In the garden

I’m wiped out. Boo hoo, I know. 😎

The MG plant sale went off on Sunday even though we had several threats of heavy rain. A little over 1,000 individual plants were sold, and we deposited over $4,000 which will go towards our community projects and scholarship program. It is a large event to pull off, but it’s done.Β πŸŽ‡

This week, I’m finishing up some container plantings. I’m guessing you all know this, but just in case I can help one person, I’ll repeat myself.

Proven Winner charges more for their plants, but in this case it is worth it. If the plant has ‘super‘ in its name that means you won’t have to deadhead it. For instance, ‘Supertunia’ can perform all summer but you won’t have to check for dead blossoms once. I’m frugal, but I know a time saver when I see one.

Love lilacs but don’t have room for a gangly lilac tree? How about a Dwarf Korean Lilac?

I have several and love them. They are great medium-sized bushes that you can keep trimmed but still enjoy some lovely small, fragrant lilac blooms. Mine are just budding.

I love my truck. Have I told you before that I love my truck?πŸ˜€Β I drive over, pick up a load of mulch, back up to the bed, and shovel or pull it off. I unloaded two loads before noon one day last week. Oh, how that saves time and my back.

We are lucky because we live about 2 miles from a local company that sells loam, compost and mulch. Pretty convenient. This year before that compost is dumped in my truck, I’m going to ask about where it came from and whether it was heated. NH is following VT in dealing with the invasive snake worm. Several of our MGs are trying to combat them, and so far I don’t have them. They eat all the nutrients out of the soil – not a good thing.

Are you seeing any lawn damage from sodium chloride being applied to the highways during the winter? We live off a state highway and have more damage each year. The only solution is to apply gypsum to balance it out or reseed each year. I know they don’t want our opinion, but I would certainly appreciate them using something else.

Now, if you are tired of gardening and are over 60, do yourself a favor and check out Dan Anton’s No FacilitiesΒ post from yesterday. It’s one you are sure to enjoy.

Plans for Memorial Day?

You’ll find me staying off the major highways, remembering our veterans, and working on an indoor DIY project. Happy long weekend, and keep Β your umbrella handy if you’re visiting NH.Β πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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53 Responses to In the garden

  1. I love your planters. Sound like you will be having the perfect weekend πŸ™‚

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  2. Murphy's Law says:

    I get tired just reading about your activities! Those container gardens are just beautiful. And thanks for the heads up on ‘super’ plants. I love petunias, but hate the deadheading! Going later this week for a few plants, definitely will be looking for ‘Supertunia’.

    And the Dwarf Korean Lilac….now that peaks my interest too.

    Congratulations on such a successful plant sale. A LOT of hours and hard work went into that event.

    Hope those nasty snake worms down slither your way.
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  3. Mary says:

    Congratulations on your successful sale, that was a lot of plants. One thing I do miss about the East, is how much better the gardens grow. The plants are always in a constant battle to survive the Texas heat. But I enjoy the challenge.

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    • Years ago, we traveled to Houston to see family at least once a year. They had a lovely yard with St. Augustine grass. I always admired it because it was like a green spongy carpet. Each area has its own unique landscapes, and I bet you don’t miss our ‘white’ landscape in the winter. πŸ™‚


      • Mary says:

        Well there are times when the white stuff would be a welcomed break from the heat! We have St. Augustine grass, took some time to get used working with it , but as you said it’s like a spongy carpet!

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  4. That dwarf lilac might be perfect for my planter box. I don’t have room for a big Lilac bush/tree either.

    I usually stay off the roads during major holidays like Memorial Day Week-end, but I do hope to do some local birding.

    Enjoy your holiday week-end!

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  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Those container gardens look great! I especially like the steel ones. Getting ready to do my own planting. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the mention, Judy! I was going to ask you if you like your truck πŸ˜‰

    I have to add loam and sod to several portions of the yard that Maddie (and her predecessor) have turned into a depressed path. I dread the idea of moving the dirt around the yard. At least I have a trailer, but it’s tough to maneuver around the obstacles in a small yard.

    I’m glad the show went well. Your prep sounded like a ton of work, so it’s very good that you had a good turnout and the weather cut you a break.

    The other problem with the road salt, is that we have sidewalks that have to be cleared (by law) of the snow they plow from the street. We have no choice but to blow the snow (and the salt) into our yard. It’s an endless battle and one we are never likely to win.

    Enjoy the holiday – yours sound like excellent plans.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    That is a fantastic success of a plant sale – kudos!
    I went to one of our local plant sales this past weekend (a fundraiser for the Bridge of Flowers) intending to just ‘look around’ and ending up dropping $75! Hard to walk away empty-handed! πŸ˜‰
    Looks like the temps are beginning to get warmer – it’s been a cool spring. The annuals will need the warmth to get going. Ready for summer!

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  8. All three of my Korean lilacs died last winter. They were struggling anyway, but this last winter did them in. I’m thinking of replacing them, but I need to find sunnier spots for them. I think they were too much in the shade to do well. It’s hard, living in the woods!

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  9. Almost Iowa says:

    Now, if you are tired of gardening and are over 60, do yourself a favor and check out Dan Anton’s No Facilities post from yesterday.

    But what if you have a spouse who loves to garden but is tired of gardening and is over 60 yet there are no kids to corral into small jobs? Yeah, we all know how that one works out. Oh, my aching back…. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, that is how it works. Then comes the Aleve, ice packs, and heating pad. πŸ™‚ If you’re ever looking for a convenient ice pack to have in the freezer, try a Thermos reusable ice mat, 9 squares, costs about $1.50 at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond. I usually have 4-6 in the freezer. I know they are meant to be used in lunch boxes, but they work great for a sore back.

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  10. lulu says:

    I can’t wait to get all my containers and garden planted. I’m hoping those snake worms don’t make their way to Maine.

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  11. Oddment says:

    I looked hard at the calendar today and was astonished to see that Memorial Day comes this weekend. Things seem to sneak up on me. But here’s the really exciting stuff: no SAVES at the end of your post! Congratulations!

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  12. I like the sound of a no deadhead plant. Anything for an easier garden.

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  13. Joyce says:

    The pastime of gardening seems to be fraught with challenges, but you nurturers thrive on diagnosing, trouble shooting, and solving every one that comes along. The results are so worth it – especially the bounty of fresh fruit and veggies you enjoy all summer long!
    I’ve not purchased my flower box impatiens yet. I just returned from 2 weeks in Texas with the grandkids and left a very cold early spring here, only to return to the same (50s, rain) dreariness. Texas was hot and humid and Bluebonnets were beginning to pop up everywhere!

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    • A friend remarked that each season you have to wait and see what zone you live in because of the weather fluctuations. I also think our grandparents had an easier time gardening because the soil wasn’t so polluted and there weren’t so many insects and other things plaguing gardeners. Here’s hoping your weather warms up and those window boxes outperform other years. πŸ™‚


  14. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for the info on Proven Winner. I got on Google right away and found two places near me that sell that name. I think I’ll check them out soon.

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  15. No deadheading? Good news. I’m happy that the perennials in my little garden appear to have all come back, except for the lavender. Memorial Day will find me in Baja Mexico with daughter and one fiancΓ© (not mine), seeing the wedding venue for October. I’m ready for the break, short though it may be. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend (extended one, if possible.)


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  16. Oh, wow – great tip about the “Super” plants not needing deadheading. My least favorite garden task.

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    Lilacs are my favourite flower and I get to enjoy them for only a few short weeks every May. I like the idea of a mini lilac … something that might actually fit in my yard! I will definitely be investigating this one.
    I always learn something new from you! πŸ™‚

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  18. I didn’t know that about the “super” varieties. I want my own truck. Actually, I’ve wanted one since I was about 5. A tank or bulldozer would be an acceptable substitute.

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  19. I love the sound of the Supertunia and the Dwarf Korean Lilac … I’d love to have either of those! Congratulations to the MG plant sale .. That was an impressive amount of plants sold and money made for community projects. You are so lucky to have a truck & a place nearby for compost & mulch… My two favourite garden items! πŸ˜€

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  20. KerryCan says:

    I learned a lot from your tips! I’m going to see if I can find the Dwarf Lilac. You’re doing so much and must sleep SO well at night. And I went to read Dan’s post–he’s a great writer–thanks for the tip!

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    • Glad I could help. I read Dan’s post and smiled through the entire read. Who knew it would seem so funny to have lived in a remoteness era. πŸ™‚ We only had 3-5 TV channels then so click, click, and we changed the channel. I’m sure the exercise was good for us. πŸ™‚


  21. debrapugh says:

    Judy the MG work that you do to benefit your local area and the planet in general has me in awe every year.

    Scott and Tallica are going to the motorcycle Rolling Thunder ‘thing’ in DC this weekend / her sister has her 3 kids / I have Merle the dog here and feeding fish and cats there for my exciting Memorial Day weekend ha ha!

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  22. Tina Schell says:

    I’m such an admirer of one who understands and builds a great garden. Thinking about mulch and loam and snake worms is WAAAAY out of my comfort zone. I commend you on your commitment and your ability to create wonder from dirt and seeds!!!

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  23. tonytomeo says:

    Dwarf Koren lilacs just don’t cut it. . . . not the same thing.

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    • Respectfully, I disagree. πŸ™‚ The Dwarf Korean Lilac shrub makes a lovely landscape bush, had smaller but beautiful and fragrant lilac blooms. Thanks for stopping by.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        It is a different ‘flavor’, grown more to look good in the landscape than for flowers on big stems. I do not doubt that they are an asset on their own merits, but I prefer the old fashioned straight species for big blooms on long stems. I used to grow the French hybrids, which are better plants, but again, different flavor of bloom.

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  24. joey says:

    Dwarf lilacs! Love that! Who thought of that? That’s some good stuff. I love my giant lilacs, but I don’t want more trees (shade) up front and would love to enjoy the smell up front as well. I gotta look into that. Brings the big bees, too, I’d bet. The good ones.
    I’m sorry you’re wiped out, but you’ve got a great big weekend ahead! That’s what I’m tellin myself πŸ™‚

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  25. Annie says:

    Job well done for the master gardener group. I don’t think we ever made $4000! Hope it goes a long way for good projects. I’m very jealous of your truck. Exeter makes and provides residents with great compost and mulch… but I must make several trips in my small car. A truck would certainly save me time!

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    • Applause to Exeter for providing compost and mulch for residents. Lee does the same. Dover – not so much. We have a very backward recycling center – it recycles and that is the end of the services it provides. Yes – I love my truck. I went off one day this week to get a load of loam/compost and then shovel it off. I really appreciate being able to get the materials out of the truck versus off the ground. My back appreciates it too. πŸ™‚

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  26. ProfTomBot says:

    Is gypsum calcium sulfate? Interesting that it can amend salt runoff. Great tip!

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  27. Jeez, those snakeworms sound really scary.

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