Beautiful day in the neighborhood

I had a nice week off with hubby doing fun anniversary things. We kept busy with family and friends, and we ate dessert every day because that’s a necessity when you’re celebrating.

One day I ate a breakfast of banana bread french toast that even looked like dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides having some fun last week, my husband built me two raised beds for blueberries. I had ordered Bluecrop and Jersey varieties from Stark Brothers and moved two plants that were here when we moved in. I also got a bonus when I moved those two because I found two small plants. I amended the soil I used hoping to keep it more alkalineย acidic which will hopefully result in good fruit crops in years to come. (Thank you Eliza for catching that typo. :-))

I also had to extend the garden area by about 3′ in order to accommodate the beds and a walkway. In order to gain that area, it required shoveling the soil out of one of my tanks, putting down cardboard over the grass, and adding a truck bed of wood chips.

A MG friend and I also potted up 35 more daylilies for a whopping total of 141. They are in every color of the rainbow. I sure hope we have lots of folks next year who are looking for exceptionally beautiful varieties.

I finished a wall hanging of sunflowers. It was a panel so there wasn’t any creativity involved, but there were several days of straight stitching to outline the flowers.

Now, I need to start a new sewing project and pick up Baldacci’s ‘Redemption’with Amos Decker. I finished Ben Coes’ ‘The Russian’, but regretfully wasn’t impressed as I normally am with one of his books.

This week I have to decide if the blackberries are going where the blueberries were, am I going to repurpose the empty tank, whether I’m going to consider taking on a new MG project at our local county nursing home, and, you know, just the regular stuff.

While I’m working my way through the week, I’ll be enjoying my coffee as it sits on a beautiful mug rug that I was gifted by a very talented friend. We all have skills, but this special lady has hands that create some of the most beautiful needle work ever.

The weather here this morning is splendiferous with a temperature of 66ยฐ so I’m headed outside after a quick breakfast.

Hope your life is going well – all your loved ones are healthy, your garden is prospering, DIY projects are close to being done, your sewing machine is oiled, the book you’re reading is a page turner, and a good friend has time for lunch this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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49 Responses to Beautiful day in the neighborhood

  1. Murphy's Law says:

    I’m exhausted just reading about everything you’ve accomplished! Dennis did a fine job on those raised beds. Love your sunflower wall hanging, and the “mug rug” is outstanding.

    Gee, don’cha think you and your friend could’ve squeezed a few more daylilies in?!! I’m sure when the the time comes you won’t be able to keep up with the sales.

    Eating dessert every day shouldn’t be just for celebrations! ๐Ÿค—
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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  2. Joyce says:

    “While Iโ€™m working my way through the week, Iโ€™ll be enjoying my coffee as it sits on a beautiful mug rug that I was gifted by a very talented friend.” Now that sentence popped right out at me because just last week I reflected on the mug rug I use every day that was gifted to ME by a “very talented friend” – you! It called for my attention because Rosie – one of my six cats – had taken to sitting on it! Must be great padding for her little butt, but I’d prefer to continue using it while I watch tv and drink my own coffee alongside. But what can I do, because, well….cats! Guess I have to time my breaks around her naps in the sun in other areas of the house!
    So glad you’ll have blueberries in abundance. Karen’s in-laws home-farm on their 17 acres and gift us with them – although never enough because we LOVE them. Even in season they’re expensive, but I’ve heard, “the perfect food!”

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    • Aww, you made me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ Blueberries are a perfect food at least to me, and if I had a relative in-law who gifted them to me, I’d forget trying to grow them myself and just say a really hearty thank you. You take care this week, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. What a wonderful week you had! The French toast looks mouth-watering. The sunflowers are gorgeous. And what a beautiful mug rug. Finally, wonderful ending paragraph. Happy, happy!

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    You are a gardening machine, lol! I was wondering if you mis-typed when you stated you amended the blueberries’ soil to be more ‘alkaline’ when they thrive in acidic soil, pine needles being a great mulch for them? I got a little worried there!
    Glad you had a good anniversary week. That banana bread French toast sounds so delicious, I might have to make a batch myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Wow, Judy, that was one impressive week. I really like that “dessert every day” was part of the program. I think that’s pretty good advice, in addition to extending a special day into a week-long celebration. The raised beds look great, as does the sunflowers wall hanging. Your many talents are pretty amazing. I hope you have another good week.

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  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    Soooo – if I understand this acidic soil comment correctly, my blueberry plants which have been failing for the past couple of summers, might be happier if I moved them to the side of the property bordered by cedar trees where nothing grows in that soil except weeds? If that’s true, I will do a happy dance ๐Ÿ™‚

    I too really like the Sunflower wall hanging. I like it enough that I’ve tagged it so that one day I may attempt to paint it. Ok – admittedly I’m not a good painter so I’ll understand if you don’t take that as a compliment ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • I’ve seen your paintings, and I’d definitely take it as a compliment. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, blueberries like acidic soil. My two older plants produced quarts and quarts for several years. They were on the edge of the property surrounded by trees, moss and weeds. But, then it got ‘too’ shady and they just stopped producing fruit. I tried moving them but couldn’t get the soil pH low enough so that is why I’m trying the raised beds because I could start out with prescribed ingredients. I’m going to let everything settle, and either buy a soil test kit at a local nursery or send the soil in for testing in the spring so I can get a jump on making it 4.5-5.5 rather than 6.5-7 which is what most soil tests out at. Here in the states, Holly-tone produces a fertilizer that works for blueberries, rhododendrons and azaleas to lower the pH. It’s easy to use, just sprinkle around the drip line, twice in the spring. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Reading this made me tired! Congratulations on your anniversary. So happy you enjoyed a week of celebrating. Your sunflower wall hanging is beautiful. And you and I have similar tastes in books. I’ve enjoyed the Amos Decker series of books and now I’m reading my fourth Spenser book.

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    • Spenser? I LOVE Spenser, Susan, Hawk, and their supporting cast. Should I admit I’ve read them all? I have, and I’ve read all of the Jesse Stone books too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some gardeners can get all their work done in the spring and fall, but I just can’t do it so I work through the summer. Once those leaves start falling though, I’m done! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I love your new raised beds… also the galvanized bins. Our three blueberry bushes continue to thrive despite my teeny, tiny green thumbs. It looks like we will get two separate harvests this year (as long as I can continue to protect them from the birds and squirrelsโ€ฆ and whatever else). Do you plan to add a cage for protection as they get bigger and start to produce? I have a sewing project and a good book in the works so – in addition to good health and lunch with friends – life is good here too!

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  9. Oddment says:

    I read your post early this morning, and have just now (8:00PM) recovered enough to comment. Angels and saints! You are some kind of perpetual motion machine! And everything you do is so artful. I applaud Dennis too: those raised beds are quite handsome. I’m already looking forward to blog posts with blueberry tarts. Or maybe blueberry bread made into French toast. Congratulations on a great celebration!

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  10. Eilene Lyon says:

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Wow! Iโ€™m apparently not doing enough with my days. Congratulations on the dessert-filled anniversary.

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  11. I hope your blueberry plants flourish. Mine didn’t but that was definitely due to a lack of TLC. I’m sure yours won’t suffer that fate. I’m glad you had a lovely week and also that you had dessert every day. Just like when you’re on holidays, there are no calories in celebratory weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. germac4 says:

    Judy.. you are in perpetual motion .. a good role model for us all! I love the raised beds & the sunflower wall hanging, I canโ€™t believe how much you fit into a week. Lovely last paragraph … and Iโ€™m enjoying the week as much as you with good friends and family and one very cute Grandbaby! ๐Ÿ’•

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  13. Your beds look beautiful, but I’m more partial to the French toast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy anniversary! – Marty

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  14. Ally Bean says:

    I adore daylilies but they’re nothing more than Chex Mix for the deer around here. I’ll be looking forward to seeing photos of all of yours. You make raised bed gardening look inviting. Maybe next year I’ll give that whirl. ๐Ÿค”

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  15. Nancy says:

    Wow! For an Anniversary Celebration week you were one busy couple! Those raised beds are fabulous! And lots of Day Lilies!

    But dessert everyday is fantabulous! And dessert for breakfast is even better!

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  16. pbmgarden says:

    Happy anniversary Judy to you and yours.

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  17. KerryCan says:

    You packed a lot into your special week! I’m trying to not eat dessert for awhile so I was living vicariously thru your week–but I have to admit, ice cream is beckoning. I have to smile at your reading list–I just finished Redemption and have read many, many Spenser books. I like Parker, when he’s good, better than Baldacci but they’re all fun. Your last paragraph is like an Irish blessing . . .

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    • Oh, I do wish I could find the will to give up sugar, but I figure if I was going to do that I should have done it many years back when I had the will power. Now, the best thing I do is split a dessert with the hubby. I tell myself that counts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re having a good week, friend, and I do enjoy a good mystery with some snarky humor. ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. Annie says:

    Building the new raised boxes (I’m jealous), extending the garden area, emptying a tank of soil, transplanting bushes, and spreading wood chips had to take nearly all of the week to finish. Your back should still be sore! Glad the week was a good one and love the photo of the handsome couple in the last post…

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    • A few years back, I worked outside from 9 a.m. to 3-4 p.m. with a stop for lunch and drinks. No more. I put a good half day in the mornings but quit between 12-1 so I can recuperate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Shoveling for long periods of time at this age is a tough chore, but no hardy young folks around interested in the job either so someone has to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. joey says:

    I like the wishes you shared with us. You sound like a really good Irish blessing ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am awed by the thought of 141 lilies — all in one place, or here and there?

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  20. Rose says:

    Happy Anniversary if a it late…love that mugrug. And the sunflower wall hanging is beautiful.

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