April showers

April showers bring May flowers. Well, we can hope. πŸ™‚

I was able to get two truck loads of sticks and leaves to the recycling center. I made a dent in the sticks but only a down payment on removing the leaves. I have one area with a perennial bed and dry creek bed where the leaves collected and were around 10″ deep. I could have used a pitch fork there. I see a couple of more truck loads of leaves in my future.

There was also a need to warm up those 100+/- perennials and 20 white dogwoods that I’m holding for the upcoming plant sale. So, I got some pvcΒ pipes down, made some hoops, grabbed some clear plastic, and used some clips to hold it down.

Of course, now they need some sunshine. It looks like we’ll get some sun on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the rest of the week shows more rain on the forecast.

While it rained, I did some sewing. I Β finished a landscape wall hanging for a gardening friend who is moving to Tucson. I made her a little snow scene to take with her. Hope she appreciates the humor.

Other than that, we did our spring cleanup of the garage and moved an armoire out and an Β electric fireplace and tv stand in. It looks nice and works great.

So, as we all celebrate tax season being over and spring on the horizon, here’s hoping you have a great week whether you’re having a productive work week, reading a good book, quilting, or working on those spring chores. Happy Monday!

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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41 Responses to April showers

  1. Prior... says:

    Cheers to spring and tax season ending – πŸ˜‰

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  2. That’s a lot of leaves! Love your quilt.

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  3. KerryCan says:

    I’ve been raking leaves, too–this particular moment of springtime is unlovely but it still feels good to be outside working. I love the little landscape quilt–that’s a perfect gift of New England for someone moving away!

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  4. Yeah, to the end of tax season! Your quilt looks beautiful!

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    • The paperwork is done for a while, and that’s a good thing. Glad you like the quilt. I am happy with the way it turned out. Hope the moving process is still going well and the grand boys are both doing well. πŸ™‚

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      • It’s coming down to the wire now, and I feel like there’s still so much to pack! 9 more days until the movers arrive!

        The boys are thriving and The Handsome Surveyor has been improving in little increments, but we’ll take that!

        How’s your back holding up with all the leaves , branches, and gardening you’re doing now? I hope nothing worse a good hot soak, and some Tylenol will cure.

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    That quilt is not only fantastic it is perfect for a soon to be former Newenglander!

    Your truck is paying for itself this spring! Boy! You have a lot of leaves to clean up. Big job, but then it looks so nice when you’re finished.

    Happy spring, and happy Monday!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  6. Joyce M Gillis says:

    So, last week we had several 70+ days full of sun – and today there’s 4″+ on the ground with me waking up wondering if school will be closed for Bree’s 3rd grade class trip to the state capitol and my babysitting gig for her little brothers canceled! And grandpa complaining that he can’t rake for another day in a row. So anyone who showed up at my door with a “snowscape” wall hanging – no matter how beautiful! – would probably be shot! (um, that’s a joke…I heard you can get arrested these days for online threats!) πŸ™‚ – don’t worry, we’re not armed over here, except for an 80 lb. dog who would kiss you to death!

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    • Oh my gosh, your weather sounds like what my brother-in-law described in Kansas last week. They were having an 87 degree day mid week and then 40 on Friday. It certainly makes you wonder where this weather is taking us all. Hope Bree got to go on her field trip and you got the boys all to yourself. πŸ™‚ I figure my friend is either going to love that wall hanging or just laugh herself silly. πŸ™‚


  7. Kerry got that right! Our yard is especially unlovely this year. As soon as the rain stops…And I agree with her about the quilt. A perfect gift of New England.

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  8. Almost Iowa says:

    Around here, it is clean up time. Last Wednesday, our electrical co-op lost 800 power poles. 800 was not a typo. My mother-in-law’s road is barracked and patrolled by the national guard because of all the downed wires. We have power but the storm brought down lots and lots of branches.

    Spring probably will not come this year. It will go from snow and sleet to 99Β°F and 99% humidity in the span of two days like it did last year. πŸ™‚

    The weeds love that kind of transition.

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  9. What a lovely gift for your friend! I bet she will look at it with both nostalgia and relief to be out of the snow.

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    It has been a cool spring so far this year. Good for working outside at least. πŸ™‚
    Your friend will be pleased with your beautiful wall hanging, I’m sure. A good reminder of the winter she probably won’t be missing. πŸ˜‰

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    I am always impressed by your energy level, Judy. For me that might have gone, “and it started raining so I went inside and had a beer,” Or something like that.

    I did manage to get two bags of leaves, sticks and peanut shells collected from the yard and set out at the curb for pick-up. I hope the bags didn’t break when they tried to get them in the truck, they were soaked overnight.

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    • I like the beer idea. πŸ™‚ We live about 8 miles round trip from the recycling center so I haul them over plus I can usually get in a conversation or two with the other folks. I always smile watching people start pulling leaf bags out of their cars including the passenger seat. They get creative in loading that’s for sure.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    I agree with Dan, you’ve got lots of energy there. We did oodles over the weekend, but somehow I feel like we could have done more. I’ll blame it on sunny skies and how we ended up dawdling on the deck in the warmth. 😎

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  13. I’m sure your friend will love her new wall hanging. It’s beautiful.

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  14. Oddment says:

    You are a wonder! The wall hanging is a beauty; it appears to be made by someone who lives in absolute leisure and tranquil hours. No way could I look at that and picture an artist who’s been hauling sticks by the truckload, moving furniture, and all else. Yes, spring on the horizon!

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  15. Nancy says:

    You had a productive week… perhaps you can sit and relax more this week. Lol! Do we know what those words means… sit and relax??

    The wall hanging was beautiful!

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  16. joey says:

    SOME spring chores are done *gives self check marks* more are left to do. Need s’more sunny days πŸ˜€ Or, at least warm and rainy instead of cold and rainy!
    MAY sew a new button on my navy blazer, don’t care for the worn out old one anymore.
    Love the window quilt, quite nice — REALLY love the hanger! Nice!

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  17. The flurry of spring! So many tasks as the weather warms and the gardens emerge with growth and green! Love it!

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  18. germac4 says:

    I don’t know where you get your energy… perhaps all that cold weather? My daughter says it is the warm/hot weather that makes us chilled… such a contradiction!
    My lovely Canadian teaching friend gave me a little quilt with some beautiful blue mountains & a lake on it….. this is my impression of some parts of Canada.. but also of friendship..πŸ’•

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  19. Karen says:

    The landscape wall hanging that you made for your friend is wonderful. Did you paint the scene on the fabric and is that what their home looks like…she will love it!

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  20. I’m taking a semi-vacation and getting some quality time with the garden. Hope you get some sunshine.

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  21. treadway says:

    I love that little wall hanging!

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