Flower Friday: Slideshow ~ Sunflowers – Zinnias – First Tomatoes

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


The zinnias and sunflowers are blooming like crazy. Not only that, I was able to can a few jars of tomatoes already which is nice. This year we grew a few different types of tomatoes like Ukrainian yellow and galaxy. I thought for today I’d share a short slideshow of some of my favorite pictures this week, including a few butterflies in the greenhouse. I also added in a song I enjoyed this week by Arborea titled “Wayfaring Summer”. Hope you all enjoy!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

❤ Mischenko

 

40 thoughts on “Flower Friday: Slideshow ~ Sunflowers – Zinnias – First Tomatoes

  1. I’m envious of your tomatoes – the very first year we grew them, there were so many we were giving them away. Every year after – a total bust. I finally gave up and just get mine at the farmer’s market.

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    1. Really? Have you had your soil tested? I know there have been years where we’ve had bad summers–too much rain or not enough and we have low yields. This year, I’m hopeful we’ll have plenty. It seems to be hit and miss. We actually didn’t grow much last year and it was a nice break, but I can’t live without canned tomatoes! It’s wierd lol. ❤

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      1. The year they did so well was in the first house we lived in – now we’re in our third. I’ve even tried pots, and that didn’t work either, but as long as I can grow basil and get real tomatoes at the farmer’s market, I’m good.

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  2. I loved this! I loved the music, and I loved the colorful zinnias, the sunflowers, the butterflies, and the tomatoes. Such happy butterflies because you are taking care of them! I did dahlias last year when I was choosing between dahlias and zinnias, and my dahlias have been a bust this year (they were amazing last year). I have one that has grown, but the aphids have nipped on it (It’s in a pot, so I can’t use the bayer), and it hasn’t flowered yet. I have been feeding it, and need to fit it again asap. Maybe I’ll do zinnias next year to replace these dahlias. 😊 All beautiful, favorite M! ♥️ Happy Friday! Xo

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! You are so sweet. 😊🧡 I don’t have any dahlias! I’d love to have some but we purchased a few and they died. My goal is to try again next year. Sorry yours didn’t work out this year either. Zinnias are so easy though! The seed germinates so fast and they bloom very quickly too, as early as 45 days. I highly recommend. You’ll have to let me know which ones you go with next year. 🌺🌹🌻😘

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      1. I know, and I had the dinner plate size dahlias! They were gorgeous for a season. Here are two pics from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZpPVkjAV22/?taken-by=tarheelfit1 and this is one opening https://www.instagram.com/p/BVA-HnhAGiC/?taken-by=tarheelfit1

        I almost think something ate my tubers in the ground. As far as I can tell, only the one I had planted in the pot came back up. I will definitely check out the zinnias. I love the colors! And I need easy! 😊

        I hope you and your family enjoy this beautiful weekend! I have a Shabby Sunday post for tomorrow! 💗 xo 😘

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I can’t live without canned tomatoes lol. Not sure why the pic didn’t upload to the slideshow. I only have 4 quarts as of now, but I hope to get 60 by the time the season is through. Guess we’ll see! Do you can? Hope you enjoy your weekend. ❤🧡💛

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    1. Thanks, Carla! They aren’t perfect, but we’re enjoying the color! Unfortunately the weeds are getting out of control and this is the time of year when I’m sort of burned out! Lol. The really big orange zinnias are ‘orange king.’ Some are like 3 to 4 feet tall and super easy. 😘❤🧡💜 Have a great weekend and thanks for your comment.

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  3. David R. Dowdy

    Your flower and gardening updates are wonderful! A plot of flowers brings peace unlike few things. Every morning these days I see a large triangle of sunflowers beside the interstate. They make me see less of the concrete and offer a calming moment in the unfortunate haste of commuting.

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  4. I don’t have a green thumb at all but I had a sunflower grow really big and pretty one year and was quite proud of it, then the groundhog decided he liked it too and ate it. *grumble*

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    1. Well, they grow okay and then sometimes the squirrels and other wildlife come and chew the flower heads off! Such a pain! You should try starting some in seed cells or pots and then putting the plants out? That might do the trick! Hope they don’t steal the heads later on though! lol ❤

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