I believe

There will no spring 2019. Truly. Snow flurries up north tonight and mid 30’s here tomorrow night. Heck, we’re still having to turn the heat on periodically.

There are no containers and hanging baskets full of annuals providing pops of color in the garden. We haven’t enjoyed sitting outside listening to the birds while we grill. I haven’t spent all of my mornings out puttering. Nope – too cold, too windy, too rainy.

The asparagus has been planted, the raspberries and Knock Out Roses have been pruned, but the blueberries and blackberries are still on the to-do-list. There are a lot of dead plants to be removed, but I’m waiting to make sure they don’t make a last-ditch effort to survive, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this many spring weeds waiting to be dug up.

Have you checked annuals at your local greenhouse? A four-inch pot of Proven Winners is $8.95. I about passed out. I’ve started a couple of containers, but I’m using some perennials like tiny boxwoods and bright red coral bells as a base structure and will add some annuals to that.

In an effort to not complain about the weather all the time, I read four books – two from C. J. Box’s Joe Pickett series, a J. D. Robb, and a Linda Fairstein. Now, I’m reading Jonathan Kellerman, and I’m grateful every day for my local library. πŸ“š

I hope all mothers had a nice day yesterday. We were invited to brunch, and it’s always a plus when a daughter and son-in-law are both gourmet cooks because it results in a meal that is worthy of dining in a top restaurant.

My daughter had an interesting plant that I’d never seen before – French Butterfly Lavender. Lovely little thing.

This week, I’ll still be trying to work outside before and after appointments and in between the rain. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that we are in the middle of May, and there are still daffodils that haven’t bloomed, and the lilacs are stuck in bud mode.

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a great week and some nice warm sunshine. And, next week, I hope I can tell you we sold out of the 1,000+ plants we have available for next Sunday’s MG plant sale. At least, I haven’t lost my sense of humor, right? 😎

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75 Responses to I believe

  1. Donna says:

    I’m glad it’s not just me that thinks spring forgot to come this year!!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    We had such a nice day here on Saturday, I was convinced spring had arrived for good. Then we dropped into the 40s and the rain started – again – tonight we will be in the high 30s with more rain.

    I hope it warms up and your crowd next weekend has so much spring fever that they clean you out early!

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    • It has certainly been challenging to get the season started with this yo yo weather, and I do so hope we at least have a good day so we don’t have to overwinter several hundred plants. Plus, we use the proceeds for projects including our school gardening grants and we’d like to keep funding all of them. πŸ™‚ Here’s hoping Sunday is a decent one and Maddie gets some cot time. πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, I hope your week is a grand one. Nothing like warm temps and/or sunshine (either one does the trick when you are desperate) to make your spirits soar.

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  4. Here’s an entirely unscientific observation:We are having an old-fashioned spring, similar to the ones I remember from my long-ago youth. While peas might have been planted early, nothing else was, and we always waited until Memorial Day to plant the garden. I remember June being cold and rainy, and the beans rotting in the garden. It would be interesting to learn if records indicate this spring is indeed colder than springs of old. Anyway…to me, a cool spring is better than blasting heat. Spoken like a true Mainer? πŸ˜‰

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    • Those stats would be interesting. I was never here in the spring, but I spent all of my summers here, and I never remember the heat then that we have now. After dinner, the temps would cool down, you’d sleep with the window open, and it was comfortable. I’m thinking this year we’ll turn the heat off and the AC on. Yes, Mainers must be tougher than Granite Staters. πŸ™‚

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  5. Our heat was off for one day in May, so far.

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  6. Perhaps your Spring will come later like it does in the mountain regions? Spring blooms don’t show up until mid-June or early July! I’m looking forward to mountain treks with Spring blooms and less snow in June and July! Of course, that probably means a short summer.

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  7. Almost Iowa says:

    Rain and cool weather is hard on the farmers this year. It was last year too. The rain is usually welcome but there is no warm weather to dry things out. We haven’t been able to take hay out of our field for the last two years and it looks bad for this year too.

    I am not one of those people who say, “this is so unusual’ because my wife’s family has farm weather records that go back a century and a half. There are decadal cycles and this is probably one.

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  8. Murphy's Law says:

    Spring is surely having a hard time springing. I can’t remember the last time we reached mid-May and the furnace was still on. No annuals here either for two reasons…..cost and cold temperatures.

    Love the French Butterfly Lavender plant. Just beautiful.

    Sounds like Mother’s Day brunch tasted like more!! It’s nice to be treated special once in a while.

    Hang in there. Soon we’ll be complaining about the heat and humidity!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    Rainy and cold here. We’ve had a couple of nice days, but mostly it’s just wet outside. I’ve cut way back on buying any plants at the garden nursery. The prices are high and the joy I get from them is not enough to justify the cost. I’ll use some herb seeds and few plants I buy at the grocery. It’ll still be pretty.

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  10. Joyce says:

    I’m joining pretty much everyone else in the “cold and rainy” lament for spring. Usually Mother’s Day here is warm and sunny and flats of annuals are already in place. Not this year. I haven’t ventured to check prices yet on flowers, but thank you for tipping me off so I don’t faint in the store!
    That French Butterfly Lavender is exotic! So delicate!
    I wish you well on your sale – you may be surprised at how fast everything goes, devoured by people who have had it with the weather and just want a friendly burst of color!

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    • May 14, Tuesday morning, and it’s 37Β°, feels like 32Β°, and raining. Mother Nature has got to get off this kick. πŸ™‚ Color would be such a good addition for both the eyes and the soul. Hope one of us gets spring before much longer. Or just do it – bring summer on because it would be better than this. πŸ™‚

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  11. I’ll just stop complaining about our weather now that I’ve heard how yours is going. We’ve had an ugly weekend with temps 20 degrees below normal and today is cool but bouncing back at 62. By the end of the week they’re calling for mid to high 80’s! I’m in zone 6b and I haven’t gotten my tomatoes in the ground yet, it’s been too wet. I love that French Butterfly Lavender bloom, so dainty!

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    It sounds like we’re having the same kind of spring πŸ˜• We have a tiny piece of lawn in our backyard that has a bit of a dip in it. When there is a lot of rain, it tends to collect in that dip. Without any exaggeration, there is so much water in that dip right now, this morning there were 2 ducks sitting in it πŸ¦†πŸ¦† I wish that was a joke 🀨

    On the bright side, I have a great excuse to stay inside and do blogging stuff πŸ™‚

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    The weather has been a challenge this year, to say the least. I’ve adapted by going out between showers to work. If I get an hour or two to do so, that is better than nothing. I do love how everything is so green – never get tired of seeing that vibrancy.
    Stay warm this week!

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    • I’ve got a sweatshirt on, and the furnace is running. Low 30’s here. 😦 I’ve been doing the same thing by going out and doing a task or two and then coming back when it is too rainy, too cold, or too windy to stay out. Things are green which is always a better color than brown or white. πŸ™‚

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  14. Mother’s Day was cool and cloudy with a bit of rain later in the day. Today I was in the park, slogging through mud on the back paths as far as possible. Water made many places still inaccessible, but I had a grand time, even though my boots sometimes felt as if they weight 5 pounds. πŸ™‚ However, it’s sunny and nice now, so I’m enjoying that before more rain possibly comes later in the week.

    janet

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  15. Ingrid says:

    It’s been a rough winter everywhere. I think we’ll go straight from winter to summer. Hope the weather improves soon.

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  16. Oddment says:

    How miserable! We too are stuck in some kind of ambiguous season, not quite winter and not quite spring, but not as bad as what you have! At least we have daffodils. And the dandelions are thriving. We may have frost tonight but we’re promised 80 this weekend. Go figure. I thought I’d beat the price of annuals by planting seeds I harvested last year. Thus far I’m raising a fine crop of nothing. So much for being frugal. My fingers are crossed for your sale this weekend and for a big improvement in your weather!

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  17. treadway says:

    Our weather is all over the place, too. Yesterday the high could not have been much more than 50…the coldest Mother’s Day in over a decade. I have not been to the green house, but am wanting to go. Now I am almost afraid to see the prices!

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    • I scour the edges to find the ones in the plain green pots and not the Proven Winner pots so I save a little there. But, when I want the ‘super’ ones that you don’t have to deadhead then I still have to pony up the money. I wanted two columbine plants, but they were $39.95 each. I definitely didn’t have to think hard about not making that purchase. Hope your nursery has some reasonably priced plants just for you. πŸ™‚

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  18. Oddment says:

    I forgot to say how much I love the French Butterfly Lavender! It’s gorgeous!

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  19. Good luck with the plant sales, Judy. Sending you some warm Florida weather.

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  20. KerryCan says:

    I, too, feel your pain, Judy–jeez, this weather is awful! Two of our fake-wicker chairs blew off the seawall here and are sitting down there, in 10 feet of water . . . Have you read anything by Peter James? I just read the first book in his Roy Grace series, Dead Simple, and liked it a lot. I’m glad you had a nice Mother’s Day and hope you have a very successful plant sale!

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  21. pbmgarden says:

    Hope warm weather unpacks at your door very soon. Laurie’s observation about having an old-fashioned spring is interesting. I’ve had the same feeling here in North Carolina this springβ€”the slower, cooler pace reminiscent of my childhood.

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  22. Suzanne says:

    Judy, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to have to put your gardening plans on hold while waiting for Spring. South Florida is already in the throws of Summer, with sunny mornings and torrential downpours in the afternoon. It makes for a short day, but at least I can make a plan and get things done before I have to retreat to the sofa. I’m reading Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance and editing hundreds of photographs from our recent trip. Deciding which ones make the cut for the ‘trip book’ is a chore. On Mother’s Day my daughter cooked breakfast (not Gourmet), but it’s the thought that counts and it was much appreciated. She even cleaned up afterward!! You are lucky to have two Chefs in the family! Wishing you sunny days, warm temperatures and a successful plant sale.

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    • Sounds like your weather allows you a little outdoor time before heading back in so that’s a good thing, and you don’t have to water. πŸ™‚ I will head right over to the library and check to see if they have that book. Thank you! Breakfast made by a daughter is always a good thing even if it is cereal or scrambled eggs and toast. πŸ™‚

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  23. Good luck with the plant sale. Sorry your spring is a disappointment. Ours has been wonderful here in England.

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  24. We’re lucky to have a normal spring here in northern Florida, but yesterday we had the kind of rain storm that usually doesn’t kick up until mid or late summer. It was coming down in buckets, and naturally I was driving on the expressway at the time. A ten minute, white-knuckle terror which I somehow survived. I do hope you experience warmer temps soon. – Marty

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  25. Jude and I had a conversation about weeds earlier in the week. How is it that they continue to grow no matter what! If only everything in the garden was that sturdy and persistent. I hope your weather improves soon. Maybe you’ll go directly from winter to summer. It’s getting chilly here and winter is exactly two weeks away, but it’s still warm enough during the day to have the windows open.

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  26. joey says:

    WORD. My lilacs DIDN’T BLOOM AT ALL! Will they? I don’t know!
    I don’t have bright happy red geraniums in terracotta pots, I haven’t sewn my outdoor seeds, and I may well buy tomato plants this year!!! (!!!)
    What is going on?
    Also, sick of wearing sweaters. For as happy as I will be to wear my sweaters again this fall, the idea of putting on warm clothes every morning in May has me Tsking.

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  27. I can’t even get INTO the garden to cut down the dead stuff. My son will do the cutting, but it has to stop raining and it has to do it on a day he isn’t working. A lot of things have died, though if we can cut them back, the roots may pop back up. Every time there’s some sunshine, everything tries to bloom. then the temperature drops, the sky goes dark gray and the rain starts. I’m astonished our sump and pump and drains are still working. If it weren’t for that, there’d be a half a foot of water in the basement. Complain about the weather? Nah. I think this may be the “new normal.” We might as well get used to it.

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    • It’s squishy out there, and I’ve lost several plants this year too, but I’ve also been waiting to yank them out to make sure they’re gone for good. I think you’re probably right about the ‘new normal,’ but I sure don’t like the idea but I’m thinking Mother Nature doesn’t really care what I like and don’t like. I guess I need to cultivate a new indoor hobby for spring. πŸ™‚

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  28. Nancy says:

    Oh no… what kind of spring is that? And $8.95 for a plant is outrageous! When I get back to Pennsylvania and prices are like that I am going to cringe!

    Glad your Mom’s Day was lovely.

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  29. germac4 says:

    I’m a bit late, but good luck with the plant sale, and may your weather improve very soon!

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  30. How awful about your weather – I hope it improves. Around here it does finally feel like spring. And for our mother’s day, we had our elder son and daughter-in-law come to cook us a gourmet meal in our own home. It’s good for one’s children to learn to cook!

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  31. Marilyn Maxwell says:

    There’s hope. Today we enjoyed temps in the 70s as we walked around Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids( like Brookgreen). You would love this place.

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  32. Karen says:

    Glad to hear that you had a nice and delicious Mothers Day but sorry to hear that you weather hasn’t improved. I can just imagine how tired everyone is of the rain. If I remember correctly, peach and pear trees should be blooming right about now with the apple trees right behind them. Weather like this was not good when we had our orchard. Lots of rain, puts New Hampshire apple orchards at high risk of apple scab infection and so many other problems…I’m glad I’m not dealing with it anymore. Wishing you a sunny warm day real soon. πŸ™‚

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    • It’s been a tough couple of months. The seedlings and plants that everyone has been holding probably won’t be strong enough to be very effective. It sure will be interesting to see how this does affect all the fruit crops. Hope this isn’t one of those years when there isn’t a crop. 😦

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  33. tonytomeo says:

    Proven Winners stopped sending me samples to trial. I don’t think they liked my honesty.

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  34. slfinnell says:

    Missouri weather has been such a roller coaster this spring! And one of the places we have available to purchase plants is infested with aphids already! I have only planted tomatoes and bell peppers due to the deluges of rain washing all seed out. So disheartening. But we Do have warmer temps and they should be coming your way soon!! Look forward to your spring floral pics πŸ™‚

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    • When we lived in KS, we had a lot of wind. Moved to NH, no wind. Well, at least until now. I worked outside this morning and could have sworn I was working in KS. πŸ™‚ Aphids. Ah, now there’s a topic. I bought some plants at a greenhouse this year, and brought home a boatload of them. Out came the dawn and a bucket of water, and every one got dipped. I got the majority. The next day I took a spray bottle, went over them again. The day after, I picked the few remaining off and trimmed them all up. What a lot of work to now wait and see if they make it. Being a gardener is not for the faint of heart anymore. Hope you have a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. πŸ™‚

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  35. Ogee says:

    You escape for the winter only to find it waited for your return! You are entitled to complain. You’ll be pleased to know that we had to turn the heat on here in California this weekend, as well. And the garden is underwater when we are usually worried about whether we will be able to water! It’s a wacky (scary) world we have created for ourselves.

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    • I think you are so right – scary world we have created. There were seasons in various parts of the country, there were temperatures to be anticipated, and now we have this flip flop where you’re not sure what part of the country you are truly living in. I hope future generations can make changes to assist the environment because apparently we haven’t done anything except make it worse with each passing year. 😦

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