Friday, May 21, 2010

Fertilize Friday - New Beginnings

It's Friday so head on over to Tootsie Time to see all the other gardeners and their beautiful flowers.

I'll start this garden tour on the back deck with the container garden. We had so much fun last year with the pumpkins that I thought I'd try a bigger one this year. Wonder if it'll get big enough to do one of my 'baby in a pumpkin' pictures. We have a new baby coming in July.

These look so small now, but I know that they will be big and gorgeous in no time.

Isn't this just beautiful.

Don't you love this pot I got for Mother's Day? The geraniums are a bold red.

Hoping I get lots of little grape tomatoes off this plant - we're foregoing the 'topsy turvy' this year.

A friend mentioned growing zucchini to make zucchini bread and I guess I'm just being a follower, what can I say I like zucchini bread.

These shrub roses do very well for the lack of attention that they get. One of these years I'm going to spend more time at this side of the house and see just how beautiful they can be.

The Creeping Phlox make a beautiful soft pillow of flowers under the basement window.. it's being slightly invaded by the lily of the valley.

Tons of Lily of the Valley under this Cedar Pine.

These are one of those plants that a friend gave me a couple of clumps and look out.

In the back corner we softened the sharp corner by curving it out with hostas. The deer and bunnies love them.

We've planted the 'tire planters' this year. MM made the tire planters by turning the tire inside out still on the wheel. Here we have some Morning Glories started from seed. The packet calls them 'Grandpa Ott' which is one of my kids grandpa's.

The other planter has this beautiful Clemaitis.

A small stand of Iris. My Mom gave me a few about 15 years ago and I given away baskets full of the bulbs and I still have a ton.

I love the look of the sink with the wave petunias. It'll be a sight in a few weeks when the plant wakes up.

I have three Peony bushes that are loaded with buds. I've had really good luck with these.

A few signs of life from the Hibiscus. They like it a little warmer - next week...

One open Iris.... most of ours are purple not sure how I got a yellow one lol

The Beebalm is looking good. Last year things were watered by a soaker hose and the hose just didn't reach this plant. Hoping this year I find a few more minutes to do what I love.

I moved these tiger lilies from the side of the house. Hope they do well here.

The cone flowers also got moved, but seem to be doing fine so far.

Holly Hocks are new this year. Haven't done too much since I planted them a few weeks ago, but it's just now warming up.

The daisies look like a delicious salad don't they?

Wonder if the Forget-me-nots will spread all over? They are new this Spring.

This daisy is loaded with buds.

The Blue Hills Salvia did real good last year.

This Moonbeam Coreopsis did so amazing last year that I bought a second one. It had the most beautiful pillow of yellow flowers for several weeks.

This Coral Bells is doing much better this year. The last couple of years it came up okay, but didn't shine like it does this year.

I bought this garden gate at an antique shop last summer and couldn't wait to get something going on it. The Clemaitis isn't doing as well as the one in the back, but I'm holding out hope, it's still early.

Back in the backyard again is this beautiful Rose of Sharon. MM cut it way back this year but it seems to be doing great.

At the base of the Rose of Sharon is this beautiful ground cover. Don't know the name. I got a few shovels full years ago from a neighbor and it just took off.

We picked up this planter at an antique mall this Spring. It doesn't get a lot of sun on the front porch so I have Asparagus Fern and Sweet Potato Vine going... I planted a couple of wave petunias in there too, but I don't hold out too much hope for them doing well. Maybe they'll surprise me.

Last year I started these hostas at the base of this big Oak tree. They all came back so I'm loving it.

I love the Azaleas. We started with three last year. One got broke in half by a fallen tree (what's left is very healthy), the second one, in the middle, is full of blooms and the final one I'm just watching. It came up with live stuff on both sides and dead looking in the middle. I just left it alone and I'm glad I did because now there appears to be life in the middle too. We'll see.

The Magnolia tree (planted last Spring) had a few blooms and looks to be doing very well. Gotta take care of the dying tulips in between the hostas.

The Trumpet Vine likes it warm, but is already starting to come to life.

And this brings us back to my cozy sitting spot. Love a cup of tea out here in the morning.

We're still spraying the hostas with the deer repel because of this little guy. This go round he snubbed his nose at the smell so I guess it's working.

So what's happening in your gardens? I'm finding my biggest problem is finding the time to water them. Gotta just reprogram myself into spending my evenings in the yard. Not a bad place to be.


Shannon said...

Everything looks so green and pretty. I can't wait until all the flowers bloom too! Your yard always looks so pretty. You have a lot of great planting space!!

The Adventures of Grunty and Chubbs said...

Wow! Your gardens are awesome! And it's only the beginning. It'll be fun to watch them grow through the summer. (I'll live vicariously through you since I don't really do any gardening right now.)

Diana, Eric, and kids said...

Love your mother's day pot! We are pulling the rig out of storage this weekend and starting to pack it up for Alaska!!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh how lovely everything looks! I love azaleas, they are just beautiful! Awesome Mother's Day pot too!


Ott, A. said...

Thanks for stoppin by for a Latte'. My husbands family is from Wisconsin, but the dirt recipe comes from my family and I don't even think my husband knows all that goes in it. :) your pictures are beautiful. Your yard must be so nice to sit out in and enjoy. Happy to be your newest follower and I look forward to more pics and updates. P.S. We are going to Alaska for a vacation in August.

B Boys Mom said...

Wow your yard and all your plants look wonderful. I hope you post pictures of them every week so we can see how they grow.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Everything is groing like gang busters!! Love your rock markers!! Too cute!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

You have so much going on in your beds that are just about ready to bloom. You have a beautiful garden. I have trouble with those 4 legged varmints also. I really like the gate trellis. Your Moonbeam coreopsis looks so healthy. mine is so spindly. LOL!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

You really have a lot going on in your yard! Everything looks great (except the unwanted visitor), best of luck!

Laura said...

Everything looks so green and healthy.
I am inspired-
I need more varieties of flowers!

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Wendy said...

I would love to come and sit a spell!

sharaon@keeninspirations said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, I'm returning the visit! Your plants are all gorgeouss and I'ove the way you have them labled in the picutres!
Have a great weekend!


Tootsie said... have a LOT to flaunt this week!!! I love the pots...can't wait to see more of what you have i store for us this summer!!! thanks for linking was a treat to see!

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

You sure have a lot growing. You've got a green thumb. Your yellow iris is so pretty.

Maureen said...

Wow - you sure have alot going on. I love the ring of Lily of the Valley under the tree. It looks fab.

Nancy's Notes said...

Thanks for stopping in to see me and leaving such a kind comment! Come back to see me sometime!


Shannon M. Smith said...

Your blog insipired me to go get some different flowers! Randy and I are planting a perennial garden along the new walkway. I can't wait to get everything planted!!

Becki said...

Looks great! I love all the little text telling what it all is - and the picture of your visitor is awesome!

RainGardener said...

Everything is blooming nicely. You have such a lovely yard and flowers. What do you use to repel the deer? We use Liquid Fence and it seems to do the trick. I know I'm really late but had my Grandsons over the weekend - a full time job! ;-)