Rain+cold=More Rain and Snow

We’re averaging one day a week without rain. It’s so cold and rainy my perennials are barely breaking through, and the daffodils are still about 4″ tall. The only blooms I have are these lovely bloodroot – small, short lived, but lovely. If you are not familiar with bloodroot, here’s a link to explain a history that dates back to the Native Americans.

Today is forecasted to be the good day for this week. Right now, it is only 37Β°F so if it doesn’t warm up I’ll be wearing a winter gardening coat. There’s also wet snow coming in tonight, two days before May 1.

I’m hoping to put up that now fixed missing fence panel, empty my compost bin and spread it on the raspberries and blackberries, fertilize the blueberries, and get out the furniture and potting table. Everyone needs their patio furniture set up before it snows. πŸ™‚

While it rained, I painted a couple of antique chairs. One was my mother’s sewing chair. After painting it and upholstering the seat, I have her quilt I made last year displayed on it. The other chair is a wooden high chair that has been passed down at least four generations in my family. There are certain things that are special, bring a smile and good memories. That’s what these two little chairs are for me.

I also made a new sewing machine cover with some cute bee fabric and have been doing some quilting on a sunflower wall hanging to go with it. As soon as I’m finished I’ll share.

And, the rest of my time has been spent on the upcoming Master Gardener plant sale and a new Monarch Waystation we’re putting in at a native plant garden. A pollinator garden is fairy easy, but sourcing only native plants is a challenge so it’s taken a long time. We’d also like to add a large insect hotel and a free little library. If anyone has done either of these, let me know what worked for you.

Have a good week, and may the sun shine bright and no white stuff fall from the sky where you are. β˜€οΈ

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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51 Responses to Rain+cold=More Rain and Snow

  1. April is certainly unpredictable. The bloodroot are pretty.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    The chair is a very nice looking element in the room, Judy. Sorry about the snow. I left my car out, and I was greeted by frozen rain drops that had to be chiseled off with a scraper – ugh. We are seeing many signs of spring, though, also, much flooding. I hope you have a good week. It sounds like you have ambitious plans and are ready for whatever Mother Nature serves up.

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    • I got my chore list for this morning done, but it sure was cold. We found another fence panel that needs to have its plastic brackets replaced with metal ones, but we’re going to wait for a warmer day. Snow? Ice? Mother Nature keeps knocking for both of us. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love your two special chairs! It’s so nice that you will have those family memories around you every day. Hope some warmer weather comes your way soon! Oh, love the bloodroot, too!

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Love those chairs and the way you have them displayed. You must be flooded with wonderful memories every time you see them.

    I never saw bloodroot before. What a beautiful little flower.

    26 degrees this morning. Everything covered in frost. Water in bird baths frozen solid. I need to mow, so like you, I’ll probably be wearing my winter coat!! WTH?!! Mother Nature has gone bonkers!

    You have a busy schedule planned for yourself. I’m not that ambitious any more. Well, my mind is, my body isn’t! Lol.

    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Glad you like the chairs. πŸ™‚ It didn’t take too long to get the list done this morning, but we quit as soon as we were done. It was darn cold. We have another fence panel to redo, but it will wait for a warmer day. Here’s hoping spring decides to visit both of us and stay for a while and kicks the ice and snow to the curb for good. πŸ™‚

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  5. Joyce says:

    Snow and rain were predicted over the weekend – neither came. But it’s dark and dreary today, with just a few respites of sun to give us hope. My fave part of the onset of spring is seeing my hosta points poking up out of the cold, hard ground. Too long in coming, but warmth is on the way!
    Since you are not a “braggy” kind of person, we have only seen your home in bits and pieces. But I describe it as “Classy New England Country”….understated simple elegance. Your settings are so clean and crisp, but a few well placed accents (quilts, heirloom chairs, bunny dolls) with personal meaning make them warm and cozy. If I had anything to say about it, you’d be a feature story in Country Living magazine!

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    • You are too nice, but I am so glad you liked the chairs. The two bunnies were gifts from my daughter years ago, and the high chair they sit in today date back at least until the early 1900’s. I know for a fact that it held my mother and her four brothers, myself and my cousin, my daughter, and my two grands. If we lived closer, I’d let you borrow it for your special tribe. πŸ™‚

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  6. Such nice chairs! Despite the rain, you have been busy. I hesitate to write this, but no snow predicted for central Maine. Only a light sprinkle tonight. Now, watch the white stuff come.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Sweet chairs, Judy. Heirlooms are the best.
    It has been unusually cold this spring, it seems, and I’m not appreciating all the rain. How are we supposed to get all our outdoor work done? πŸ˜‰

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  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the look of your ‘blue’ room on the left. It has a nice peaceful vibe to it.

    Great line – “Everyone needs their patio furniture set up before it snows” πŸ˜† Yes, it’s much too cold here too. It was hard to come home yesterday after leaving green trees and flowers everywhere for trees that are still bare and brown. Spring? Where are you?!!

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  9. Those bloodroot are beautiful.

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  10. Oddment says:

    How beautiful your white against that soothing blue! The white bloodroot against the moss and mulch, too! But the white of snow? Not so much. How depressing! I applaud your ability to make a rainy day a productive one, but of course gardeners can stand only so many rainy days in the spring before they go batty, so I hope you’ll be getting more sunshine soon. I’d send you some of ours if we had some.

    You know, of course, your comment about the patio furniture got a laugh from me. Thank you — I needed that!

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  11. Ally Bean says:

    The white chairs are beautiful. Good use of your [very cold] time.

    The only thing I know about the how-to of a Free Little Libraries is that there’s rubber stamp available that you can use to stamp the title page of any books that come your way. By doing this you stop anyone who only takes a book to sell it somewhere. Apparently this can be a problem?

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  12. You have been busy! I recently purchased a new sewing machine and have thought about making a cover for it… perhaps you’ve inspired me to actually do it! I did sew covers for our patio furniture since we keep them out year-round here in SoCal… more to protect them from the sun. Love your chairs and the bunny family sitting in one of them.

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  13. germac4 says:

    You are an inspiration Judy because you do not waste a minute regardless of the weather! I love the high chair that has been in your family for generations. Oh the stories it could tell! Also love the small quilt on your other chair. I hope the weather improves so you can really enjoy your garden…..& we’ll have to do a deal on rain water, it is like gold here! πŸ˜€πŸ’¦β˜”οΈ

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  14. caminogrammy says:

    It’s so funny to read your post about snow and here in California we are planting our tomato plants! Hope you get some warm weather soon.

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  15. I like the bloodroot. Our daffodils have been and gone already, but thankfully the 2-8″ of the white stuff predicted for Saturday didn’t materialize. We had a tiny bit, but that was all. We did get a deluge of rain last night and this morning and more in the forecast for tomorrow, but at least that’s spring-like. I’m ready to have some sunny days for things to dry off, though. Where did April go? The wildflowers (as you can see from today’s post) have been popping up in the park, but I hope the cold and rain to put them off too much. I’ll check later in the week. πŸ™‚ Good luck with the weather tonight!!

    janet

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  16. It’s official. This has been the rainiest April since 1872. That’s 141 years. I think many of my plants have drowned.

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  17. joey says:

    I love that lil sunroom, it’s cheerful, but calm. My kinda room. Nice job on the painting. My MIL has an ancient high chair. I wanted it when I needed high chairs. It’s probably coated in lead paint, but still. She’ll probably will it to me, and I’ll be happy, but like, I’ll have great grandkids by then! lol
    I think we’re past the snows now. Rain, though, just about every day, a least a lil.

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  18. Oh my! That temperature equates to 2.7 degrees Celsius – it rarely even gets that low overnight here in winter. I can’t imagine how cold you must be! Your quilt is beautiful.

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  19. Rupali says:

    Thanks for the name. The bloodroots are blooming all over the mountains as it’s been sunny for a while.
    Hope you have good weather soon.

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  20. Karen says:

    I can’t believe how bad your weather has been. Wish I could share some of the warmth and sunshine from Florida with you and all your readers who are experiencing the cold weather. I love the look of both of your chairs. When we lived in New Hampshire I had a small antique child’s chair that was almost 300 years old and I kept a rabbit very similar to yours in it.

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  21. Nancy says:

    You have had a good week! Those two chairs are treasures! And displaying them with all your sentimental lovelies… priceless!

    Sending warmth to you from AZ. It got a wee bit too hot too quick here.

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  22. KerryCan says:

    This weather is seriously tedious! It was sunny yesterday but cool and now we’re back to predictions of rain, and watching the ;ale level go up. You’re definitely finding ways to be productive in spite of it all, though. The small chairs are perfect and I do love seeing that quilt displayed!

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  23. Glad that this week of rain /predicted rain will end in the sunny 70Β° weekend…. They are predicting…. πŸ™πŸ€žπŸ€žπŸ€ž

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  24. No more white stuff – AMEN!

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  25. Rose says:

    I about laughed out loud at the needing patio furniture set up before it snows! I needed that. I love hearing what you are doing…I love the wild flowers…love bloodroot, Jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, Mayapples, and there are others…I need to get to the woods and get a few more. Need to go see the guy whose woods we visit and make sure it is still okay….have not been to them nor seen him since Roger had his stroke.

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  26. Annie says:

    Oh, I must have some bloodroot! Lovely. Sounds like a nice multi-purpose native plant garden. I see those little libraries here and there in neighborhoods. I love the idea.

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  27. Tina Schell says:

    How adorable your chairs are Judy! See, bad weather gives you time to do more important things! As for us, we’re already into the 80s and wondering how winter went straight to summer without a moment of spring. Our magnolias are already in bloom way too early. Climate gets weirder every year!

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