Flowers everywhere

Happy Monday!

The sun is shining, the humidity is moderate, and the flowers are blooming. I’ve weeded, moved a dozen plants or so, trimmed some lilacs and boxwoods, and I didn’t have to water because it rained yesterday.

The Azaleas are almost done, the Peonies are doing great, and the Knockout roses are just starting.

I wanted to plant carrots again this year for the Mounted Patrol horses, and I ran across a post by the Laidback Gardener that had instructions on how to pre-sprout the carrot seeds. I gave it a try, and it worked! The only thing I did differently was to use a spray bottle instead of pouring the hot water over the seeds which kept them from being washed off the paper towel. Once they sprouted, I planted them in two grow bags as well as in between my tomato plants. They are up and growing.

Did you know Pollinator Week is June 17-23?

Well, it is, so tomorrow I’m working at our new MG butterfly garden which is still holding its own since three groundhogs were relocated. I left two plants uncovered, and if they are still standing tomorrow, I’ll take the covers off everything.

Last Saturday, I finished the insect hotel my husband and I put together for the pollinator garden from scrap wood from the recycling center. Repurpose, reuse, recycle – it’s a good thing.

It’s an eclectic all natural piece that includes a stump and four branches that I pulled off the trash pile. My husband drilled a variety of holes varying from 3/8 – 5/8″ in the branches, I added some bamboo and pine cones. We had an old piece of tin that we put on as a roof with a flair andΒ voilΓ  solitary bees can now find a resting spot.

If you have ever thought about creating your own insect hotel, here’s a good link for further information.

Remember when I was bemoaning the loss of the WordPress spellchecker, and a wonderful blogging friend suggested Grammarly? I installed it, and I loved it. It was perfect. Well, almost perfect until I started having major computer issues of all types last week. After hours of researching and trying everything I could come up with, I took myself off to the home-town computer store where they ran diagnostics and couldn’t find anything wrong with the computer. After more problems and more research, I decided to disable Grammarly and see if there was any difference. The good news was the computer was working at its former speed with no errors or locking me out of programs, the bad news was I lost my spell and grammar check again. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to do a little more proofreading.

Now, I’m off to start a small sewing project. The projects that look small usually end up taking the most time.

I also think I need to whip up some sugar cookies. Which first – sugar cookies or sewing? Sugar cookies win out every time. πŸ™‚

Happy mid June to all of you.

Here’s a bouquet of flowers from me to you, and I’m hoping life is treating you well.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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45 Responses to Flowers everywhere

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wow, Judy, you have so much going on. I’m glad to hear that the gardens are surviving, absent the groundhogs, and that they were relocated not destroyed. I also really like the fact that you grow carrots for the horses. That’s just a really nice thing to do. I hope the cookies turned out well, good choice, by the way.

    It’s interesting to hear about grammarly and the problems. I’ve been avoiding that but Word’s own grammar check is abysmal. I guess I’ll stick with The Editor 😏

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  2. Joyce says:

    Thank you for the lovely bouquet of flowers! Remember the “Mason Jar Mondays” that Connie instituted some 6 years ago or so? Your glass vase brought that memory back!
    I love the bee hotel! Yesterday, at a family Father’s Day bbq, something reminded Brielle to say to me sadly, “The bees are dying.” I was surprised – she’s 8 – and also impressed. Next week is Grandma Camp and I wish I had time to put together a project like yours for the older kids to make and take home. Next year, for sure! (Also wish we had some mounted horses to grow carrots for!)

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Thanks for the lovely bouquet of flowers. Now, if you add some of those sugar cookies and a cup of tea, I will be forever indebted to you!

    So happy to hear your pollinator garden is doing so well. Somewhere there are three very happy, but very confused, groundhogs living their life to the fullest! Just love the insect hotel. What a great idea. My azaleas and peonies are finished. 😒 But begonnias are thriving!

    Growing carrots for the Mounted Patrol horses……fabulous!! Leave it to you to think of that.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  4. Thank you so much for the lovely bouquet of flowers! I adore your insect hotel. We need to do all we can to protect our vital pollinators. I’m sorry about your problems with Grammarly. I installed the free program and, as far as I know, there hasn’t been any problems. Fingers crossed.

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    • I am so happy it is working for you. I loved it and thought it was easy, and worked extremely well. I didn’t disable it until I’d tried everything else and was still surprised when things worked better. I will definitely try it again with a different computer.


  5. If you use Chrome for a browser, Google ALSO has a spellchecker. I think you can find it under “languages.” Yes, Grammarly is intrusive and I’m thinking about replacing it. It catches stuff other spellcheckers miss, so I hate to do it, but it seems to have tentacles.

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  6. Oddment says:

    A happy Monday to you, too, and many thanks for the bouquet! If you can figure a way to send fresh sugar cookies through WordPress, I bet I know some takers! It’s amazing how versatile cookies are: they are absolutely the perfect thing on a great day and absolutely the perfect thing on a rotten day. Here it is raining. Last count was nine tornadoes that touched down south of me Saturday evening. The rain just won’t quit, though for now the tornadoes have quit. Thank goodness. The photos of your garden are so inspiring — I love the peonies!

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  7. Dawn says:

    Why thank you, Judy, for the fresh picked blossoms! πŸ’• Your garden is so colorful this week! Hope all goes well at the Butterfly Garden. Your Bee Hotel looks great! I’ll have to check out the link. Last week, I added a Mason Bee House (a gift from a friend) to my garden. I’m happy to report that the bees have already discovered it. Such busy bees! Wishing you a happy week in the garden, Judy! πŸ’—

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  8. Sue Harvey says:

    We live about 30 miles inland from Lake Michigan. The way the rain has been nonstop we’ll be Lake front soon. My garden is giving some surprises. Peonies I thought we’re gone yrs ago have burst forth in grand fashion from who knows where! My clematis was the best ever bloom. I mentioned using a YouTube landscapers suggestion and HARD pruned my spirea shrubs. I moaned I thought I killed them. You counseled patience, not to dig them out. TY I guess..they are going Nuts..taking over, huge.
    Every spring is something new. No hummingbirds seen but the Baltimore Orioles are eating as much grape jelly as I can put out.

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    • I love hearing about gardening in other parts of our beautiful country, Sue, and although I envy those with lake front property, I hope you don’t have to deal with that. πŸ™‚ My clematis has performed this year like no other. They have been covered with blooms. I guess they’re sending me a message that although they are well established perennials, they still need water. πŸ™‚ Gardening is certainly a journey because it sounds like you may have to trim those spirea again this year, and I’m picturing a community of Baltimore Orioles being very grateful for your offerings. πŸ™‚


  9. pastpeter says:

    Thank you for the bouquet!

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    As usual, Judy, your plate if full, going here and there! I love your bee hotel, makes me want to try my hand at one.
    Have a great week, sounds like it’ll be showery, which will make the plants happy.

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  11. Nancy says:

    What a week you have had! I loved your bouquet to us! Blooms are having a hard time blooming due to No Sun here in Pennsylvania! But I got enough to add to my Tuesday Tidbits Post.

    That insect Hotel is tooo Cute! Glad you are open for Vacancy!

    Happy Week to you!

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  12. Yay for perfect summer weather at last and for your beautiful garden. You sound very busy now, Judy. I’d like to request a post which includes the recipe for sugar cookies. They sound like a treat Mr ET would enjoy.

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    Cookies? Did I hear someone say there are cookies?

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  14. Well, that’s too bad about Grammerly. Told Clif about it, and he was stumped. But he does wonder if your computer is too low powered to handle the program. Anyway…love that insect hotel and how it was made using scraps. Yes!

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  15. Oh my, you are a busy bee yourself! The flower garden looks wonderful! I’ve never grown Peony’s next to Hydrangeas they’re my favorites. I bet my Blue Hydrangea at the old house is in full bloom now. I’ll have to see if there’s a spot here for one.

    I LOVE your Insect Hotel! It’s the biggest one I’ve seen. I have a small one in my save for later cart over on Amazon. There are a lot of bugs and critters living near a marsh and open space.

    That’s too bad about Grammarly I love it, but it doesn’t work on my email program very well. It keeps logging me out, and I don’t want to keep logging in so I don’t use it there anymore.

    Sugar cookies! How do you like yours? I like them a little crunchy on the edges and soft and chewy in the centers with cinnamon and sugar on top. More of a snickerdoodle I guess rather than a pure sugar cookie. I haven’t had one in AGES!

    I both the cookies, and the sewing project come out perfect. Grammarly doesn’t come and wants to make it comes. Hum…that doesn’t sound right though so I’ll leave it come. Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

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    • The insect hotel was fun. I went over to the recycling wood scrap pile and starting pulling stuff off. πŸ™‚ I really liked Grammarly, but the email issues were just too much trouble. I also think I need a new computer, but this at least works for a while. Yes, sugar cookies should definitely be crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle. When I make a batch of cookies, I use a tiny ice cream scoop to scoop the entire batch out. But, I set most of them on a pan to flash freeze, then store in baggies. Then another day, I can get a dozen out, preheat the oven, and bake a small batch fresh. It works great, and a fresh warm cookie is always best. πŸ™‚

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  16. Thanks for the link on the insect hotels. I don’t have a hotel, but I do leave out trimmed branches and a cross section of a big old Maple tree which is slowly rotting. I hope it provides some habitat, but maybe I should try drilling some holes in it.

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  17. germac4 says:

    Your blossoms are looking lovely (especially during our winter), and I love your bee hotel too, so good to re-cycle as much as possible….just as people naturally did, a generation ago….my Dad spent his whole life thinking of ways to use things. I looked at the suggestion for growing carrots…so easy, will give that a try…I’ve never had any luck growing carrots. Happy gardening.

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    • Our ancestors had good solid common sense which still serves us well today. πŸ™‚ I have tried carrots several times before and waited and waited for the seeds to germinate. This is pretty interesting to even watch on your counter as they sprout. Once you put them in the soil, the green tops start to grow immediately. It’s a pretty interesting process. πŸ™‚


  18. KerryCan says:

    Such beauty on your world!! This moment of early summer is always so exciting–my one poppy has bloomed and I am ridiculously thrilled, plus I got lemon yellow irises for the first time. I do like the idea of the bug hotel–I’m a friend to spiders and insects, except, maybe, mosquitoes. And I, too, would’ve voted for cookies, even though I love sewing.

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  19. Rose says:

    You are always so busy…I love reading your posts and seeing what you are doing.

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  20. Annie says:

    That is one handsome insect hotel and much nicer than the one I tried to assemble… that fell apart over the winter. 😞 My garden is not complaining so far about all the rain but as soon as summer temps arrive, I think I’ll see fungus everywhere. I hope I’m wrong.

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  21. pbmgarden says:

    Judy, your peonies are gorgeous. Aren’t they just the most winsome flowers? Great job on providing bug hospitality!

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  22. joey says:

    Beautiful flowers, Judy! Just lovely!
    Obviously you bake sugar cookies so you have a snack on your sewing breaks πŸ˜›
    I’ve done that with strawberries, also worked.

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  23. Karen says:

    Your June bouquet was lovely. Sorry to hear about your problems with Grammarly…I almost installed it after reading about it here. I do miss WordPress helping us with editing. Thank goodness my husband has always been my official editor although sometimes I don’t listen to his advice. πŸ˜€

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  24. Mary says:

    Gorgeous flowers, love the arrangement Judy. I still don’t understand why wip took away grammar check- mistake on their part.

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