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Friday, March 30, 2012

Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers March 30/12


IT’S FRIDAY AGAIN!!!! I am SO glad to see you!

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 Tootsie Time, or the linky will be deleted.

So....I would like to invite each and every one of you to join in and share your photos...

The weather sort of smartened up since last week. The weekend brought us more snow…but the work week brought us some warm temps and sunshine. Things are starting to look a lot more spring like around these parts of Alberta Canada. Unfortunately for me…the spring melt, has taken away the nice crisp blanket of snow…and has revealed an eyesore beyond measure. Yep…I am referring to my yard…future garden…current train wreck. (ha ha)

Take a look:

~~~~warning~~~~ the following photos may cause nightmares! (ha ha)


This is the view from the back gate in the alley behind my humble little home. NOT PRETTY AT ALL.


This is the area directly outside the front door of my greenhouse. It is covered with red shale, wood chips, and pine needles…oh and don’t forget the mud…ha ha!


The area directly across the sidewalk from the greenhouse is a mud bog. This is the future site of the garage that is planned for the spring as soon as the ground is ready to build on. For now…it is a definite attraction for my kids…ugh.


Standing a little closer to the house…looking back you see this…but take a half turn …


…and you see this! Ya…and I have been cleaning it up! The kitchen reno mess is almost all cleared away…but still it is an eyesore. Piles of scrap wood…cement blocks…mud…will it ever be all gone???


This is the space right outside the back door to the left of the steps…the air conditioner is in this area…as is the water meter…gas meter and vents for the house. Wood chips are the only thing planted in this space right now…but not for long!!!


I think I might have a plan for these pavers…and bricks…that doesn’t include leaving them where they are…(but that’s another post all together!)


I hope we can salvage that little shed that is currently sitting in front of the greenhouse (in a bad way…ha ha) I want to move it over to where the little tin shed sits…What tin shed you ask?


This tin shed…it is very small…and it is not in good shape at all. The doors fall off if you look at them sideways! It is currently holding some empty pots…and junk. I need to make a plan to either toss it to the junk yard, or completely modify it to become something fabulous…I have a few ideas…(but that too is another post)


Not much for a side yard for me to play with in this garden…but I am sure a few little things will be planted there instead of the wood chips…


See the house to the left of the photo??? ya…well that is the house I would have LOVED to have owned. It went up for sale again last month, and sadly there is no hope for me to ever own that beautiful wonderful old home…it is almost beyond repair. The foundation is crumbling from the inside out…the roof is leaking like crazy and needs to be replaced…as does a lot of the walls…both inside and out…and…there is no power on the second story! So…my dream to own that wonderful old home is dead…for now…until I win the lotto…lol

Back to my tour.…

The front yard is better…but not a lot. The white rocks under the bedroom windows will be moved to the back alley to like the place where the garbage will be set out…and the wood chips under the living room window will be removed to make way for blooms and blooms and blooms!

As for the lawn…


…well I think I may need a miracle to bring it up to look like the lawn I left behind! Lots of large tree spruce trees and lack of attention to it, have left it looking less than lush…give me a season…hopefully I will be able to fix it up!


The driveway is going to be removed. It is pretty worn, and very narrow. Gotta love the spring hey??? My poor little truck is filthy! Hey…I like to drive through the mud puddles…what can I say! ha ha


I can’t wait to figure out what these two little shrubby things are… I hope they are pretty!!!

That concludes the tour of my future gardens. I know I have a huge task ahead of me to get this place looking a little more like Tootsie Lives here. I might even need a miracle or two…but for now I will settle for a whole lot of inspiration from some of the most creative gardeners I know…(you guys)

That is your que to get busy and dazzle me with your spring gardens!!! I can’t wait to see what you have to share!


If you have any suggestions for me…I would absolutely love to hear them!!

Hugs , smiles and wishes for a safe and happy weekend with friends and family from Tootsie and her gang in Zone 2 Alberta Canada!!!

Until Next Time…Happy gardening!

*)*)*) I once read: “You can be one of two things...the maker of your own self-destruction or the master of your own self-preservation” and it made me think of you…Don't let the words you speak today be the regrets you have tomorrow…*)

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