Spring has sprung

I know I complained about spring taking its own sweet time about getting here, but she has surely arrived. I can tell by the blisters on my hand, the soreness in my back, a never-ending list of outside chores, 52 bags of leaves, and beautiful buds and blooms.

Make sure to note those two red tulips because they are the only two I have. Why the chipmunks and squirrels missed those two I don’t know.

After raking and bagging that many leaves, my thoughts have turned to a leaf blower that also vacuums and mulches. Has anyone bought one of these? Do they work?

It’s a good thing I finished that painting project before I started on the outdoor list. As part of that, I wanted to try having some of my photos from South Carolina printed onto canvas. So, I ordered two 11×14 prints and three 8×10 prints. I’m pretty happy with the results.

Besides work at home, I’ve also been really busy getting ready for the MG plant sale.Β These plants will be loaded into my truck on Saturday and hopefully sold on Sunday. The plants that don’t sell are used in some of our projects, donated to town beautification projects, and given to a neighboring town for their library plant sale.

Once they are out of the yard, I can get my stock tank beds ready for veggies and fruits. I’m longing for fresh lettuce and that first tomato sandwich.

Is gardening keeping you busy as we hit the middle of May or are you planning a Memorial Day getaway?

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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55 Responses to Spring has sprung

  1. pommepal says:

    Always a busy time

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  2. Yes, my garden has kept me busy and no, we don’t have anything special planned for Memorial Day.

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  3. debrapugh says:

    52 bags of leaves; that is staggering! Lovely blooms and Judy those photos / prints are just gorgeous!! I know nothing about leaf blowers aside from the neighbor having one but he still has to bag the leaves and half of the leaves end up in my yard anyway 😦

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    • The neighbor has a lawn service and when they come to blow her leaves I end up raking and bagging because half of hers blow into my bed. I’m not a lover of leaf blowers, as a matter of fact, I don’t like them. But, at my age, I can’t keep raking and bagging that many leaves every spring so I’m really looking for some kind of option. I guess one option is to hire my neighbor’s lawn service. πŸ™‚

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  4. Gardening is taking up almost every minute now that Spring has sprung in earnest! The weeds are growing faster than anything else.
    We don’t go anywhere on our Bank Holidays either, just stay home and enjoy what we are lucky enough to have here. πŸ™‚

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  5. joyroses13 says:

    Those pictures look so lovely! The flowers look like you could just reach out and touch them.
    My daughter will be graduating over Memorial Day week-end, so it will definitely be a celebration week-end!
    I am so glad Spring has Sprung at last. πŸ™‚

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  6. germac4 says:

    I love your photos, I was thinking of having a couple prints done of our photos, I might go ahead now, I’m inspired! After such a long winter, it must be wonderful to be out and about again…every blog I look at, has an explosion of colour!

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  7. Murphy's Law says:

    Flowers are gorgeous, but especially the two red tulips that managed to survive the squirrel and chipmunk invasion.

    I just love the canvas prints. What a neat idea!

    I had an electric leaf blower/vacuum. It proved to be too heavy and awkward for me….or more to the point, my back! In order for it to vacuum, you’re walking around carrying those leaves in the bag catcher. Funny how they weigh more in that bag than they do on the ground. Then I still had to empty the catcher into a lawn/leaf bag. Didn’t work for me. My advice? Use your neighbor’s lawn service.

    We stay home on these holidays where it’s relatively quiet, no traffic jams or general congestion of any kind. Yep, showing my age!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    Looking wonderful there Judy (tulips duly noted–they’re lovely). Love that bleeding heart. I’ve considered ordering prints as you did. They turned out well.

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  9. Laurie Graves says:

    Those canvases look fantastic. We, too, have been thinking of doing the same thing and reading this post really makes me want to do it now. Spring is indeed a lot of work, but how I love this time of year. Good luck with the plant sale.

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    But it’s a “good” kind of sore and tired isn’t it?
    I’ve planted all our root veggies and I’m just waiting to make sure over night frosts are out of the forecast before I start transplanting my seedlings outdoors.
    It’s all lots of fun but it does get a little more rough on the knees and back each year πŸ™‚

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    • Although I love gardening as much as ever, it seems like each year I need to find easier ways to do things. I backed the pickup right up to the garden bed and shoveled mulch right out this morning – worked like a charm. Now I just need to figure out how to vacuum those darn leaves right into the bed of the truck. πŸ™‚

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  11. bikerchick57 says:

    It’s wonderful that spring is finally here and flowers are blooming. I laughed over your tulips. I tried planting them in the front yard of my former in-laws and had minimal success. The ones that did come up seemed to have moved from their original spot and I didn’t know if the squirrels or Mother Nature had a hand in that.

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  12. We are having our usual β€œMay Gray” here. Not too cold but uninspiring… until I remind myself that soon it will be a lot hotter and I’ll regret not getting out in the garden when it was cool. I had one of my photos printed on canvas and was pleased with the results also. Yours look lovely.

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    The fruits of your year-round labor are beautiful, Judy. Such pretty colors. But 52 bags of leaves? Yikes! My brother has a leaf blower that converts to a vacuum. He says it works pretty well, but it’s cordless. It’s good for a small space like his, but I’m not sure it would work well for you.

    I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a 6hp machine that vacuums leaves from a front-edge pick up, sucks them up through a hose, has a 2″ chipper (good for brush) and can be converted to blow leaves. Ours is a Sears – http://www.sears.com/craftsman-190cc-4-in-1-chipper-shredder-24inch-yard/p-07177033000P – but others make similar models.

    It works really well, but the chipped/shredded material is very heavy, and our machine is not self-propelled, so it can be a beast to push around.

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    • Can you explain how you use it? Do you use it on the lawn to pick leaves and sticks up? Or do you vacuum from a bed? Or do you rake and run over it?

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      • Dan Antion says:

        I do a little of each. I tend to use a handheld blower to move a lot of leaves into the yard, and then I vacuum them up. The machine is a bit unwieldy, so I try to use it more in wide-open spaces, than trying to maneuvering it around obstacles.

        I like the hose for getting into the forsythia and places where it’s hard to rake. I don’t try to vacuum sticks, I pick them up and shred them in the port. They can bind the leaves, especially in the hose. It doesn’t work very well on wet leaves, but it picks up most everything else.

        It’s less effective as a blower, because the blower chute attaches to the back, instead of the bag. You raise the machine so it can’t vacuum. It produces a powerful stream of air but it’s not as easy to steer as the dedicated blowers that turn quickly with a single front wheel.

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  14. Osyth says:

    I have just landed in New England where I will be making my home for the foreseeable future. The garden I have inherited needs much tlc and is simultaneously exploding with the sort of growth I don’t relish. It’s great for fitness! Your photos are absolutely stunning (those canvasses are covetable) by the way πŸ™‚

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  15. Denzil says:

    What lovely paintings Judy! So glad spring has finally sprung.

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  16. Eliza Waters says:

    It does feel like spring has come on full blast. I try to do a little every day, but I am no longer under the illusion that catching up is possible. I just take the ‘tortoise’ approach vs. the ‘hare’ and reckon I’ll make it eventually. πŸ™‚

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  17. Spring has indeed sprung, but less around my property than elsewhere. I don’t know if it is the shade or we took more of a pounding than other places, but somehow, things are not blooming like they ought. Except finally i seem to have convinced the rhododendron to FINALLY bloom. That’s something.

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  18. Joanne Sisco says:

    This weekend is the our long weekend in Canada and traditionally it is the weekend when gardeners start to put plants in the ground. Before the 3rd weekend in May, there is still a risk of frost. All the nurseries will be insanely busy and if I was smart, I’d be at the nursery this week to pick up what I need … but I always wait until after. It’s not strategic on my part … I just procrastinate about things I don’t particularly like doing.

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  19. Your flowers are beautiful – yay for spring! Where we used to live there was a huge tree in the back yard which dropped leaves all year round. I bought a leaf blower/vacuum/shredder and it was fantastic at cleaning up the mess. But it was very heavy and very loud. I didn’t care though because it was much easier than sweeping up every few days. We sold it when we moved and didn’t need it any more.

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  20. Ally Bean says:

    We’re busy here with outside chores, getting wicker furniture out of storage and into the screened-in porch, for instance. But spring is blooming all around us and since we’ll be home for Memorial Day I’m looking forward to sitting still and enjoying it all. Your photos printed on canvas are cool.

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  21. Your flowers are beautiful, Judy, as are your prints. Where did you get them? I have one photo that I had put on canvas and it turned out very well. To me it seems as if spring barely moves along until one night, the spring elves go to work and the next morning it’s as if everything is suddenly green and in bloom.

    janet

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    • I looked around to see what my options were for the prints and started uploading with one source, but they wouldn’t let me edit the photos to get them centered and enlarged like I wanted. So, I ended up using Walmart because their editing tools were easy to maneuver. There are numerous options, and I may try a different one if I do it again, but it worked out pretty well.

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  22. Yeah, Spring! We had tulips but deer got the bulbs this year. Like Janet, I am also wondering where you got your prints done?

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  23. Oddment says:

    Fifty-two bags of leaves??!!! You’re sure right about the gym; the gym hasn’t been invented yet that can measure up to that. But what results! Those blooms are gorgeous! How good it feels, doesn’t it? Your canvas prints are great, and I’m especially glad to see that the turtles were included — that’s such a great shot. Good luck with the plant sale!

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  24. Goodness you have been busy! The flowers are wonderful, and so are your prints! ^5! For printing!

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  25. joey says:

    Beee-yooo-tiful blooms! Swoon! Wonderful wonderful photos! (Your prints, too.)
    Worth the backache? Yes, I think so, haha!
    The critters went after my dark purple almost black tulips. Called Night something. They ate 48 of them to be exact. However, the reds, oranges, and yellows they eat fewer of, and I’ve not lost a single white or pink one, so I think there’s a taste or smell factor involved. Call me crazy, those dark purple ones must taste like chocolate covered bacon to wildlife.
    I cannot wait for the tomatoes. Oh I cannot wait! πŸ˜€

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  26. tonytomeo says:

    The squirrels were saving those two tulips for later.

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  27. Karen says:

    At long last…you must be thrilled to be out enjoying all those beautiful blossoms. Love the photos that you had done on canvas.

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  28. Hurrah! Finally!

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  29. Nancy says:

    Oh I will be up to my elbows in dirt very soon!

    We are inching our way across the nation to Pennsylvania!

    I love your collage of flowers!

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  30. Joyce says:

    Your canvas prints are stunning! My fave is there – the “turtle line up!” – on a fully populated day!
    Memorial Day here will be a quiet time at home with thoughts of departed loved ones – and possibly morning Mass at the cemetery that is now home to grandparents and mom and dad.

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