Friday, June 5, 2009

Fertilizer Friday

It FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!! Whoo hoo! Time to head on over to Tootsie place because it is Fertilizer Friday! Click on the photo above and it will take you over to Tootsie's place and you can sign up there to flaunt your flowers. Before I flaunt my flowers, lets test the soil first. The Hunter has a soil tester, which is great. Everyone should have one. I went out yesterday to check the pH of the soil around ALL of my hydrangeas....I clearly knew what it was going to say since ALL of my hydrangeas are blue.....which means the soil has high alkalinity. Everyone I tested was between a 6-7 all 10 of them. I am going to check other parts of the garden later...just curious
Here is the package it come in One of the hydrangeas I tested, sorry it doesn't have any blooms....I cut them and used them for arrangements :) what else are you supposed to do with flowers!
Now let's flaunt some flowers....or weeds! My flowers beds are in DESPERATE need of weeding! All this rain we have gotten in the past 2 weeks really made the weeds shoot up. All of the following photos with the exception of the Dinner Plate Dahlia, were taken in the front yard this morning. We will do the back yard another Friday
Dinner Plate Dahlia (2nd bloom of this plant)
Dinner Plate Dahlia
Mexican Petunia and a TON of weeds ;)
Cosmo from seed
Zinnia from seed
zinnia from seed...looks a little puny
Daylily...there are lots of daylily shots....they are all different flowers, I have alot of the same daylilies...they came with the house
Althea bud
Hibiscus bloom casings
Miniature Dahlia
Visitor on the lantana
fallen gladiola
I am leaving tomorrow to go to the BEACH!!!! For a whole week! I am so excited. I am going to Gulf Shores with my family. I am not sure if I will have Internet access or not, so I may or may not be blogging....I don't know if I can make it an entire week without blogging! I will take tons of photos and have lots of great post in store for ya'll. Before I leave tomorrow though...I MUST pull those weeds....they are driving me nuts, and I can't stand the thought of waiting a whole week to pull them! Maybe I will have internet access, but if not....I will miss ya'll, and reading about what ya'll are up to.
Here is where I will be if you want to come visit :)


gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Your flowers are looking great. Is lantana a perennial there? I'm just trying it for the first time, but it's an annual here.
Have fun on your trip and don't worry about the weeds!

Dirt Princess said...

Catherine lantana is a perennial here. Mine has come back for 4 years, it will get large enough to trim into a hedge (which is what my neighbor does). I have also seen it pruned into a tree, in the shape of a topiary! Ofcourse it would have to be pretty old to do that

Becca's Dirt said...

I love the effect of the rain drops on the petals. The lantana is looking good. I love Althea. It looks so delicate. The hibiscus bud is pretty too. Hope you have a fabulous time. You won't get sunburned with all that sunscreen you bought.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Such pretty blooms. You have some beautiful lilies. Okay, a munching deer on the soil testing meter is not a good thing somehow ;-D

Dirt Princess said...

Becca I love rain drops on flowers.

HHG you can clearly tell that isn't a "garden" soil tester...more of a hunting plot soil tester. But hey it works the same

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Have a wonderful trip! I'm drooling... your flowers are gorgeous! I need to plant some dahlias. I've never planted them before. I wonder if it's too late in Zone 6 to get some tubers in the ground. I saw some tubers at Home Depot the other day. -Jackie

Laura Trevey said...

Have a Beautiful weekend ~~ just like your gorgeous flowers!

** Don't miss my Thank you Sale today **

tina said...

Gorgeous dahlias and hydrangeas. My dahlias finally have some buds so it won't be long now. I like that pH meter. I might need to look around for some. Your pH is pretty awesome for all plants. Enjoy this wonderful day!

Dirt Princess said...

Ellie May I don't think it is too late to plant them there.

Laura thanks. I will be around to check it out

Tina I am SURE he got that at Academy, Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop. Compared to other pH testers it was fairly inexpensive. Good little tool to have. I did test the soil around the blueblerries and it was perfectly neutral

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi DP, OH---I'm jealous!!! Can I go with you to the beach???? PUH-LEASE????? ha ha.... I know you will have a great time. Just relax and enjoy yourself.

I'll tell you something you already know: Your weeds will still be here when you return--and they'll invite their friends and families to your yard too!!!! ha ha

Gorgeous flowers. Thanks!!!

Have a great time and write when you can!!!

Rachel said...

Your flowers are GORGEOUS!! I'll be down at the beach next weekend too!! See you there! ;)

Mary at My New 30 said...

The garden looks gorgeous! That one Althea looks like a Rose of Sharon - just beautiful. Have fun in Gulf Shores - I love it there too. We should go more often really.

Valerie said...

Beautiful flowers! I love looking at pics of pretty flowers especially ones with rain drops too.

RainGardener said...

I love the Althea bud, especially with the rain droplets on it. Beautiful! And the Daylilies - I'm going to have to get some. I have some pretty yellow ones a friend gave me last year but I need to get some more. Have a great time at the beach and we'll miss ya if you don't get online.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

WOW! Your flowers are beautiful!

Mama said...

Hello DP, Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach, it looks beautiful there, love all your flowers you have such a great selection, your dinner plate Dahlias are so gorgeous, have fun, Kathy.

Prospero said...

Hi. I think I like the Althea the best today. Nice artistic shot of your Hibiscus! I like your soil gadget, too. Between 6 and 7. Nice I think I'm 11 (pure limestone).

Teresa said...

Beautiful photos and really beautiful flowers. Thanks for showing us!

FlowerLady said...

Wonderful flowers you have DP. That dinner plate dahlia is something else. I love that hibiscus too.

Happy gardening ~ FlowerLady

Darla said...

Just beautiful, weeds and all!

Tracy said...

Hi DP, thanks for the award! I'm late picking it up, just been too busy to blog this week. Have yourself a great time at the beach, I'll bet your flowers will look crazy-gorgeous by the time you get back. (And hopefully the weeds will all have mysteriously died!)

Jessica said...

Beautiful blooms~ your photography is great. I can't get over your flowers you started from seed. WOW! I planted a few seeds this year...but I haven't seen anything yet. :) So glad you came by, thank you. Have a great time at the beach.


Anonymous said...

Yes I hope that you are having a great beach vacation and that it is not raining like it is here. Can't wait to see some more great pics..


Joanne said...

Hi Lovely flowers. Weeds what weeds? have a lovely time at the beach.

Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely blooms to flaunt

UKBob said...

I like your Dahlia's, especially the dinner plate one.

Susie said...

Those blooms are beautiful DP. I don't which was my favorite.

Have a wonderful time at the beach! See ya when you come back.

EB said...

Hello! Sorry, haven't read all of your post or comment, but just putting a note here to say I'm back from 2 weeks holiday. Lots more details to follow. Thank you very much for your comment noticing, by the way, it's nice to be missed!

Indiana Annie said...

I'm drooling over all your beautiful flowers and the stunning pictures you manage to capture. I look forward to drooling over more of your photos when you return from vacation!

Kim and Victoria said...

Have a great time!
Love those Mexican petunias!

mlc said...

Hope you've had a great time at the beach. What wonderful flower photos you have on this post. Very nice.

Farmhouse Country said...

Hello Dirt Princess, I hope that you had a wonderful vacation! I just wanted to let you know that you are the WINNER of my blog giveaway for the PIE FIXES EVERYTHING SIGN! I just need an address to send it to! In the meantime, I am going to poke around this adorable lil blog of yours.....Can't wait to read some more and the pictures are just beautiful. Congrats on your win!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Dirt Princess,
I've posted about Bilbo's visit to my garden:
I think he is enjoying himself,dodging the rain ;-)
I'll be sending him to his next destination on Tuesday.
Thank you so much for organising all this fun!

Love from

Julie X

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