Monday coffee

If we could share a cup of coffee, I’d want to know how you’re doing this Monday. Are you heading off to work or are you planning to spend some time in your garden? How are your tomatoes doing? DIY projects? Are you doing any quilting or other handwork?

I’ve been gardening, and it is bright and beautiful outside. Here are a few of the plants that are blooming right now – Iris, Poppy, Clematis, Peony and Knockout Roses.

I also want to give you an update on the blower vacuum I bought. After a lot of research, I picked the Sun Joe Cordless 3-in-1 Blower Vacuum – no power cords or heavy gas backpack. Β Over the weekend, we gave it a try.

Today, it goes back. It wouldn’t even move the leaves out from a lavender plant. I think it would work fine on a patio or a walkway if you were just trying to sweep them off. But, if that is all I needed it for, I think I’d keep my $175 and just grab a rake.

I could have dried my hair with it, but I wasn’t going to be blowing 62 bags of leaves out of plants and beds with it. One of the sellers was Walmart, and based upon previous experiences, I bought from them for one reason – I can always return it.

I never made a decision on an outdoor shed because of site and snow. Where would it fit without a major landscaping project, and would winter snow bring it down. When you live where an average of 6-8′ of snow falls each winter, a major consideration has to be where the snow gets pushed and where it falls from the barn. So, I’m still thinking.

But, while I have been thinking, my husband put up some more pegboard for me in the garage corner where I currently keep my supplies, and now I can organize my extra tools. That helps a lot.

If you live in or are visiting New Hampshire this week, remember that it is the 95th Annual Bike Week in Laconia/Weirs Beach, and that pulls in about 230,000 bikers. They’re having good weather, I wish them safety and fun, but I’m still going to try to avoid them as we head north on Wednesday.

We are going up to the White Mountains to check out a brewery or two, see the lupines blooming on Sugar Hill, and attend a historical society event. We’ll also visit the family plot at the cemetery, grab a few door photos, and enjoy a lunch with friends on our way back.

So, what’s up the rest of the week for you? Hope you have a good one whatever is on your schedule. 😎

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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68 Responses to Monday coffee

  1. Mmm coffee. I returned yesterday from a 4 day pharmacy conference in Nashville. I had fun and learned a lot but I am so happy to be home. Unfortunately, I still have to go back to work today. I just want to mill around my house and revel in being home.

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    • We had a good family vacation in Nashville many years ago, but haven’t been back since. Pharmacy conference – now there’s a topic I bet you can get lots of comments and opinions on. πŸ™‚ Glad you got home safely and hope you can grab some at home time when the weekend rolls around. πŸ™‚

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      • I have to work Saturday too lol. I’ll love the paychecks when they roll around though! I had a good time in Nashville but it’s not a city I would ever have to go back to. That conference is causing us to revamp the entire pharmacy. A lot of work but it’s going to be for great things.

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  2. Oh Judy, I love those pink poppies. They are beautiful. Sorry to hear the blower didn’t live up to expectations. Are you going to try a different brand? I’d love to go on your day trip with you. It sounds like our kind of day out. Instead, I’ll just go to work. Blaah!

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  3. Good morning! I’m not a coffee drinker so I’ll enjoy my cup of tea with you. I started my day walking through my garden. There is still something digging. The ammonia soaked rags didn’t work – they just dug up the rag. We now think it is something burrowing under the ground. Whatever it is isn’t killing the plants. It’s just a nuisance. Next I’m going to water aerobics and later heading to the grocery store and Walmart. After that, I have no plans! Your flowers are beautiful!

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    • Tea and coffee will work. πŸ™‚ I have holes everywhere and rodents of every shape and size. It is worse this year than any year before. I’ve got to head out to dig up two huge plantings of grass that they are devouring. Water aerobics sounds like fun and then we’ll both be at Walmart. πŸ™‚

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  4. Suzanne says:

    No projects for me this week as we are heading to California Friday morning for a weekend wedding. Just a long list of “girly stuff” – nails, hair, coordinating outfits and shoes for each event, packing, etc. What does one wear to a wine tasting/cowboy barbecue??

    Your plans sound inviting, especially the lupines on Sugar Hill. I know you will post a photo or two next time so we can all share the fun. I enjoyed sipping coffee with you this morning.

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  5. If we’re having a coffee, make mine mocha please or perhaps I could have a cup of tea. No gardening or outdoor work here today, as the rain just stopped and everything is soaking. Supposedly that’s the end of it for a bit now, which will be fine. I have errands to run and things to do as my work “week” is Friday-Sunday as well as Tuesday for right now. I was hoping for a walk int he park this morning, but alas, no. Just ready for some breakfast before seeing what needs to be done. Enjoy your beautiful garden and your upcoming trip. It won’t be long until I’m headed off for Wyoming and I can’t wait!!

    Happy Monday, Judy.

    janet

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  6. Murphy's Law says:

    I’d like decaf tea please! Not surprised about the leaf blower. If they aren’t breaking your back, they don’t do squat. Hiring someone may be your only way out. Flowers are so beautiful. My peony plant is thriving with lush green leaves, but no blossoms. 😑

    I’ll be working in the yard around my back’s schedule! Boy, when I was young and working circles around everyone else, it never occurred to me I would be living with a bad back in my old age!!

    Love your corner of the garage. Kudos to Dennis for setting it up for you.

    Have a great day Wednesday. Busy schedule, but all fun things to do.
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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    • Decaf tea it is. πŸ™‚ Yes, I remember the days of going out after breakfast, working till lunch, eating a quick sandwich, and going right back at it until it was time to fix dinner. I’d have to call the fire department again, but this time it would be to lift my dead body off the ground. πŸ™‚ Yes, the pegboard does help a lot, and I know where everything is without digging around in a tool bucket. You have a good week too.

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  7. Sherry says:

    Love all your pics, and this morning I had a cup of coffee. The first one in a few days. Life seems to go better with coffee. Have a wonderful day.

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  8. Laurie Graves says:

    It makes feel a little nervous to write this—who knows what Mother Nature has in store?—but my gardens look pretty darned good. I’ve been digging, mulching, watering, and feeding. The front yard is pretty much a hosta yard, but I’m wondering why the heck I didn’t do this sooner as it looks exactly right for this shady space. Sorry about the leaf blower. Another brand? Yes, with the snow that we get, much thought must given to the placement of outbuildings. Have a wonderful outing. Hope to see some pictures, especially of the lupines on Sugar Hill.

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  9. germac4 says:

    Well, I’d have to take coffee because we are on our way to Austria & Switzerland…& coffee & pastries would be the pick in those two countries! I am replying to this while we are in the transit lounge in Singapore, and both of us are dead tired, but we had a good laugh at your leaf blower not even able to blow a leaf out of a lavender bush! I’d also like to know why you can’t get a quiet one… have a lovely time amongst the lupines in the white Mountains…πŸ˜€πŸŒž

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    • Yes, why do they have to wake the entire neighborhood. πŸ™‚ And, please at one of your coffee and pastry visits, pick out the most decadent pastry and enjoy it for me. If there was something I truly enjoyed on our European trips, it was the pastry shops – like going to a candy store only better because you get coffee with it. πŸ™‚

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  10. Almost Iowa says:

    I have a big stone mug of coffee and a computer in front of me.

    It has been rainy the last few days, now it is windy and cold. I don’t trust the weather for my long walk with Scooter but that doesn’t mean we are staying home. This weekend, we gardened between the storms. I did all the work while my wife supervised. Odd how that works.

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  11. Lovely photos of flowers I love! We’re headed to Maine for the week, and I hear the lupines are in bloom. Can’t wait to see them! It’s been years.

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  12. Your weekend sounds wonderful! We can’t grow peonies here (my favorite flower) so I enjoy looking at pictures of them and – whenever I can – picking up a bunch from Trader Joe’s.

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  13. Sandra Hangey says:

    I am drinking coffee now and reading what you have done and want to do and I have to say I buy for the same reason at Walmart and Amazon. they always take back no matter why. sorry it did not work. bob has the big heavy gas thing that blows but it is so loud and I can’t carry or start it. we got in October Bikefest in Daytona back about 15 years ago and when we got there we thought OH NO but it was fun, we had a blast…. all the bikers were very nice and talkative and bob loved all the Harley parades and NOISE. good job ot hubby on organizing your corner

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    • Glad you stopped with your coffee. πŸ™‚ These days we buy more and more online which is very convenient, but returning needs to be as well because everything just doesn’t work out all the time. I didn’t want the gas blower for both the reasons – starting and carrying it. Sounds like you found some fun at the bike fest and that is a good thing. The people are nice, but I had the roaring engines. Have a good week.

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  14. Thank you for sharing. Another expensive item I don’t need. I’ve actually found a big push broom does a pretty good job most place. The blower — we have a big gas jobber — does a decent job in the front yard and driveway … and since it’s way too big for me, Owen does it. Once a year. In October. Otherwise, we use rakes in the garden. I have some VERY narrow ones that do pretty well between plants and slightly wider ones with soft, bendable prongs as well as a couple more like weird picks — very wide set (soft) prongs and no idea what they are called, but I can use them and not uproot anything green and growing.

    As for what I’m doing? Unless I wake up soon, I’m going back to BED.

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  15. Joyce says:

    Love your flowers and your well organized garden tools. What stood out to me, too, is your choice of buying from a retailer who allows returns on unsatisfactory products. Some of my favorites have super customer service and get my repeat business as well that of friends who come recommended through me. I just don’t get how any company these days doesn’t get it! – allow reasonable returns and be responsive to the consumers who keep you afloat! (And free shipping is nice, too, even if it requires a minimum order!)
    After an exhausting birthday party for a grandson whose parents kept me hopping taking pics in very humid weather, I’m just going to do nothing today – and I’m going to do it well!

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  16. I love your pegboard organizing spot – especially the bin of oft-washed garden gloves. I have a similar pile. : )

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    • πŸ™‚ I have so many gloves, and they were everywhere taking up space and I had to hunt to find two to match. Then I had a plant frame that I never used so suddenly I hung it up and put all my gloves in there. Repurposing. πŸ™‚ I have a gardening friend who put up a small tension rod and hangs her gloves using clips that you’d use for a curtain. That works well too, but her gloves are better looking than mine.

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  17. Ogee says:

    Working today…but spent all weekend in the garden. Sunflowers and Dahlias staked; all roses fed; Matilda Poppies and Daylilies are blooming; Bee Balm will not be far behind. So much work…but so much more fun than pounding away on the computer! You might try a Dewalt battery-operated power blower. I’ve used a lot of their other tools and they never let me down. Happy Monday!!

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Had to laugh at your report on the ‘wimpy’ leaf blower. Sounds like you need a professional model.
    Definitely a good week to avoid the White Mountains – the decibel level up there will be deafening. Hope you have a good week!

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  19. Joanne Sisco says:

    Oh my – look how neat your tools are! Each is in its own place. I’d be ashamed to show the hodge-podge of stuff I have randomly thrown on a shelf in the garage πŸ™„
    It’s too bad about the blower though. It seems you can get lightweight and portability – or power.

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  20. A pleasure to read. Just discovered you. Will be back. I raise my cup to you!

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  21. joey says:

    I left my coffee on the counter this morning and had to wait til I got to work to get some. Sad. So I hope you really would share with me! lol
    Oh my goodness, how I wish I was going to the lupines! That sounds like a wonderful trip!
    I am growing basil, zinnias, and sunflowers this year. Not a speck of proper food. No time this year. It went from snow to hot almost instantly and I no longer feel inspired to garden properly. Ironically, we’re now experiencing ‘spring rains’ and lower temps. I dunno. No one asked me πŸ˜‰
    I’m sorry your blower didn’t pan out, but I’m glad you can return it! Pretty sad description with the lavender leaves. :/

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  22. Oddment says:

    Your flowers are beautiful — that white iris blows me away! As to my Monday, it started out with wonderful coffee and pouring rains and segued into a long wait for yard guys who never showed. Everyone’s favorite thing: waiting for no-shows. The sun even came out for a while! I send sympathy on the matter of the wimpy tool and admiration for that pegboard — great idea! Have fun on your trip!

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  23. Marilyn Maxwell says:

    I too have the roses in full bloom. Irises not flowering well this year. I only have three flowers. I split them last year. I don’t know if I did something wrong. Maybe I just have to be patient. My hydrangea wasn’t putting out leaves on old wood this year. It was leafing from the base. The condo was going to take it out because it looked so awful with just dead wood. I said No way. I fed it and cut back some dead wood and now it is growing beautiful green leaves. Saw a flower beginning the other day. I must go out right now and water some potters that don’t get rain because of the house overhand. Enjoy your little trip. I bet the lupine will be beautiful.

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    • Sounds like you have a floral power in your life as well. Iris are pretty tough, the only thing that does bother them is if they are planted too deep. They like their crown sitting right at the surface. Usually when I divide, it sets them back a year too so I wouldn’t worry. Love that your hydrangea is hanging right in there. I have a lot of hydrangea of different types and some years certain ones bloom like predicted and other years they have beautiful green leaves and that is it. So, enjoy each flower. Glad all is well with you. πŸ™‚

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  24. tonytomeo says:

    Monday is my writing day, when I write my gardening column; but it rarely works out that way. It is also the day for tending to other chores that I can not tend to while at my other job. I still go in to work for the morning staff meeting because I like to start my day that way. We get our coffee and discuss scripture before going out in our different directions.

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    • Where does your gardening column appear? I’d like to read it.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Each newspaper that uses it publishes on a specific day, and I really do not know who does what when. The only newspaper that I get here locally only publishes it monthly, and only if there is space. I almost never see it in print. The website for the newspaper that I typically refer readers to is that of the Canyon News at canyon-news.com (They hyphen is necessary. Without it, you will find the Canyon News of Canyon in Texas.) Of the newspapers that I write for, the Canyon News in the easiest to navigate, and they give Gardening with Tony a separate category. I do not know what day the print version is published, but the online version posts the articles about as quickly as I send them (which is actually a few days earlier than the print version.) The online version always uses my articles, but the print version only rarely uses it.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Once you go to the Canyon News website, Gardening with Tony can be found in the scroll down menu under Life & Style.

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      • Thank you. I read the articles about hedges and Gophers so far, and I’ve bookmarked it.

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  25. pbmgarden says:

    Well the idea of lupine blooming is exciting. Not common here but I love them. Enjoy.

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  26. Ally Bean says:

    We’re growing herbs, flowers, and little tomatoes here this summer. Each year I do less in the garden it seems, but enjoy our bounty more. Your week sounds like fun. I look forward to your door photos… of whatever it is that you find to photograph on your adventure.

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  27. debrapugh says:

    How you could have passed up the opportunity of getting a photo shoot of you drying your hair with it for this post I’ll never understand ha ha !

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  28. Tina Schell says:

    How sweet that your husband made you such a nice corner!! And loved your flowers and beautiful images of them. We gave wonderful friends visiting from CA this week so a great week for us 😊. Hope yours is great as well

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  29. KerryCan says:

    OMG–those pink poppies!! They are the best! Why can’t I grow poppies, oh, master gardener? I plant them and they die and everybody else talks about how easy they are to grow! I’ve been in Boston for several days and came home to a world covered in weeds and cottonwood fluff . . . Have a fun trip!

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    • Boston? You were close. πŸ™‚ I tried to divide that poppy, and it died immediately. I tried to start some from seeds this year, and they died. I still have some seeds and am going to give it another try, but it may be one of those plants that you have to buy established. But, you don’t see them at the greenhouse. I don’t even know where I got that one, but I don’t touch it anymore. πŸ™‚

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      • KerryCan says:

        I love Boston–we took the commuter rail in from Fitchburg–it was so easy. I did plant another poppy this year. It seems I do every year and none of them make it.

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  30. Nancy says:

    My Monday was fabulous and now it’s already Saturday! Good golly!

    I love all your flowers! Our are blooming as well.

    And my sweet man built shelves for me to organize some of my garage stuff! So both of our guys were thinking of us!

    Have fun at the breweries!

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  31. I’m trying to get ready, both at work and in the garden, for a week-long trip to Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan. We leave this coming Friday.

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