Friday, April 30, 2010

Fertilizer Friday

Good Friday Morning. Tootsie is celebrating Fertilizer Friday and I am joining the party. This is the day set aside to remind you to fertilize those babies for some awesome blooms. Ya'll go check out who else is joining the party.

I will be fertilizing today. I don't like to fertilize my plants when we are experiencing dry conditions. We have rain in the forecast for the next 5 days.

I needed to start with a flower and I didn't load things quite like I wanted. This azalea is not done yet.

Seedlings are doing very well. I water everything nearly everyday. Hollyhocks growing like crazy.

Okra Hibuscus is doing very well. Thanks Darla.

I wanted to share how the gardens are filling up now.

I have daffodils, cosmos, hollyhocks, red and yellow cannas, zinnias, milkweed, dahlias, sweet peas, phlox, peony and snapdragon in this bed so far. I will be adding just a couple of others to this bed.

Full view of the same garden.

This is a different garden (didn't load in the right order). Blue forget-me-nots - thanks Darla.

Shasta daisy's doing well.

The bigger picture here. Here I see forget-me-nots, lupines, okra hibuscus, hydrangea, dusty miller, yellow violas, breadseed poppies, blue geranium, iris and a couple more - can't remember them all.

Here there are begonias, dianthus, iris, red melon poppies, shasta daisy, and zinnias.

Trimmed the pansy's back a few days ago and now they are going to show out again. Loaded with buds.

Johnsons Blue Geranium is beginning to bloom. It is loaded with buds now. Blur...yuk

The daffodils are not thru blooming. The flowers that keep on giving.

That's it for the flowers.

I'm sure that most of you have heard the news of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is setting up to be the worst disaster. This will have far reaching affects to the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida. Alabama is preparing but about all they are doing now is putting out booms to try to deter the oil. They have been using the word 'if' a lot but this is not an IF situation. This is a WHEN will the oil impact us by reaching our beaches. The magnitude of this disaster will effect not only the fishing, shrimping but the sport of fishing. Dauphin Island is the home to several tournaments. It will effect the tourism, all the way down to the little man trying to make a living. Devasting this will be. Alaska is still recovering from the Valdez spill. This is of great to everyone who lives here on the coast of Alabama and the other state that will be effected. Our government is dragging their feet just like they did during the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. BP should have realized the magnitude of the oil that continued to spew from the well right after the disaster instead of waiting 4 days for the spill to be measured at 1000 barrells and 4 days later determined to be 5000 barrells a day. They are talking that it could take 3 months to construct an underground something that will cap the oil that is presently leaking.

The eco system will be devasted. The animals could be covered in oil just like in the photos we saw back in the 80's when the Valdez spilled. The birds of all kinds, dolphins and other fish and the list can go on and on. I just hope that they will be able to think of something that will work before we are damaged for 20 or more years like Alaska.

Thats enough ranting for now. I'm sure there will be more news everyday for a while.

I hope you all get out and play in the dirt a little. Have a nice weekend.


Darla said...

Well I see you have graduated to crowdscaping too, lol. Your gardens are going to be an explosion of color. I am so glad the seeds the I sent you germinated and are growing so well. Oil spill, sad.

Stephanie said...

Is your azalea, a Indian azalea that creeps?

Love the see the work that you have done in your garden. I am sure it is going to a cool one. I like how you shape the flower bed... the kidney shape one :-D

Deborah said...

Your flowers are looking fine. I can see that in a few short weeks your garden will look fabulous.

We live right on the coast, and are deeply concerned as well. I have seen the orange barriers being put out, and am hoping that they are doing the same elsewhere. There is so much vulnerable coastline, and so much threatened wildlife. We were all finally recovering from the poundings we'd received 2004/2005 as well.

bennie and patsy said...

Your flowers are doing so good. They will be color happy.
Sorry about the spill, you would think they could have had a plan to keep this from happening.

Ginger said...

I'm devastated about the spill, too, and disappointed in the reaction. Wish I could take a month off work and go clean birds!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Your garden is going to look stunning in a very short time. Oil spills always upset me. Animals seem suffer at the hands of humans no matter how many people spend time trying to save what they can. I love animals, they are usually so trusting then something like this happens. Diane

Bonnie said...

Your garden is looking good. I can't wait to see it grow. Sorry to hear the oil spill is so close to home.

Denise said...

You're going to have some magnificent blooms Becca. This oil spill is heartbreaking news. Sure hope they can do something for you all and very sad for those lost in the original explosion. I'm going to be listening to the news every day and sending up a prayer.

Angel said...

Wow Becca!! you sure are a busy Girl, not only planting all these seeds and plants , but to sit here and name them all !! haha , Good for you!! Everything is coming along Great! Just wait till everything fills in!! It's going to be an explosion of color!!

Everyone is going to feel the effects of this terrible oil spill , one way or another!! I am just sick about all the poor animals ...... This is just Terrible!! Well ......

Enjoy your weekend!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Becca, your garden looks great. I can't believe what's happening with the oil spill! I hope nyour area will be spared.


noel said...


looks like things are coming up well in your garden and the garden blooms are beautiful, i love johnsons blue geranmium, haven't seen that color before.

thanks for sharing.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You are going to have so many flowers, I can't wait to see all those blooms.
I was listening to a talk radio show yesterday and someone from your area was talking about the huge impact the oil spill will have. I really hope they can figure out a way to take care of that mess before it gets any worse.

Alea said...

Your garden is really coming along. My hollyhocks are also growing quickly. I hope they can find a way to clean up the oil spill quickly!

Maureen said...

Everything looks wonderful in your garden. I particularly like the blue geranium. It really looks like a poppy!

Oh the oil spill. How devastating - I am saying my prayers - so horrendous.

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Your garden is filling in nicely! The oil spill is on my mind too. Have a great weekend!

Daisy said...

Everything is looking so nice in your garden, Becca. I love the way those yellow pansies POP!
The oil spill is a disaster of great magnitude. So sad.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Everything looks great you have real sandy soil that you water everyday in the gardens? Usually watering more than once a week for established plants creates a shallow root system. Plants will then suffer when it gets really warm because their roots are so used to getting water near the surface. If they have to go deep for water they will be stronger plants.
I am deeply saddened by the oil spill. I am praying for a north wind for many days..:(

Dirt Princess said...

I am so happy to see the bloom on your Johnson's Blue Geranium! I know you are as well! Everything is filling out nicely!

Paula said...

IT is so great to see how your garden is coming to life! You are about a month ahead of us and it does my heart good to see what is coming! I am so sorry about the oil spill - looks like you are in the middle of it. I hope things are taken care of faster than they are telling you. Manyprayers to you! Paula in IDaho

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your gardens are looking great Becca!!! I am glad to see you are finding the time to keep them up.
The oil spill is weighing heavy on my heart..not just because I live on the gulf coast, but because this is so devastating to our ecosystem. is terrible. We will all suffer from this for years to come.
Take care, Suz

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Becca, it is just terrible news about the oil spill. It makes me sick to think of the birds and animals sick and dying.

I thought the navy was going to help fight this spill. I think everyone involved needed to do a whole lot more while there was still time.

Valerie said...

I love seeing all of your garden pictures. I am out of town right now but my dad is planting my garden while I am here. How nice is that?

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I enjoyed your blooms and flower bed shots.

When I was watching some news coverage of the oil spill, I was wondering whether anyone is taking steps ahead of time to relocate some of the wildlife or doing anything to prevent the oil from getting to it. What a tragedy!