Thursday, May 31, 2012

~PENNINGTON Fertilizer~{and a Home Depot gift card giveaway!}

 Here in the pacific northwest we have a ton of rhododendron bushes.
{I love using cut stems for an informal display of color!}
We have them surrounding our house in gorgeous shades of purples and pinks, whites, and reds.
 These are some pictures of rhododendrons we have on our property.
 This is the time of year when they are in full bloom and the bumble bees are very happy!
 Pennington fertilizer has been a big part in the success of our rhododendrons.
You can find it at most home improvement centers. 
It's not only good for this type of plant, but a wide variety.




1.     Why is fertilizing an important step of landscape management?
Fertilization is an essential step in landscape maintenance and plant development, helping establish and sustain strong growth patterns. A fertilizer helps to supply the essential nutrients that plants need for healthy growth. Proper nutrition assures optimum plant growth and resistance to diseases, insects and environmental problems. Fertilizers, however, differ in nutrient content and release duration. Fertilizer selection should be based on the types of plants being fertilized, the nutrient content of the soil and the type of growth response desired.

2.     Are there particular times to fertilize based on region?
Traditionally, where non-slow release fertilizers are being used, plants in the Southern regions tend to require fertilizing four times a year – in the spring, early summer, late summer and fall. This is due to the long growing season. In the Northern regions, there tend to be two growing periods. The first is after the garden’s return from winter dormancy. The second is during the early fall when temperatures moderate and extreme heat spikes are over.

3.     What fertilizer should be used for each type of plant?
Pennington® Smart 1 Feed™ consists of a complete line of long-lasting, specialty premium fertilizers designed for efficient feeding, proper nutrition and healthy plant growth. The line features mix variations that have been customized for various growing environments, plant types and application needs, taking the guesswork out of mix selection. There are five mix variations, including: All-Purpose; Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron (ACR); Bulb & 
Bloom; Citrus & Avocado; and Rose & Flower.


Central Garden & Pet partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about their Pennington Smart 1 Feed® products. As part of this program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the use of the products. Central Garden & Pet believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Central Garden & Pet’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.





So, how would you like to win a $50.00 Home Depot gift card to get some of your own?
Just leave me a comment here on this post and I will pick a random winner on Friday the 8th!
Please leave a email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.
Good luck! 
xoxo

168 comments:

ashleythurston said...

love your blog!!! awesome giveaway....fingers crossed

ashley.e.thurston@gmail.com

Karen Jerread said...

4 PalembeMy rhododendron could use some love and so could my roses and numerous other pretties. Love hour blog.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh when we lived in Oregon, I loved these gorgeous flowers. Here in the desert you can't grow them at all. So sad. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Hugs, Marty

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

I love rhododendrons! Would love to be the winner of this lovely giveaway.

Sarah L. said...

Love my azalea bushes. They add so much color to our house! Love your blog!

Petie said...

I miss your blog list. But still love your blog.

Laurie Cordeniz said...

Hi Melanie! Love following your blog! Need all the help I can get with the yard!
lauriecordeniz@verizon.net

Helen Pederslie said...

Love your blog! I wish that our rhodies grew even bigger! One turned from pink flowers to white flowers! Is it because of the acidity of the soil? Pederslie@yahoo.com

Laurie Anne said...

Gotta love our NW rhodies :0)

Kate B said...

Awesome giveaway! Please count me in!

Andie D. said...

Your rhododendrons are gorgeous!

Lucy said...

You know, I never thought of using rhododendrons as a cut flower... One of those times you just slap yourself on the forehead! It's these simple ideas that blogs like yours are sometimes the most helpful with.

amandapreece said...

I just recently started following and LOVE your blog! Where has it been all my life!?

Amanda
apreece@access.k12.wv.us
preecelovehappiness.blogspot.com

Ranae said...

Gorgeous!
Thanks for the entry :)
-Ranae

Devon said...

Love your pictures,,and I would love to be entered into your drawing as I am at our home depot almost everyday,,
Devon
hanna_563atmsndotcom

Terry McClung said...

Do they do well in Texas? Beautiful...blessings

love jenny xoxo said...

beautiful photos - i love the rhododendrons!

And great giveaway - hope i win!

XOXO

http://lovejennyxoxo.blogspot.com/

Marilyn said...

Our Rhodys are pretty this year too. Love your blog. I get lots of ideas from you.

Erin said...

We just bought our first house which also meant inheriting beautiful gardens. Now the project is trying to keep everything alive!! I feel like we have been living at Home Depot lately :)

eroy1413@gmail.com

Terry McClung said...

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Michele said...

WE are enjoying ours too, we have a really pretty purple one that is in bloom here in Pennslyvania. (the other coast :])

Tracey said...

Great post and terrific giveaway! Never really thought about differences in fertilizers. =)

marie said...

I have some dark purple ones just starting to bloom, love them. I love living in the NW.

Anonymous said...

just planted my first veggie garden....can really use the home depot for some help!! tracicolquhoun@sbcglobal.net

Mami2jcn said...

Your rhododendrons are so pretty!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Sandy A said...

Great give away--this would come in so handy with all the sprucing needed in our garden...

Claudia said...

Hello, Love those flowers! We have a whole wall of rhododendrons in front of our house. I wish they would stay all summer. I posted pics on my blog.

Claudia

fourkidsmom said...

Beautiful flowers.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Your rhododendrons are beautiful and I would love to win the gift card to purchase plants and fertilizer!

burlap+blue said...

fun giveaway! thanks for the chance!

Suzan said...

Love your rhodies! They also grow out here on the east coast and seem to do really well in mountain areas. I had them around my house in Charlottesville, Virginia and I always looked forward to them blooming.

pballard said...

Would love a chance at the gift card.. It is suppose to be beautiful day here in the Northwest.. Love your blog..
pamballard@comcast.net

Alaine88 said...

Thanks for the chance!
Would love to win.
family74014 at gmail dot com

Hillcrest Acres said...

Gorgeous flowers!!! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I have one here in Virginia, but our flowers have come and gone. I definately need some fertilizer - thanks for the info

lachniet at msn dot com

Amy said...

I love our rhodies, but hate deadheading them! Sticky!

stripeycat said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the rhodies! my white ones are in full bloom and beautiful!
We practically live at home depot while we build a new run-in for our sheep.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Rhodys! Would love the GC for some upcoming projects :)

ashley.s.warner@gmail.com

Rachel Pallas said...

Beautiful photo!! I NEED a giftcard!! xoxo

juliet jones said...

beautiful post! oh a giftcard would be fantastic! :)

LaNae said...

Just the other day I was saying to myself, "LaNae, you need to fertilize your new plants, they look drab". Then I made a sad face because I spent a lot of time and energy getting my backyard ready for summer. Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway!
pricecheck21(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ashley said...

I never thought of using a Rhodey as a cut flower great idea!

What a great giveaway!!! I hope I win!

check out my giveaway (today is the last day to enter!)

♥ Ashley

atparsons.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Adore your blog and have been following for over a year now. Your photos are georgous. I think rhododendrons are so beautiful my hubbys favorite. Thanks for a chance to win and I'm sure my rhododendrons would thank you if we won...Shelley =)
mcardle4@centurytel.net

Julie said...

I'd love to win! Love me some HD.

Alyssa said...

I could totally use this!

alyssa_hammond7 at yahoo dot com

Sarah said...

We're new to the Pacific Northwest and I had no idea what those flowers were called, so thank you! Now I know what to call the flowers in my yard, lol!
They could probably use some of that fertilizer though, they're pretty leggy and have hardly any new leaves!

Kelly said...

Your "rhodies" are beautiful! Gosh, who couldn't use a gift card to Home Depot? I know I sure could. Please enter me in this great giveaway!

Sandy said...

We have lots of rhodys in our yard and, yes, they are all blooming right now. Count me in for your drawing. Thanks.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Love the colors! We too have lots of rhodies at the beach cottage, they seem to grow very well down at the Coast and they are massive.Maybe most people use fertilizer too.
Perfect Giveaway for the summer, we can all use some good fertilizer about now~Cheers Kim

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

I remember growing beautiful rhododendrons in Massachusetts. I'd love a HD gift card. SO many uses...

Thanks for the chance,
Judy

Valerie said...

thanks for the chance to win!

my favorite boutique said...

Would love to be the winner! I need more gorgeous flowers! Thanks Debbie
esworthydan@sbcglobal.net

Georgia and Jordan said...

I am moving into a new home in the next 2 weeks and am hoping to have some potted flowers, herbs, and veggies. This giftcard would be super helpful!

Liesl Ayers-Southwell said...

We have a gorgeous lilac bush just outside our sliding door. Durring this time of year, is is sooooo darn grorgeous. I just makes me want to get out there and plant more!!

Thanks for the give away!!

Liesl from thelittleroadsaidgo.blogspot.com.

chedeb5353 said...

Love your blog! chedeb5353@hotmail.com

Erin said...

This is a great giveaway!

slip4 said...

Great giveaway! I love love rhododendrons. They add so much color!

Pristine Cristine said...

I have some Clematis that I am hoping will climb a trellis on the front of our house. It is a spot that is shaded by an apple tree but I am hoping the Clematis will thrive there. I would welcome a fertilizer that will help me with my mission of keeping it healthy :-) Thank you for the opportunity to win some beautiful, blooming clematis :-)

Cristine

Laura from Top This Top That said...

i can always use some home depot love!!

The Ables Family said...

I love all your pics and ideas. Great Blog!
nanarob2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love this giveaway! Thanks for the chance!
Whitney
Cwhruss@aol.com

indiansummer said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers. Great giveaway, too!

Kathy said...

I'm in, actually heading to home depot today to get bedding plants, just got home!

When we lived in Montana for 10 years I actually missed the rodies, never knew how much they meant home, I always took them for granted.

Linda said...

LOVE YOUR 'RHODIES'!
THANKS FOR SHARING A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Rhodies!!

V. Ramsey said...

I would love to win/ try product to give my garden an extra something.

Adam Sanford said...
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Anonymous said...

I'm sure the exterior of your home looks complete with all those beautiful flowers!

Love Home Depot!!!

Jennifer

jennmoore25 at hotmail dot com

Ashley said...

I just planted to lilies and hibiscus in my yard.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Erin said...

Love your home and blog! Awesome giveaway!

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

Your rhodies look so pretty! I have never fertilized mine - it's about time I do so they will produce more blooms. Enjoy yours while they are in bloom!

gerry said...

I'm a novice gardener and very hopeful.Your post has given me some new ideas and Home Depot is a great place for me to stock up on materials!

Mendy Clark said...

Loving your blog!

Mendy

Nancy said...

We've moved recently and don't have a lick of flowering shrubs now. I love rhododendrons & azalea's both and miss them............

Huse Family Blog said...

Gorgeous rhododendrons!

angelahuse@hotmail.com

JClark90210 said...

Wow, beautiful Rhododendrons! I have several bushes on the side of my house and I have never thought to fertilize them! Now I see what they have the potential to look like with a little nutrition! Thanks for sharing the photos and this fabulous giveaway!

~ Jessica

jclark90210@yahoo.com

Melinda said...

Your bushes are beautiful! The road near the nursing home my grandma is in has some rhododendrons shrubs bigger than I have ever seen. I am talking rooftop! Thanks for the entry.

JC said...

I'd like to use this for our front pouch project. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Would love to use this new product. thanks, (jkempf1@hotmail.com)

Merri Jo said...

Your 'rhodies' are gorgeous--they don't do well here in IL clay soil. I have Honeysuckle and Mock Orange in bloom right now that are so fragrant~~they attract bees and hummingbirds galore! A HD gc would be fabulous!

jlkjef said...

Would love to try Pennington Products...jlkjef@aol.com...thanks, jlk

Madeline Brubaker said...

My garden would be so happy with these products!
madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Can't beat rhodies in the Pacific Northwest!
gmpowersfam@comcast.net

Kathleen said...

Your Rhododendrons are so lovely! I always think they look so exotic. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
kathleenyounginer@gmail.com

Lisa Hall said...

pick me pick me pick me!! :)

Anonymous said...

Just a beginner at gardening/yardwork, and overrun with weeds, I anticipate several trips to the DEPOT. I'm going to "do more" than ever outdoors this summer!!! (gmcarthur@cypressheights.org)

Anonymous said...

What is not to love about a flower? Pick me, please pick me! :) Beautiful photos, as usual!! goldsunseeker@yahoo.com

Judith said...

Lovely pictures of your flowers. Love Home Depot and their customer service.

sherri said...

Gorgeous flowers! Thanks for a great give-away!

Carly H. said...

I wish my garden looked as nice as yours!

Kristle Jones said...

My flower bed needs this gift card!!!

Xo Kristle
http://www.willblogforbeauty.com
Beautytoyoucompany@yahoo.com

Maria said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Leslie said...

I love your blog! thanks for the great ideas!

Gina M Maddox said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Your rhododendrons are beautiful! Wish mine bloomed like yours do.

Liz VanKirk

Teresa said...

Beautiful flowers. I love having fresh flowers year round. They are a great pick me up!

teddy1989 (at) yahoo (dot) com

melinda said...

Boy do I ned a run to Home Depot !! Thanks for the chance to win !

Ashley said...

Would love some Home Depot money! They have some outdoor pillows I want really bad! :)

licha20 said...

I'm IN!!

Crossing my fingers!
epintoratcoxdotnet
Thank you.

ceru said...
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ceru said...

doing renovations inside and out so this would be most welcomed! Thanks for the opportunity! cerublu02[at]gmail[dot]com

Samantha said...

yay!!! Crossing my fingers!!

Anonymous said...

Sign me up! Thanks, Leslie
wrabbitt(at)verizon(dot)net

Sara Gue said...

I love your blog! I hope you pick me! :)

saramcdaniel18@yahoo.com

chelly said...

Love me some Home Depot Fun!

barbaraboxell said...

great giveaway-love Home depot!!

Heather said...

I'm trying my hand at gardening this year. So far so good! Love your blog!
auheather05(at)yahoo(dot)com

momentum said...

I am so horrible with gardening, but never you use fertilizer. Hmmm...probably why nothing ever lasts! :-)

kathyhanson4@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I need this card! :) I have so many projects going all at once. P.S. Your blog rocks! Blessings, Kimberly

Mary Ellen said...

I don't have rhododendrons & azalea's here but I do love my roses and am always buying rose food for my lovelies!

Anonymous said...

Perfect timing for this post! We spent some of the holiday week-end spring cleaning the yard and planting several new knock-off roses. I love these roses and mentioned to my husband we need to find a fertilizer to keep them looking as good as the day they were planted. It looks like Pennington might be the answer. Thanks for sharing. Jen

j foor at fairpoint dot net

Hope said...

Here is to fertilizing!!!!

Anash said...

i like those planting tips and found them extremely helpful! Thanks for a super giveaway!
My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

chrissiwithab said...

I really enjoy your blog. Your energy amazes me. Your house is just stunning. Thanks, Chrissi

Danielle said...

fabulous giveaway! We live at Home Depot. Just closed on new house today! Comes with chickens and lots of garden spots!

Anne said...

I used to live in the Pacific NW! We had oodles of Rhododendron and Azalea blooms!

I just bought paint and supplies at Home Depot a couple of days ago-- but if I won this give-away, I'm sure I could find more there that I need! ;)

All the best!

Kandy~ said...

~love your blog and so hoping i will be buying some pennington fertilizer very soon!

kbtimbie@gmail.com

Amber said...

You always have great ideas!!

Amberelizabethgeorge@gmail.com

Meghan said...

Rhodies are my favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway

immortalb4 at gmail dot com

Lori said...

We have a Rhody in our yard that's at least 50 yrs. old! Big and beautiful!

lrlangberg1@msn.com

following-friends said...

I love your rhododendron. They are so beautiful. I have Azaleas in my garden in southern California. This fertilizer would be great!

Anonymous said...

I love my garden! I spend many hours there each week...fertilizing, prunning, & hand watering. It's one of my favorite places!

~breanna donielle~ said...

Love this! Thank you!

breannadonielle@hotmail.com

Leigh said...

One of these days I need to fly to Seattle (I'm an east-coaster) to check out all the fab antique shops you blog about! Great giveaway!

dmw212 said...

I'm feeling lucky! Please pick me for HD gift card! Thanks for the chance to win!

SolDucky said...

I am going to have to look into this more! Thanks.

Leigh Anne said...

I love your blog and hope to win!
leighanne@elmore.rr.com

Julie said...

thanks for the giveaway...Home Depot is my husbands favorite store
aunteegem@yahoo.com

Stephanie Trink said...

Would love a Home Depot gift card. Still have so many things to do in our yard.

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures of your rodies. I used to live in the Seattle area but now live near the mountains in Colorado. VERY different climate! No rodies here. My garden is the prettiest on the street. Really, that is what every one says. Couldn't do w/o fertilizer. Your blog takes me back to the beautiful Pacific NW. It's always a special treat to read your blog. cbtreasurehunter@comcast.net

Southerner said...

I have three rose bushes that are so sparse and leggy that I really need to get products to feed and love them before they die :)

katrina said...

thank you for the fun giveaway! perfect timing for outside projects

Heidi said...

Looks great! Would love to work on our backyard

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Those flowers are pretty, pretty, pretty! Just recently found your blog and am enjoying it very much. Thank you!

olerae said...

I would love to win some Home Depot love to work on my front Curb appeal. Love working on the yard and would love to be able to afford to do more!

zhazha said...

I never realized rhododendrons were basically azaleas. I have been rigging up an apartment garden, so $50 would be much appreciated!

pam {simple details} said...

Gorgeous flowers, Melaine! Thanks for the fun giveaway and fertilizer reminder. :)

Anonymous said...

Your blog is so great! Fun giveaway~
mowrose@aol.com

JoyFilled said...

I would love a chance to win! We LOVE Home Depot!!
joyfilled.bryn at gmail dot com

Natasha S said...

Great Blog! Count me in on the giveaway.
nsequeira89@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! Thanks for the chance!

lindahobbs53 at sbcglobal dot net

Celeste said...

Gorgeous flowers! + thanks for the chance!

celeste@mail4me.com

Susan said...

Oh this would be AMAZING to win! DH and I close on our house on the 19th and need all the Home-Depot Help we can get!

SusanLovesChris at gmail dot com

Cynthia said...

Wow! Your Rhododendrons are gorgeous. We've been having bad luck with ours and we're replacing plants every 2 years. I think the Mr. is not giving them the right fertilizer, or we don't have them in the "right" spot in our gardens. This is the only plant we have trouble with. Maybe we need some of that Pennington's. . .

Gena said...

We are moving to my grandmother's house next month and we need to do some landscaping! $50 would be put to good use! Love your blog!

gena.hawkins@alcatel-lucent.com

Dee said...

Thanks for the chance! I love gardening in the summer so this would really help out! :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Ally said...

My front porch could use some new flowers. Great giveaway!

Jenny said...

Pretty flowers! I wish I had a greener thumb!

jrwyss_84 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Sheri said...

Awesome flowers. I hope I win :)

shelia said...

Beautiful! Those don't do well here in the deep south, but we do have azaleas that are close! Would love to win, thanks
shelia at
bluebirdshouse@gmail.com

{Carrie} said...

Beautiful flowers and lots of great information. Thanks.

fourkidsmom said...

Sign me up. I'm always at Home Depot for one thing or another.

Samantha said...

Love your blog, love your style!! crossing my fingers for $50!!

Ellen said...

I love your blog and your decorating style! I always have a project in the works so a gift card would be FAB!

Anonymous said...

We had a rhododendron at our childhood home that was easily 10 feet wide- HUGE!!!! It did not survive a recent hurricane (too many broken branches..) The replacement lacks the "magic" of the original bush. I doubt my mom will still own the house 30 years from now so I wont get to see the new plant at maturity. :( GReat giveaway, strange comment on my part...weird how just a photo of rhododendrons got me rambling.
ssdmmf@yahoo.com

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I'll be moving into a new home soon and a H.D. card would be so appreciated.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Melanie...

Oooh...your rhododendrons are gorgeous! They sure do make a beautiful bouquet. I have never tried to grow them...not sure how they do in my area.

How very nice of you to host a gift card giveaway for us. I would love to be entered! Thank you sooo very much!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Kennedy said...

great blog...thanks for the giveaway!

Celest Marlor said...

Love me so Home Depot! Great giveaway!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I could use that card to plant some more flowers. Please enter me in your generous giveaway.

Danielle

kate said...

I am so inconsistent with fertilizing - fortunately, my plants are pretty forgiving. I just wonder how much more they would bloom if I fed them better. Love your blooms!

Cherie B said...

Well that won't be hard to spend if I'm the winner. Thanks for the chance!

Cherie
cheriebarnaby@sbcglobal.net

mrwisblessed said...

Enjoy your blog; thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Dotti said...

Your blog is always delightful! If I was lucky enough to win the HD giftcard, I would go there immediately and uby some of their happy plants! Thanks,
Dotti O.

Becca@Tree Removal Melbourne said...

Just love reading this, thanks. How wonderful to see how you love all this blooming flowers.

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