I’m taking muscle relaxers and a steroid to get the swelling down in my hands, shoulders and neck, so as soon as I felt a bit better I was outside doing. I love to be outdoors this time of year when it’s cool outside.
I went back to the nurse practitioner Tuesday and we think I have a pinched nerve just below my neck on the right side. He said the muscles there were extremely tight, so hopefully this regimen of medication will help some.
I know I will probably pay for doing so much, but I just can’t resist getting out in this weather and enjoying my patio while I tend to plants. I have to come back in and sit a spell and put an ice pack on my back from time to time.
I did a bit more work tending to my plants, cleaning up, which is something I do a bit of every day. I dug up clumps of dead plants and added potting soil where moles or squirrels have been digging in my pots.
The pansies have come back from fall. So far I only have yellow blooms.
The squirrel dug in this pot pretty bad, so it may have uprooted some of the roots and damaged them. Still, I love to have those perky yellow pansies greet me when I go outside.
I think I have finally as of today nailed down the “look” for my patio, the arrangement of seating and pots. It isn’t a whole lot different from last year really.
These are the galvanized containers that were hanging on my fence. I contemplated planting water gardens, but I’ve kind of nixed that idea because I buy plants and then they die in the winter, so my money is kind of wasted.
Maybe one of these days I will figure out how to have a water garden, but I doubt as of now that it is in the cards for this year. I can’t afford to waste money so I have to be practical. I want to put my money in herbs and flowers and work with what I have.
I had an idea this morning and stacked the galvanized containers.
Then I came inside and dug out this thick 30 inch round piece of glass (Lordy it was heavy) and created a table between the chairs. What do you think? It’s the perfect height for a side table.
This is a bigger view of the patio. I’m thinking I will keep the coffee table off to the side instead of in front of the chairs. It is just something I run into at night when I’m out with the dogs when it’s out in the middle, and I didn’t actually use it much as a coffee table.
I have located it back in the corner where the tree overhangs into my yard and am using it for more shade loving plants. The dogs love having that whole rug to roll around on.
Speaking of that tree that overhangs into my yard, I can see that it is fluffing out to put forth those incredibly sweet smelling flowers. It never loses all its leaves.
I know this view is ugly with the back of the strip mall across the alley, but I’ve kind of grown accustomed to it so it doesn’t bother me much anymore.
If I’m unable to hide that view, I’ve decided that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have a lovely patio that I truly enjoy and can accept that not everything can be hidden from view.
I still have the wicker chairs with the folding blue table between them right outside my patio doors, but I didn’t photograph that side because I have some things piled there and am not ready to finish up that area yet.
Below are plants emerging and I just can’t figure out what they are. Here are some photos. Please see if you recognize any of them.
This plant is growing off the old wood in two pots. I can’t for the life of me remember what I had planted.
But I sure have learned my lesson on how to get more plants coming back for me come spring. I was sick a lot last fall with bladder infections and never got around to cutting back the plants like I normally do.
Now I know that I have been cutting them back too much. I need to leave a bit more of what appears to be dead stuff, because much of that has come back. I’ve been gardening in Oklahoma since 2012, but it has been trial and error on learning what works for gardening in this zone.
I’m hoping these are black-eyed Susans. There are a lot of them.
This looks like lettuce to me, growing on one side of my roses. But I sure don’t recall planting it there. And if it is lettuce from last summer, I wouldn’t think it would come back again, would it?
My yellow rose bush is filling in nicely after I pruned it a few weeks ago. I got this plant last year and sure enjoyed the yellow roses.
I’m considering a climbing rose. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I tend to want more than I actually have room for.
This is the gardenia I got months ago that had buds but never bloomed. I have it outside now, hoping that with more sun, it might actually progress. The nursery told me it could act as a house plant, but it never bloomed for me, so I guess I just don’t have appropriate light for it indoors.
Maybe I just to get fertilizer for it. I’ve never grown this before, so I’m uncertain. Trial and error. Live and learn. That’s what gardening is all about.
This little clump of chives has served me well. It died back a little during the winter. There are lots of good reasons to plant chives that are beneficial for your garden. I’m planning on writing a post about that.
As I sit here typing I’m enjoying watching the birds hopping around on the front shrubs through my window behind my chair. They are clearly in nesting mode and I see bits of white fluff in their beaks they’ve found somewhere to build their nests with.
Have a lovely weekend. I am seeing my daughter and Andrew tomorrow. He will be four years old!