The sun will come up eventually

The sun is shining. Start the band because this is worth celebrating. Plus, we have two days forecasted for this week without rain.

Plants are still stunted from the rain, but they are showing signs of growth.

My Christmas Fern is starting to pop up. I always find ferns absolutely amazing as they unfurl.

Last week, I harvested compost – beautiful, rich, compost. Woot woot! I’ve tried every type of composter on the market as well as the ones you make out of pallets. I usually get a bucket here or there or some nice leaf mold but that is it.

But this system works. It’s an old rain barrel we had that my husband mounted on a stand which accomplished two things. It can be turned easily, and a wheel barrow can be pushed right underneath it when it is time to empty to.

As I was going through the compost to see if there were any things I needed to pull out, there were two – about six or eight white coffee filters and one handful of hard plant stalks. I was surprised at the filters.

On Saturday, I worked an Ask A Master Gardener table with another MG at our local county conservation plant sale. What a fun event.

I talked with a lot of people about a wide range of gardening topics. What was the number one topic? Apple trees. Right behind that topic was growing small fruits like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, followed up by what to do about deer and the damage they cause.

What did I buy, because you know I bought something, right?  I bought some Jersey Knight asparagus plants and one Hellebore (Lenten Rose). Who could resist that face.

While it rained, I finished my sunflower wall hanging. It is a panel which is easy to work with, and you can just put a back on it, free motion quilt it, or do some straight quilting.

I’m not a great free motion quilter, but I can do lines pretty well so that’s what I did. I outlined the various items like the flowers, leaves, hives plus regular straight lines around the various borders.

With the sun shining, I’m headed out this morning to get the asparagus planted, a little more cleanup done, and moving a hydrangea.

There’s one positive about never throwing away plants – when you’re looking for one you just check the border area, and you might just find one like this hydrangea. 🙂

Hope you are seeing normal May temps and sunshine so you can enjoy your work week, gardening chores, or just enjoy the plants as they burst forth and the lawns turn green.

If you have a gardening question, ask away because there are lots of good gardeners who stop by here and one of us just might have your answer. 🙂

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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63 Responses to The sun will come up eventually

  1. It was beautiful last weekend and we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do chores, so we went camping 😉

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  2. germac4 says:

    So glad the sun has come out for you! Why oh why are all the hardware/gardening shops in Australia selling compost bins/barrels without enough room for a wheelbarrow underneath…your husband’s compost barrel is just what we are looking for! (and rain water!)

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    • It really works perfectly. We pushed the wheelbarrow underneath it, turned it, and it fell right in. Then, I just shoveled it out on the raspberries. I loaded it up with leaves today so now I can add quite a bit of kitchen scraps, and it will start the cycle all over again. 🙂

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  3. Linda Mumby says:

    So glad your going to have some sunshine. Love the sunflower panel.

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    • Hope you’re getting good weather too. I bought that sunflower panel on one of our fabric shopping sprees. 🙂 It’s bright and cheery and reminds me of many good years in Kansas. But, if you were closer, I would have brought dessert and asked real nice if you’d put it on your long arm. 🙂

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    It makes me happy to know that you’ve had the opportunity to get outside and do your gardening thing. Still very wet, and/or lazy, here. I’ve thought about starting a compost bin and I like yours. Does it smell awful as it happens? Do small animals bother the bin? Those are my questions.

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    • There is no smell at all because you don’t add dairy or meat products to it. You are mixing brown (dead leaves, shredded paper, paper egg cartons) and green (veggie and fruit scraps). When I poured it out, if it had any smell at all, it would have been like opening a bag of potting soil. When I’ve put kitchen scraps on the open bins (ones made out of pallets) small animals will dig stuff out, eat and make a mess. If you have a bin that sits directly on the ground and the bin is open on the bottom, you’d want a piece of screen/fencing on the bottom so nothing can dig in from underneath. That is why this is perfect. It has a top that screws on, and you need two hands to do that, and the little strainer on the top that lets water in is screwed in as well. 🙂

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  5. Joyce says:

    We had an amazing weekend! Sunny and 70+ We sat on the deck and I brushed all six of my cats and our 80 lb dog. I left the balls of fluff for the birds because I’ve read that those are safer than yarn scraps for nesting. I think I contributed enough material for every bird in Michigan! 🙂
    As for gardening, you know me well, Judy. There’s my 3 window boxes of red and white impatiens, and this year, a pack of basil seeds to sprinkle behind the garage and hope for the best! I live my “gardening life” vicariously here, in admiration of the innovative hard work you do to produce amazing yields of fruit and flora!

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    • Joyce says:

      Oh, I forgot to say I first thought your fern pod was a cute lil garden creature! – a snail family member!

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      • Murphy's Law says:

        LOL!! I thought it was a snail too…with hair!! 😳 If Judy didn’t clarify that it’s a fern pod, I’d still be thinking “snail”! Nope, I’m not a MG! 🤗
        🐾Ginger 🐾

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      • I’m having myself a couple of good chuckles here. 🙂 There were a lot of those, but I couldn’t get a good photo of the entire plant so focused on one frond. I thought about laying down on the ground to get a really good shot, but then when I thought about the getting back up part, I decided against it. 🙂

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    • That sounds like a perfect weekend, and I’m positive you have the most beautiful window boxes in the neighborhood. 🙂 I did chuckle at the number of four-legged family members you have because I’ve never had more than one in-house pet at a time. There’s eight in your immediate family not counting grown kids, spouses, and the ten grandkids. You have your own village. 🙂

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  6. Murphy's Law says:

    If I saw that fern popping up, I wouldn’t have any clue what it was! I probably would have yanked it out thinking it was a weed. 😳 The Lenten Rose is really pretty. You did a magnificent job on your quilt. It’s perfect!!

    Sounds like your MG event was a great success and fun to boot!

    Clearly you are knee-deep in gardening, so I know you are just grinning from ear to ear! Or maybe the grinning is your way of convincing yourself your back really doesn’t hurt that much! 😜

    Need to mow today, so I hope I don’t pick the same time to do it that the forecasted shower hits us. That would be a bummer!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  7. Dan Antion says:

    We have a few nice days on tap this week. If I see the sun two days in a row, I might go into shock.

    Other than what I’m guessing, can you quickly explain “free motion quilting” – it sounds kind of random. The hanging is beautiful. Kudos to you for answering those questions.

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    • Two days in a row of sunshine is probably more than any of us New Englanders could handle. You may have to wear shades inside. 🙂 Free motion quilting is when you can put the feed dogs down on your machine and maneuver the fabric/batting/backing around and make designs like feathers or squiggles. There are so many people who can do it so easily just moving that material around with their hands to create a design, but I just stiffen up and can’t get a flow going. There are also long arm quilting machines that you load the quilt on, set the computer, and off it goes to make a design. But, since I just use a regular sewing machine, I stick to straight lines or lines I can follow like the sunflowers. I bet the Editor will know exactly what I’m talking about. 🙂

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  8. Rainy and cool here in Maine, too. However, there is an upside to this—on the radio, I heard that there’s not much danger of fire in northern New England. As for that face…irresistible. And bravo to that compost barrel!

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  9. Oddment says:

    I’ll see you that WOOT WOOT and raise you an ALLELUIA! We too had sun yesterday and might even have it today, so I absolutely share your euphoria! We dance the gardeners’ jig together by blog! Your beautiful sunflower hanging says it all: we just might see bright colors and actual flowers before too long. I want to think that as we both steel ourselves for the next bout of the dismals. We’ll keep shaking our trowels! (Shaking anything else is bad for the rheumatiz.)

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  10. Almost Iowa says:

    I met a wonderful couple on the Alaska Highway Ferry. He was the ex-highway commissioner, and she a school teacher. They moved to Alaska shortly after WWII and lived in Juneau. When they spoke of the rain, they spoke of something as pervasive as night and day. They said, when the sun chose to come out for a day in the summer, the state government declared a holiday so families could go on picnics.

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    • I’ve never really understood the need for meds to combat seasonal affective disorder but know a couple of folks who take them in the winter. After this long stretch of rainy, gray, gloomy weather, I was sure thinking about the topic. I really wanted to see and feel the sun, and the fact that I got dirty and sweaty today working outside was a wonderful thing. 🙂

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  11. Annie says:

    Beautiful compost! Your husband is a genius to design a perfect system for turning and loading. The sunflower quilt is stunning!

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  12. We continue to get a little rain here in SoCal, which makes me very happy. We received some showers this morning (enough so I don’t have to turn on the auto drip system yet) and now the sun is starting to come out. I love spring so much! I love your composter too… we have one but it’s not nearly as convenient as yours. Since we put in mostly household scraps and not enough brown material (we have a yard of mostly low-maintenance succulents), the composter doesn’t work like it should, but it does cut down on what we send to the landfill.

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  13. Karen says:

    Your sunflower quilt is like a ray of sunshine itself. I know you have to be so grateful for even one sunny day. Rain…we all need it but when it is too much it certainly does cause its share of problems. I used to get a lot of questions about apple trees when we had our orchard in New Hampshire but I certainly didn’t know all the answers. We were lucky as Alan Eaton, an entomologist at the University of New Hampshire, and all the people from the extension service were there to answer my questions. Little did I know I had another wise person I could have asked right in my own county. 😀

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  14. Looks like a very clever design your husband made. Glad it’s working. – Marty

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  15. Hopefully the sunshine will continue for you this week. It’s getting chilly here. Winter is coming.

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  16. pastpeter says:

    Three sunny days in the 60s here – we are so blessed! But I still have standing water around the back yard, and decided to shop for plants. We lost a few this winter, including a 6ft Butterfly bush. Too many very cold and windy days, I think. Glad you are out and active! It’s seen a long winter and a wet spring.

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    • Way to go with good weather. I noticed today that I had lost a butterfly bush too. Who knew because they are tough as nails normally. I guess it’s a good excuse to buy plants, but it would be even better if they were ‘new’ plants.

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      • pastpeter says:

        I was surprised too by the butterfly bush – as you say, they seem very hardy. But it’s a good to have reasons to replace shrubs; they can get “old” if they’re in the same place for too long. I also lost two astilbe nearby, which I have always found very hardy and a great early shrub in spring. So off tomorrow to buy some new shrubs and redesign that north-facing corner! BTW I loved your quilt panel!

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      • Astilbe? Wow, those are hardy. If we lived closer I could give you your choice I have so many. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you choose, and I’m glad you like the sunflowers.

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  17. treadway says:

    We just had our two days of sunshine…supposed to be back to rain tomorrow. Farmers are having a time getting crops in the ground. Love your sunflower quilt!

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  18. joey says:

    I lost an entire limb from one of my apple trees this winter 😦 We have to figure out how to cut it out/down. It’s very sad. Then we need to prune the suckers like WHOA. Someday, hm?
    Still think your compost bin is brill 🙂
    It’s nice today, as it was yesterday. Soon, more rains.

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    • My husband just bought me a battery operated reciprocating saw for pruning. It’s cool. We’ve also got a small chain saw on an extension pole. That works great, but it is pretty heavy. Hope the rains settle down. Some is great, but sun is good too. 🙂

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      • joey says:

        Thanks for that. I suppose I’ll hunt somethin down. We have pruning saw a la more elbow grease than both of us together. The Mister’s got a chainsaw, but the thought of him on a ladder with a chainsaw… He’s a badass, but doesn’t that REEK of danger? Oof.

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      • Yes – NO chainsaws and ladders. 🙂 I’m pro calling someone for major tree work, but we have a real issue up here finding someone because they are too busy. Good luck, friend.

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      • joey says:

        Oh they just charge too much for me! It’s $500 for them to prune my apples, and I have two. That’s easy math but cold, hard cash. Ugh. No.

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  19. Love the wall hanging, Judy. I’m happy to read that the sun is out and rain has lessened. We’ve had three dry days and then today the forecast rain didn’t arrive, so that was a blessing. The park is drying out and the river dropping considerably, but it’s still quite wet. I’ll check it again later in the week.

    janet

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  20. KerryCan says:

    Aren’t we just pathetically grateful for a sunny day or two?! We’ve been outside, too, trying to get caught up, and dealing with the compost pile is on the list of chores. You’ve used your inside time to advantage, with that quilt–right up your alley!

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  21. Nancy says:

    What a great composer! It takes a master gardener to come up with the perfect one!

    Beautiful quilt!

    Happy Spring!

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  22. Eliza Waters says:

    It was so nice to see the sun once again, it feels like ages that it has been gray. The brightness almost hurt the eyes! So nice to hang laundry and get to work in the garden.
    I love your new hellebore and your quilt is so pretty. A nice way to make a rainy day productive. 🙂

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  23. It was brilliantly warm and sunny today. FINALLY! We took pictures. The garden is thinking about blooming and most of the trees suddenly have grown leaves.

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  24. That’s a nice Hellebore. Our last weekend was perfect – so, yes, eventually the snow stops and the sun does come out.

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  25. Joanne Sisco says:

    Your compost looks lovely! I could use a wheelbarrow or two of that rich stuff!

    Your sunflowers look lovely too. It’s clear to see where your heart is 🙂

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  26. tonytomeo says:

    Apple trees; how appropriate. For us, it used to be apricot trees, but they are long gone. It seems like everyone from New England and many regions in the Northeast know apples.

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  27. Tina Schell says:

    We are in the middle of a drought down here Judy (altho as we speak a storm is brewing and rain is forecast). Our magnolias are blooming quite early and are more plentiful than I’ve ever seen them. I was thinking to go out and photograph them but the forecast kept me indoors. I hope the rain doesn’t wash many of them away. I can’t quilt and I’m a terrible gardener but I love taking photos of both!

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