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Macro Spring Pansy
Taken inside at the 2014 Boston Flower Show
I stepped into Spring yesterday in Boston and it felt so good!
For the first time in just about 50 years I attended the Boston Flower Show without my Mom.
I climbed aboard a van here in NH with 15 strangers and took the 52 mile ride southbound, yes no wheel in my hand, another first!
It was a day full of sunshine and after surgery on Monday I thought about not going with the wound on my face and bruises too but I said the hell with it GO you won’t know a soul and if they want to stare or look away that is about THEM. I was surprised by how many actually asked me if I was OK. Many kind souls I met on my day away from home.
It was a Friday and the place was packed! Many like me just needing to SEE SPRING!
The theme this year was about romance in our gardens and we were greeted by a symbol of Love Hippie Style!
They were standing in between 2 stone birds and gorgeous flowers of Purple and White.
Remember Romance is the word of today and yes there were beds of flowers and actual beds placed within the gorgeous gardens.
Flowers in many spots
Pups wanted to go on rides too
Flowers of every color
Ideas for your home and yard were also plentiful at this flower show.
Actually not enough plants and flowers for this girl after having attended so many years when it used to be about the BLOOMS.
Every thing is just getting so commercial I want to have a show where it is Plants, Trees and so many flowers your senses are on overload and they could fill booths with ways to grow your own favorites, raise your own bees and be kind to our earth that is what is really needed isn’t it?
A Beekeeper and the delicious nectar from her local bees.
Now a booth like this will always grab my attention as it was bright and cheerful and had a good message for all of us who grow flowers or our own food because we need bees to pollinate so much of what we depend on for food and beauty don’t we.
Support your local garden shops as well as farmer’s markets every chance you get and tell them their hard work is appreciated.
Have a great weekend
SPRING IS COMING I swear!
Today I am back home to reality, which is 3 to 7 foot snow banks but the sun is showing now and then and melting is happening ever so slowly for which I am thankful for or we would be faced with horrible floods.
Gardening Post to share
Originally posted on fox4kc.com:
That’s also how Claire Reid felt a few years back, at 16, when her father asked her to plant a garden during her school holidays.
“I was overwhelmed by the amount of seed I had to buy, the amount of fertilizer, the wastage,” recalls Reid.
Reid quickly realized that gardening was not made easy for beginners. She was frustrated that she had to measure manually the correct distance between the seeds, as well as to pay a small fortune to buy what she needed, since everything came in bulk — so she decided to put her young mind to work.
“I wanted to come up with…
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Sorry I am so seldom on here and so few of you actually show up in the WP READER that I follow, for when I have time to check in now and then. You see we are having, as far as I am concerned, a winter from hell. Now the skiers, snowmobilers and snowboarders LOVE IT! It is all in how you look at things and when all I see is WHITE I am far from impressed!
So I took a Watercolor class it was only three hours long but between the colorful woman from Russia who taught it and the pallet of gorgeous colors I brought to choose from, those three hours were just what the doctor ordered.
After trying to beat the ice covered yard I GAVE UP! I never give up but I was truly defeated by all this #*%&! Thirty four days till SPRING and that will not mean this snow will end, you see here in New England it is not over some years until we are into MAY! They say global warming I say BULL! It has been brutal here with not only the snow but bitter cold and we are getting another eight inches or more tonight they say blizzard conditions and I am tired of blogging like I am a weather forecaster. You know I even left 10 inches of snow on the roof, we just could not move anymore and were not safe up there in 40 mile per hour winds so enough is enough. I would wave a white flag but surly only the bear and coyote would see me and I would scare my little birds away as if the Eagle, Coopers Hawk and Sharp Shinned ones don’t do that already. :)
So last night I sat with my paints and began to pick up pretty colors and in a Monet fashion I added pretty colors to the white paper in what they say is a wash. They are now dry and I love the look of these small pieces of paper, now I will try to add some interest in the foreground not even sure I am supposed to do it this way as it was only a three hour class. Seems like this is how I roll. I learn the basic points and go off on my own I guess I never really saw myself that much of a rebel but indeed I guess I am.
What do you all do when weekends roll around or on an evening when you scream out UNCLE? See I don’t drink or smoke or go out dancing any more so I make things, so I stay out of trouble.
I take photos too when it is not dark out and here are a few of my world these days but you are probably tired of hearing about lousy weather too.
Since all I plan on adding to the inside of these garden walls this year are Sunflowers we dump the snow inside, now it maybe May till I can poke my finger in the soil a half inch to drop the seed. Spring is coming isn’t it? I should pray it come slowly or the house will be surly under water if we get nasty flooding you see there is no rhyme or reason some of you have nothing and us TOO MUCH.
JT popped her new orange ball, so I took this one out and then I bought her another larger one, Pink Minnie Mouse but when storm is coming I throw it in the back seat of the truck so we can find it come morning.
We will sit and wait for the next 8 inches to arrive this afternoon and he just told me he will go up on the roof now to get some weight off of it before the next storm arrives one good thing if we fall the snow banks around the house are so high we won’t fall far.
Always the silver lining!
Have an awesome weekend.
Originally posted on creativeartworksblog:
My son recently sent me a gift for no particular occasion. I think that’s the very BEST kind of gift – one given or received just because it was seen and made them think of you.
The gift I received was a pair of Foxgloves.
These are really stretchy, very pretty gloves. (My son got me purple because he knows that’s my favorite color.)
When I saw them, I thought they were MUCH too pretty to be worn as gardening work gloves.
I read through the paperwork that came with them, though, I decided to try them for what they were intended. The Elle Foxgloves are elbow length “extending comfort, protection, and support.” They protect your hands and forearms from scratches, irritation from plant oils and sun damage. UPF 50+.
They’re super-stretchy and fit really well. You almost forget you have them on while you’re working…
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We have had a few beautiful days here in New England but changes are coming. So as I watched the Boston Red Sox play their way into another World’s Series I made lists of things that needed to be done around here. I worked at planting my two huge Mums from the garden club sale, they are the hardy type so with any luck they will rest in the winter and be in bloom for next fall. Lawn mower was placed in the barn and snow blower brought up to the shed. You know regular stuff all homeowner must do unless they have a handyman yes my man is handy but you know the kind I am taking about.
So as I checked off each item I had on my list, I came to my Monstrous Spider Plant. There was no way I could bring it in for another year like it was. It is in full bloom, mid October in New Hampshire, oh how she loves the outdoors. Well I am sure it will go into shock and I also hope they all make it. There is nothing like having a living plant in each and every room.
So JT and I headed over to our local Wal-Mart so I could by some potting soil. I picked up six bags, yes it would take at least that to begin the task at hand. We headed home and I played with her for 15 minutes and then I began.
I usually make up my own mix but this will have to do, with shoulder pain there will be no stirring dirt for me .
This is worse than I thought, as this is a huge flower-pot.
See what I mean.
I really do not know how it could be so gorgeous with so many flowers and babies, this is crazy look at those roots!
They must love being root bound like this.
Much different tools used in this mayhem.
OH yes it was bad.
Lots of the Mother plants babies came of the plant
and would need to go into water or straight into new soil.
So my yard and home plants have been cared for, tools put away that I use spring, summer and fall.
I said a little prayer for them to all make it through till spring, when they will be placed outside to soak in the sunshine and drink in the rains.
Let this be a reminder to knock your plants from their pots loosen up the old soil if you can get away with new soil added and you will not have Botany Mayhem occur at your place.
LOVE YOUR LIVING THINGS as much as you do your silly things.
Well some of you know I garden and others know I joined the local garden club and helped make a few corners pretty here is an update on that part of my life.
This past Sunday we held a Plant Sale to raise money and to get others to add pretty flowers to their landscapes. Let me show you what we had.
You can not be seen any better in out town on a Sunday morning unless you were signing in church.
We had Perennials and Mums that were not quite open yet just enough to show what color they were going to be.
See just beginning to show their beautiful blooms.
We planted 4 in two of our intersections and two at the town hall, three at the Safety Complex, and just three at the intersection close to my home since that one was so full of color already.
This is one of two planters that sit at the top of the stairs leading into our small towns Town Hall. Pretty work our member did. Remember there are just 5 of us and all part-time.
We are loving how they are filling in and are praying this winters snow plows do not destroy all of our hard work.
Hope you live in a town with a garden club who does things like this to make it special. We just have 3 corners done so far but that’s not bad for 1 year and all that digging and re-planting and part timers.
While reading your blogs I realized how much I missed mine. Each day I want to write and share but usually nothing comes. Since April it has been very hard. Seems before it was easy to express myself and now being cleared of all the CLUTTER within me leaves me wondering if I really have much to say.
I am so happy poor but very, very happy. I am at peace and seems I had posts so full of sadness and despair oh yes Joy as well if you looked deeper within it was there but really I was just not whole.
I still see things others will never get and it is OK maybe they are not meant to.
Ok on with today’s RARE BLOG really from me NOT A RE-BLOG he he READY?
So I have not seen much of my Mom since my return from retreat and she has not ben well so I made it a point when I got my check this month to take the $30 in gas right out and go spend sometime with her after I was done with Shoulder PT appointment. Ron and JT came with me as even she is feeling more like herself never will something from China be consumed in my home by ANY OF US!
So I get to Mom’s and she is doubled over unable to stand up straight I tell her to use the cane more to hold herself up though her hands are bad and I understand why she doesn’t. She has had RA for 40 years or better been crippled then better now her spine is worsening as she has lost so much of her height. She now has 2 cracked or broken vertebrae she will never tell me as too many years I was broken so she tries to toughen it out. She actually said she was ready to go. What the hell does that mean? Ready to go she is healthy as an ox except for the pain and she refuses anything but Tylenol and we all know the dangers of that drug.
So I had gone down with the full intent to scrub floors, clean refrigerator, scrub the stove things you ought to stand to do and need to do for more than a minute. I went around the property of this home I grew up in and admired all the flowers she grew. She had some beauties. I went out to the front yard and saw a section of the garden beds I had done so much work on my whole adult life now looking so pitiful. I asked what she wanted to do about it as she insists she loves her home and doesn’t want to sell and move in with one of us or her own apartment with little she would have to do but care for herself. She says “I can’t do it anymore”. I have known this for a long time hell I can not do what I used to and I am 20 years younger. So I get her garden cart, shovel, rake and a bucket with soil and proceed to dig every last Iris and Lily mixed in with weeds and grass out of the front bed. I took each one and trimmed back the green growth and cleaned the roots and set them aside. I worked for 2 hours on them alone I did that sitting on the same front stairs as I had when I was a little girl all the while watching Mom insisting on sitting outside with me and JT she sat in a plastic lawn chair. Same kind I did my retreat in not that comfortable.
After I had them done I moved on to trim a bush them I really trimmed it pretty much till it was just above the soil as there was so much dead branches soon she would lose them anyway. As I worked on my feet she tried to play a little with JT. It was warm so the dog did not mind resting a lot.
I got to this beautiful bush and knew if it was up to me to add a fresh coat of paint to the front of this house I could not have shrubbery against it so again I began a hard prune taking out many dead branches. Well This is usually covered in bees and yes it was a beauty but so out of control. I came across something that saddened me. Seems our world is so full of filth and debris and so many slobs our little birds have learned to cope the best they can. See?
So much plastic trash was a part of this poor Mother Bird’s nest
I swear it looked as if it were a home in the projects it made me very sad.
Now wait till you see what her front yard looks like now.
We had not seen that last window for years she will have to pull the blinds down now till she decides if she wants to let it grow back or if we can make this place pretty with something easy to care for. I am not getting any younger either and with injuries even worse. Ron is in no better health he has lost so much weight and muscle and he is diabetic to boot.
All was not worrisome at Mom’s some of the day was delightful which is how I will end this post UPBEAT! :)
Mom painted this rock years ago and we thought the bees thought her artwork was real but then a guy I went to school with thought maybe they were just wanting to grab hold so they could get a drink. I told her to place a shallow dish with rock in it so birds could have their baths again :)
Remember she loves flowers like me so here are a few I took after I did all the work so they are not that good but still pretty
Thanks for coming to Mom’s with me.
She would love all of you. Each one is so very special to me XO
Originally posted on bite:
This is the second bread and butter pickle recipe that I’ve shared with you. Last year’s was a purebred Maritime country kitchen pickle. This year, I’ve jazzed it up by changing the spices and adding red chili flakes. Of all the “pickle” hostess gifts I give throughout the winter, my bread and butter pickles are the most popular. I loved this rendition’s flavour but the juries out. I’ll let you know how my friends like them, next summer…
Being so high up on a hill makes you feel like your in the eye of the hurricane during a storm. The upside, however, is the spectacular rainbows that extend from pasture to pasture.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a rainbow touch the earth. Ralph said, “we don’t have to go looking for the pot of gold. We’re living on it.” He loves our farm. I love him…
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Originally posted on Eat and Sip in the City:
It’s tomato season! The bf’s garden is packed with over 30 different tomato plants (see below for a peek) and I have a little tomato plant of my own on my fire escape in the city. So it is time to start enjoying all the delicious, juicy tomatoes. These 10 ideas are just a few ways I am loving!
Baked tomatoes featuring eggs and cheese
Pizza at home! Be inspired by Sterlng’s restaurant in Boston, MA
Originally posted on Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News:
MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Manage these vigorous self-seeders so you’ll never have to buy seeds again.
By Barbara Pleasant
ILLUSTRATION: ELAYNE SEARS
One of the characteristics of a truly sustainable garden is that it produces at least some of its own seed. This is most often done when gardeners select, harvest and store seeds until the proper time for planting the following year. But some self-seeding crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower and mature, and set seed, you will always have free plants growing in your garden. You can simply let the seeds fall where they are, or toss pieces of the seed heads into the corners of your garden, or whichever area you want them in — no harvesting, storing or replanting required. With most self-seeding vegetables, herbs…
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This makes for lots of HAPPY BEES
I am hoping for some yummy goodness from this plant the flowers are Beautiful
Even these are so pretty if you can get in real close boy I wish I had not lost all my MACRO ability in my camera but hitting re-format :(
Safely behind the garden fence where hungry Turkey and Bear could easily get into but so far have not.
Finally something for all my effort.
Shortest Corn on Earth
Sad looking Sunflower too much rain and clearly not enough Sunshine.
Not only does the cat enjoy this beautiful plant but the Bumble Bees and these Hummingbird Moths seem to love it as well!
Can’t get a great Macro with Easy Share will have to see if I can get a local camera shop to fix what I have done to it.
You can get an idea about what is happening here in my yard just before Aug. We have frost that arrives in Sept. and Oct. so I hope this garden starts taking off SOON!
Have a wonderful day!
Yes this is now my yard remember my blogs from winter or from the floods?
We are truly jungle like these days. Warm and humid and tropical rains and now we are under the gun for some serious Flash Flooding! It is when the river will rise up and over their banks and can destroy roads and yards.
Can you see this Green Growth? Soon there will be blooms, dragonflies and butterflies all over this yard of ours.
I hope we still have bats in my bat box because this afternoon it was so hard to get these shots as I was constantly swatting mosquitoes!
I have grown Tiger Lilies along one section of this river that is the southern property line
I am trying to find out what kind of green weed is on the front right that is taking over our yard. Do you know what it is called?
These are growing so fast with easily 10+ inches of rain this spring plus the 100 inches or more of snow we had this winter plus the river as it comes us and goes back down.
Wildflower or Weed who knows, not me till it opens!
I have more that are open rain and all(sorry for all those who need the rains so bad parts of Canada and all of New England will truly give you some of ours)seems these things that call my yard home are LOVING IT!
Tiny Yellow flowers so you know how tiny thins little bee was! So tiny I never saw it till I went to share it with YOU I love nature in MACRO!
So many blossoms are gone before their time hope there will be plenty for our honey bees if and when the sun shines again.
Beach Roses before the buds open and in the background the Rose Hips wait to ripen.
Happy Hour! Free Drinks!
Pretty male Finch just before he was ambushed by a Baltimore Oriole bullies!
Baby Pears are covering the tree we pruned in early spring yes we lost some possible fruit but I could not pick it that HIGH! Rotten squished fruit attracts too many BEES and remember he is highly allergic.
Well gotta run my little girl wants me to play catch with her AGAIN!
My beautiful tree is loosing all her lovely blooms TOO MUCH RAIN!
Maybe I will sell MUSHROOMS!
I really thought when I joined just two years back this gardening thing around our little town would be so easy. You all see I know how to grow some real beauties so what’s the problem?
Well wanting something really badly, sadly will not make it happen. It takes members. Men woman and children if need be! You need a town who actually cares how they present themselves to the world. Sadly we were on a very slippery slope on that part. Four sickening murders in just the time I have been here, 27 years. All hitting the papers here and abroad.
This dream of mine to join was long overdue. I wanted our small little town to care for one another. Be a community. Like the one I grew up in. Sadly day in and day out I see the world around me not as it used to be. Have people changed that much? Do they no longer want what is best for their children. Are they so busy working to see there are more important things in life than 3 cars, a boat, 4 wheelers, motorcycles? Toys all toys with no substance. No family dinners as both parents work outside their home to pay for all the trips to the mall, no one sews clothes for their children anymore and if they do they are looked down upon and bullied.
So who was I to dream so big for my little town? Well Eunice of course and you know what a wise woman told me if I wanted to do something do it myself for I was the only one I could count on boy was she right in the beginning I placed my cell phone number up on a billboard in front of our town haul and waited for the phone to ring off the hook! I had the town place an Ad on TV(towns private station)looking for members again adding my private number. There were just three of us. President of club walked out in a huff her best friend stayed as did I and the treasurer. Now of us three I am the only one home and was nominated to be the secretary oh joy I wanted to get my hands dirty not make phone calls!
Another lady who works nights joined and made it a point to come to our once a month meetings on a Monday night the others came as well. We made plans for plant sales, yard sales too! You need money to make a town such as ours pretty and not ugly as was portrayed over and over in the news, in books and around the world in the papers.
Well We still have those who stayed in club from a year ago and just recently welcomed another woman. She is a stay at home Mom and we love that she is young, loves to garden and can do more than us older crippled members.
I ordered business cards and gave each of us 50 to start with. Pass them around to local businesses they do business with. I went knocking on doors as I am home all day. I had a few positive meetings for things we can do down the road.
I received a wonderful email from our AD on TV who asked if he could donate some plants for our upcoming plant sales. I told him we would love to accept his gracious gift and made plans for another member to help me. The first load Ron and JT came with me as this was a stranger and wanted to make sure everything was on the level him not me I am too trusting. We went and filled the whole bed of the pickup truck and there were many we could not get that trip. I had one of the full-time workers go with me and filled the truck again! Now we were a real garden club! At the next meeting we set a plan in motion. We would all meet on a Sunday morning at 8 AM and tear out a whole intersection with our hand tools what were we thinking!
We showed up with rakes, shovels trash bags and water. Plants too, a whole pickup truck load, poor Ron no one else has a truck and you know me I am on a mission!
We pulled out the plants we could save and then we tore out grass, and bagged it to compost. It was now noon and time to take a break three of us said we would meet back there at 6 PM to start placing the plants back into the rotten soil after we added some sphagnum to lighten it up with. A friend of mine from town stopped to ask when I had gotten such a green thumb he knew me as only a female who owned and drover her own rig. He had his own excavating company. He asked if I needed anything and I said “Are you sure?” yes he was sure so I asked for some nice rich organic soil. Dream big I say! He came back with his own dump truck and dropped us off a nice pile of loam. We wanted a raised bed to keep plants protected from drivers and plows wait you know about the snow we get.
So here is when I will share with you a project done by first 4 then three woman from 8 AM till 8 PM with a few hour break in between for a cold drink and something to eat.
Hope you can see how it evolved into what it is now.
We had moved the pretty Urn here but sadly it was doing nothing for this corner downtown. Before the grass came up it looked pretty for a few days.
When the two ladies met back at 6 PM they were happy to see Paul’s gift of rich soil.
We raked it down and shaped it. Two of them lifted this heavy Urn up into the middle of the planting then we laid fabric down to keep weds in check.
We unloaded the truck and placed plants in a design the best we could and set about knocking them from their pots and cutting holes in the fabric where they would go into the new soil. This is back-breaking work when you have a wrecked back to start with!
Two of us stayed till dark as you can see the lights across the way have come on.
We were tired both of us in our mid 50′s. She with a desk job me with no job.
I came by the next day to check on our work
We needed to mulch this area to complete the look, hold down the weeds and fabric as well. Thankfully as we wrapped up the night before the rains began to fall gently upon our new planting.
JT and I took 3 half pick up truck loads of mulch I had saved in my yard all winter and added it to this space. The parade would be days away and I wanted it to be complete for Memorial Day.
Now some of you have seen these photos before others have not
Now I will show you some shots of what we have been up to all this summer no wonder I hurt so bad!
I went to a business the next town over who makes bark mulch, I used to love hauling mulch with my rig to all the local garden centers I miss my truck. Well back to the story I asked if we could get the wholesale price as we were a tiny garden club next town over and really needed to find the best deal. She says to me IS FREE GOOD? You already know by this post Thank You! Only deal was they gave me a sign to promote their business well I was all alone to I said yes the deal was made and each and every corner will look the same and only cost Ron gas money to truck it back and forth!
One of the members bought two 40 in long cedar window boxes we filled and put on our granite bridge downtown so our color draws you through town.
Ok the last photo in my story is of a corner Lowe’s gifted us plants for last year but needed to fit in with the rest of what we had recently done so Ron dropped of 21 bags I think he said it was and I spread it to finish off the intersection closest to my home.
It really makes a difference
So yes a group of driven residents can make a difference little by little one corner at a time our little town is feeling more loved.
So what do you think is it worth our effort?
I hope with each planting we do there will be another member joining our team and another business climbing on board with us as you know I am not afraid to ask help from one out-of-town!
Thanks for reading this very long post had I known I would have done it in many segments
Peace and Love to ALL of YOU
You all know how much I adore nature and photography that seems to go hand in hand with it , when it comes to me.
I wanted to show you what I have been up to in my spare time.
Yes I am free everyday to do what I want but due to money like the rest of us I chose what I do accordingly.
I am a member of our local garden club I am sure I mentioned that a few times here. You knew we sell plants to put back into our community so here is the latest project 4 out of 5 woman in our group did. Not bad since most are 40-mid 50′s.
This is a shot of a downtown intersection I had moved the urn to in preparation for our Memorial Day parade.
When I placed it here after the winter plows were safely parked I had no idea how grown in and messy this spot had become.
At our monthly meeting on the 13th it was decided we would tackle it weather permitting that upcoming weekend.
We went with shovels and rakes and trash bags too.
One of the woman in the club had borrowed her son in laws pickup to bring supplies. We were all parked off the road in the dirt, and had been for hours when a renter in a home at this intersection gets in his truck and steps on the gas, punches it really and shoots across this busy intersection, with all of us woman working in, and proceeds to slam into the trucks drivers door WHAM! He jumps out of his truck and proceeds to photograph where we were all parked. I laughed at him and said “They talk about WOMAN DRIVERS!” he got so angry, I was hoping he was drunk actually but it seems he is just not all there but still allowed to drive. So I asked for the police to be called so we could continue to work safely. A woman had just walked by his truck with her dog and we were going back and for with weeds, thankfully it was a truck that got hit.
So two officers arrive and the man points to ME lol what he doesn’t know is who I am and how the police know me as a hero and a hard worker. His info was taken and he was sent on his way. The police put out cones for us and put police tape alongside all our cars and trucks. Then stood and talked, while we worked.
Now I have lived here since 1988 and know a few people who also call our town home. So as we are working like crazy woman, up against the weather forecast, a local man with his own excavating company stopped to say hello to me on the side of the road and wondered when I had developed such a Green Thumb!
I reminded him all he never knew me as was a hard-working trucker , then so hurt after the wreck with the bus in 2000 I never had time and then I couldn’t move.
He asked if there were anything he could help me with and I asked if we could get a scoop of nice soil to really turn this corner into a beautiful spot in time. As we worked and tore out all the grass and weeds and junk from the area all this on a quiet Sunday morning he went off to church and his trucks worked all day on another project he was getting paid to do as a prior business owner I know those come first. So as we completed the removal process and I loaded all the saved plant material we would place back into this area, the ladies loaded their tools into their cars and 3 of us made plans to come back at 6 PM. Just before I took off Paul showed back up with his tri axle dump truck with a wonderful amount of soil for us, he is good and good to me. All the ladies had left when he showed up so him and I moved the urn out of the way and I watched him as he backed up and dumped his load of soil making sure no wires were hit or any dummies driving in behind him.
Looks good doesn’t it.
So we go back at 6 PM before rains come and begin to shape this pile and lay down strips of fabric to keep the junk from growing back so we can keep it looking nice. We are too old to WEED!
The last of us here worked till dark laying the plants back in before they got to stressed. I had watered them well when we had taken a 4 hour break but I did not want to lose one plant.
Above is what the area looked like the next day as JT and I drove over some left over mulch the Garden Club had at my home.
I snapped this before I laid down pick up truck runs of the mulch. It had poured all night and it looked bad I was glad I did not wait till any others would be around to help.
This is heading down through our little town and finished intersection will be coming up on the left NEXT!
We will add a little punch of color for the summer but in the years to come these will fill in and the bulbs will add spring color too.
I sure hope the towns people appreciate these areas we work so hard on.
We do it all on plant sales and donations.
Thanks for checking out our town and how we plan on changing one corner at a time!
On my head and everything else here in New England.
Not discouraging these Ants that are all about the sweetness within this Peony bud.
Tons of Lilacs this year but all this rain weighs them down and turns than brown.
Icelandic Poppy also covered in raindrops
We have a little water in the river lined by so much glorious GREEN it has been real low since they closed the dam to get the big lake ready for boating, camping and fishing.
Can you see her above?
This is the view out my Kitchen window. I want to put a huge umbrella up so she is not soaked all night poor creatures who have to deal with all that weather throws at them.
So let’s see I did a new thing with beads yesterday and was gone from home for almost 6 hours boy I have not done that since I went away. Felt great!
Wait till I show you what I did!
One of the woman in the Gardening Club with me was home and we were given over 40 potted perennials and she came with me this morning to lad them into the truck. Big help and they are gorgeous!
I will grab some photos to show you the beading and a few other things I love the new reader I use can you add RSS feed to your blogs as it is how I add each one I follow some already are using it.
Happy Memorial Day to all of you and ones who will be traveling, please do be very careful.
Well spring has arrived here in NH and that means added joy and hope for better days ahead, not just for me but for all living things who need this planet to survive themselves. I hope the weather in your spot here on earth is not under water. I want my old planet back when you could count on normal weather but sadly we have done so many things wrong and usually it is not the super wealthy who get hurt the most. Not fair that I can say.
So I wanted to let you know I am so happy, no not just because of the flowers starting to bloom or the heat being turned of for most of the day but REALLY HAPPY, filled with joy from letting go of STUFF, physically and mentally purging is good for one’s soul, house too! Have you started spring cleaning yet?
My son and I are back to being able to speak to one another and for that all the pain I went through for 10 days was worth it. LOL He is happy and putting tons of ART out there and having fun isn’t that what we all want for our children.
I have been getting more of my prints out there for sale and soon will step back into my studio to melt some glass and see what this new joy will look like in beads and fused objects. I will do some more Zentangle as well but all of that will wait till gardens are in and house is painted 1/2 a house painted has to end!
Beading with tiny seed beads has taken a backseat for now I just have actually been to busy and too happy to sit still and ouch the body feels it! I may do a piece for special people or myself but not for sale anymore as they want them for free see you can teach an old dog new tricks!
So let me add a photo for you all let me know if you LIKE IT lol
Blossom/leaf from Pear tree
Have a great day!
I am almost over the cold I caught while being away and the snow is gone and the rains have started so I put a coat on and finally the Peas Are In. I can not wait till they are small and tender ones like above to use in my salads and stir-fry’s. Do you like fresh peas? I love Pea Soup as did my Dad and love them right off the plant. I walked around with JT and checked out the plants I will offer on our Plant sale, for the Garden Club May 4. I have some new Lilac shoots Forsythia too. I have some Beach Plum type Rugosa Roses popping up I could divide as well. I have some perennials left in pots from last year a man in town donated from his yard for our fundraising efforts. I called a few garden centers and will be picking up some annuals and perennials to round out our selection. I really hope our town comes out and supports the 5 of us woman trying to make a difference in our towns appearance. Please remember to support your locals be it a Garden Club or a local farmer and his farm stand.
So with the snow gone hopefully till this winter(I know it is New England and so many storms have laid over my Lilacs in full bloom)I will set about getting the yard ready for another EPIC Spring, Summer and Fall. New focus and intentions fill my thoughts this year more than others. My honey has gone and accused me of being a HOMEBODY lol like that’s a BAD THING! I worked all those years on the road and missed my home and he worked his whole life at a 15 hour a day job and came home drank beers and lived his life with his family, now he wants FUN Filled days and NO BEER lol boy we have grown older. I love travel don’t get me wrong but with so much I want done around here I will do it even if I am by myself a lot I am OK with that. I asked him to get the snow blower in the barn for the season and to take out the rider and get it ready for the lawn. Sharpen blades, change oil and spark plug so she will get me through another season. He likes mowing so if I am not too picky about when I want it done he will gladly do it but it is not a real lawn you know the kind with lots of chemicals thrown on top but if it is green and grows 3 to 4 inches tall and hold the soil and keeps the dust down I am happy. I only cut the lawn when rain is on its way look so pretty after and healthier.
While meditating I come up with some awesome thoughts. Some random out of left field others I can use. You all saw I started the house painting and I want to finish it this year but I had a thought I know scary if you know me I have a lot of ruined shingles where wet soil over 30 years up against the front of the house shingles so now I want to take those off and replace with new Cedar shingles only seal them after they age some like the ones along the coast here in New England. So as I look at the front of the house to the left of the entrance way it will be dark Oxford brown as in the back but from area around the front door to the outer right edge where so man are nasty I thought about making it pop with light new shingles. Just my mind going crazy with thoughts of warmer weather to come and getting this place so she is good for another 15 years and doesn’t disintegrate. I will show you as I tackle this he will do the hanging of the new ones for me and LESS PAINTING there actually is a method to my madness. I also thought of painting the front and adding garden graphics on it who will see it besides you and me I live in the woods.
I have soil to get, mulch too, as I will remove my plants from the area of my berm and get them into an English Cottage type configuration away from grass and weeds with lots of sun, can you imagine the shots I can get of flowers and insects then. I will plant some Forsythia, Roses and Lilacs and small Evergreens on the berm and it will act as a living fence along the edge of roadway and the property line, between the two gates. I am excited I can not wait I just pray this body will hold up since all work will be done with my hands but with weight off and heart that is so happy now, I want to show this place some love after all the years I suffered quietly in pain living here with the ex. Time to LIVE and BE HAPPY!
Can’t wait to read what your places look like and what your plans this year hold you know I will have lots of posts doing more or less Show and Tell I garden with abandon not to show up in Better Homes and Gardens
Peace & Love
The days have been getting just a little warmer. Really hard with all the snow not to have the refrigerator happening.
We worked two days on removing the last 11 inches from the driveway areas. Never made it to the roof this time we were hurting too bad it
has been a very long winter. Spring is almost here Robins searching for food in areas clean of snow and ducks as paired up and waiting for
us to pull out the beavers dam so they can lay their eggs. I will wait till the eight of April to start my seeds it will be awhile before the safe
date of May 30th in my part of the country for hard frosts to hit. I may get the peas in the yard where snow has been removed or maybe in
a pot would work better. I will grow potatoes in a bucket, celery in pots and lots of herbs in containers with a few flower seeds added to
make them prettier. I have a lot of work a head of me. I have half a house to finish getting the paint on and 3/4′s of the barn to finish.
I can not wait till it is completely done.
I also have lots of divisions in plants I have here on the property to start my English Garden. We have set the date for our Garden Club
Plant Sale for May 4th usually it is May 30th but we will combine it with our yard sale to raise funds to place flowers throughout our town.
I am not good at fundraising well I have not done that sort of thing since selling Girl Scout cookies way back when. I hate asking people for
money the cookies well they got to eat those. I am hoping the 4 other woman in our group who go shopping around town can pick up the
slack and do that part. I am the secretary so I can do follow-ups., place ads and get the word out we are looking for donated items and
plants they may have that can be divided and sold to raise money. We are hoping to get enough money to hang two huge flower pots from
the granite bridge downtown and to plant two more intersections with gorgeous color.
We are going to ask the local businesses for items to add to a table for raffles, gift certificates or other creative ways to get their name as
supporters out there. We have hair salons, barber shops, flower shops, coffee shops, diners, gas stations which hopefully can do even a gift
of $10 or $15 that we can raffle and raise money for flowers. Money is tight for everyone. No one has extras these days. We will do the
best we can to make our town look pretty for those who live here as well as for those just passing by.
Really isn’t much to say right now when I come back maybe there will be a story or two or maybe nothing at all. I won’t know till the 7th of
April. I will spend the next few days trying to catch up with all of your wonderful blogs. I miss being here daily but there is not much to
share of late. I set up the site to sell some prints and its own Facebook page so that can run itself now. I have the other blog for photos and
I will go through and delete all but the best in my eyes. Time for changes to begin not only with me but my surroundings. Make this place
comfortable and pretty, continue with getting healthy but taking more hikes with JT. I will spend more time with a tripod sitting along the
coast and capturing the new day as she starts to come up at the horizon. Life is good simple but good. Hope all is well with all of you.
Hi everyone. No I am not lost but usually I shovel then suffer in pain but it is the workouts that have me seeing consistent success now at the scale on Tuesdays and is getting me closer to goal which will be a HEALTY weight never scrawny . I need my strength to make it through my meditation as well as that new English Garden I will be working on if winter ever let’s go of her death grip up here. No don’t worry just hard on old broken bodies but my sense of humor such as it is will get me to spring oh and the rains! Today NH is under the spell of another huge storm and why I am getting rains when others are getting twelve more, heavy wet inches of snow I have no idea but you know I am so grateful for each and every drop for it is melting our snowpack and snow on the roofs is shrinking too he said it was too slippery to climb up yesterday which worried me with the weight of heavy wet snow ruining so many homes and businesses elsewhere. Well I sold my conversion van and made another friend. She too is an author with all of you here I follow and follow me I can surely get my three written! I sold the van to get cash to fix my pick-up the one with the PLOW kind of late now as the birds are already singing their hearts out looking for the prettiest girls in town. I will scrub hummingbird feeders again to make sure no dust has gotten into the bags I store them in and get the seeds started for my garden even if I have to grow in 5 gal. buckets or a pallet have you seen that on Pinterest? I think this year I will even start Sunflowers in egg cartons or yogurt cups as I have plenty of empties and this way after the diet of black oil sunflower seeds I have been going through with my wildlife so far almost 400 lbs. of seed, they will not be able to dig up the ones I hide to line my yard with. Hard to outsmart wildlife though I am sure something hungry will come for the green growth like us and our salad greens!
So how have you all been? Life good or hard right now? I love hearing from you all and that some of you are regular visitors to my Portfolio Blog please me. You can comment on any blog. Tell me if you like certain photo or what you don’t like remember the only thing I have ever been a professional at is a driver, a big rig driver so you can help by chiming in . Some of you know I have been selling my photos on FAA under Eunice Miller and that I even set up a Facebook page that will link my photographs I have placed for sale right to their site in most cases. If you are artists that have begun to follow my blog thank you. Blogging has made me a better photographer still not anything to write home about but me and my little Kodak Easy Share once in a while capture something pretty and moving to some besides me for which I am thankful for isn’t that why we decide to step out of our nice comfy spot at home and reach out to the world at large with art and words. I would not have gotten to know you all had I not taken that very first step last Memorial Day weekend. I am blessed by each and every one of you and I think you already know that by what we have shared.
Now it wouldn’t be a Living and Lovin blog without a photo or two so this is what I have been thinking of
My Lilacs in full bloom calling out to all the insects and pretty butterflies that adore them as much as I do even Ron loves them JT loves to smell them she is a girl you know and all girls love pretty flowers.
For the bees to arrive so my fruit trees will bless us and the wildlife who also love fruit.
Now the Forsythia that are all over this place we call home are sure signs of SPRING arriving.
Now for this year along with the new English Garden area Ron will make me a sculpture as he was a welder for 35 years before retiring early with injuries. I am thinking something in pretty copper but maybe a mix if they can be put together with the arc from his welding rod. He is the pro so I will let him do his thing and praise the heck out of him because he is a good man to put up with me and so much sadness though it has gotten so much better since I have stopped hiding. So look for a blog on his artist work in the future here.
I will also divide my Hostas for an upcoming Garden Club Plant Sale in early May and take some new Lilacs and move them to my berm on the eastern side of my property I will add some shoots of Forsythia on berm as well because they will look beautiful as they grow and drape along this area with the Lilacs up above with a few little pretty shaped Pines. It will provide me with Privacy yes but mostly block the Orange Fence(plastic snow fence) from my view while I sit and tend to my garden since I do not see her as ever taking it down, even though it sits on the towns right a way.
So for now I will look and deal with the CRUD of Winter with visions of a beautiful spring!
We will hang out by the sea a lot till them even on a lousy weather day we can always find a ray of hope here along the water’s edge.
Take care everyone and again stop in at anyone of my places here on the world-wide web, you are more than welcome.
I attended a free talk today on Orchids. What a beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy, on a winter’s day. You need to swing by if you are local and have never stepped inside. They are all very friendly and you will get a warm welcome from all including Oliver
He will say Hello and even laugh when you do. Not sure he liked my flash but he never stopped talking and even said Good-Bye.
Baby Tears sit here with Venus flytraps
Are you looking for COLOR now that your Christmas tree is down these are very pretty.
Plants of all types can be found here.
Lush Green Plants are great for cleaning the air you need to breathe
I wonder if this will hold my monster Spider plant
Orange and Yellow pop and the pretty fountain too
So precious placed in a beautiful garden. I must shop for my new English Garden I will be adding here at home.
I must say Oliver has the prettiest home I wouldn’t mind staying her either.
Thanks to CHURCHILL’S for allowing me to take photos of their beautiful shop in Exeter, New Hampshire. Stop in I am sure you will love it as well and if you are reading this from another part of the US stop in one of your local garden centers and for those of you who follow me from all over the world should you find yourself in NH call me I will show you around.
Originally posted on 20 Lines A Day:
The male is above
and this is the female
I bought these two plants for my parents and placed them into the ground as tiny plants in 2000 twelve years later they are shoulder height on me and need to be pruned but every time I want to Mom says “Then I won’t have flowers or berries for the birds.” Gee even I Trim MINE
Holly is one of those plants that make you think of Christmas
Have a Very Merry Christmas
Peace and Love
Something to think about for me as I plan next years gardens
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Reprinted from the White House Blog
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