The S word

It was cold and windy all weekend, but then it snowed. Snow on May 9. We were lucky that it came down for a couple of hours, but it didn’t stick. My friend to the north in ME watched 10+” fall at her home – not fair Mother Nature.

Last fall, I potted up two containers of tulip bulbs, covered them with hardware cloth and stored them in the barn. When I pulled them out the first of April, there were shoots everywhere, but they were white and anemic looking from growing in the dark. I am happy to report that they recovered and are now blooming.

I was gifted with six Dahlias last year. In the fall, I decided to ‘try’ and divide and store according to the many YouTube videos I watched. Everything depends upon seeing the ‘eye.’ I can’t see the eye, not in the fall, and not in the spring. Back to YouTube, and I found a UK gardener who suggested laying them out flat in a shallow black plant tray, covering them with potting soil, and seeing what happens. What happened here was they sprouted roots and shoots. At this point, I have 19 potted up, and I still have a full tray that have roots but not shoots yet. Now, I’m wondering where I’m going to put all these plants. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

We tackled last week’s outdoor project which was working on a garage side door entry area and walkway. We took up, regraded, and replaced the entire entry area but decided to replace broken pavers and realign the current walkway. Stone work was not intended for two ‘mature’ folks, and it made me think of that old song – know when to hold them, and know when to fold them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ever buy something you really wanted, but it didn’t quite meet all your needs? I bought a Wyze Cam Pan and tried it out over the weekend. It is a great little camera, very easy to hook up, but it has about a 10-15 second lag in pushing notifications. I wanted it for security, but I could walk by it and get upstairs several seconds before I received the notice that a person/motion had been detected. If you were wanting one for just surveillance, it would work but not if you want to know immediately.

There are a few places opening up this week in New Hampshire including our library to a certain extent. Books on hold can be picked up by making a reservation and then stopping at a table in the parking lot. Not ideal, but the mere thought of reading a real page turner of a book causes my pulse to quicken.

Today’s weather is not going to be great, but the rest of the week will allow working outside so I’m hoping to get some things planted but covered just in case Mother Nature knocks again.

Happy gardening, friends, and stay well.

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If you are looking for gardening webinars while at home, here are a few I found that are coming up.

โ—ย  All About Moles and Voles,ย May 13, 12 noon, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension.ย Linkย for more info and registration.

โ—ย  Vegetable Garden Planningย withย Ron Christie.ย May 13, 7-8 p.m., sponsored byย NOFA-NH.ย ย Linkย for more info and registration.

โ—ย  Cooking and Gardening with Herbs.ย May 18, 6 p.m., sponsored byย NorthEast Seacoast Unit โ€“ Herb Society of America.ย ย Linkย for more info and registration.

โ—ย  Oh Rats! Dealing with non-native Rodents in the Garden.ย May 28, 10-11 a.m., sponsored by theย Oregon State MGs.ย Linkย forย more info and registration.

โ—ย ย Joinย Emma Erler, UNH Extension Education Center Program Coordinator, for upcomingย Ask UNH Extension Facebook Live sessionsย where sheโ€™ll discuss gardening in the Granite State.ย  3 P.M.ย  Sessions take place on theย Ask UNH Extensionย andย UNH Extensionย Facebook pages.

May 11 โ€“ Vegetable Gardening with Becky Sideman
May 14 โ€“ Food Preservation โ€“ Canning Basics with Ann Hamilton
May 18 โ€“ Landscaping for Wildlife with Matt Tarr
May 21 โ€“ Food Preservation โ€“ Canning, Pickling, Jams and Jellies with Ann Hamilton
May 28 โ€“ Food Preservation โ€“ Freezing, Drying and other Food Preservation Techniques with Ann Hamilton
June 4 โ€“ Backyard Chickens with Elaina Enzien
June 8 โ€“ Rock Gardens with Emma Erler
June 11 โ€“ Xeriscaping with Emma Erler
June 15 โ€“ Landscaping for Water Quality with Julia Peterson
June 18 โ€“ Beekeeping Basics with Olivia Saunders
June 22 โ€“ Hobby Greenhouses with Jonathan Ebba
June 25 โ€“ Poisonous Plants with Emma Erler
June 29 โ€“ Composting with Emma Erler

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73 Responses to The S word

  1. Oddment says:

    I always look forward to your Monday posts, but especially today. I was thinking about your hideous weekend weather and hoping that you wouldn’t start your Monday with garden sorrows. If you have tulips and dahlias after all that, there is hope! And now that I’ve read your update on everything you have accomplished, I must go for the liniment. Even reading about it is dangerous. As to being fair, Mother Nature has no clue. Or else she has a very twisted sense of maternal humor. Happy gardening to you, too, Judy — stay safe as you can!

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  2. Judy, you have such a green thumb! I’m sure you will find just the right place for those Dahlias. I love your tulips! I can’t grow them here. Good luck with your paving project!

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    • I’ve never been able to grow tulips before because the squirrels eat them. So, this was some kind of accomplishment. ๐Ÿ™‚ That paving project is done because that’s all these two folks are doing on it, and I’m good with that. ๐Ÿ™‚ You have a good week watching all those butterflies you have in your garden.

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  3. The dreaded S-word. I’m glad your library is opening. Maybe ours will also. I’m hoping for warmer weather so we can do a bit more i the garden. Have a great week…and no more s_ _w.

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    • I love my library. I’ve been downloading their ebooks, but there is nowhere near the selection. I will be so excited to get my hands on a couple of ‘new’ books. Yes, to sunshine and temps maybe in the 60’s would be good. Stay safe and well.

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  4. I love pink flowers, especially deep, dark pink. Last year I found a beautiful pink canna lily (which is not hardy in our area). I loved it so much I went through trying to preserve the tubers. About a month ago, I planted some outside and also did a pot. There is nothing outside (maybe too cold yet?) but the pot is almost a foot high. It’s a tall plant. Last year I had in a large planter but this year I may plant in the ground. My tomatoes are over a foot tall, bushy and healthy but the weather isn’t cooperating. It will be well over a week before I can transplant if I’m lucky. I may have to repot them again. Watching all this new growth is helping me keep upbeat. No matter what, life goes on.

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    • Canna lilies are lovely, and I hope you get to enjoy them again. Your tomato plants sound like they are going to be the stars of your garden. I have way too many plants, but I’m either going to donate some or try to grow more than usual and give the tomatoes away. It seems like a good time to share. Yes, watching these plants grow gives you hope. Take care.

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  5. My first thought was of you and your gardening when I saw the forecast for the New England states. We had a sunny but cold weekend for May. She is a fickle month…may rain, may be cold, may be warm… I can see you adding another month to your winter sojourn. We are locked down in Delaware until May 31st. Our autocratic governor thinks we are NYC or something.

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    • This past weekend was really cold, and I wasn’t going to wear winter gear head to foot so I stayed in. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are in ‘stay at home’ mode until May 31 as well, but some places are starting to open up slowly. We’ve been basically at home for 57 days now. At this point, I get more stressed when I’m in a store with folks with no face coverings. Strange what we can adapt to. Stay well and keep those machines humming.

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    We had a mini-blizzard Saturday afternoon. Like you, we were glad to see it melt on the warm-enough ground. Still, May 9th and Snow are not things I like to see in the same sentence,

    I’m glad to hear your winter plans have sprouted. I’m sure you’ll find a place for everything. Maybe you’ll have some happy bees (or bunnies).

    Take care, Judy.

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    • The weather is all over the board. We were suppose to have rain and storms today and so far it has been sunny and beautiful. We have quite a few bees so far and always a plethora of squirrels, chipmunks and blackbirds. Hope Maddie gets some warm sitting weather this week.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        Maddie seemed to know it was supposed to rain. She dragged me out to sit at 9:00 am. I have some project work to do tomorrow and Wednesday. She might have to coax The Editor into sitting.

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  7. Love the tulips! Much needed after the spring snow joke this past weekend!

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  8. Snow here on Saturday, but fortunately it’s all gone.However, northern Maine is slated to get three more inches. Holy cats! As for books…I gave in to the coronavirus and bought a tablet for reading e-books. Not as good as paper books, but I now have access to books other than what we have on our bookshelves. I will not be returning to the library until there is a vaccine, and that could take a while. By then I wonder:Will I have made the jump to e-books, the way my daughters and husband have? (My son-in-law, like me, prefers paper books.) Only time will tell.

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    • We read on tablets when we are in SC, travel, or during this pandemic. It’s very convenient. I download books from the library, but their ebook selection doesn’t come close to their ‘current’ choices in hardbacks. I had 32 brand new books by writers I like on the ‘hold’ list before this all started. I must admit I’ll be thrilled to get the email to pick up one of the new editions and enjoy where a favorite character is off to on their new adventure. Stay safe, friend, and I’m glad your snow melted. My friend up in Presque Isle got more than she wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. bikerchick57 says:

    It was cold here on Sunday. It might have snowed a little overnight, but I couldn’t tell in the morning as there was nothing on the ground. So, me, myself and I stayed indoors and pretended it wasn’t such a crummy day. That led me to thinking about books and reading, of which I have not done much of the last two months. I finally went online and ordered two from Target because I’m not comfortable yet with handling books from the library.

    I love that you have so many Dahlias. I tried growing them at one time, but didn’t have the best of luck. Not sure if it was the soil or the gardener. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • I read a lot – 2-3 books a week. The library allows me to buy more plants and fabric. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll probably put them in a bag in the garage and give the bag a good spray of Lysol. But, I’m sure looking forward to reading some current editions. Dahlias are tough in this part of the country, and I’ll probably run out of steam down the road, but right now, I’m enjoying the challenge.

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  10. Almost Iowa says:

    Grrrrrr…….

    Last week we went down to the Amish greenhouse country in Iowa and spent our life’s savings on flowers (not my idea) and despite our best frantic efforts to cover them, the hard frost took a serious toll.

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    • Picture a sad face here. Flowers have become so expensive. Here they are $5-6 a small pot. To fill a container you might need upwards of six or more, and let’s face it, none of us have one pot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a project for you – a folding shelf in your garage by a window. My husband is building me one this week so I can get rid of all the stuff I have holding plants there right now. Use it in the spring to keep the plants safe and fold down the rest of the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Joyce says:

    What crazy times and weird weather to accompany them! We were promised snow over the weekend but only got a brief shower of hail! Yes. Hail. May 10. Couple that with visits from the locals that involved quick dashes to place cards and bottles of wine in the garage and then retreat so I could step out to wave, blow kisses, and yell “I LOVE YOU!” in response to their “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!” (We have a heavy level of medical pros in the family, so we take this social distancing seriously!)
    The cloudy coldness continues today. And don’t want to be a total Debbie Downer, so I’ll add that my hostas have popped their pretty little spires, and I am only about 2 weeks away from finishing my queen size quilt!

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    • Joyce says:

      PS – My squirrels want to know your address. They are interested in those tulip bulbs!

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      • Oh my goodness, thank you for this laugh out loud moment. If you could have seen how I had to secure them in the barn for the winter, you would have laughed out loud between all the wire draped over them and then something heavy to hold the wire down. It was pretty funny until I moved it all and saw all those white naked shoots trying to grow. I am still amazed there are flowers.

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    • I understand truly. No medical professionals here, but my family takes it extremely serious as well. My hostas are popping up too, but I leave my real admiration for your quilting and especially on something the size of a queen. Please send me a photo of the finished project, and I want a close up of your hand quilting so I can ooh and aah over your exceptional skills. Stay well, friend.

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  12. Marilyn says:

    Always enjoy reading what you are up to. My tulips were gorgeous this year. Some of them are beginning to fade but they sure were pretty while in bud to bloom. Enjoy yours are they flower.

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    • Your tulips were definitely gorgeous. I’ve certainly enjoyed these two containers because it has been so long since they haven’t been eaten. Wish we could meet at 4 for coffee and conversation. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay safe and say hello to your hubby.

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  13. Murphy's Law says:

    We had the same miniature-blizzard Saturday afternoon that Dan did. Weird. Today it’s quite cold and raining on and off….mostly on. I love your tulips! Beautiful flower but I don’t even try them any more. Every year they were a smorgasbord for some unknown critters. I now know from your response to WanderingDawgs that squirrels are the critters in question! Geez Louise, if they only asked I would’ve given them directions to Dan’s where he and the Editor would keep them in peanuts up to their ears!! Lol.

    You sure are making good use of this quarantine time. I want to get a few new plants for the yard, but I’m waiting for Mother Nature to make up her damn mind what season this is!

    Stay well and keep safe.
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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    • That right – all these squirrels could be living so much better at Dan’s house. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got the container idea from Jason over at Gardeninacity. The only challenge is having the space to overwinter otherwise it seems to work. If we lived closer, you’d walk outside one morning and find a dozen Dahlias on your porch. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Joanne Sisco says:

    I hear you about the weather. We too had snow over the weekend – and this morning. The worst part was that the damn stuff had the audacity to actually stick around for a while. Not impressed, Mother Nature. NOT. IMPRESSED.

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m hoping we’ve seen the last of crummy weather for a while and I’m glad the snow didn’t accumulate.
    All those dahlias are going to be spectacular come August, but I agree, they take a lot of space.
    We really miss our library. Not sure when we’ll see it open once again. We’re learning to take life one day at a time.
    Have a good week, let’s hope the warm days return soon!

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    • I have been searching for a logical planting idea for those dahlias. If you have a suggestion, please let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always appreciated and valued my library, but this has sure elevated those feelings. If I purchased all the books I read, I’d have to get a part-time job just to fund that one hobby. Stay safe as we wait for warm weather to settle in and stay for a while.

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      • Eliza Waters says:

        Because I have slugs and they love dahlias, I use copper flashing to make a corral around the plants as a barrier. This year, I’m thinking of planting them in a clock pattern with the corral a big circle around them all, as opposed to individuals. I check the first few nights to make sure I’ve removed all the slugs from the circle. Dahlias I have are big and require a lot of space, basically on 3′ centers. I might not be able to protect them all.
        My spouse used to spend lots of $ on books, until I put my foot down, ha! Now we only buy books rarely when we can’t get it from the library. He’s been taking out e-books, which of course, is a poor substitute to the real thing.
        Waiting for warmer weather, too. I just hope it doesn’t turn hot overnight please!

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      • Thank you for the info. Do you put the copper flashing down kind of like edging around the area or plant? We use to only buy books, but I worked with a lady, and I gave them all to her. Her disabled husband read them, then his mother read them, and then she put them out at her senior home. I felt like I was doing a good thing. But, to just read and give to Goodwill seemed like a waste of money.

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      • Eliza Waters says:

        The flashing is about 4″ wide, I lay it on edge with about 2″ sticking up as a barrier. I got the pieces from a carpenter years ago. So hard to find now as it is valuable to recycle. New is astronomically priced, but I check ReStores for it when I can. I saw a roofer working on a house last fall and stopped to ask if I could have their scraps. I think they thought I was nuts, but I carefully gathered the (sharp) pieces, 1/2″ spirals, figuring I could wrap stems with them. I could weave them into mats, too, if need be. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Thank you for the description. Yes, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled how to substitute something for a recipe that I didn’t have and didn’t want to run to the store for. It’s amazing, the food comes out fine even with the substitutions so what’s a little wrapping of stems. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Nancy says:

    Mother Nature has given us HOT HEAT way too early! I hate it! So first itโ€™s the Plague, then itโ€™s Snow out your way(my LakeHouse had almost 2 inches!) and now this 106 degree temps …that have got to go! Itโ€™s crazy!

    Iโ€™m glad all your plants are doing well. Those tulips are perfect! And you are going to have a Dahlia Farm!
    Oh we two โ€œmature peopleโ€ (sweet man and I) take on things that should have been left for the young people. Iโ€™ll sing your song the next time… it might make me feel better. Iโ€™m off to see that webinar on Moles and Voles. We had them real bad last summer at the LakeHouse.
    Speaking of the LakeHouse we may get there come June.
    Loved those tulips! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Eilene Lyon says:

    I love the idea of potting tulip bulbs. I canโ€™t grow them in the garden. Speaking of stone work, hubby is taking on rebuilding some stone steps we had installed when we remodeled the house. Very poorly made. I worry heโ€™ll injure his back again. Not a good project at his age!

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    • I’m going to think positive thoughts for him as he works on that project. I’ve had back surgery and too many shots to count so when I looked at replacing that entire walkway, I decided I was going to be okay with replacing the broken ones and straightening any that had moved. The reality of being at a ‘mature’ age bites some times. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. You will have vases full of beautiful dahlias in the summer. How delightful. I’ve been planting spring annual seedlings in the border of my rose garden and hand watering them every day because there is still no rain here. Mr ET’s vege garden is flourishing and we are already eating silverbeet, baby spinach and rocket.

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  19. 10″???? I’m glad you didn’t get that much. Those dahlias look like something from a sci-fi movie, so watch out to see what happens as they get larger. You never know. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing the workshops. They sound good, although not all for my area. Have a great week!

    janet

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    • I may have to offer some dahlias to fellow gardeners because I can’t imagine where I’m going to put them all. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my really good gardening friends moved to Tucson about a year ago. AZ seems like the place folks are going.

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      • If you ever get out to see her, let me know. I’m up for a meet-a-blogging-friend road trip. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d ask for some dahlias but it would be a long trip and they probably don’t grow here anyway. We picked up some veggies and herbs at Lowe’s today which will go in the two small raised beds tomorrow or Thursday. I bought an artichoke plant and I’m excited to see if we’ll get a few. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Brenda says:

    My tulips have now survived two blankets of snow. And they are still standing proud, just starting to bloom. Our leaves are just starting to peek out on the trees–such a cold spring. Nothing like a pandemic to show how we values our libraries, right? I am enjoying rereading favorites, but would love an injection of something new, too. Stay well and do a little dance for some warmer weather.

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  21. germac4 says:

    Your tulips looks lovely, and I’m looking forward to seeing your Dahlias..no doubt they will be gorgeous, after such a good start. I was lucky to get some books for Mother’s Day, I was definitely running low! Hope your enjoy your picks from the Library.

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  22. Ally Bean says:

    Soon they’ll be calling you a Dahlia Darling. You’ve discovered how to make them survive, and presumably, thrive. I want to get back in my gardening groove but have to admit I keep *planning* to do things more than I’ve *done* things. Odd for me, but I’m taking it in stride knowing that like the blogosphere, a garden is there for you when you’re ready for it. Perhaps a bit bedraggled, but it’s there.

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  23. OMG, your friend in Maine. That would be incredibly disheartening.

    Out of boredom last week, I checked my hold list at the public library. I just wanted to see if everything was still listed from what I had requested before they closed. To my shock, I noticed I was almost next in line to receive one of them, and the numbers for the others had fallen. I had no idea what that was about, so I checked their main page: yep, same situation as your library; they are offering books on hold at a table outside. I was grateful for it. – Marty

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  24. Winter isn’t letting go is it? Your tulips look lovely and good job on the Dahlias! I love those. There are so many different types. Do you know what you have or will you be surprised when they bloom?

    I need to call our library and get my password issue worked out. I can’t get any books at all on hold without that. My mom recommended a book series I’d like to check out.

    The weather here is windy and cloudy with sprinkles. I’m spending the day indoors. Enjoy your garden and time outside.

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    • I have six that are new this year with names. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then the 19+ are two different red ones that came without names. One is solid red and the other is red with a yellow center. I’m going to do a little detective work to hopefully find a name this year so I can store them correctly. I am so anxious to get the library email, I keep checking. ๐Ÿ™‚ Windy and downright cold here. I’ve been inside too.

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  25. Karen says:

    Mother Nature certainly hasn’t been kind to those of you up north. The sun never came out on Mother’s Day here but since we weren’t going out it didn’t much matter. With all the crazy weather so far this year, I’m worried about our hurricane season which starts June 1st. Can you imagine if a storm warrants evacuation…where will everyone go when all the hotels are closed.

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    • I haven’t worked outside since last week because it has just been too windy and cold. I’ll be crossing my fingers that you won’t get hit hard because closed hotels will just pile on to the already long list of things everyone is trying to cope with in this new world we’re living in. Stay safe.

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  26. Ogee says:

    Sorry about the snow. We have gone from 97 to 70 and rain in the span of a week. Strange spring…but the garden has loved it. At what point did the UK gardener recommend the flat tray with potting soil for the dahlias? Post-winter storage and just before spring planting?

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  27. Excellent job with the container tulips! We seem to be having a hard time breaking into seasonably warm temperatures. Plenty of rain, though. Hope your weather improves.

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  28. Sheryl says:

    I’m impressed that you are having success with Dahlias. I’m always found them EXTREMELY challenging to successfully grow (and keep over the winter).

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    • I’ve tried them before and failed. I dug them up as prescribed, but I didn’t store them correctly so they were not viable come spring. I learned from that lesson and from a visit to my sister-in-law last fall who is an expert Dahlia grower. They certainly are more work than other annuals. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. joey says:

    Yay for tulip shoots now all abloom in color ๐Ÿ˜€
    You do so much, and it’s all so pretty!

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