Friday, July 24, 2009

Fertilizer Fridays / Flaunt Your Flowers

This is my first time trying to participate in Tootsie Time's Fertilizer Friday's / Flaunt Your Flowers. So let's hope I get it right! It reminds me of the Spin Cycle that a friend has tried to get me involved in.

I already know that I messed up because I went out with scissors and my camera to be able to clip nasty spent blooms to get better pictures instead of the fertilizer as required. I wound up with so many out of focus pictures that I am left with what I am posting now.

I may actually go backwards after this and add some of my prior posts to Flaunt Your Flowers Friday as some of the weeks prior to today had better blooms. Here goes...

Here are the current blooms in the 3 home made hypertufa pots Bill made last year to use as weights for the umbrella. I do change them up every year but since all of the hypertufa pots around the pool serve a dual purpose, they are also planted with quite a bit of sedum and hens and chicks so they have winter interest as well. They serve to help hold the pool cover down, especially if we have some high winds.

This is this foxglove's second bloom of the season so its pretty stumpy!
Yes, they are back again! See last year's post about them HERE. They are Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstsonne' / Autumn Sun (a very tall black eyed susan).
A new addition to the tropical theme. I have it in a container like all the other tropicals so I can overwinter it in the garage or house for next year.
These are the black eyed susan variety that came down from Harding, PA when mother in law moved down here. They are starting to spread by self seeding but are not terribly invasive.
One of the continually blooming glads in the pool garden. The pink color is very soft offsetting all the other hot colors of the season.
Just a longer view which can show you how much cleanup I need to do!
The echinacea purple coneflower are starting to fade.
This is a Weeks Roses Livin Easy (Fellowship, cv. HARwelcome). I have been ignoring it too much but it is hanging in there but looks best from a distance ;-)
The alstromeria on the front porch are blooming right now. The pot of them on the back porch are not. They typically bloom all summer so not sure what's going on in the back.
Somewhat new additon of white impatiens to the mailbox garden that I cleaned up recently.
The agapanthus or Lily of the Nile have been blooming for a few weeks now. They have never kept their blooms so long. Perhaps it is the more moderate weather we've had so far this summer. Many more low to mid 80's than the typcial mid 90's. I hear they're on their way though.

One of the last daylilies in my daylily patch up the hill.
Female easter tiger swallowtail (black form) butterfly on the coreopsis in my daughter's annual garden. Colors: Black Blue White Orange
Perfect red cosmos in her garden.
Beautiful coral peach colored zinnia in her garden.
Pretty pink zinnia.
Long shot of part of the annual patch which also includes her prized goblin gourds which are not quite ready for a good picture yet.
Yummy maters! The tomatoes are not doing as well as they have in past years but they are very tasty and make a mean sauce! Thank you husband.
Just another black eyed susan clump.

One of the varieties of gaillardia by the pool.

Wide shot of the back deck baskets. They need water twice a day. Not sure if they'll survive if we take a week to go to the beach.
Just waiting on the plumeria and the tuberose to bloom. This of course is one of the many plumeria I have.

I would like to start a Serene Sundays garden ring as I tend to get up very early on Sunday (or Saturday) morning and go out with the camera to get the best photos. The husband is here then to watch the kids and I have my peaceful early mornings to admire my gardens. These photos today seemed to be taken under duress LOL and it is too hot out there right now for me to want to go reshoot some of the ones I would have liked to post but were too blurry. Now I'm starting to sound like that grumpy gardener I turn into sometimes again!


Crafty Gardener said...

I'm glad you decided to participate in flaunting your flowers this Friday. You have some beautiful blooms. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my site.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Do not feel bad Colleen I delete so many pictures.Maybe I need my glasses changes ;-)
You glads are so pretty and I just love to see pictures of cosmos. They are such a pretty flower.
Your tomatoes look yummy.

Millie said...

That pink glad is so luscious, and the tomatoes...yummmn!

Janet said...

I really like that red Cosmos. Great photos.

HarryJack's Mom said...

Beautiful, as ever! Glad you're jumping into a spinnish thing, and I really like your idea about Serene Sundays. I'll keep both in mind once I get diggin'! Happy weekend!

Mary at My New 30 said...

Just beautiful!!! I think your pictures are very nice and I love that idea with the umbrellas too. Very clever. I have those swallowtails in my garden right now too!

RainGardener said...

Everything is looking so fresh and beautiful. Great gardens (lush) with a nice variety.
I'm so glad you stopped by my place, thank you. I'll be back to keep an eye on your posts and to snoop around at some of your old ones!

Behind My Picket Fence said...

Great flowers - great pictures. You have such a nice variety of flowers - I loved the peach zinnia.