It’s been 3 months now since I had shoulder surgery. Although I managed to keep on dyeing with the aid of some awesome helpers, I have had to give up most other household chores until sometime this fall. I don’t mind not being able to do housework (understatement!!), but I do miss gardening. (And swimming. I just had to add that.)
Right now my back yard reminds me of a show my son watches on the History Channel – something about what might happen to the planet after all the people have gone. Well, it’s apparent that I no longer am present in my garden. In just three short months, this is what my rose bushes look like:
You can see a tiny bit of lawn and lantana peeking out from underneath, but no roses.
And then there’s my sad little vegetable garden. I managed to plant it, barely, and then I had to hope for the best:
Luckily, I’m a big believer in the Lazy Gardening Method, even during the best of years. I love perennials and things that re-seed themselves. Like Phlox:
The front yard, luckily, is doing a little better. Although I have several hydrangeas in need of severe deadheading (100+ degree fries them), I have a lot of pretty little things that come back year after year, like this violet groundcover:
I love Impatiens. Yes, they are an annual, but I plant them every year. They really dress up the place, spread out nicely and give things almost a tropical air.
And there are a couple of hydrangeas that somehow managed to escape the searing heat of the summer sun.
I can hardly wait until I can start digging and pruning again. Until then, I have to hope for the best.
This last photo reminds me of my relationship with my partner Sheri.
Really looking forward to fall!
Happy knitting, gardening, and everything else that you enjoy.