Six on Saturday – April 14, 2018

  1. This week I took a bus trip to Lewes, Delaware to view the blooms of this small town’s Tulip Festival. The cold spring had not cooperated with a trip that was planned nine months ago. There were some tulips, however, with many more in bud. I believe this particular tulip should be called Georgia O’Keefe.

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2. We have now had several days where the temperature hit 60 degrees Farenheit. Soon I will be able to move my tomato babies outside during the day. I transplanted them last week into larger pots, then left them in the cool garage. They seem to be settling in and are not as floppy as they were a few hours after being transplanted. Note: On Friday I set them outside in the shade to begin hardening them off for planting in my raised beds.

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3.  Late last fall when all the maple leaves were down, I had someone come and blow them out of the flower beds and the grass and mulch them. They were then deposited in wire cages around my garden. I spread most of the mulched leaves last fall and some are by my compost bins to use as “brown” matter. There are just two bins like this left to spread. I didn’t use all the bins and think I might cut pieces from the wire netting and put it in the spots I believe the rabbits are using to get under my shed.

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4.  I have four rainbarrels on my shed and putting them back in place is on my to-do list for next week. I take them down in the fall because if there’s water inside them it will freeze and crack the plastic barrels. The barrels came from the winery in town and are food grade. I put soaker hoses on them in the summer that lead out to the closest flower beds. It’s amazing how much water we get off our small shed.

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5. This weekend is the Daffodil Festival in St. Michaels, the town I live in. At the Woman’s Club we planted 600 bulbs last fall. They look quite nice. There were several kinds of bulbs in the bags we got, so these are Dunno Natacluevia.The abelia bushes on the left get cut back every two years. They don’t seem to mind one bit.

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6. Yesterday the garden group of the Woman’s Club met to make May baskets. We are two weeks early, but spring is a busy time in our small town and this is when we could fit it in. We worked outside and it was almost 80 degrees and sunny. We soaked up the sun and the warmth. Everyone was happy to take home a bright reminder that spring is finally here after what seemed an endless winter.

I remember making May baskets as a child. We’d fold a paper plate in half, staple it several places and insert tulips or daffodils. Then a ribbon would be added and we would hang it on a neighbors door on May 1.

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That’s my six on Saturday, April 14, 2018, a meme started by The Propogator. If you’d like to join in, this is a link to the rules.