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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers Oct 23/09

Welcome to another edition of Fertilizer Friday! Today is the day we all gather together, feed, water, or just flaunt our flowers! Those who are regulars here know exactly what to do...those who are new....WELCOME! If you are unsure...either read below or click the Fertilizer Friday link in the menu bar at the top of the page to see how to play along!
Now I know that some of you all thought that this meme would end once my growing season ended....BUT this is not the case.
For the winter months we will be sharing our indoor gardens...such as houseplants or greenhouse items...OR our favorite photos of gardens from seasons past...OR... if you are like April and Darla...and you still have things growing...cause you are lucky to have a great gardening climate...Share your current gardens!
I hope you will take me up on the invite to share WHATEVER IT IS...."ugly" is not a word in this meme...show it...ask questions...just join in! Even one plant is better than none!
Today for me I am sharing some of the plants that I have that I have a VERY hard time growing...Succulents and Cacti.
This is a little pot I planted seed in on a whim about three years ago. I had never grown cacti from seed...and thought I would challenge myself...as you can see...the seeds sprouted!
And they are growing! Now Cacti and Succulents for me are hard...they grow slow...and I tend to over love them and they end up soggy and dead...so I am seriously proud of my little cacti garden.
I really wish I was brave enough to transplant this pot to larger living quarters...but...I'm not..so they are really squished in there.
Lots of little round ones...anyone know anything I can do to coax them into bloom...other than what the books say?
This is a little Christmas/Thanksgiving cactus that I have had for about two years. It just got a new pot last week...it seems to have perked up a bit since!
I do believe this is a Century plant...and let me say if I am right...they named it correctly! It is not going to last long in this house if it doesn't do something soon!!! It's boring me!
Another Christmas/Thanksgiving Cactus...that blooms about 6 times a year...I think it has calendar issues! lol When it does bloom they are blood red!
Hen and Chicks....
And some progress shots of the Jade getting ready to burst into glorious bloom!
I am out in that greenhouse like a dirty shirt waiting for the big show!
Maybe next week!
Now...come on you guys!!! Link in! Share with us! Sharing our gardens inspires us all to add or step it up just a little! Add yourself to the mister linky below! Darla...maybe you can add some shots of the BBQ bed you made last summer?
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend...see you in the garden!

32 comments:

Tootsie said...

I Know I am a little early, but I have so much to do...that I have to make sure this is up before I forget!
I can't wait to head across the blog land street and see what you all have in your gardens!

salmagundi said...

Not a thing growing in this house (inside or out). It's winter in Colorado, and I'm just not an indoor plant person. Wish I was - yours are beautiful and healthy. Mine never are. I'll just enjoy your show this winter. Sally

Justine said...

I've never heard of a hen and chick plant, but me likey! It's so cool looking. And the cacti you planted from seed looks great! Don't they generally like to be crowded?

justine :o )

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Wow, I envy your Greenhouse and plants...things are still green here but the trees are beginning to turn...

Blondie's Journal said...

I like the Christmas Cacti, Tootsie. I have seen them but never knew the name. They look fragile~like they would break off a lot. Yours looks like it is doing well. I had a jade plant given to me that was already 8 or 10 years old. I don't like that pressure and sure enough, it slowly died over the next 2 years...I just don't know if I could bear that pain again!!

Tootsie, I am really bad with houseplants. I could kill a fake one. But I REALLY think you should repot the cactus. It is going to fall over!! Sue from Luxe Lanai is GREAT with succulents. Ask her all your questions.

xoxo
Jane
Jane

Autumn Belle said...

I like all the cacti pictures here. The look so healthy and fresh. Seeing your jade plant makes me want to plant succulents and cacti again.

CiNdEe said...

That is funny that the Christmas cactus blooms that much! Wow mine blooms in the Spring one time only! I ordered a yellow one last Spring so hopefully it blooms this year too! I can't wait to see it! It was not blooming when I bought it. I will try to get some pictures up in a min. I gotta get out and get some first!!! LOL(-:

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

They all look great to me! I know if YOU have trouble growing something, I'd better not even get my brown thumb anywhere near it! laurie

Erin said...

All I know about those prickly cactus is that I fell in when I was 5...it was horrible and I have no love of cactus!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love your cactus, I think my favorite is of course the Christmas one, it is always so pretty and blooms for so long I love it...

Evelyn Howard said...

LOL - funny that you say cacti and succulents are difficult - yours are all looking fantastic and so healthy - even flowering! Lovely photos - can wait to see more of the jade plant blooms :) have a nice weekend

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Your actus sure look happy to me. I'd leave them there too! They are a bit prickly to transplant ;~)
Can't wait to see your Jade show off. Have a great weekend!
*hugs*deb

Dirt Princess said...

Well you will just fall out when you see what all I still have blooming and that wasn't HALF of it...oh the joys of a 10 month gardening season!!! LOL! Hope you got rid of the bugs! I love succulents but have never tried them!

Urban Green said...

Beautiful collection. Loved them all especially hens and chicks. They seem to be doing very well.

Teresa said...

Funny, I showed my christmas/thanksgiving/halloween cactus too. Mine is not as ambitious as yours but it slowly making progress. Glad you are keeping this up. It's great to take stock weekly of what you have and what others have in our gardens. Thanks for that! Your plants are great! My jade plant has never bloomed. I am looking forward to seeing yours so I can aspire to that too!

Crafty Gardener said...

My outside gardens are looking quite dismal right now but my Christmas Cactus is starting to put on quite a show.

Darla said...

I'm just jealous and I'm going to leave it at that!! The leaves on your Century plant don't look wide enough to me...it's not going to do anything for about 15 years so you might as well just ignore it...give me tips on the christmas cactus!!!!!

Julie said...

well, well, well...have you been holding out on all us succulent lovers????? lolol. I LOVE your collection of cactus planted from seeds! Sometimes cactus like to have crowded roots! They all look happy and healthy, so I would not replant them...but also it probably wouldn't hurt either...

The trouble is dealing with the spines! I use layers of newspaper folded longways to wrap around the cactus to move them. Wear gloves too.

I agree with how your century plant is boring...I feel the same way about them. It looks like a beautiful plant though!

Can't wait to see your jade in bloom...how exciting!!!

I swear I am going to re-pot my two Christmas Cactus this weekend and start fertilizing up to when the big show starts!!! Mine only bloom once a year in winter. Maybe cause I am not a big fertilizer like you are (bad, bad me)!!! Hee hee hee!

I never got to take picks for you of my Mexican Sunflower yet...it has some flowers right now, but that one day last week was spectacular. Soon as I can I will take some shots of it...I promise!

B : ) said...

Your indoor gardens are as lovely as your outdoor gardens. I don't do indoors since we moved to Florida 25 years ago. Thanks for sharing. B : )

"Blossom" said...

Yes, I did miss you. Its early here at 8:18 and waiting to call and check in on my granddaughter and her dad to see how they are doing today. A busy week end coming up. I'm so glad you are doing better and your house plants are unique. Some of them I've never heard of before. I only have three house plants.

Hortist said...

very nice post........it s first time to hear about growing cacti from seeds.......can you plz tell me how to collect their seeds and how to grow them from seed :)

Bonnie said...

I have had my jade plant for years and it is very healthy, but never bloomed. Is there a trick to that?

I purchased some cacti seeds 3 weeks ago, and have not planted them yet. Is there any advice you can give me.

Your plants look great. Thanks for hosting!!!

The Japanese Redneck said...

When I saw all those sticky cactus in that pot. I wondered the same thing. How is Tootsie gonna get that into a bigger pot?

Industrial gloves is all I could think...

Ramona

SmilingSally said...

I just popped in to get a little jealous. That jade plant is gorgeous, and you got cactus blooming! My!

I'll join in next week.

onlymehere said...

Would you believe that I no longer have even one house plant?! I killed them all. I even killed the cactus I had! I'm learning much from you though and one day I'll dare to bring another plant in that will have a shot at living a long life, lol!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love your little cactus garden. I think my challenge to myself is to try some more houseplants this winter. I have one little terrarium and a few African violets.
My MIL has a century plant in her garden (in California) and this past summer it sent up the tallest flower stalk, I think she said 25 feet tall. I'll try to find pictures and post them sometime.

Rosey Pollen said...

Same story here, Tootsie. We got some snow too,but it is melting here.
I love your cacti photos, they are looking healthy and robust! You must have a green and prickly thumb.
Thanks for hosting FF, this is my first time.
Rosey

Julie said...

Hey Tootsie! I just posted every blooming darn thing in my yard!!! Even the Mexican Sunflowers! Come see!!!

Sue said...

That's so neat that you grew cactus from seed........I didn't really realize they sold seed for them. That would be another great winter project!
As for succulents, I've started looking into some of them. I got some "cobweb" hens and chicks this year. I'll post a pic of that sooner or later.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! Have been growing jade plants for years, but have never seen one bloom. How do you do that? Donna from MI

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I loved seeing all of your succulents. The picture of the first one is awesome! Can't wait for that jade to bloom! How exciting! Sorry I didn't link up yesterday. I was going to but was sick as a dog all day so I didn't do anything but sleep. -Jackie

xinex said...

I just planted some cacti in an herb planter and I am hoping they stay small, lol! I wish you would grow orchids so you can show me how, Tootsie. I buy them with blooms but after the blooms are gone, they don't ever bloom again and I love orchids. Can I post something like my post today for Fertilizer Friday?...Christine