June

The weather took a hard left turn last week. We had mornings in the 40’s and mid-day temps of low 60’s. That’s rather cold for June, but the plants don’t seem to mind.

Trees and shrubs are growing, berries are doing well, and the flowers are blooming. It’s pretty out there.

A lot of gardening work is not very interesting to write about. For instance, I dug up an entire shade garden and created a tiny shade area. I gave all of the plants to a MG friend and a neighbor. Following the leveling of the area, I hauled in and shoveled two loads of mulch. Like I said, not too interesting, but it sure kept me busy. 🙂

I’ve noticed more door challenge blog posts than usual this week. I’ve had my own real door challenge while refinishing our front door. After a lot of work and multiple coats, I’m happy to say the red front door project is finished and hopefully won’t have to be revisited for a while.

Technology has kept my mind busy. I have an email account I’ve had for over 20 years, and now I keep getting the message I’ve tried too many times, and it locks me out. I have to change the password before it will let me open the account. Changing passwords every day or two gets really old.

More important though, is a WordPress re-blogging issue that I’ve been told is just part of blogging. Almost every post I write is reblogged on another site. I tried taking the share button off and also contacting those very special Happy Engineers, but I’m told there’s nothing I can do. Having a blogging friend share content is one thing, but having a site pick up almost every one of my posts and putting it on their site is kind of creepy.

News fear reporting is at a high right now in our area. Our NH electric company is raising rates this summer by 50%. No, that isn’t a typo. Along with the increase, they consistently tell us there will be rolling blackouts. Nice, to have your budget destroyed and your power disrupted at the same time.

Last week I met a good friend for lunch and coffee at a local farm cafe that dates back to the mid 1660’s. It is the oldest family farm in the country. Impressive history, and the conversation and coffee were good too.

This week a friend from Indiana is in town, and we are visiting a MG friend’s beautiful garden for a tour. Good stuff!

Hope mid June is treating you well and keeping a smile on your face. 😎

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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65 Responses to June

  1. Look at all the color! So beautiful! And that’s the perfect use for the bird bath so one doesn’t breed mosquitos!

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  2. Beautiful flowers! We had a cold weekend too. This week should be a good one.

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  3. Murphy’s Law says:

    Same weather pattern here! Plants, and weeds, are loving it. I love the Goatsbeard plant! Never heard of it or saw it before. The other flowers look amazing. You’re really giving your back a run for its money. I don’t know whether to applaud you or call you crazy. 🤗

    Enjoy your visit with your Indiana friend. I’m glad you have the opportunity to see her.
    Ginger

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    • I have three of those Goatsbeard, and they were gifts from a gardening friend. I think of her every time they bloom. I think you will find me a little closer to crazy than applause based upon the number of weeds I’ve bent over to pull. Every year, I wonder why Mother Nature put weeds so close to the ground.

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  4. Oddment says:

    I don’t know where to start. What a lot going on in your life! Your flowers are gorgeous and speak of manic work, I think — so good for a gardener, though maybe not so good for the gardener’s muscles/joints/fingernails. I can only shake my head at the rate hike for power that comes with a warning for blackouts. A lot of folks are hurting now. More will be, with that kind of news. Congratulations on winning your own door challenge and on creating such beauty around you. I must learn more about goatsbeard — that’s a lovely nook you’ve created! I’m so happy to hear that your (other) Indiana friend is there! I hope you have a wonderful time visiting!

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    • The first time I heard about the 50% hike I assumed I heard it incorrectly. Who increases at that rate? Apparently, the power company. The Goatsbeard is kind of like a very large Astilbe. I deadhead the blossoms and that is all I do to maintain it. It gets a little taller each year but stays in a clump. I am going to divide them this year to make more. Hopefully I am successful doing that.

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      • Oddment says:

        It is a very handsome plant. I looked it up and I had to decide I probably don’t have any place for it, but I’m sure keeping it in mind. Your placement of it is perfect in that setting. As to that rate hike, it stinks. I hear Verizon and AT&T are hiking rates too. Do they not go to the grocery store?

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  5. Your garden is filled with beautiful flowers and color! No easy feat! You are a Master Gardener!
    June is a bit chilly and super windy here this year. We’ve not made it up to the lake for one paddle yet! Last year we had been many time already.

    We’ve begun counting down the days until our son’s wedding! We’re hoping all our flights don’t get canceled though. Fingers crossed we all make it there and back again.

    Have a wonderful visit with your friend this week! 💗

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  6. What gorgeous flowers!

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  7. Yes, gorgeous flowers. You are a week or two ahead of me. No surprise as you are bit farther south. Good luck with your computer woes. Gosh! And double gosh for the rolling blackouts and the rate increases. I love this cool June weather, which reminds me of Junes from my youth. I can’t recall the temps ever getting much above 70, and there were plenty of wet days where the temps were in the 60s.

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  8. P.S. How I love the plantings in the bird bath!

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    • Thanks. It is in a planting bed in the front where I have to haul water so I put succulents in the center and Creeping Jenny around the sides. Both can survive without regular watering. Creeping Jenny does creep around, but I love the yellow green color.

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  9. Yikes! That’s a HUGE increase! As always, you flower photos made me smile. It’s way too hot to work in my garden now. Our temps have been in the 90’s with a heat index over 100. On Father’s Day our A/C wasn’t working but we were able to get a technician here and it’s working great now. Glad you got your door project finished! We recently had the exterior of our house painted and the front door is now a pale blue called Tidewater. I love it!

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  10. BERNADETTE says:

    The weather sure has been nuts. I hope it isn’t the new normal. Question, how did you know someone was using your content? Do they give you credit?

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    • When the water started getting so out of the norm, I thought it was just a fluke. It seems more like the norm now, just like a roller coaster ride. I get a WP notice when they repost, and they do show where it originated. Having someone repost all of your content is unsettling to say the least.

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  11. Your flowers are beautiful Judy. Last week we had a heat wave! I’m sure your Indiana friend will tell you about it. Temps hovering 97-98 with indexes like 108. Usually those are saved for July. June has been very dry and hot for us in southwestern Indiana. But a cold June always feels strange and a letdown for me. What a beautiful planting in the bird bath! Are you recovering from all that work? My family and I went on vacation to West Virginia and that goatsbeard was growing in the wild everywhere in the mountains, I adore it.

    I’m sorry you’re having that reblogging problem. Are you alerted when it gets reblogged? What sort of people are reblogging your content? I think you’re using WordPress.com, I wonder if switching to .org would help stop that? In the upside, perhaps you’re so popular that’s why they’re repurposing your blog. On the downside, I hope it’s not people just trying to make money off your work.

    Now, let’s see that red door!

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    • My friend has been using the term ‘heat dome’ which I had not heard before. She’s not a real fan of ‘hot’ weather so it has been quite a change for her. The Goatsbeard was a gift from a friend so I think of her when I pass by, and it’s a very well behaved plant. Yes, I get a notice when content is reblogged, they do give credit, but I’m not a writer, gardener, quilter, or photographer that would call for that level of reblogging. I hadn’t thought that there might be a difference between WP.com or .org, but I’ll check it out. Thanks.

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  12. Joyce says:

    I agree with everyone on the beauty of your flowers. A near-complete color palette! I do have a wild yellow buttercup type plant that thrives for me; wish I could share with you. If it does well here, it would explode for you! Very pretty!
    This is the first time I could read your entire post straight from my email. And comment, too. I prefer actually visiting your site, though. The photos were all lined up in the email instead of being nicely “boxed” like they’re shown here. Interesting!

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    • Oh, I bet that is a beauty to observe in your landscape. I know what you mean about the email and the photos. I have no clue how or why. Just when I figure something out, it gets changed. 🙂 I remember years ago when an ‘older’ friend would ask me for technology advice by saying something ‘disappeared.’ I’d chuckle and then help her ‘find’ it. These days every once in a while I hear myself or friends of a similar age use the word ‘disappear,’ and I enjoy a hearty laugh. Technology changes quickly while it seems we senior humans are always trying to catch up. Thank goodness for grandkids who understand it all. 🙂

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  13. Zinnias! There is a state highway here where a farmer has planted them on both sides for what seems like miles. So hardy and each one putting on their own show. Family in Indiana and sharing their 70s while our heat index hit 115. A new week not looking much more favorable. I tremble thinking about the Gulf temperature that keeps growing hotter.🌊🙄How does one handle a 50% increase. Heavens to Betsy! Everything is burning up…soon we’ll all be dust. 😏💞

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    • I sure wish a NH farmer would plant zinnias like that because it must be quite a sight. A heat index of 115 is truly rough to maneuver. The electric increase is outrageous, and I’m not sure how a lot of folks will deal with it. There’s also no other option if you want electricity, and I guess they know that.

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  14. tonytomeo says:

    Is that yerba buena in the bird bath in front of the goat’s beard? It looks familiar.

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  15. Nancy says:

    Good afternoon Judy…
    We have been cold as well. But I do believe we heat right back up starting tomorrow.
    All of your blooms are gorgeous! And I enjoyed your birdbath… wonderful inspiration!
    I painted a door this week as well. But mine was in the inside though.
    What horrible news about that rate hike. That’s highway robbery!
    Enjoy your time with visiting friends!

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  16. What is it with the power situation? It’s the same here, there are dire warnings of price rises and blackouts and lack of supply. But your price increase is extraordinary, far more than anything mentioned here.
    Your garden is beautiful as always. I find so much inspiration in your garden posts but fail to act on it. I really must tidy up my front garden. It’s a mess. Not this week though. After managing to avoid the plague for the last two years, we’ve both been struck down. 😦 Me first, then MR ET. We’re both recovering now and thanking our lucky stars it was not in the next few weeks when we have things planned. In the meantime I’ve been using the iso time to finish knitting my first ever socks. They’re not perfect but I’m quite thrilled with them.

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    • ‘Supposedly’ because of the increase in natural gas costs, the electricity rates are going up 50% in August and then will rise again in January. Challenging budget times for sure. Oh, I’m sorry to hear you got hit with Covid. I’m hearing more and more people who are getting it even though vaccinated, and they’re testing positive for 2-4 weeks. I hope you continue to recover and test negative. I applaud your knitting skills to be able to do socks. I hope they keep you warm and smiling all winter.

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      • Thank you. It was inevitable at some point, because it’s everywhere. We don’t know where we picked it up but that’s how it goes. We are both triple vaccinated and very grateful, because it meant we didn’t get as sick. The thing with vaccination is that it’s keeping people out of hospital. Also we don’t have to test negative. Here, they’ve discovered that people continue to test positive even when they’re no longer infectious due to viral shedding. So we don’t have to test again for the next 12 weeks. That’s a good thing. We just had to isolate for seven days, then wear masks if we leave the home for the next seven days. Good to go next week!

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      • I was not aware of viral shedding but looked it up, and I thank you for the teachable moment.

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  17. It got chilly here too. Actually at night it’s been quite cold, requiring and extra blanket, long sleeves, and socks. Everything is blooming but it’s off to a slow start, probably because we haven’t had much rain. Hardly any in May and very little in June. Since most of our flowers are wild, they are hardy enough to handle the weather, but a bit more rain would probably help them take off. we’ve got thousands of buds, but not many flowers except in the post and boxes on the deck which are doing brilliantly. They don’t suffer from water since I water them and hope that the pots — two boxes and three pots — aren’t enough to dry out the aquifer!

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  18. Eilene Lyon says:

    Love seeing photos of your garden – the work you do sounds daunting. I had to take a close look at the blue things surrounding your clematis before realizing that was the trellis.😁

    We finally got some rain (and damaging hail) this weekend. More moisture than I’ve seen since last December, I think! I can’t believe your utility can raise rates that much at one time. I don’t think our Colorado PUC would ever allow that.

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    • I painted that metal trellis to match my bottle tree. 🙂 Rain is good, hail not so much. We’re hoping for some rain tonight. Yes, our one and only electric supplier can up the rate 50% in August and then raise it again in January 2023. It’s ghastly in my humble opinion.

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  19. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m surprised you have zinnias and tithonia blooms already… do you start the seeds inside? I direct sow mine and the cool weather hasn’t given mine the spur they need!
    Your goatsbeard looks great… deer ate my first growth to nubs, and it rebounded when I put Irish Spring soap around it and close to blooming, I noted the other night, half of it is gone again. 😡 The deer have been horrible this year!
    Enjoy your visitor and week ahead, Judy!

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    • Yes, I started both inside. I never have good luck with zinnias, but this year I planted a tank with zinnias in the front, dahlias in the middle, and cannas in the back. So far, all are doing well. The goatsbeard really is pretty this year. Shame on those deer. I’ve been hearing from other folks that they are having a lot of deer. I’ve had some munching going on, not sure who it is, but they haven’t totally ruined anything ‘yet.’

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  20. That goatsbeard is beautiful. I’ve never heard of or seen it before.
    50% increase on utilities?! Plus, rolling outages. That’s crazy talk. People will be crippled financially very soon, if not already. This sucks.

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  21. Ally Bean says:

    Yes: Having a blogging friend share content is one thing, but having a site pick up almost every one of my posts and putting it on their site is kind of creepy. I don’t like that either. Your photos of flowers are beautiful. That I like.

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  22. I’m with Jaime — let’s see that red door! I would gladly have a cool morning again, but I’m going to have to wait for October to have that happen down here. I haven’t had anyone reblog my posts, but I do get the occasional “stalker” who likes comments I make on multiple bloggers’ pages (at first it was nice, but then I started to find it creepy also). High utility bills annoy me to no end because there’s not much you can do about it. We can all choose to not drive much to save gas, but unfortunately we still have to light up our homes, heat/cool them, etc. – Marty

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    • I’ll grab a photo of the door. 🙂 Periodically, I get a dozen or more emails from a stalker saying they liked a comment. I always go check the source out and realize it is usually their own site/product they are trying to promote. Yes, we can combine errands to save gas, but there are only so many things you can do to save energy. I’ve asked three different companies for bids for additional insulation and haven’t heard from anyone. I know you can appreciate that since you just finished your kitchen reno.

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  23. Karen says:

    You are a true master gardener and it shows. Your lovely flower photos bring back so many memories, I think June was one of the prettiest gardening times. I have loads of day lilies blooming at the farm in New Hampshire but the gardens at our summer cottage in Maine we especially pretty at that time of the year.I love how I can keep track of what happens in New Hampshire through your blog. While I miss New Hampshire so much, that rate hike might make me a little happier that we moved south.

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    • June is a pretty month up this corner of the country. As you well know, prices for heating and cooling in NH have never been what you’d call cheap, but this is really ridiculous. Apparently, they are using natural gas to produce electricity, and the increased price of natural gas is causing the 50% increase. One major source of electricity for the state leaves the consumers with zero options. Pay or go dark. When your next FL power bill comes in, pay it with a smile. 🙂

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      • Karen says:

        Thanks Judy, when I told my husband about the 50 percent increase, he wondered what was causing it. Now I have an answer for him. You are right, we are definitely lucky that our energy costs are less here in Florida. What I mumble about here is the high price for food, I miss shopping at Market Basket. 😊

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  24. germac4 says:

    Hi Judy, I’m late to the party as usual these days, but I enjoyed looking at your beautiful flowers, (so nice to see in our winter) and I also loved the goat’s beard …very aptly named!
    Interesting that other bloggers are re-blogging your work….that’s just not right! I hope you can get to the bottom of that one.

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    • Glad I could pay it back with all your beautiful flowers and birds you share during our winter months. I’m happy to say they didn’t reblog this post which is the first time in a long time. They’re busy with all the political issues right now so I’m glad they passed over me. It is just creepy for lack of a better word.

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  25. Dan Antion says:

    I’m late catching up, Judy. 50% increase? AND rolling blackouts? “we’re going to charge a lot more while being less reliable” ? That’s crazy. I hope you got most of your outside work done while it was cooler, especially if you’ve had the high temps we had the past weekend.

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    • The electric topic is one that truly makes me angry, but except for a couple of emails, there’s not much the consumer can do about it. I did try to get an estimate for additional insulation. I contacted three companies and never heard from anyone. Oh, we had those same high temps, and they were miserable.

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  26. Hi Judy. I must have missed this post. I read that you’ve had recent problems logging into your email. I’ve been having the same issue as you describe it and it’s driving me nuts. By any chance, do you have AT&T/Yahoo?

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    • YES!!! My husband worked for AT&T for his entire career, and we’ve had this associated email forever. Now, I can’t log in on my laptop ‘and’ my phone plus it is packed full of spam and I have to change the password every day or two just to check it. I’ve done a lot of reading on line, and there doesn’t seem to be a resolution.

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