Thursday Doors

I’m going to need a houseboat, if it doesn’t stop raining pretty soon. We haven’t seen the sun in about a week. We’ve gone well past mud season into some type of New England swamp season. The only residents here who are enjoying it are the ducks. 🙂

But, if I need to start looking for a new residence that will float, this would be a good one. It not only has a handsome door but a patio area and room for plants. đŸŒ·

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors for April 27, 2017. Check it out.

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Wordless Wet Wednesday

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Gardening in and out

At last, it is spring in New England. Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal are even out and about looking for dinner.

The plants for the MG sale are now on our driveway where I’m hoping they will start to grow with a little TLC, sunshine, and fertilizer.

Can we get them looking great and going home with new owners in 27 days? We’ll see.

So, how many pots of varying shapes and sizes do you think I got into the Yukon last week? 142. Once they starting growing, there’s no way 142 full-sized plants will be going back in so I’ll be looking for help to transport.

I’ve also finished the 15 shabby chic aprons in six different color combinations to be worn by the MGs at the plant sale. They took quite a bit more time than I envisioned, and like most projects that I do, I’m very happy with some and not thrilled with others. But, hey, that’s life right?

Have you ever tried propagating plants? I have years of experience dividing plants outdoors, and I’ve rooted my share of plants inside. The plant sale always sells out of an succulents so I decided to try propagating some.

I went to our local greenhouse, and purchased three tiny, but tall, ugly plants for $2.99 each. I followed this article and have reached some success (enlarge the photo). It has been fun to see how it happens, and now I just need to pot them up and see how they look on sale date. Everything doesn’t work though, and that is quite evident with my experiment in propagating Rosemary.

The Right-Size Flower Garden by Kerry Ann Mendez has kept me occupied and deciding which parts of my various garden beds I can do without. I am going to start with the area where I took out the rotten planter last week. I don’t like the way it looks so I am going to get rid of that area although that is easier said than done. I have to keep remembering these plants are not my children, and I will have 1/4 less to maintain in this bed.

If you’re looking for me, check outside. 🙂

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Thursday Gardening


No doors today. Gardening has taken over my life right now.

The Master Gardener annual plant sale is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, and as a long time committee member it gets pretty busy the month before.

This morning I’m headed north about an hour to pick up as many plants as one Yukon can hold. How many do you think I can get crammed in?

The temps have stayed cooler than normal, and the plants we overwintered at a fellow MG’s farm aren’t coming to life as quickly as we’d hoped. So, we’re moving them down a little further south to see if we can perk them up in time for the sale.

Load, unload, plant sit and fertilize, load for the sale, unload at the sale. You get it – lots of loading and unloading of individual pots.

The raking of leaves off the beds is finally done. It took me about three hours each day for six days. Either there were more leaves this year or I’m just feeling it more. I’m thinking maybe I need to investigate a leaf blower. I hate the noise of those things, but raking, shoveling, bagging, hauling to the woods – it gets long and hard. Do you have any special removal techniques that work for you or do you leave them on your beds?

After the leaves were done, we had a wooden planter that always gets buried under feet of snow each winter, and every spring I get to repaint it. I had a feeling, this might be the last year I was planning to do that so I went to check it out yesterday and was able to pick the entire thing up in pieces – rotten to the core. I didn’t want to create another situation where I had to keep painting it so we moved rocks in to form an edging. I’m going to live with it for a while and see if I like it and might add a few other plants to fill it in. If not, we’ll be moving those rocks, digging out the plants, and calling it good.

While we are talking gardening, if you have a suggestion for a planter about the size of a full whiskey barrel please tell me. I’ve been trying to find someone to donate two barrels for planters at our Mounted Police Facility, but no luck.

When I haven’t been outside, I’m still working on my 15 apron appliquĂ© project. I’m closing in on the end, but still need a couple of days of sewing to finish them up.

Enjoy Norm’s doors today, and I’ll let you know how many plants I can squeeze in that Yukon. Happy gardening, sewing, or whatever quickens your pulse. đŸŒș

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The Koop

Last Thursday’s Doors were captured when a friend and I went to what you might call an indoor flea marketing held in a chicken coop in Lee, New Hampshire.

The ‘Koop’ is owned by a fellow Master Gardener, and it is open once a month. As we were driving there, we discussed how this sale could be held in a chicken coop. I’m pretty familiar with chicken coops, and I wasn’t picturing it.

When the GPS announced we were at our destination, it was quite a surprise to see a three-story chicken coop. It was a challenge to back up far enough across the road to attempt to capture it from end to end.

It was even more surprising when we walked in to find the place painted white, cleaner than some homes, and all of the items for sale sparkling in the sunlight.

There was a ton of stuff that I could have picked up but settled for a chicken waterer that will become a planter, a white rattan magazine rack for the porch, and a set of antique metal measuring cups that are identical to ones my grandmother used. Fun stuff.

Now, for a little history.

A few years ago, my friend, who lives on the neighboring farm purchased the chicken coop building when it went into foreclosure. She wanted to make sure she knew who the new neighbor was going to be and that the land was kept as is.

After purchasing the building, she and two friends decided to clear out their attics. These are not regular attics, these are 15 room farm house attics holding generations of accumulated treasures. So, the coop became the Koop.

These ladies are also very involved in their community church and take donations. The money earned from the donations is then returned to a church fund. Local people who need a helping hand to make a deposit on an apartment or furniture to furnish it can apply for assistance. They’re paying it forward, which is always a good thing.

She also told me that during the WWII years, the chicken coop shipped chickens to Baltimore, MD, where the meat was destined for our soldiers. The Thursday Doors building last week with its large garage door was used to house and perform maintenance on the trucks used for transporting the chickens.

During our conversation she also mentioned that there was a 1800’s cemetery and a wood boiler behind that building. The boiler produced heat that was delivered through a pipe under the road to the chicken coop to keep the chickens warm in the winter. Road trip. 🙂

I’ve asked more questions and touched base with another MG friend from Lee to see if I can learn anything else because so far I am fascinated.

New England is an interesting place with all of its early history but normally as you drive by an old building or barn there isn’t a source to question. Here’s hoping I can learn more about the life of these buildings and pass it on.

May the sun shine bright on you this week, and here’s wishing you have a great one. I’ll be outside doing chores or inside working on my apron project. 🙂

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Thursday Doors

Converted house, barn, garage, or business? I have no idea, but it certainly captured our attention as we drove through the very small town of Lee, New Hampshire, early last Saturday.

I love a building with a history, and this one certainly seems to have one. Was that a hay loft opening at the top that was closed up at some point? Is the main ‘residential’ entrance on the left based upon the door and trim? The dormer on the top right is quite interesting and looks like it would have increased ceiling height for a living area. But, that is a huge garage door on the lower level. Truck or RV parked inside? Business repairing vehicles including large ones?

As you can tell, it captured our attention, but we really have no idea about its origin or if it has a current use. I do know the home owner across the road which is how we ran across it. So, I will reach out to her for more info and report back on Monday when I tell you about our real reason for being in the area.

Like doors and the history that goes with them? Stop over at Thursday Doors sponsored by our leader, Norm,  at Norm 2.0 and join in – nice group of folks.

Happy Thursday, friends. I’m out raking leaves this morning and then a little sewing this afternoon. Branches and sticks all picked up, containers brought out, potting benches set up, new patio furniture bought, and perennials starting to surface. Ah, spring, it really is here. I’m a happy woman.Â đŸŒ·

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No one loves a good sale more than I do. I spent several hours this past weekend looking for plants on line.

Then I went to the store to buy a plant pot and noticed right next to all the Easter decorations were Memorial Day and 4th of July decorations.  đŸ‡ș🇾 Really? 4th of July is three months from now.

I fussed about it to my husband on the way home. 4th of July starts in April, Christmas decorations are out in August, and then I picked up the mail. In it was a ‘fall sale‘ catalog from a bulb company. Yes, I know they market to people in other growing zones, but for heaven’s sake, I’m still shoveling snow off 4’ piles to get it to melt on the driveway.

Could they cut me a break and take my zip code out of their mailing until the snow is at least all gone? And, if they can still make money when they reduce the price 75%, why don’t they do us all a favor and price their products appropriately to begin with? I don’t think any of us really believe they are losing money just to give us a bargain.

It’s just too much anymore. Holidays start months before they occur, and some of us are so disgusted by the time they get here, we just want them to be over.

I guess the whole purpose is to wear us down as consumers so we think we really need to buy fall bulbs the second week in April.

I’m not buying fall bulbs in April. Besides the obvious reasons, how in the world would I remember where I put them when I’m looking for them in October?

Now, I’m going outside on this unseasonably warm, sunny April day to shovel more snow off the snow banks so it can melt faster. Then I’ll fertilize my blueberries and pick up several loads of downed sticks and branches. After that is done, I’m going to bring out my patio furniture and grill, sit down, and think about container plantings and grilled burgers.

I am going to enjoy Monday, April 10th, 2017. Hope you do the same. 😎

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