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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fertilizer Friday --

It's FF over at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com drop by and see what other gardener's are sharing today. Rescued Stock for .50 a piece are beginning to bloom in the greenhouse.
One of my trays of seedlings seem to be doing fine in the greenhouse.
Dame's Rocket
Diamond Frost Euphorbia is really greening up . . .in the back left is a rooted Mexican Bush Sage.
African Daisies are very happy in the greenhouse.
Here are the African Daisies that I rescued. Happy as well. To the left is an Ornamental Potato Vine overwintering, and to the right is a Brugmansia cutting that has rooted.
This is where the majority of our bird activity happens. I'm standing in the driveway, as you can tell our home is at the bottom of a hill..to the left of the Pear tree the birdseed has killed the grass. It is an eyesore to say the least. Today I set out to dress it up a bit while leaving it bird friendly. I started digging some holes around the tree, far out enough as NOT to damage the roots.
Then I dug up the Liriope Grass from around the mailbox, boy have I been wanting to redo that area too. I planted the Grass and then set out newspaper, wet it down good.
Because I didn't have a truck load of mulch sitting around anywhere, I raked up some leaves...which I seem to have many truck loads of them laying around and put on top of the newspaper.
I then added a couple of rocks and a small bird bath. The birds have seed, suet, sock, fresh water and soon worms!

It will be a very low maintenance area and reward us with lots of entertainment. I believe it will compliment the Pear tree come Spring. We have another Pear tree to the left of this one a little higher on the hill that I will be doing the same thing around.

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Today I am Thankful for being able to work/play in the yard!!

49 comments:

George said...

I like what you've done around the pear tree. Not only is it bird-friendly, it is eco-friendly as well.

Val said...

You are so smart!!! And I want to say thank you for the challenge to say something that I am thankful for in every post! It really makes you stop and think.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, I love what you have done to the Pear tree area.... Love the little bird bath.... The birds will love it also.

Looks like your greenhouse is producing all kinds of new plants and flowers.. That is SO neat..
Hugs,
Betsy

imac said...

Neat work my friend.

Dorothy said...

Darla, I think you could make a dead stick sprout and bloom!!!
I like what you did around the tree. I'm glad you are able to work/play outside. Have a great day!

Lavender Cottage said...

Lucky you, to have a greenhouse. I like your plastic knife markers, I'm always on the look out for venetian blinds on garbage day and cut them up for plant names for seedlings and divisions.
The area around the tree cleaned up nicely and looks natural too. By the end of winter, I'll have about a foot deep large area of sunflower seed shells under one feeder and will rake them up in spring to throw in the compost.

NanaK said...

You sure are getting good use from that greenhouse. I love seeing your rescued plants doing well. You will have lots of pretty flowers to plant out when spring arrives.

What you did around the pear tree was a great idea. I bet it will be beautiful to see those trees in bloom.

Sounds like you have had some great weather up your way. We have too. A little cooler predictions this coming week but not freezing for here. Sure hope you miss another freeze too. We've had glorious rain!

Have a great time in your garden!

One said...

Rescued stocks? You mean there are such items on sale? They are so beautiful, the look like premium stocks now.

What a impressive makeover around your pear tree! I can almost see it beaming with pride.

Why would you want to cover up your tires? You don't fancy the look too?

Donna said...

lots growing....love the flowers for .50...

Lois said...

I'm going to have to come down there and see that bird area for myself sometime! It's beautiful.

Floridagirl said...

Oh, I cannot count the number of beds I've started with newspapers and leaves. Great start to good garden soil! Glad to see you're getting a lot of use from that greenhouse. Your flowers are beautiful!

sweetbay said...

I love getting out into the garden in winter too. Looks like you are getting excellent use out of your greenhouse! :)

Beth said...

Darla, It looks pretty around the pear tree. Love the stock in your greenhouse too. Thanks for identifying my bromeliad.
Blessings, Beth

Alberta said...

Darla, what a lot of work around that tree, but you did a fabulous job of it...looks stunning!

tina said...

The new garden under the tree is a nice and wonderful change. It's perfect for those birds and the gardener alike.

noel said...

aloha

this is a wonderful greenhouse, love the mulching ideas too :)

have a great weekend

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a great idea Darla. Your Liriope grass makes a pretty border for your bed. Your plants look like they are indeed loving the greenhouse. What a pretty Stock plant.That would be the only way I would ever have anymore Stock plants would be to buy them already grown. They took forever to seed and grow for me. I had blooms just before frost.LOL!Have fun playing in the dirt.

Marydon said...

G'eve Darla ~ I love the newbies in the greenhouse. I had a peek at Miss Impatiens in my kitchen & she's a'bloomin'! I was tickled, made my sicky day so much better.

What a great change for the pear tree. The tree is elegantly dressed, the birds will entertain you & enjoy the sauna.

Have a beautiful weekend ~
TTFN ~
Hugs, Marydon

sherryocala said...

Darla, your pear tree garden is called making something out of nothing. Good job! Your greenhouse and rescued plants are wonderfully cheerful. Have a great weekend.

Bernie said...

Loving the look of your pear tree garden ... such a good job! It looks like you've got quite a bit going on in your greenhouse ... fabulous African daisies!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

A marvellous job with the pear tree area. You are so ready for spring. Its going to be very colourful spring in your place soon. Please join us for seed week and share your experience.

radha said...

Lovely garden. And such workable, eco friendly ideas! Great work

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Hi Darla, You can link old post or a new one to the linky for the 'Seed Week" and share your experiences that is related to seeds, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes or cuttings that can be about collecting, propagating,growing them or how to keep them in top shape. Have a nice weekend with your family.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

You will have happy birds indeed! Have a great weekend!

Grace Peterson said...

I love the redux Darla Dear. You've got such talent.

Jean said...

Darla, How awesome to have a greenhouse! You won't have any grass to cut pretty soon. LOL! At least looking at your blooms gives me hope. I haven't seen green for a couple months. It was -1 this am and going to be colder tomorrow! Jean

Tootsie said...

great post Darla! Your flowers are lovely as usual...and as usual I wish I was there to see in person! I love what you are doing with your new little area...it is going to be wonderful! Have a great weekend girl...thanks for linking in!

lani said...

Great work love the step by step pictures......

garden girl said...

Looks great! I love your mason jar photo and greenhouse blooms too!

Dianne said...

Love family and gardens together! My kids and I have stared a vegetable garden and really enjoy the time spent together. Even broughtbour passion to school!

Stop by and visit us over at BloominThyme.wordpress.com and share your thoughts!

As for me, I'll be back here soon!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Great idea with the pear tree!
You are having too much fun with that greenhouse!! Yay!!!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love what you did with the pear tree area! It's fun to be able to do a little gardening in January isn't it? I saw your 'Envy' seedlings! I love those and need to be sure I pick some up next time I'm at the nursery.

Karen said...

The pear tree area is going to be wonderful. Your greenhouse is looking so inviting to me right now, it's very cold here tonight. I love to see all the new green seedlings sprouting.

Meems said...

Darla,
Always nice to be outside this time of year getting something done in the garden. And you've assisted the wildlife one step further with their new birdbath.

Your greenhouse must be so rewarding with all those pretty flowers enjoying the bright sun and warmth inside their cozy quarters.

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