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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers May 31/13


Do you know what day it is???

It’s Friday !!!! 

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...

Today's post is going up a little early today because I am going to be away all weekend.

I have been super busy this week!!!  

There seems to be no time to post or do much of anything but scrub the dirt off myself!!!   There have been some LONG days in the garden this week…and I have a lot of pain in my arms because of it…I have been having trouble using the computer as my hands are painful when my shoulders and arms are inflamed…but…here I am to flaunt for you…and to host the party that shares the MOST gorgeous people and gardens ever!

Lets get started!

Today I am sharing a project that Grampie and I did yesterday!
There is this UGLY space in my side yard.  I just hate that it is so messy looking all the time.   When Grampie presented me with his idea…I jumped at it right away.  I was excited to start, especially since I got to raid some of his junk stash!  Smile
Grampie offered me some of the cinder blocks that he has out at the farm!   Hey…he doesn’t often OFFER to share his stash….he usually guards it against people like me…ha ha…He even helped me get the project done!

I loaded 39 cinder blocks into the box of my truck and two large tubs of soil.   Grampie brought the plants and some soil in his truck and we got busy!  The blocks were placed, leveled and straightened.
We got rained out just as we were finishing placing the blocks and had to stop for an hour or more.  That thunderstorm brought hail, heavy rain and it was not fun!
Once the rain stopped, we got busy!~

I planted one little Cotton Easter shrub  in each hole of the blocks…

We had exactly enough plants!!!   How lucky are we??  haha!

It looks amazing!!!  Just as I finished planting the last little plant, it once again started to rain!   It was at that point that Grampie had had enough!   He called it a day and took off.

I decided that I needed to finish…besides a little water wouldn’t hurt this dirty girl…

I pruned these little plants back to help them to adjust and to level them off a little bit.  By the time I was finished…I was soaked right through…and had to stop!
No...I am not wearing knee pads....that is mud...yes...I do tend to look like this a lot in the summer.  :)

It looks MUCH better…I don’t really mind the jungle look, but a hedge isn’t really a good place to create that style!  This is a narrow area, and I need to keep this neat and crisp! 
This hedge will be filled in and thick in no time flat!

I also need to paint the blocks.  Not really loving the old colors right now.  These blocks bring back a lot of memories for me…they are cast off blocks from the elementary school I attended when I was a child.  They renovated and re-built parts of the school, and my mom and dad got to have as many of the blocks as they wanted!  So…not only did I reclaim part of my child hood…but I repurposed the cement blocks instead of them ending up in the local landfill!
I had a great day working on this project.  Not only did I get to make an ugly space look much better, I got to hang out with my Dad.  I am excited to see this area finished and growing nicely…but this is where I am for today!
Stay tuned for part two of the back yard renovation!!!  I have lots of things to share!  I might even include a flower or two!  haha!

This brings us to the end of my flaunt for this week…and YOU know what that means!!!

That means…I can’t wait to see what you have!

Well…what are you waiting for???


Get your flaunt on!!!

I wish all of you hugs and smiles, and safe and happy weekend plans!

Thank you all so much for dropping in today, and to those that faithfully link in to this party…and who are patient while waiting for me to FINALLY visit you…it seems there are not enough hours in a day anymore...THANK YOU!

Until Next Time... Happy Gardening!

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All of my house and garden plants are planted in Sunshine potting mediums.  


Alberta said...


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Every time you look at the hedge, you'll think of your grandfather. What a nice project to work on together and a great idea to repurpose the blocks.

Beth said...

Tootsie, I love what you are doing in your yard. You are so creative. I'm waiting to see if that piano makes its appearance again...

deb said...

Awesome job! I used cinder block to weight the Gazebo down and plant honeysuckle in each one. The sides of the gazebo are covered now and they're climbing and covering the top...perfect timing, the sun has disingrated the top cover.
Love your line of blocks. It makes a nice separation.
Take care & have a great weekend!

Larry said...

interesting project! You don't hang out collecting moss for too long do you!? Always something new... Anxious to see how it turns out! Larry

CiNdEe's GaRdEn said...

You are so lucky to have these wonderful memories of working with your Dad. I hope you get to create many more wonderful projects together!!!!!
I know I will always cherish the times my Dad and I have had building things together.

Unknown said...

Love the cinder block idea - and such a good use of your old childhood school!

Jean Campbell said...

I think the original chippy paint on the blocks adds to the charm. I know it isn't your style not to have fresh paint, but they look great as they are.

Andrea said...

Happy Friday, i am glad i am not living near you, or else i will be obliged to work much too, or else i will be ashamed of what my garden will look like. And perhaps my body will not be as good as yours to tackle those hard jobs! But i love your accomplishments.

Sonia said...

Wow! You guys have been busy! Love that little hedge..and you must be the busiest gardner I know! How cool is it that those blocks were in your school!
Enjoy your weekend!
Miss Bloomers

BernieH said...

That's such a brilliant idea! Way to go Grampie! That's no longer an ugly spot in your front yard, and I can imagine it will only improve every year. I can't believe that the blocks are from your old school. That is just amazing.

Unknown said...

What a great idea for re-purposing! Looks great! enjoy your weekend.

Lynn said...

Wish I'd thought of using cinder blocks along the side of the front of my house. Would have been easier than trying to put in a small strip bed with paver edging. Also, the header image at the top of your blog is amazing. What a beautiful garden!

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Hey Glenda/Tootsie (◠‿◠)
Gorgeous shots of gardening. Thanks for hosting. In Berlin its rainig all days of the week. :(
Have a happy weekend, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | my photoblog

Unknown said...

Glenda you have had another full week! Love this idea for the hedge. What colour will you be painting the cement bricks?

astudentgardener said...

Thanks for hosting Tootsie.

What about spreading some creeping phlox, thyme or sedum seeds on top of those blocks to get some plants spilling over the edges to soften the lines a bit? Just some food for thought...

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love this idea (and your header is just gorgeous!) I have an area that needs some attention and this is the perfect solution. Great blog.
New follower,

siteseer said...

love the cinder block idea. Will the roots of the shrubs go down beneath the blocks? Guess they'd have to right? And you say you're going to paint the blocks??? can't wait to see this through lol