~~ OOh that Ranunculus!! The pink one, I mean. The others are nice too.

Love the larkspur foliage too. It's going to produce some lovely blossoms.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: Your flowers are simply amazing.

Twisted Fencepost said...

After a VERY wet winter, we have been dry for weeks. Until now. It is raining. Yay!