Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cottage Garden Party #16

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I hope that you enjoy browsing at one another's gardens and floral ideas in the landscape & please do invite your friends (always looking for new gardeners to join in)! I encourage you to comment on other posts submitted by Fishtail Cottage followers & if you are not already a follower of my blog – please become one!!!

You can follow Fishtail Cottage on Facebook & Pinterest xoxo, ~tracie


Rob Hunt said...

Just when I get something fixed something else needs to be fixed. Love gardening, glad I could join in this week. Thanks for hosting.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Tracie,

Thank you for hosting our party!

Anonymous said...


Thanks for hostessing this garden party. Hoping that you have a great weekend.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

The Porcelain Rose said...

Hi! Tracie!
Thanks for hosting.
I always enjoy visiting the various garden blogs. Love all the pretty flowers, garden projects and great tips.
See you next week!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Hi Tracie: Thank you so much for hosting the party today--I always enjoy it! I will return to check out the links in a bit.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Just wanted to let you know I don't have anything to share this week - been under the weather and it has not stopped raining this week. We go to severe drought to needing to build an arch! See you next week!!!!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Just want to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time each week to host your fun garden party. I always enjoy viewing the posts.

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Tracie!
Thank you for hosting your lovely Garden Party. It is such a pleasure participating with all the other wonderful blogs.
I love your blog. Your delightful header draws me in each time I stop by.
Thank you for your kind comments and visit, my friend,

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

Thanks for hosting! I have had fun looking around!!

Larry said...

Hi Tracy! I thought I'd answer the questions you left on my site here as well...

No big secrets here! I use sluggo as a preventative for slugs on the hostas and of course that is totally safe for all creatures. We also have a tremendous number of toads in the gardens that take care of a lot of slugs as well. We do have an earwig problem in mulched areas which tends to draw in raccoons, possums, and skunks. This year I spent $500 on 'nite gards' which are solar powered lights that flash bright red all night on the perimeters of our two acres, setting off the fear response in the critters and keeping them out of the gardens as they were doing a tremendous amount of damage past seasons. We generally are quite dry in the summer (drought this year) and I'm sure that is a big part of why there aren't a lot of slugs. The delphiniums were new small plants this spring and many are blooming for the first time. I also lost many of the new starts due to the drought. In our climate we generally get a second shorter bloom out of delphiniums in August... a bit of fertilizer and cut-backs encourages that. As far as the annuals, half the battle is choosing the right varieties. Our petunias this year are all Proven Winner Supertunias... in my experience the pink is the best (it may be the finest and best performing petunia of all time) and is called Vista Bubblegum. The whiteish ones are Vista Silverberry and are doing well for me as well. The Vista Fuchsia aren't doing as well. The secret to containers here is lots of fertilizer whenever I think about it throughout the season... I incorporate a liberal amount of Triple 14 Osmocote initially and I mixed in five year old horse manure with my sterile bark mix as well as moisture retaining gels. I really seldom fertilize the plants in the ground as our soil is very rich. The Vista series are the first containerized petunia plants that I haven't had to give a renewal haircut in August. I generally do have to treat many of the petunias in containers with iron occasionally as they can at times get chlorotic... our water is very hard and very alkaline. The secret to Vista Bubblegum is heavy feeding I'm told. The other annual that I used a lot this year is Lobularia Snow Princess, also a Proven Winners offering. These are basically sterile white alyssum and take the heat well but demand more moisture than petunias when in baskets. They get huge and do revive well if forgotten... I've learned this from experience. I hope this helps... I am not adverse to dumping on any fertilizer with a high 2nd number from time to time... there are no concerns about run-off where we are located. I don't however follow a schedule... if a basket strikes me as blooming less, I may give it a feed when I think about it.

I greatly admire your wonderful home and gardens... absolutely beautiful and always a pleasure to see.

I'm a 63 year old with a pace maker and congestive heart failure and a ton of other ailments... but my mind remains as inquisitive as a teenager... my son says I have more ideas than years and he's absolutely correct about that... I love change and creating new things in music, gardening, woodworking, and art glass. I never quite get to the small details because I take on way more than I can possibly handle... and I love every second of the process. They're going to have to haul me out of the garden in a wheelbarrow! I'll never quit!!

As you well know, gardening is a way of life and I honestly feel badly for those who don't appreciate what it can do for person's life and bottom line... who they really are as a human being.

I always appreciate your kind comments and the fine taste exhibited so exquisitely in your posts... and I hope I answered your questions somewhere in this rant! Take care and my best to you and your family... Larry

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Hi Tracie: I am glad you enjoyed my post, Tracie. The glad bulbs came from . . . wait for it . . . Bi-Mart! They sometimes have some really cool bulbs for sale, mixed in with all the common ones. It tends to be hit or miss each year, but worth a stop by just in case they have something good. Your garden party is really wonderful, and I look forward to participating each week. Have a fabulous weekend!

Liz said...

I discovered your blog via a friend of mine and I'm glad I did!! This is my first time linking up with your garden party. Thanks for hosting

chubskulit said...

Thanks for inviting me, hope I could remember to link up this week. Is it Wednesday?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Tracie!

So sorry to miuss your garden linky party this week --I'll try to link up in the future as it looks like fun!