Friday, July 10, 2009

Fertilizer Friday

Today I'm joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday.


In the spirit of honesty, let me say there's not a lot of blooming happening here. It's hot! My geraniums have forgotten that they are supposed to bloom. I'm just happy things are still alive. Let's look around.

This is one of the many pentas that we have in the sunny spots. I love these plants. They bloom profusely. They are soft and pretty.

How did she sneak in there? She follows me everywhere.

Remember this basket on my porch? You can see where I planted it here. It has really grown. The geraniums stopped blooming but those caladiums are worth a million bucks!

Now in the category of: Things Don't Always Grow As Planned..

Remember this basket that I planted on my patio? You can see it's beginnings here. I chose the wrong plants. To make matters worse, I did this last year too. Our patio is too dark and those caladiums are r e a c h i n g for the sunshine!

Note to self: no caladiums on the patio next year.

I thought that might give you a little laugh.

Y'all go visit Tootsie and the other Fertilizer Friday participants. :) Happy Friday!

36 comments:

Nancy said...

Stacey, Your right...that did give me a little laugh! ;) Your porch planter looks wonderful and I love the fur baby!!! Nancy

Mrs. G said...

Very funny post Stacey. My window boxes looked like that last year. This year we have had lots of rain and cloudy days that seem to be helping the flowers along around here. Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Sue

Picket said...

Morning girl...it is hot and dry here also and my whole yard has suffered! But I did do the plastic bags in the window boxes like Tootsie said and I have begonias in the and they are thriving! lol I only have to water them ever so often...usually it was everyday but with those plastic bags in there I just can't believe it! lol They really work to keep the moisture in! I use to plant Pentas every year...man I need to get me some more of those...I love that furbaby...reminds me of my childhood pet Susie...when she died I remember daddy crying like a baby...the first and only pet I ever seen him cry over...oh lordy enough of that...I still cry over losing our little Maggie...Thanks for coming by sweetie and thanks for asking prayer for our dear friend in your last post..I went over there last night...I thought my heart would burst as I was praying...love ya girl...have agreat weekend! ~♥~

Marilyn said...

I know what you mean. I've made lots of mistakes with plants. Ha Love the front porch basket. That was a hit. I just have begonia and petunia blooming right now. I did have impatients but I just trimmed them back. I hate doing that but they always come back. Trimmed the geraniums last week and they already look better---no blooms but the leaves look much better. Stay cool.

Darla said...

Yeah I'm grinning a little. Put some impatiens in those containers...

Dawn said...

Your plants are doing so much better thatn mine, which are dropping like flies.

How did Sunny and I miss that that you have a Lab, and such a sweet one at that!
Dawn

southerninspiration said...

LOL, Stacey!! I'm sure we've all done the same thing, and done it time and again. I love the pentas too, and they really do keep up the blooming don't they? It's been SO hot, it's a wonder everything isn't totally brown!! I LOVE your little wagon planter! So pretty! And I always enjoy the music you have on your blog. Have a fabulous day, my friend.

Suzanne

Happy@Home said...

Your little cart on the porch is so pretty. I think the caladium leaves are beautiful. I usually plant Pentas, but this year I forgot to buy any. They always do well here and the butterflies flock to them. Now, about that window box . . . I will admit I had to chuckle over that story. Although I can also relate to it. I have had many of those "Things Don't Always Grow As Planned" moments in my garden through the years.

Tootsie said...

cute post today!!! thanks for linking in!!! I sort of think your "shadow" that follows you everywhere looks like she might be just the teensiest spoiled???? and rightly so...she is adorable!

Lisa said...

It is sooo hot here too! You're right. We're doing good just to keep things ALIVE! Looks like you're managing quite nicely!

April said...

It's been hot here, too, in "Hotlanta"! I'm ready for fall to roll back around...SOON! Your poor caladiums reaching for the sunlight...that is too funny! Your sweet doggie is adorable! One of my favorite breeds!

bj said...

Oh, it is so hot here..we water our flowers and veggies every day but they still look a little pitiful.
I did laugh at your plants reaching for the sun. I planted a rose bush in my front garden years ago and it has made the most lovely roses for years. Then...our pecan tree started growing so much that it put my little garden in the shade..that rose bush will have the longest stems on it 'cause it is doing the same thing...reaching for the light!!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Your so right about learning what works and doesn't work. I hate to have to learn the hard way. Your puppy is beautiful.

On a side note, I am still working on the vegetable garden thing. But like everything, it is trial and error.

I need to join more parties, you have such a good time. I am too busy working, working, working. By the way, I am sort of taking today and tomorrow off. Who would have thought!!!

Thanks friend,
Cynthia

CiNdEe said...

Happy FF!!! I loved seeing your basket(-: It looks pretty even if its not getting enough sun there!!! Your dog is very cute too!!!(-:

Shelia said...

Hi Stacey! You're a funny gal! It's so hot here - everything is dying!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

siteseer said...

Gardening is definitely a learning process isn't it? I have several roses that would probably do much better in a different location lol... for now I'll just try to keep them alive :)

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Stacey, funny....I love it.

It is steaming here in Florida...too hot for me!!! Yikes.

Barb

Darlene said...

We have been sooo hot that I have been watering in the morning AND in the afternoon. Of course, I just have a few potted plants but they seem to be doing alright. I am just ready to not have 100+ temps! LOVE your fur-baby! My Lucy has to ALWAYS be somewhere near me.

RainGardener said...

I love the first pink flower - it's great. Your baby just looks so comfy laying there. I miss having a dog so much.
Your basket did give me a chuckle but mostly because it reminded me of mine this year. I bought some plants needing TLC cause I've seen people post about how wonderful they are - NOT! And my deck is horrible. I tried to do different instead of what I do every year and it's a mess. So I just grin and try not to be mad at me!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

It is a learning experience every year, isn't it? Stacey, every time I come to visit you, I get lost in a world of wonderful blogs, but I Always enjoy my visit with you! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Chari said...

Hi Stacey...

It was so nice to have you stop by and take a peek at all of my family vacation photos!

Girl, I just love that little wagon that you have sitting on your porch...it's darling! Ohhh, and I love the colorful caladiums too! I'm not much of a plant person but I do think that it'll finally get too hot for things to bloom...or at least that is my experience as well! I was looking down through some of your other posts and I just love your pretty backyard...that waterfall and pond are soooo pretty! Bet just seeing and hearing that helps you to feel a bit cooler in the hot temps!

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend, my friend!
Chari

Jacki said...

Ah-ha, I have two beagles and I always seem to get a tail or an ear in my photos too :-D The basket on your porch looks great, and, yep, those caladiums *are* worth a million bucks! At least you know what's going on with the caladiums on the patio ... I a fuchsia basket that is just languishing and I have no idea why.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Hey Pentas are new to me. I wonder if I could grow them in Kentucky? Wonder if they are called something else? I thought Caladiums liked the shade? We could not find any of those in our town 2 weeks after the flower season started. Guess they are popular and I love them. Blessings
QMM

~~Rhonda said...

LOL! The caladiums look like they are trying to peek around the corner! :) The other basket does look super! ~~Rhonda :)

Just a little something from Judy said...

I love the fact that you did not just show us perfection! This last photo makes me smile because I could show some like this...only I'd have a few more than you did. I do think your porch arrangement looks so pretty. Hot weather sure can do a number on plants. At least you have hot weather to blame it on...I don't.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Love the pentas!
My window boxes don't look too great right now. The snapdragons blew down and now are growing up like the petunias.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Love the caladiums! They always provide so much color and impact when other things aren't doing so well. I grew mine from bulbs this year for the time and I'm definitely going to do it again next year. -Jackie

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my! the poor caladiums! lol. Time to rip them out and grab some clearance flowers. Now is a great time to get good prices on annuals:>)

squawmama said...

Hey Stacey... It is hard growning anything with the heat like it has been... Love your little wagon with all the beautiful plants in it...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Brenda said...

How about some ivies in that patio planter? Also ferns. And I have another I'm thinking of just sitting in my head that won't come to my mouth... When I think of it, it will probably be the middle of the night when I get up to go to the bathroom.
Brenda

Ms. Tee said...

I do well to keep my plants alive, too! Your doggie is so sweet! :)

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Stacey! Just say you were going for a more contemporary sculptural style!!!lol I highly recommend Coleus plants; I plant them on my shaded porch in containers every year and they thrive (ok when I remember to water!!!) Hope you are enjoying your weekend! Sincerely, Jeannette

Barbara said...

Stacey, I am having trouble keeping plants alive also.

Please come by my blog, I have something for you.

Purple Hugs,
Barbara

Angie said...

I haven't even bought any flowers this year because I don't want to have to keep them alive in the heat we have down here in the South.

Cathy said...

Stacey...I am desperately trying to catch up with everyone after getting home from vacation!!! It is so hard with everyone's summer schedules!!! I know you understand!!! My time is not my own!!!

I love this post!!! I have some leggy caladiums I am trying to deal with too. Your cart looks amazing...I still want it and am looking for one here in Texas!!! This heat is a killer...I think I am already looking for Fall...how sad!!!

Now that I am back I hope we can chat a little and catch up!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
XOXO
Cathy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I'm in love with your dog. What a sweet face! It is a hot summer, but I like it better than the cold winter. laurie