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Friday, June 24, 2011

Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers June 24/11


Friday is a BIG day for us here at Tootsie Time…(ok, just me…there is no one else here…lol) It’s a big deal because it means it’s PARTY TIME!!!!

Fertilizer Friday is the day of the week than an ELITE group of gardeners from all around the world get together , snap photos, link up and Flaunt Their Flowers!!!

If you are new to Tootsie Time and Fertilizer Friday, I just know you are asking yourself…”How do I join?” Well…it’s easy really. Here’s all you need to know to become a part of this great group of gardeners, bloggers and friends:

If it is spring or summer where you live, you need to snap a few photos of what you have growing, blooming or just love to look at that is of the plant variety…if it is winter where you live, you may post past favorite photos…or indoor plants…whatever you like. The only criteria is that it is a plant or something growing!

You do not need to use fertilizer to participate in this party, but if you do, this is the reminder to fertilize weekly!

All I ask is that: Your post must include the logo above and/or a link to Tootise Time, or the linky will be deleted. I don’t mean to be harsh, but there have been a lot of people linking in and when the participants graciously click over to their blogs, there is no sign of Fertilizer Friday anywhere to be found. This is not fair to those who do follow the rules, therefore…well you know!

So? what are you waiting for? Get outside, feed, water, snap and post!

Okay…here I am again…busy as all get out…and glad that I have this little party…because it give me a good reason to take a few minutes to stroll around in my gardens and take some photos!

What a crazy week! I am so glad that next week is the last week of school for my kids…so that there is one or two less things for me to worry about! ha-ha…let me tell you…raising three great yet very active kids alone…is a job and a half!…but I wouldn’t change it for the world…my little gang is my whole world!

Anyways…ON with the FLAUNT! I did some work on the front yard this week in between meetings and things…the hedge got trimmed to be all one height…(which turns out is very short)…the weeds got yanked and thrown away and things are looking rather pretty at this moment…(at least until the next wave of chick weed flows in) My next door neighbors…are terrible garden keepers…the weeds are going wild over there…and the wind keeps blowing them into my gardens too. Maybe one day, I will get rid of all of the weeds? ha-ha-ha…it’s a nice dream!!!

Here's the current state of affairs in my front yard!


That poor little hedge…is the same size as the Marigolds…but will be grand one day!


In the evening when the light is just right…the terracotta and the purple blooms in front of the hegde…just glow. I am sharing that next week…with the evening view of the lights on the vines…so suffer till then!!! (evil grins)


I love walking up on my yard…the smell hits you about 6 houses down…all the flowers just smell so good!


I had to remove about 6 inches of topsoil from this bed to rid myself of the huge chick weed population this time…so I had to put some new little plants in…and salvage what I could from the rest…it was BAD. I filled 4 garbage cans just out of the front yard with weeds.


I did find someone that I thought had perished over the winter though!!!


I just adore this Iris. Great big blooms…glorious color!


My flowers on the trellis finally took off…I was worried about the hanging pots for a while…


It is VERY cozy and private on the front stoop. That vine LOVES to get big and full!

It’s soooo cozy in fact …


That this little guy has a nest in the top corner!!!


I noticed it when I was pulling down the hanging baskets because of an incoming storm…the wind was very strong. I could hear babies chirping…so I looked for them…


From what I can tell…the nest is right by the bright light on the left side of the photo…I didn’t want to get too close…and the wind was pushing the leaves around…so that is another view to try to capture at a later date!


I added a pot of bacopa to the top of the bannister post…it is doing quite nicely there…and finishes the spot up nicely…( I think)

That is all that is blooming in the front yard…I do have one last thing that I would like to share…It is something I haven’t ever done before…and it is taking everything in me not to abort the mission…take a look at this!


For the very first time in my life…I planted an entire flower bed…completely by way of direct seeding outside!….It is killing me!!!!

I used left over snap dragon seeds…poppy seeds…some Marigold seeds…Malva and lavatera seeds….if this works…it is going to look fantastic…if it doesn’t…I see some spare pots of wave Petunias…getting a relocation!!! ha-ha-ha!

Okay…your turn…Flaunt for me!

Next week…I am planning to share the ins and outs of the cottage garden….so…since I don’t have one of my own to use photos from…I am hoping maybe a few of you will email me a couple photos of your cottage garden???? I would love to share them in my post, and of course link back to you!!!

Hugs and smiles…hopes for all to have a safe and happy weekend…Thanks for popping in all week and for linking in today!!! I will see you very soon!

Until Next time…Happy Gardening…and Flaunting!

*)*)*) to my very special three…and to one in particular…sometimes when we take our gloves off…we get our hands dirty in such a way that they don’t come clean when we need them to…and we end up feeling ashamed of the way things look! Thanks for the giggles this week you three…I always love to see you visit…and the entertainment you provide is more than I can sometimes take! HUGS

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