Fertilizer Friday, May 27th 2011

I'm joining Tootsie to flaunt my flowers this week.  A few blooms are gracing the green gardens.  Spring is slow in the Pacific Northwest this year.  We are three to four weeks behind a normal.  The lilac's just  started to bloom and the leaves on the cotton wood tree's are unfurling along the Columbia River.

Here are a few pretties showing some color:

Aquilegia Mixed

Double Sorbet Peony Flower Bud
More Columbines are blooming around the shade garden.


Swan White and Burgundy Aquilegia 

Songbird Nightingale Aquilegia
I have to include one more pretty shot of my new Rhododendron before it's bloomed out for the year.

Coral Mist
Lastly, here's a snippet of my pretty pink Clematis 'Pink Champagne'.  Super sleuth garden blogging friend Grace figured out what type of Clematis this beauty was for me.


While the sun was out for one day this week, I gobbled up some pics.  Sadly, rain and cool, overcast sky's has been  on the menu.  Thinking of those that have been tragically affected in our country by the spree of tornadoes this past week.  Swing over the Tootsie and see who else is flaunting their flowers on this fine Friday.
Cheers, Jenni

Comments

  1. These flowers are so, so pretty...and Grace is a great gardener isn't she?

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  2. My goodness, everyone is posting wonderful photos for FF... these are just beautiful! L

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  3. Got about the same blooming here and yes, waayyyyy behind this year!

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  4. oh MY!!! how gorgeous!!! I am glad you linked in today...I don't have some of these...but may just NEED some! lol

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  5. Everything is so very beautiful! I feel as if I want to reach out and touch that Aquilegia...gorgeous!

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  6. Wow! That rhodie is knock your eye out gorgeous! The rest are pretty stunning too. I am still waiting for most of my columbines to bloom. And I have that same clem Pink Champagne in my front bed, on a trellis. Haven't seen it bloom yet, I just planted it last fall.

    Thanks for all the yummy flower pics.

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  7. I was looking it up for semi-selfish reasons. I WANT IT! :) :)

    Love your blossoms. Spring please come back.

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  8. That Clematis is really pretty! I have the Sorbet Peony and I've counted 7 flower buds on it :) I love the rhodie, such a pretty color. A chance of sun here on Sunday, hope we all see some soon.

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  9. Your flowers are breathtaking!

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  10. Your Aguilegia is GORGEOUS!!!!! I will be back to see that peony bloom

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  11. Your columbine are so beautiful! Love the fertilizer photos. Looks like the sun has come out and things are looking great. Thanks for sharing. I may have to get some more columbine now.

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  12. Those Aquilegias are fantastic! Some things obviously enjoy the cool, overcast conditions you have been experiencing...
    In the UK we have had unusually dry conditions, and a lot more wind than normal.

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  13. Hi Jenni... I responded to your question on my blog regarding 'Jon Jon" with the following. I then checked to see your zone and I believe you are in zone 7/8. Your magnolia should be very hardy there and as I noted below, if the tree is looking very healthy, patience is probably the key. Also make certain the roots which are large and fleshy, are not disturbed and are well mulched, although don't touch the trunk with the mulch. From my note on my blog... "Jon Jon is a cultivar hybridized by Gresham.... these are not hardy here so I am not personally familiar with the selection. It is supposed to be a fast grower with magnificent large blooms to 12". All I can say is that even though a magnolia is said to be a youthful bloomer, that isn't always the case with individual plants. I have some which should have bloomed years ago and haven't, hence patience is the key, especially if the plant is making a lot of growth. In most cases, I would not fertilize the tree which might cause it to push green growth at the expense of flowers. Also, is the tree making flower buds in the fall (very visible after leaf drop) that aren't opening? I have soulangianas that are doing this as they grow and adapt to my climate... I expect that once better established, they will be better able to maintain those buds over winter. I have other soulangianas that took years to start flowering, but that are now quite prolific. If your climate is suitable for the tree to maintain buds through the winter, and growth is healthy, I expect that eventually you will have blooms that will be amazing to see!! Larry

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  14. You might wish to check this link as well as it discussed blooming a magnolia... http://www.mrgrow.com/Problem%20Solver/magnolia.htm
    Larry

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  15. Larry, you are a rock star, thanks for giving me hope and encouraging me not to give up on the tree. (cause I am jones-ing for a crab-apple!) ;)

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  16. I'm loving the ants on the peony bud :)
    beautiful shots ... the aquilegia is something I will be looking for!

    http://milepost8.blogspot.com/

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  17. Beautifull blooms great photos

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  18. We're just beginning to see your rhodos - and you have roses!

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  19. Wow, really stunning aquilegias.

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  20. New public follower here from Tootsie Time’s Flower Flaunting Gardens Blog Hop. Nice blog. Beautiful photos. I would appreciate you following back http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com I would also appreciate if you would like me in facebook http://www.facebook.com/DeniseMartin.LillaRose and in twitter @DeniseLillaRose. I always follow back. Just leave me a note so I know you stopped by.

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  21. Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for leading me here. Such Stunning flowers! The Coral Mist and the Swan White and Burgundy Aquilegia are absolutely breathtaking.

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  22. Such pretty blooms. That clematis is a keeper, glad you got it identified! Enjoy what's left of spring . . .

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