It’s Soggy

It’s daylily season in my part of the world, and I must admit it brings a lot of smiles as I work in the garden beds. I’ve never counted how many I have or the varieties, but I’m guessing it would be too many for some. πŸ™‚

We’ve been getting an inch or two of rain at a time, and the western part of the state is experiencing flooding and road cave ins. Drought? Floods? Mother Nature is on a tear.

Keeping myself busy while it rained, I decided to put wood treatment on the inside of the shed door and during that process a New England quilt block pattern came to mind for the top half. (Thank you, Joyce and Nancy, for the idea.)

Normally, one uses rulers and tape to make crisp, clean lines when making a barn quilt which this kinda is if you stretch the meaning a little. πŸ™‚

I used both a ruler and tape but with the variance of the wood slats, I decided to keep it rustic looking and not worry about crisp lines.

I also only put one coat of paint on so it would look worn. Then I added some gel stain to the top and wiped that off. That part took a lot of work since the wood surface was definitely not smooth. Now, I have a quilt block that looks old to blend in with the shed.

As you can tell, it has been raining a lot, and I’m reaching for things to keep me occupied.

I’m still picking at least a pint of raspberries a day and made a really delicious raspberry custard pie last week so the eating is good around here.

I also went on a short road trip with a friend last week and found upholstery material for recovering my bench. That will be this week’s project in between the water works.

It’s sprinkling right now, and the humidity is 84%. Pulling weeds is going to be fun this morning. πŸ™‚

Happy mid July, and I hope you are all well and keeping busy at your house.

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Not to go on a tirade this early in the morning, but in case WordPress is listening, I’m really curious about what’s with the fact that sometimes you want to correct a word, and it deletes the entire paragraph, or you can’t insert the cursor at all and you end up rekeying everything. I wonder if they care to know how annoying and time consuming that is. Now I’ll quietly go back up and reinsert my paragraph that just blew out.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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83 Responses to It’s Soggy

  1. I love day lilies but so do the local deer. My next door neighbor has a lot and puts screening over them every night and removes it every morning. I can’t dedicate myself to doing that so when we update the beds, I will use flowers that aren’t deer favorites. They are beautiful though. I envy you the raspberries! At the edge of the wooded area that borders my yard, the neighbor planted raspberry bushes (mostly for the wildlife). I had one yesterday and it was both small and a little tart. My old raspberry garden was everbearing with big beautiful sweet ones. I miss them.

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  2. I love the barn door! What a lovely idea. And the day lilies s are wonderful. I’ve been enjoying mine through the rain drops running to the car! Have you ever been to Olallie Daylily Gardens in South Newfane, VT? Amazing. https://www.vermont.com/businesses/olallie-daylily-gardens/

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    You did a wonderful job on that shed door, Judy. I think you now have the coolest shed in New England. We have lots of daylilies, but all the same variety that migrated from our neighbor’s yard. Your photos are beautiful – I love the drops.

    I hope you get a few dry days this week.

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  4. Oddment says:

    I second Dan: that must be the coolest shed in New England! I have to say that I think it should go into his door collection. Just like all your work, it’s amazing. The daylilies look quite content with their faces washed like that, but I’m guessing that gardeners are not so content. Enough, Mother Nature! Me, I’m levitating on the mere thought of raspberry custard pie. Wow.

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    • That door does make me smile when I open it now for another reason. I’m heading out to weed and it will require a raincoat. Maybe I should splash in a puddle or two. πŸ™‚ That raspberry custard pie is pretty darn good, and if we lived closer I would have brought you a piece.

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    Raspberry custard pie sounds good enough to eat! Judy, what you did with the inside shed door is beyond amazing. It couldn’t be more perfect for the setting. Good thing I don’t live there. I would spend the bulk of every day (every dry day!) opening the damn door just to admire your creation. πŸ€—

    I managed to trim a lot of stuff back into shape, but working with a cane now really puts a kink into the process! Right now there’s a cool breeze and not too buggy. That isn’t going to last though.
    Ginger

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    • Well, with a little fan which I used while painting, we could put a couple of chairs inside and enjoy a cool drink and some spirited conversation. πŸ™‚ I deadheaded some stuff this morning while wearing a raincoat and hood. I finally gave it up and just got wet because it was cooler. I applaud your stamina using a cane, but we gardeners garden till we can’t. πŸ™‚

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  6. I’m so happy to see your beautiful day lilies. Mine won’t bloom again until next May so seeing yours now is such a pleasure. I love your barn quilt! And I have also experienced the annoying paragraph editing problems. Have a great week!

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    • Happy to share the blooms with another daylily lover and glad you like my painting project. I’m sorry you’ve experienced the editing issues as well, but at least I know I’m not alone. When I was doing the volunteer blog post, it was quite long and I’d lose a paragraph, retype it, and if I had an error and tried to correct it, it just deleted itself. It took me a couple of hours when all I really started out to do was cut and paste from a Word document. They’re sure making it difficult. You have a good week too!

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  7. Your shed door is gorgeous! It looks like it’s been there forever. I continue to envy your rain (but I’m careful not to say that too loud as Mother Nature may decide to just dump a year’s worth on us in a day) and your raspberries. We have a bumper crop of blueberries this year… hmmmm… blueberry custard pie?

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  8. John Hric says:

    Hi Judy. The door is very well done. As for too many daylilies that is a good start. Still keep enjoying your garden as you like it. And I would not be placing and removing netting on a daily basis either.

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  9. Joyce says:

    Smiling away here to see my name associated with your lovely barn quilt panel! Beautiful! Great choice for design, and the rustic effect makes it look like it’s been there for years!

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    • The only thing missing while I was doing it was you in a chair sitting there giving me artistic advice. πŸ™‚ When I first did it, I liked it, but I kept looking at the brightness of the white paint and thought it needed to be toned down. Since the lines aren’t crisp, the gel stain did make it look like it was faded out, and that was what I was hoping for. Thank you for the idea. πŸ™‚

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  10. Your Daylily’s look perfect, and your shed door is really good, and unique. I wish we had some of your rain! It’s so smoky here I can’t see the mountains on either side of me, and I’m indoors for the …who knows how long? The AQI in the valley is in the very unhealthy range. I guess it’s a week for me to finally get on that project of mine and stop procrastinating. πŸ˜€

    Best of luck with the bench recovering. I’m looking forward to seeing the before and after shots of that.

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  11. The door looks great, Judy, and yes, a Thursday Doors entry for sure. The daylilies are beautiful (even if my online dictionary doesn’t recognize “daylily” as one word.) Happy Monday!

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    This weather we’ve been having is a bit challenging, to say the least. The rain simply won’t stop! The plants seem to love it, however.
    I love the barn door… so you! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks. I pulled weeds this morning in a shaded area I hadn’t checked in a couple of weeks. There weren’t as many as I thought, but I’ve never seen so many mushrooms growing everywhere AND clumps of moss growing on top of the mulch. I can only imagine how it has impacted your business.

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  13. swesely says:

    I love your door, too. Deer can be challenging – even if they don’t usually eat something, a youngster will often have a taste, to the detriment of your plant.

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    • Thanks. Yes, deer are definitely challenging. I need to buy some Irish Spring soap for one bed of hosta that they are munching on. I’ve never tried it, but some folks say it works. Of course, in my case, there are two other tree rings of hosta that they’ll probably just move over to. πŸ™‚

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  14. Great door – so original! You seem to have the same love for Day Lilies as we do. I have been in the garden today photographing ours too and we also have too many to count!

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    • I’ll for sure take that as a compliment coming from you. πŸ™‚ I bet those photos will find themselves in your beautiful journal for July. Even if I counted ‘clumps’ I’d still have way too many to count. πŸ™‚

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  15. Day lilies are my favorite flowers! I love your shed door, well done. =)

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  16. I love your door, especially the fact that you didn’t worry too much about neatness. Are you going to do another design on the bottom half?

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    • I normally obsess over the lines and continue to touch up colors until everything is perfect so this was interesting. With those pieces of wood it was challenging to make a straight line even with tape so I decided it might add to the rustic nature of it if I just did the best I could and let it go.. I used one brush on the entire thing so the lines would be similar. Up close they look like they’ve worn off a little. I did think about putting another block on the bottom but decided it might be too busy.

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  17. tonytomeo says:

    Ah, rain! It must be nice. We got a warning about a slight chance of dry lightning after last night. It did not materialize. That was how the CZU Fire started last August.

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    • I wish I could share with you. We have more coming today. It is amazing that the fires rage every year impacting so many lives and property. I only know what I read and see, but I cannot imagine what it is like to live near a fire. Stay well, Tony.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Fire is part of life here, and we must accept it if we are to stay. I would prefer to be in the Santa Clara Valley, where there is no forest to burn, but that is not the idyllic place that I remember it to have been decades ago. Unfortunately, the Santa Cruz Mountains have changed also, and are actually more combustible now that they naturally were. It is as if those who consider themselves to be ‘environmentalists’ want it to burn. Management to make the situation less combustible and enhance recovery of the ecosystems is mostly illegal.

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      • It is always good to hear from someone who lives a situation and not just a talking head. It doesn’t make it better, but it is easier to understand.

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  18. It has been pouring rain here all day. I do have a really beautiful new daylily in bloom though! I love daylilies too. I don’t have dozens of varieties, maybe one dozen. One of my faves is one I don’t see much in catalogs any more, it’s called Chosen Love. A very lovely pink, in my garden! Daylilies are funny, though; their colors can come out very different. I think the soil they’re in affects their color. Does anyone know?

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  19. Eilene Lyon says:

    What a cool shed door treatment! And the daylilies are gorgeous. We have a few varieties, but none that stunning. Hope you get a dry day. Hope we get a wet one!

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  20. I guess the drought is over, at least for THIS summer!

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  21. germac4 says:

    I agree with all the others who have said your shed door is lovely! Always nice to have something a bit different, and just your style! How wish I had your talent for making things….oh well, I enjoy looking at yours and feeling inspired. Your daylilies are such a lovely splash of colour, and I bet they love the rain, and maybe even the humidity?
    We are having record falls of rain, it is unusual for us to have rain day after day. My little grandson, aged 10 months stands against the window crying! He want to be in the garden! Can’t blame him.
    Have a lovely gardening time for the rest of July.

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  22. Joanne Sisco says:

    Your ‘busy work’ on the shed door looks great! You were both inspired and ambitious πŸ™‚

    With all the rain we’ve been having this month, we have to keep ourselves entertained the best way we can, and a creative endeavour is a great way to do it!

    Everything in the garden is thriving – except for my parsley which literally drowned. I was growing it in a container and the drainage wasn’t sufficient to handle all the rain we’ve been getting. The weeds on the other hand are running amok 😏 Hopefully August will be a bit drier on this end of the country, and the west coast will get some much needed moisture.

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    • After this much rain, I think we’re all seeing some negative impact on the plants. I have several small watermelon plants, and the new fruits are just dying on the vine and falling off. I also had a couple of containers in old bird baths and the water that accumulates in the bowl just floods the container no matter how many times I empty it. Yes, I wish we could share with our friends on the other coast. Exciting times for you guys though with the border opening up in a few weeks. πŸ‘πŸ»

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  23. Ally Bean says:

    We’re also getting too much rain here. Our daisies are so drenched that half of them have just fallen over onto the ground, resting their daisy head on the grass like exhausted kindergarteners. Plop.

    [I have the same problem with WP’s blockhead editor. I don’t get it. Why make writing so difficult?]

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  24. Annie says:

    Rain or shine, you seem to come up with creative endeavors! Personalizing the door with a quilt pattern is unique and colorful. I do not grow many daylilies but when I see the faces of ones like yours, I often wonder why not.

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    • When we have our annual plant sale, we have those that can’t wait to get to the daylilies and others that could care less. I understand they’re a little messy and in some places the deer chow them down. I guess that is what makes each person’s garden so unique and interesting.

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  25. Nancy says:

    I love the quilt block! It’s awesome. You did a great job.
    And your daylilies are as lovely as ever.
    Hoping you stay dry for a bit. We are! Happy Tuesday!

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  26. Pamela Hubbard says:

    Love, love, love the shed window. You are so.o.o talented! Hate, hate, hate the weather. We are having excessive rain, too. P. x

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  27. Nice daylilies, and the water drops are a good touch, at least to my eye. Though that may be because we seem to be slipping back into drought after lots of rain in June and early July.

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  28. Tina Schell says:

    First of all, I LOOOOVVVVE your quilt block – you are so creative! Secondly, you chose my husband’s favorite flower, the day lily. I’m sure he’d love to see your beautiful blossoms in person. And thirdly, agree wholeheartedly re your rant on WP. Just isn’t working like it used to or as it should. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to re-do things that didn’t work properly. SIGH

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    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ On my volunteer blog, I needed to make a page private to take it offline. I just could not do it, it ‘appeared’ the option was there, but it wouldn’t work. I had to take it back to Classic, hit one button, and done. I still don’t get why it wouldn’t work. Every week the email comes through telling about all the new bells and whistles, and all I can think is could you fix what is not working before you keep moving. Oh well, I guess we’re all in the same rocky boat. πŸ™‚

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  29. Karen says:

    I do believe that you have the cutest garden shed in New Hampshire with your cute quilt block on the door. I had daylilies that lined the front of my vegetable garden and a separate rock garden with only lilies. The deer never touched them but that could have been because they could munch on apples to their heart’s content. The only thing other than apples that they liked was my holly bushes and that was when snow covered the ground.

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    • Thanks. I know daylilies don’t last long and are a little messy, but they sure are pretty. A rock garden with lilies sounds beautiful. Right now, the deer are only bothering one hosta bed. It always changes from one year to another. Maybe with all this rain, there’s plenty of other stuff for them to eat. πŸ™‚

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  30. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Judy,
    great pictures of the flowers πŸ‘
    We have a drought here right now (like every summer) which means watering twice a day, well, it takes already half the day.
    We started to love quilts when living in Vermont.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know you once lived in my neighboring state of beautiful Vermont. I wish I could share some water with you because we’re over 12″ of rain just this month. Have a great week!

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      • Klausbernd says:

        Thank you so much, dear Judy.
        We were lucky, today in the morning we had some heavy rain that filled half of our water butts.
        Wishing you a great rest of the week as well
        The Fab Four of Cley
        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  31. Don’t even get me started on how I’ve lost more paragraphs, ‘er blocks because I deigned to use the delete key on my keyboard. Thankfully, I only belated learned about the “undo” button in the top left-hand corner which does, well, undo everything you just did. But why-why-why are they making it so ridiculously hard??! The shed door is beautiful! – Marty

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    • On a volunteer blog, I needed to take a page ‘private.’ I could not do it. The option was there but it wouldn’t take. So, I had to take the page back to ‘classic’ and take it private. Of course, then I had to research how to take it back to blocks for the future. Yes, the question of the day is ‘why’. I will look for the ‘undo’ button though so thanks. πŸ™‚

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  32. Rose says:

    I so love your quilt block! Also the daylilies are beautiful.

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