It’s Time to Plant the Pansies!

I know, I know, it’s still cold out, but, it really is time to plant the pansies!

I was buying them yesterday and several other customers in the store asked me if they could go outside yet.

Yes they can!

Pansies will do just fine in early spring weather. I’ve even had them winter over in some of our milder years.

I planted in three different locations today.

My first stop was my own porch:

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I’m in love with these tiny little blooms.

IMG_8965Here they are in the bigger pot. I combined tulips, pansies and hyacinth with the hope that the tulips and hyacinth will be perfect for Easter next Sunday. My backup plan is to add blooming forsythia if the tulips are fading.

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My next planting stop was our church. I added pansies to the pots of artificial forsythia and daffodils that my friend Betsey had started.

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The front doors of Tabernacle Church look welcoming and ready for Palm Sunday!

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After hitting the church, I crossed the street and met the Salem Garden Club to help plant seven urns that are located in the center of our downtown. I joined the garden club in September and was thrilled to be part of the action out there today! It’s fun to spend time with people who love the garden as much as I do!

I love, love, love the creativity that went into the design this season. Spring cleaning… Salem witch… spring.. you can interpret this in many different ways. The colors and whimsey shout out that spring has arrived! And it has, tomorrow’s weather forecast is for 60 degrees, with several warm days as the week goes on.

So, it’s really time to plant the pansies! Don’t be afraid, they’re ready and I’ll bet you are too.

I’m largely away from the Salem Garden, but I’m hoping to pick up now that the season is here. We’ll see.. I’m trying to commit to writing a weekly post at a minimum. This full time work away from home gig is tricky. It’s great to be engaged at work and to be making some money,  but it’s hard on my family. I think things are getting better as we set up systems as a family to get things done and in some cases “adjust our expectations” about what’s realistic and important, but it’s still a work in progress. Anyway, thanks for visiting and catching up with me.  I’m hoping to offer some good posts in the coming months!

Be sure to check in and let me know how your garden is growing!

Love, Michele

 

 

 

Fireworks Prep at Salem Maritime NHS, and a Wonderful Garden, of Course

Every year The Salem Garden receives hundreds of hits in the days around the Fourth of July. I don’t really blog with traffic in mind but this is something that I should try to figure out. I usually do a post about the very popular Salem Willows parade so maybe that’s part of it. I’m sorry to say that we didn’t get down to the Willows this year but I’ll watch for other local blogs’ parade photos and share links here if I see them.

While I missed the parade, I did pop down to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site to check out preparations for tonight’s festivities, which will be absolutely grand! We have a beautiful fireworks display that’s accompanied by a live orchestra (or is the orchestra accompanied by the fireworks)? Either way it’s a great way to celebrate the fourth!

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The Stage is Set!

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The Friendship is ready to be the centerpiece.

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The ladies’ chairs are all arranged for viewing at the Brookhouse.

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The eagle on the Custom House is shiny and  accented by bunting and flags. I did look around for more information about that lower flag but I couldn’t find anything. Today is not a good day to call my husband and ask him about it. He’s a bit busy.

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The Hawkes house is decorated.

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And very importantly, the Derby Garden is just beautiful today. It sits quietly behind the Derby house,a few feet away from all of the action. If your down on Derby Street be sure to check out the garden. It’s really special.

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Just a quick peek but you get the idea. Our beautiful July gardens are really the best part of the fourth!

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This was taken today at 11am. Viewing space is going fast! Claim your territory soon!

Happy Fourth!

Love, Michele

Don’t Miss This! A Time Lapse Video of Winter Storm Juno (Otherwise Known as the Blizzard of 2015) at Salem Maritime NHS

You have to see this! The National Park Service has done a few time lapse videos, but this one is the best! Watch the storm surge and white out conditions… incredible!

Blizzard in the Garden

It’s Wordless Wednesday but I couldn’t really do a post without words today. We just had a blizzard after all…

The official snow total for Salem is 24 inches, but honestly, I think our number is a little above that. It snowed well into the night last night, long after I read that on the internet.

IMG_7958 The garden fence is buried. Michael usually shovels through the arbor but decided to take a little break from that this time. That made me feel better about all of the shoveling that he does.IMG_7945The coop can be reached again!IMG_7946But there’s not much room to play.IMG_7949 Which is just fine with the girls who are refusing to go outside. I’m with them!IMG_7944Michael feeds the wild birds..IMG_7942The cold snowy bunny hutch doesn’t have a path yet…IMG_7955but that’s okay because Paula Tucker is happily tucked away in the chicken coop.IMG_7939 The pond is white now, and the big rock is submerged in snow. See the track across the bottom? A deer or coyote must have gone through.IMG_7935As buried as we are, all is well. Everyone stayed warm and dry.

The next storm is on Friday but nobody’s talking about that yet.

Stay warm my friends!

Love,  Michele

 

What’s This?

Here’s a little project that we’ve worked on at Bass River for the past few days. I was able to engage a number of different people at each step along the way from figuring out what we were working with to creating the blog post. Now I’m hoping it leafs out and starts growing!

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We wondered…

We thought it could be

sticks,

or antlers

or maybe a cactus…

Then John smelled it and knew right away that it was ginger!

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So we soaked it overnight..

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filled the bottom of a flowerpot with stones…

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and added a soil mixture of half potting soil and half vermicompost.

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We dug a little hole and plunked it in!

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It’s ready to grow on a bed of rocks for extra humidity and we have fresh ginger to look forward to!

Post by Michele, with John C, Andrew A, Tanya, Ellie, Jay, Mike and Miguel

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Federal Street Doorways

Salem is one of those places where you can take a walk down most any street and find interesting views…

Check out these doorways on Federal Street.

Some are decked for the holidays and some are very simple…

their all welcoming and beautiful in their own way.

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IMG_7658This guy at the end of my walk really made my day. 🙂

Happy Friday!

Michele

 

 

 

 

Halloween In Salem- Saturday Morning Stroll

I know this is a gardening blog but it’s hard to live here in Salem without blogging about Halloween.

Halloween takes on a life of it’s own in Salem. There’s just nothing else like it.

Here’s a few before photos from my early morning walk when I dropped off my girls at work this morning.

If you happen to be here and see a very pretty girl selling tickets for the Salem Trolley say hi for me! There’s also a beautiful little blonde girl and a handsome twenty year old boy whom I know very well working at the Witch Museum .

IMG_7440This is where they’ll be. I love the way the SWM provides cover for guests who are waiting for their tour.

IMG_7439Just down the street, this colonial home is ready for a pirate invasion.

IMG_7437Restrooms are available, sort of, if you can stand this sort of thing..

IMG_7441 The food on the Common is good to go. I think that most of these vendors came straight down from the Topsfield fair, so it’s fair food if you don’t want to wait in line at one of the restaurants.

IMG_7446Same with the carnival… left the fair and arrived in Salem a day later.

IMG_7442The Hawthorne is barricaded to prevent damage..
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Look out!

More later,

Michele

July 4th (Oh Wait, It’s the 5th) at the Salem Willows, 2014

I’ve had tons of hits over the past few days from people looking for information about the Horribles Parade, so here it is, along with our walk through the neighborhood after. Those Willows residents know how to celebrate! The parade was delayed a day because of Hurricane Arthur’s track up the coast but today was absolutely beautiful. If we ever leave our spot up here “on the hill” we’re moving to the Willows!

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