Indoor Outdoor

This has been an interesting summer with the extreme heat, high humidity and never-ending drought. It has meant that gardening chores have to be done in the early morning hours and after about three hours I am drained, need a shower, and a lot of hydration.

One advantage is that I finished the baby quilt Baby quiltI was working on for an expected winter delivery.

Quilting is something that keeps me humble because I always find areas that could have been done differently or things I need to change. I am a firm believer in ripping what can be fixed, but sometimes I have to accept and acknowledge that quilting is a lot like life – it’s a journey.

Tomato hornwormMy tomatoes are still producing, and I’m still giving them away.

I did have an interesting two-day period where I picked off ten tomato hornworms. Yuck.

There is some satisfaction when I carry those ugly creatures over to the chicken run and provide an appetizer for the girls.

Over the weekend, I went to a program at Wentworth Greenhouse put on by the Caterpillar Lab in Keene. I thought I’d seen all the creepy crawlies I needed right in my own garden, and here I was surrounded by so many more examples my head was swiveling back and forth. Some of them were enclosed in glass because they sting. Okay, I am good with those being inaccessible.

PicMonkey Collage-2

White I was at the greenhouse, I saw a couple of good handouts from American Beauties Native Plants that I thought I’d share – best plants for bees and best plants for butterflies.

I’ve been moving some plants but have to be careful so that I put them where I can reach with the water. When I dig a hole, I have to break up the soil because it appears that there are rocks in the hole, but it is just clumps of soil that will hardly break up because of lack of rain. I’ve been gardening a long time, and we really need rain and a lot of it.

Indoors this week I have a little sewing and a new wall hanging project to start because there always has to be something available to work on that needs thread.

Hope you and yours have a wonderful end of August and first of September.🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

Pig Edit

This barn door makes a nice frame for Denise and Rick’s animal friend at their Fernwood Nursery and Garden in Maine.🙂

When I was a very little girl, I went to a Vermont fair with my grandparents and great uncle. Coming home, we passed a sign – pigs for sale. My great uncle asked my grandfather to stop, and he bought me a pig which came in a burlap sack. I held that squealing pig all the way home.

Mysteriously when I returned to the farm the next summer, the little pig was gone. I was way too little to understand the relationship between my friend, piggy, and the bacon with my egg and the ham in the beans.🙂

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Thursday Doors

Door Ornate✓

I was feeling nostalgic this Thursday and pulled a beautiful door from Bruges, Belgium.

Do the Europeans know how to do a front door or what?  :-)

** Blue and White Label: Emblem for marking protected objects per the Hague Convention of 1954. Most European countries use this symbol on buildings designated as National Heritage Sites.

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, August 24, 2016.

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My world

UNHLast week I attended a MG plant propagation class at UNH. We covered the various ways to divide perennials, take cuttings, and how to overwinter plants.

The most interesting take aways for me were a couple of simple ones. When you pot up a plant and sit it on the ground you lose two gardening zones – who knew. If you are going to hold over plants from year to year, dig a trench lay pots in there in and then sit your pots inside. That way you always have your trench and your initial pots ready to go.

Our good friends from up north came to lunch bearing gifts Blackberrylast week. They brought about twelve quarts of fresh, beautiful, wild blackberries. I immediately made dessert. Hey, what’s a woman to do.

As you age, it is interesting how much you appreciate having friends who will pick fresh berries and bring them to you just because they know how much you enjoy them. It is way better than any store-bought gift I can think of.

TomatoesI don’t have blackberries, but I have tomatoes. Lots of tomatoes. I’ve given away bags of them to our neighbors.

Big, medium, small, and cherry. I really like the large Celebrity tomato. It doesn’t have any blemishes, tastes delicious, and the plant has not developed blight.

I bought a smaller cherry tomato this year, Matt’s Cherry Tomatoes (top left), but I won’t buy them again. They taste good, but when you pick them, the skin rips, they leak, and I end up pitching them.  We’re getting to the end of the tomato season, and I’m okay with that because I’ve eaten my weight in tomatoes and have bags and bags in the freezer. Even with the drought, it has been a fantastic year for tomatoes.

2016-08-21 18.00.48-1The weather cooled down, the humidity disappeared, and most of New England headed outdoors. We picked up some dinner and went to Hilton Park to enjoy the weather, the water, and the boats.

If you are feeling uninspired this week, check this ‘camper’ out. We saw it yesterday, and it just brought a big smile. It took a creative mind to do this. Have a great week friends.🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

Purple HeartsCollage

One war, one family, two sons…

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Linked to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare.

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Wordless Wednesday 08/17/16

Flowers

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Summertime

We’ve had high temperatures, high humidity, and a heat index around 100 for too many days. It’s hot. It’s dry. It is really dry as you can see from the lack of water flowing over the Cocheco Falls. Geez, there’s grass and weeds growing on it.

Fallsshot

 

2016-08-14 15.24.19I finished my wall hanging for the porch. I used the same material that I used on my cushions and pillows. It is a simple one, but I like it.

I made four Garden Block squares, added a white sashing, and machine quilted it.

I finished it with Susie’s Easy BindingBinding that I learned from Mary at Stitchingrandma.

It looks like a flange, but it is easier, and the entire thing is done on the machine.

I have a 38 year-old plant on my porch that sits in a very largePlant skirt black pot. I’ve lightened it up by making it a skirt with a little white quilted fabric and some velcro and now it blends in better with the other white planters.

We took a day trip to Portland and got some computer help at the Apple Genius Bar and then treated ourselves to lunch at Salvage Barbecue. The food was good for barbecue in New England, but if you’ve had a lot of Kansas City barbecue it wasn’t quite up to those standards.

The heat continues this week so there will be a bumper crop of tomatoes and berries. My freezer is almost full to the brim. I have a MG Propagation Class at the UNH Greenhouse this week so we can get some expert advice on planning for our 2017 Annual Plant Sale. If propagating plants is of interest to you, let me know and I’ll post the cliff notes.

Right now color in the perennial beds is coming from the Black-eyed Susans, Phlox, Knockout roses, Rudbeckia, Coreopsis, and the Butterfly Bushes.

Garden

I read James Patterson’s “Bullseye” and enjoyed the ninth book about his character, Michael Bennett. Other than that, I’ll work around the hazy days of mid August and keep smiling because I’m not shoveling anything white.🙂

What’s going on in your part of the world?

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