Can’t pick just one

I tried to pick one adjective to describe this Monday but couldn’t do it because it’s just plain over the top hot today for New Hampshire. It’s going to hit an actual 96°F with a real feel of 106°F.

I’m headed outside early to pick a few raspberries and beans, check the tomatoes, dig some Yukon gold potatoes for dinner, and do some necessary watering. The raspberries are finally closing out the season, and that’s a good thing because I can barely open the freezer without a bag of them falling out. I guess I need to bake more, but it’s too hot. 🙂

The heat may be excessive to us humans, but the flowers are doing just fine. Daylilies, hydrangea, and echinacea are still blooming, dahlias have started, and Queen Anne’s Lace is brightening up the roadsides.

To add to the gardening challenges of summer 2020, there is a black fungus plaguing lawns in this area. A MG friend in a neighboring town told me about how his lawn has been devoured by this so I did a little research because honestly I’d never heard of it before. It seems it’s highly prevalent in Maine as well. Here’s a link if lawn maintenance is of interest to you.

I’ll be back on Thursday because, wait for it – I went on a local gardening adventure with a NH/SC friend! It was over the top fun! We drove separate cars, wore our masks, and stayed away from other groups, but we had a great morning, and I actually caught two doors along with the gardens and the sculptures.

I worked a MG project last week and driving there about a mile from home I almost veered off the road staring at a raised garden. Wow – impressive. If we weren’t in the middle of the pandemic, I’d stop, knock on the door, and ask for permission to take some close up shots because this is pretty unique.

Stay well, stay safe, tell us what you’re up to, and by all means try to stay cool. 😎

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61 Responses to Can’t pick just one

  1. Judy, your flowers always make me smile! So glad you had a fun excursion with your friend. That raised garden bed is nice!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Staying cool today and tomorrow will be a challenge, Judy. Your flowers are lovely. It’s a tough year for outside projects. That raised garden does look interesting.

    Stay cool. I understand about not wanting to bake. It’s hard to even think about cooking.

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  3. Enjoy the results of your labor, Judy. Now’s the time to read a book, in the shade.

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Flowers are stunning! Yes, they look super healthy. So glad you and your friend had such a fun day amidst all this monotony.

    The raised garden is interesting. I see the door, but I don’t see any steps to get up there. It appears to be completely screened in, so once you’re up in it, you have to bend down to tend the plants just as if they were in the ground. The only advantage I see is perhaps no weeds and safe from critters….not insignificant advantages!

    Keep as cool as possible. Today is already proving it will be nasty outside. Heading out to water now.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • I’m not positive about this, but I ‘think’ you walk in and continue to walk on the grass, but the beds are raised so you don’t bend down. Now, if you had a really tall tomato you might need a ladder. 🙂 Yes, it looked like there was fencing so the deer can’t graze. I’m going to drive by there a couple more times and see if I find anyone out and about I could talk to from a distance of course. 🙂

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      • Murphy's Law says:

        I think you’re right. By walking in on the grass, the beds would be bench high and easy to get at plants. I read your reply, looked at photo again, and it was clear as day! Duh!! Gee, might explain why there are no steps ! Lol.
        🐾Ginger 🐾🎲

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  5. Joyce says:

    Super hot and humid here, too. I only experience the outdoors when I open the door to let the dog out or snatch an Amazon box. I agree with Michael (above comment). This is when you enjoy the fruit of your labor….literally! Lovely blossoms! Do you make beautiful bouquets for yourself? That Queen Anne’s Lace would make a stunning filler!

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    • I’ve been looking out the window at the flowers since about 11 this morning. It’s a real feel of 106°F right now. Too darn hot! I love Queen Anne’s Lace, and I don’t care if it’s considered a weed or not. I’m not big on cutting most flowers because they don’t seem to last, and I always seem to bring bugs in with them. I do make exceptions for Dahlias because they last considerably longer. Stay cool and keep that door closing quickly. 🙂

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  6. Ally Bean says:

    Your photos of your flowers are beautiful and just the colorful spurt I need to tackle Monday. Stay cool, like you don’t know that already?

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  7. Oddment says:

    Ah, if only we were flowers, we would be flourishing. 106!! That is wretched! I’m so glad you have the memory of an actual outing with an actual friend! That might help keep your sanity from total evaporation. Your photos are gorgeous, and I am awed by that raised garden. Wow. I’m looking forward to your Thursday post!

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    • Can you imagine lifting your face to the sun when it is 106 and thinking ‘ah.’ 🙂 I walked outside early yesterday morning and I could have sworn I was in Houston. It’s 7 a.m. here on Tuesday, and it’s a real feel of 89°F right now. By the time I eat breakfast and get out there to do my chores, it will be in the mid 90’s. Okay, Mother Nature, that’s too darn hot for New Hampshire. 🙂

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  8. The colors are incredible!!!!!

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  9. Hot here, too! And, Maine is also having a problem with that fungus. Happy to report we haven’t had to deal with it. Yet. Looking forward to reading your post on Thursday.

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  10. Your garden flowers are just gorgeous! I hope you don’t get the lawn fungus, and I am glad you didn’t drive off the road oogling that raised bed construction! LOL!

    It’s supposed to be stormy here today with thunderstorms, lightning, and 50mph winds so I was out battening down the hatches as it were, making sure the outdoor furniture is secure and I took down my bird feeders so they don’t break in the wind. Stay cool!

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  11. Lavinia Ross says:

    That is a very interesting raised bed!

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Love that yummy header photo – makes my mouth water! Love your photos, too. As you said, the garden is loving the heat (even if that means we must water more). I think I’ve watered more this year than any other that I lived here (30 yrs). Thankfully, I laid soaker hoses early in the planting scheme.
    Stay cool today. It’s definitely an ‘indoor’ day.

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  14. Love the raised bed garden! Hope it keeps out critters!

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  15. pbmgarden says:

    Wow that is some raised bed. Your flowers are cheery and hope they are helping you cope. Glad you got out and about a bit.

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  16. Nancy says:

    Love your flowers! And yes… it’s been hot here too. And I actually did not kayak this week because of the heat. If it’s too hot… it’s not refreshing to have the sun beat down on me sitting on a big plastic boat.

    But that raised garden is something else! And guess what… I have not seen our Ground Hog… and he’s not under my sunroom! So… here’s hoping!

    Stay cool!

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    • I had to chuckle at the ‘sun beating down on me sitting on a big plastic boat.’ No, a nice spot in the shade, cold drink in hand, looking at the water sounds much better. 🙂 Hooray – the groundhog may have moved on. I’m giving those skunks until August 1, and then I’m starting an eviction process. 🙂

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  17. Phew, that is a little warm. The flowers will be enjoying it though and they’re looking beautiful. How lovely to have a Covid safe outing to refresh your spirits. I’m intrigued by that raised garden. Is the wire fencing to protect it from deer?

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    • I’m guessing, but I do think that fencing is there to deter the deer. The house is in what you’d call a rural, treed area near a water source so I’m guessing they get a lot of uninvited visitors. I’d love to get a closer look.

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  18. Dawn says:

    Your flowers are just gorgeous, Judy! So glad you were able to go off on a gardening adventure. Taking separate cars was a great idea! I’ll have to remember that. I have a yummy, easy alternative to baking with your raspberries. Just pop one chocolate chip (pointy side down) into each raspberry and serve! I have used them as quick appetizers or desserts. They look festive, too!
    What a beautiful raised bed garden! Do keep us posted as you learn more about it. Take life slowly until the heat wave passes, my friend! You are one of the ‘coolest’ gardeners I know!😎💗

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    • You’re too nice. ❤️ I’m going to go by there a few more times and see if I can find anyone out and about to get permission and get a closer look at that raised bed because it sure is interesting. I picked the last of the raspberries, and I just happen to have some chocolate chips so I’m headed over to try that out. Thank you! I think of you almost every time I look out the window where a very large hosta bed use to be and now there is just a ring of them around the tree and some nice green grass. 🙂 Hope you, hubby and all the family are well.

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  19. germac4 says:

    I agree, flowers don’t worry about the heat as much as we do….which seem strange to me. I love your flowers, and nice to see them during our winter. I also like the above ground garden bed. We had one that I grew sweet peas in, and the sweet peas took off and I had to use a ladder to cut the flowers!
    Enjoy your gardening project this week.

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  20. tonytomeo says:

    I wish I could tell you what I am up to in the garden. It got off to a late start. Then work got too busy. Now, I must abandon part of the garden because of recent developments. It is a long story, but involved limited gardening.

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  21. I thought springtime had all seasons beat but nope July and it’s warmth has it beat hands down for me now. Glad you had a wonderful time.

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  22. I think my visit to CT ended at just the right time. That raised bed is curious. Seems like it could turn into an oven at those temperatures. I find that the soil really bakes when temps get o Er 100 here! Stay cool!

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    • You probably ‘got out of Dodge’ at just the right time. ‘Real feel’ here right now is 101°, and I just checked and it is 102° in Savannah. Who knew New England would have the same weather as Georgia. 🙂 That’s an interesting note about the raised bed that I hadn’t thought of.

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  23. Everything about the weather patterns and climate change has made this summer seem so backwards. While most the country has been sweltering, we’ve experienced comparatively “mild” temperatures here in northern Florida (i.e. low 90’s). I saw where a woman was tragically killed by a shark in Maine yesterday — warmer waters are to blame for sharks coming further north looking for prey. Your flowers look so beautiful. – Marty

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    • The weather has been off the charts crazy. Who would think New Hampshire would be hotter than Florida. Maybe we’ll have to start growing citrus up here. 🙂 Yes, that Maine shark issue is tragic. Apparently she had a black wet suit on, the shark might have thought she was a seal, he bit her, and hit her hard and then threw her up in the air, leaving her to come back later. Thank goodness two kayakers were brave enough to paddle out and pull her body back to shore. 60′ from shore is not all that far. I think I’d be wading and not swimming. Sad.

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  24. Karen says:

    If it is not one thing it is another. Covid is bad enough but if you start adding more gardening problems like that black grass, drought, heat and humidity…what can you say. We’ve had heat but no where near as hot here in our Florida beach town, plus we usually have a nice breeze. I don’t think I’ll complain about our 89 or 90 degree days and daily afternoon thunderstorms anymore.

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    • When you think back to your years in NH and summers in Maine, I bet you could have never envisioned our weather being hotter and more humid than Florida. It use to be I’d drive down the road and see windows open this time of year. Now the vast majority have window units. After several summers like this, one has to assume it’s not a fluke.

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      • Karen says:

        So very true, we had three homes during our years in New England and two didn’t have A/C. We used to tell everyone that came to visit us in the summer to pack a sweatshirt because you sometimes needed them in the mornings and evenings many days. I remember many years that there was not one heat wave recorded during the summer and that was three days of 90 degrees.

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  25. Brenda says:

    My preference is to be outside all day long in the summer. It pains me to be inside but with this oppressive heat and humidity I’ve been happy to retreat with our dogs to our little air-conditioned garage loft sanctuary to read and spin for a few afternoon hours. If this is a foretaste of our future, we’re in for some scary times. Imagine the hordes of pests and diseases heading north to our gardens in gleeful anticipation of new territory to conquer.
    Glad to hear that had an outing with a friend.

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    • The first year we had this kind of heat, it seemed like a fluke. Then there was a second year, but it keeps coming. The NH weather that we use to enjoy in the summer doesn’t exist anymore. We talked with family in KS this week, and the temps were identical. You are so right about pests and diseases. Our property is covered in grasshoppers this year, you can’t take a step without one flying up at you, and my chore this morning is to try to address the mealy bugs that are eating their way through my blackberries. That outing sure was a pleasant release for a couple of hours. 🙂

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  26. Wish I could take some of those raspberries off your hands. Lots of summer flowers love the heat, as long as there’s enough water. My beloved Tithonias are among those.

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