Hello May

I can’t decide, do I lead with the ‘elephant in the room’ or close with it. Oh heck, let’s get it out of the way. New Hampshire is in what is called ‘stay at home 2.0’ which is in effect until May 31 and includes some phased openings. That date is interesting for a tourism state becomes it includes Memorial Day which usually includes a huge tourist influx.

Besides the obvious enemy, the virus itself, our other major challenge is bordering on the south with Massachusetts where the numbers are 27 times higher than ours. When our Governor was asked if it was legal to not welcome people from MA into the state, he replied he didn’t think being from MA was a protected category. πŸ™‚

Indoors, my Walking Iris has provided some beautiful blooms and my seedlings are doing well.

Some I’ve been taking outdoors each day for a few hours to harden off. Others I continue to repot as they grow but keep them under the lights or on a window sill.

I saw a UK gardener who ‘woke’ his Dahlia tubers up by laying them out in a shallow tray, covering them with potting soil, and allowing them to start growing roots and leaves prior to putting them in the ground. I gave it a try and after a couple of weeks, I am happy to say I have sprouts!

Outdoors the plants, shrubs, and trees are all coming to life which is certainly a lift. The daffodils are blooming, and the Christmas Fern is unfolding.

We finished our 90′ of metal edging, took our arbor down and rotated it because it was getting pushed by the wind coming from the west, added a section of lattice work for clematis, and straightened our raspberry end supports and restrung the wire. Three spring projects moved to the finished column. πŸ™‚

A small local farmer has opened his roadside stand so I was able to stop and pick up two bags of fresh lettuce for $5. Delicious, locally grown, and I can support a neighbor.

This week I have a Zoom meeting, a couple of webinars, and a new outside project to start. Must keep busy – good for the body and the soul. I wish I could restart my sewing engine, but I can’t get my mojo back when the sun is shining and spring weather is calling to me.

So, what’s keeping you occupied this week, and, as always, stay safe.

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58 Responses to Hello May

  1. Wow! I’m impressed with your accomplishments! We cleaned our pond this weekend and my tomato plants are also hardening off. Working outside always feels so healthy at least at the beginning of the season. I’m sure by the end of the summer, after the humidity sets in, I won’t value it as much!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    When the nice weather arrives, the call is to go outside. Sounds like you got a lot of good work done, Judy. 90 feet of edging is quite an accomplishment. It looks like we’re going to have another nice day.

    I hope NH’s plans to open go well. No spraying the folks from the south, though 😏

    Take care.

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  3. Joyce says:

    I’m so proud of all three daughters’ families. They have planters on their decks and the kids are growing veggies. Pumpkins, too, but those are in the ground. Just one more cool thing they wouldn’t have done without this virus issue!
    Your iris is stunning!

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    • Three iris blooms on one day was a real treat. πŸ™‚ I can visualize all those grands hovering over veggies and getting excited as they grow. An applicable science lesson doesn’t get more real than growing food. You should be proud. πŸ™‚

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  4. susurrus says:

    Your walking iris is very beautiful. I hope your state will be able to come out of lockdown safely – good luck! Our area (NW England) is still struggling to get cases under control.

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    • Thank you for the good wishes, and I send you the same. A lot of our cases are in nursing homes and other areas where large groups of people live. The testing has shown that the employees and the residents have been infected with the employees in most cases surviving but the older residents experiencing more fatalities. These are trying times we are all trying to deal with. Stay safe.

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    Just love your Walking Iris!! I had a fairly busy outside schedule planned for today, but now that
    I’ve read what YOU accomplished, I think I need a nap!! The edging alone would have done me in. πŸ˜‚

    I’m sure come fall, or a rainy spell, your sewing mojo will return. Your talents and creativity are needed elsewhere right now!

    Good luck to NH experimenting with restricted openings. Hope Massachusetts stays home! πŸ˜‚
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • These ‘soft’ openings that each state is trying will be a learning experience for sure. I went to a very small farm store today for fresh fruit and meat. The majority of people had face coverings on and one lady was directing traffic in one area because she wasn’t moving until the rest of us got way out of her way. Then I turned around to a family of four with no face coverings. Hmm. This has certainly been a lesson in how different people respond to a situation. Stay well and stay safe.

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  6. Judy, you are always so busy! Love the daffodils and the fresh local lettuce sounds wonderful. I’m keeping the bird feeders filled and watching the sunflowers and zinnias grow.

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    • Ooh, sunflowers and zinnias – two of my favorites. I’ve got some Mexican Sunflower seedlings I’m hoping I can keep going because they are such pollinator magnets. They don’t sell them here, so I’ve got my fingers crossed. You made me chuckle at your bird feeder because the black bears are out here right now and helping themselves to lunch at the feeders. On the news this morning, they were asking residents to take them in. So, enjoy your feathered friends, and the furry ones can stay up here because it would be too hot for their coats in your neck of the country. πŸ™‚

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      • Judy, I have a bunch of zinnia and sunflower volunteers from last years crop plus I planted seeds in early March. I finally donned a mask and went to the garden center for a few plants. I had great plans to do a raised bed for peppers and tomatoes but I don’t think that’s going to happen this year. No black bears to worry about on the feeders here. Do you ever see them in your yard?

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      • I have not seen them in person, but they make our NH news a couple of times a week this time of year. I play it safe and just don’t put them out. Hear that clucking? Yes, I’m chicken when it comes to drawing bears in. πŸ™‚

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  7. That iris is exquisite! My spring schedule is like this: When the weather is fine, I garden. When the day is bad, I do inside work. If the house isn’t quite as clean as it should be, then oh, well. πŸ˜‰ On a more serious note, Maine is also grappling with summer and tourists. I suspect it’s going to be a very bad year for tourism in Maine. The virus is still out there; It hasn’t gone away. As soon as standards are relaxed, it will hit hard again. Sigh. Feel oh so bad for people whose livelihood depends on tourism. In our area, some businesses have already closed permanently, and I’m sure more will follow.

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    You are keeping busy in brilliant ways. I’m not accomplishing much but happy. Could look at your Walking Iris all day. So gorgeous and unusual.

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  9. Almost Iowa says:

    Besides the obvious enemy, the virus itself, our other major challenge is bordering on the south with Massachusetts

    We feel the same way having to share a state with the Twin Cities. πŸ™‚

    A friend from Mexico once commented on the fate of his country. “So far from God,” he lamented, “so close to the United States.”

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    • Thank you for the laugh out loud. Everything is relative isn’t it? I always looked at states before based on who I knew that lived there, if I had visited, or whether they had mountains or lakes. Now, I look at stats. I wish I didn’t have to. Stay safe.

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  10. Ally Bean says:

    We’ve been inside most of last week, will be doing the same thing this week. The weather has been wet with thunderstorms so gardening isn’t happening here. I understand your concern about MA. We’re in a similar situation here with KY and IN nearby, both of which are having a rougher go of it than we are in this part of OH. Glad you felt free to discuss your concerns here.

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    • This is a complex issue for sure and every state is doing their very best to keep their residents safe but in some more populated areas the numbers are staggering. NH doesn’t have a state tax so besides the tourist destinations, we draw a lot of folks trying to avoid their tax. NH is keeping the beaches closed and camping and golf only open to NH residents or club members in an effort to open cautiously. If it doesn’t work, I have no doubt our Governor will just shut it all down again so I’m hoping it works so we can keep moving forward. The entire New England area is a tourist destination and all of the states depend upon it, but this year is going to be considerably different.

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Your iris is lovely, mine has a few meager blooms, it really needs repotting! Like you, I can’t get enough outdoor time on these beautiful spring days. My favorite time of year!

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    • Mine could use repotting too, but I can’t move up and still fit in the room. I will probably do what I’ve done before and that is take it out remove a couple of sections and repot to give it a little extra space. I moved some plants outside and a couple of days later I was looking for a plant. Uh oh, I bet I dug it up. I get anxious and kill something every year. You’d think I’d learn. Enjoy your garden, Eliza, and I will do the same.

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  12. Nancy says:

    Oh those blooms! How I love that Iris! Glad you got out to get fresh lettuce.
    And busy is always a good thing.
    And this virus… is giving us all concerns. We still have no idea when we will get to Pennsylvania. Our numbers here in our area of Arizona are extremely low. Why leave that?

    Prayers this all goes away soon.

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    • Isn’t it amazing that we’re all living by the numbers, but the fact is they are life and death numbers. They really do need to be paid attention to. AZ and PA are light years away from each other on the chart that’s for sure. I hope you get back to your lovely summer home, but mostly I hope you have a safe and healthy summer.

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      • Nancy says:

        Your words felt like a hug this morning. I needed that. I am not as anxious as I was when this all started… but I have become a bit more saddened. I just want to see my boys… the LakeHouse is just an added bonus.
        Thank you for your kind words… Happy Week to You!

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  13. Oddment says:

    That elephant is in everyone’s room, and I think it is a good idea to talk about it from time to time. It gets larger when it’s ignored — at least that’s my theory.

    I couldn’t keep up with you if I had a Roman candle attached to my person, but I love reading about everything you are doing. And I’m so glad that you are finally having a proper spring day or two. Your orchid is beautiful, but to my eye that fresh lettuce is even more beautiful. Congratulations on having so much moved to the finished column!

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    • This farmer has a large hoop house and literally a small wooden stand at the road. At 9 a.m. every day they put out fresh produce and flowers. When it is gone, it is gone. That lettuce is so good I can just eat it by itself. I fix a sandwich, but it’s really a salad held together by the bread. If only we lived closer, I’d drop a couple of bags off. πŸ™‚

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  14. Sounds as though you are hitting your stride! The sewing can wait for a rainy day. Enjoy.

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  15. Your Iris is gorgeous!
    You’ve been working hard in the yard! What’s next? I’m sure there’s lots to do in the garden.

    I bet that lettuce was delicious!

    Yep, sewing can wait for another day.

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  16. One does wonder what the Dahlia was suddenly thinking when it got moved: “Hey, what? Hey?! What’s going on?!,” and that sort of thing. But good to get it acclimated. Let’s call it tough love. πŸ™‚ Early local lettuce for $5.00 sounds heavenly. I bet it’s wonderful. Happy plantings… but be wary of those visitors from nearby states. – Marty

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    • That’s so true since they had been hibernating since last fall. πŸ™‚ We live in a tourist area and don’t pay a lot of attention to out of state plates until this year. There are so many less so when we see a MA, NY or NJ plate it grabs your attention. The other side of the coin is there are lots of summer homes here and some folks fled the higher number states and headed to their summer homes to shelter in place. Bottom line, I hope everyone heeds good common safety sense so we can move on from this and resume some sort of new normal life. You and Gorgeous stay healthy.

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  17. I hope you’re keeping 6′ away from that elephant while it’s in the room!! I think we’re still sheltering for part of this month, but people in Arizona seem to be quite cavalier about the whole thing. I’ve been to grocery stores and once to Costco and at most maybe half the people in one store were wearing masks. Costco’s now requiring them for everyone working or coming in and limiting (supposedly) the number of people in the store at one time. The trick is to start opening with precautions still in place, but some people are so bizarre about the entire thing–on both sides of the spectrum.

    Anyway, sounds as thought you’re doing well. Can’t remember if I mentioned this, but I transplanted the five plants I moved (and they were in dire need of it!) and potted two lavender that I bought and some aloe “starters” given to my by my s-i-l from one of their giant plants. Digging up weeds here is like hard labor in a gulag, as “soil” is rather hard. Have to try watering a bit first I think or look at it as one of those boot camp workouts.

    Stay well and enjoy!

    janet

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    • We are in ‘stay at home 2.0’ that lasts until May 31. You are so right about folks being on both sides of the social distancing guidelines. I’ve encountered people that look scared to death of me just being in the store while others invade my space and I wish they’d step back a little. Most of our grocery and box stores here have been limiting the number of folks inside, but at some there is an actual person counting people and at others there is no one counting. Go figure. I wear a mask every time I go in a store thinking I’m helping myself and my neighbor. Glad to hear you brought some plants with you to the new house because that always makes for good memories. I did chuckle at your description of your soil but hope you figure out how to work with it. Take care.

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  18. germac4 says:

    It is always interesting to read about your spring activities, I know it is a joy to be in the garden as everything is growing and we are doing long term planning for spring. We are going to plant more Dahlias. so thank you for the tip of ”waking” them with a layer of potting mix in a tray for a few weeks, we will give that a try.
    Some time ago you wrote a post about some of the blogs you follow and you mentioned “Gardens for Goldens”…I really enjoy reading that blog, so thank you for passing on another great blog to read.
    Happy gardening!

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    • Our growing season is so short I wanted to try something to get them moving along. I’m happy to report that more of my Dahlias are waking up in those two trays. I’m thinking of potting up some of the larger ones. πŸ™‚ Gardens for Goldens is a class blog because of its great writing, wonderful happy ending stories, beautiful pictures, and dedicated volunteers. I’m glad you enjoy it. Stay well.

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  19. After what we’ve been seeing on our television news programs I’m pleased to hear your state isn’t opening up just yet. It sounds like you have plenty to do in the garden to keep you busy anyway. We’re still staying home too, with our restrictions gradually being lifted. Our data is excellent and we’re determined to keep it that way. In the meantime, I have sparkling clean windows! πŸ™‚

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  20. Brenda says:

    Lots of gardening here. I suspect my gardens will never look so good. But, alas, no one to visit and see them. AND we may get snow this weekend. As if things weren’t depressing enough with the mounting ugliness and tension surrounding the “to open or not to open” divide. Our Maine coast economy depends on summer tourists so I fear that it’s going to be a rough ride this summer. We could have the worst of both worlds–economic devastation and increased illness. And people turning on each other with a passion that scares me.

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    • Brenda, you and I are in the exact same boat. I hope it keeps floating. πŸ™‚ The snow this weekend is insulting, our gardens certainly will be pretty but lonely, and I normally avoid tourists but this year that will be in hyperdrive. Take care, and I’ll look forward to seeing some of your many projects both indoors and outdoors. πŸ™‚

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  21. Joanne Sisco says:

    I think there is a big elephant taking up space in everyone’s home right now. As much as I love elephants, this one is not welcome.

    Ontario is still struggling to get its numbers down. I’m truly discouraged by what appears to be non-compliance by people to self-isolate. Why else would our numbers be so persistent? πŸ™
    In the meantime, I putter … or like yesterday, I veg-out with a book to recharge.
    We’re back to cool temperatures for at least the next week although the sunshine is nice. Maybe I’ll be inspired by your example and get my butt outside to do more yard work.

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    • I read too many mysteries because I’ve thought from the beginning that each town needs a crew of top notch detectives trying to connect the dots. The numbers are important but we also need to know what’s behind those numbers in order to understand how to combat it. A really good book is truly a gift any time but especially now. Stay safe until you can actually use that lovely pool. πŸ™‚

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  22. bikerchick57 says:

    Judy, I both admire and envy your gardening skills. Every spring I miss being able to dig in the soil and plant a new variety of something. I’m waiting to see if a local greenhouse will be doing curbside pick-up, so at least I can have their gorgeous begonias again.

    In response to your question, I am working again this week, but a little more relaxed than last. It’s a beautiful morning, so there might be a break and walk-in-the-sun today. πŸ™‚

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    • Our local gardening center is open and does curbside pickup so hope you have the option too. I went Wednesday afternoon and had to stand in line to get in and stand in a long line to check out because of new procedures. I only saw three women without face coverings. Of course, one was right behind me talking on the phone the entire time about she needs a hair color and how this isn’t real – it is just a conspiracy. Hmm, tell that to all the families who have lost loved ones, and thank you for exposing all of us to your germs. Sorry about that, but I really wanted to say ‘go home, get a face covering, and come back.’ Glad life is getting back to somewhat normal for you. Take care.

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      • bikerchick57 says:

        I think I might have said something not so nice to the conspiracy theorist. Not sure how people can be so insanely dumb, Judy.

        My favorite greenhouse has pick-up, but at an extra 10% cost. And they discourage this if people are not high risk. So, I may have to try elsewhere.

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  23. I think Judy would kill to be able to buy fresh lettuce from a roadside stand. I have planted some lettuce seeds for her but that will be a while. We have an arbor that needs to be resettled – 2 actually. The first time I just used spikes but they should really be set in concrete.

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    • Ours is near an asphalt walkway. My husband had drilled holes in 2×4’s which he inserted into the legs, and then put rebars to hold it down. The wind had pushed it for about 12 years so it was leaning. It was a little challenging since it had been there so long, but we got it done, and it looks much better. Good luck with yours.

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  24. Sheryl says:

    It’s still going to be a few weeks before I have fresh lettuce out of my garden.

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  25. It is nice to see a person growing iris from seed. I did the same in my gardening days. Idaho has entered phase 3. My gardening is indoors with the help of Kathy, our caregiver. I have orchids, florist germanium, and my pride and joy to begonias, all blooming. My spider is blooming and has baby spiders. My boojum and N pine are still alive. Good gardening.

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    • It certainly sounds like you have a wonderful, highly productive and beautiful indoor garden. Indoor or outdoor – it’s all a good thing. Stay well and enjoy your beautiful plants.

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      • Thank you, I spent a lot time on your newsletter and wanted to read more. It was a wonderful time in other gardens. Kathy, my caregiver and I bonded on gardens. I just play a little and she does most of the work.

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