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We Held Another Plant Sale

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.

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You can not be seen any better in out town on a Sunday morning unless you were signing in church.

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We had Perennials and Mums that were not quite open yet just enough to show what color they were going to be.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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Our Garden Club Work Continues

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.

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A mess

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.

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Nice soil

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!

Till Dark

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

Needing Mulch Badly

 

 

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.

Done till Fall

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 scored FREE BARK MULCH FOR ALL OUR PROJECTS!

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!

 

Flower Boex for the downtown granite bridge

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

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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
XO
Peace and Love to ALL of YOU

 

 

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Life Goes On In New Hampshire

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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.

 

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We attended a PUMPKIN Stroll

The recreation department in our town held their  Third Annual PUMPKIN STROLL

The children came in beautiful costumes

They brought Carved Pumpkins for the contest

Vendors set up tables  with items for sale but they all had candy to pass out to the children  who also were Trick or Treating(dress rehearsal for the 31st)

We had a table with lots of candy as well and our raffle items for the Garden Club fundraising effort.

We donated 3  house plants for the Recreational Departments SILENT AUCTION for the many things they do for the towns Children

Have a look, after the heavy rains all night we were blessed with a beautiful day!

 

 

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Third Annual Pumpkin Stroll
Pumpkins for the contest!

 

 

 

Epping Pumpkin Stroll
Vendors came to sell their wares

 

 

 

Setting Up
Setting up her booth

 

 

 

COSTUMES

 

 

 

WHERE FIRST?

 

 

Two More for the JUDGES

 

 

BATMAN ROCKED!
Batman Rocked!

 

 

Hallowen Costumes
Safe Place for Children

 

 

 

Carved Batman

 

 

 

Haunted House
Haunted House

 

FAMILIES
Children Ready

 

 

WONDER WOMAN
Wonder Woman Carving

 

 

 

Candle Light
Evening Ends

 

Thanks for coming on the Pumpkin Stoll with me

I really rushed photos and didn’t use a tripod as you can tell

I had to dash quickly as we had our table set up with a TV for a raffle prize

Goodbye till next year!