Wordless Wednesday – Humor in the Garden

July 30, 2014
Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH

Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH


Sitting on the dock of the bay

July 28, 2014

Saturday morning dawned, and it was beautiful. What to do to enjoy the gorgeous weather before two days of rain arrives? Why not head north about two and a half hours to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.


This area was settled in the mid 1600s by fishermen and farmers. The current full-time population is about 2,100 earning their living in the shipyards of Bath, fishing and tourism industries.

In the summer months, the area is flooded with tourists who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery, water-front hotels, shopping, restaurants, art, culture and historic area lighthouses.

After enjoying the gorgeous scenery, we decided lunch was in order and who could resist The Lobster Dock.


One scallop roll and an order of mussels please. And, of course, a Shock Top wheat beer would be nice too.



Red's EatsWe had a nice ride up and back, but we certainly weren’t alone on the highway. On one stretch of Route 1 going into Wiscasset,  traffic was backed up well over four miles. When we reached town, we saw the line wrapped around the corner for Red’s Eats. Maybe part of the challenge was people trying to get a lobster roll at the famous Red’s?

I decided to count state license plates and camping vehicles for one hour. We saw 22 different state plates, 112 campers of all types and a whopping 129 kayaks, boats, and surfboards.

I think it is safe to say that the tourism industry and outdoor activities are alive and well in the State of Maine. :-)




Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin

July 25, 2014

Summer Collage

Summer in New England is simple. We spend as much time at the beach and lakes as possible and enjoy our home grown fruits, vegetables and flowers.

We’re having a great summer, and here’s hoping you are too. :-)

For other interpretations of Summer Lovin photos challenge click here.


Wordless Wednesday – Pink

July 23, 2014



Visiting Bedrock Gardens

July 21, 2014

Bedrock Gardens is located in the small neighboring town of Lee, New Hampshire.

It is a 20-acre garden that includes wonderful landscape designs, large variety of plants, shrubs and trees, hardscape, stone walls, water features, and is punctuated with sculptures that capture your attention at every turn of the head.


In 1987, the owners, Jill Nooney and Bob Munger, started this garden at their 37-acre farm home. Jill is the genius behind the design and fine art while Bob is the engineer. Jill’s artwork is available for sale at Fine Garden Art.

Since it has become a destination garden, there is now an open-house schedule so that others can enjoy the fruits of their labors and designs.


Many of my fellow Strafford County Master Gardeners volunteer their time working at this beautiful garden, and we recently spent a lovely morning touring and having our quarterly meeting.

Next time you’re planning a meeting, choose a garden instead of a conference room. Watch for the smiles.  :-)



Wordless Wednesday – Day Lilies

July 16, 2014

Lily1 Collage




Raised Bed Hoops DIY

July 14, 2014

A few years ago, we built our daughter a hoop house. She has made updates and put it to good use over the years for starting her heirloom vegetables early and enjoying her tomato crop later than the New England seasons normally allow. It also became quite apparent that blight affected the tomato plants in the hoop house less than those in the raised beds.

We decided this year to try some hoops over two 4′ x 8′ raised beds that contain tomato and pepper plants. We wanted something simple that could be taken down in the fall because during the winter we move a lot of snow in that direction.

We clamped pvc pipes to the outside of the beds, trying a couple of different sized pipes and redesigning the tops several times, but they bowed out no matter what we did.

So, we drove rebar inside the beds and slipped the pvc pipes over the rebar. We covered it with plastic, rolled up the sides, and clamped it down. Pretty simple, and we are happy with the end result.

Hoops Collage

Until we order or make some pvc clamps, these basic black clamps we had on hand have been working pretty well.

Here’s hoping the tomato plants are happy and will produce a lot of delicious fruit.

Do you use hoops in your garden?

Total Cost:

$47.68 – 16 pieces of 1/2″ x 4′ rebar (4 per bed) @ $2.98 each
$16.24 – 8 pieces of 1/2″ x 10′ pvc pipe (4 per bed) @ $2.03 each
$  9.50 – 25′ of 3.5 mil plastic
$73.42 – Total Cost

Don’t you love it when you read about building a large hoop house for $50? Not so much. :-)


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