Today I’m giving you an update on the status of my patio garden. I don’t think I’ve done that since the first of April so this is the progress since then.
Yesterday I had my 17 year old grandson Riley come over after school and bring 2 bags of potting soil from my car to the patio. A guy at the nursery carried them to the car for me.
My Blue Fountain:
I also had Riley take my blue fountain back outside. His mom Kendra put it in the closet for me for the winter, but her back and hip is bad and she’s in physical therapy. So I didn’t want her to have to fool with it. Probably from working on those flip houses.
My back is still giving me fits. I walk like a robot. Monday I am beginning physical therapy myself. Last week I carried the top of the bird bath out and that was clearly a mistake.
But this has gone on long enough. It’s been this way virtually since before Christmas and I can no longer do the exercises I was given for it. And it’s getting worse instead of better. So time to intervene in some way.
My doctor did x-rays but they didn’t answer that many questions. The radiologist said: Her x-ray shows some disc space loss in her upper lumbar area but no acute abnormalities.
This is the same area where I had a disk taken out at age 30 and I’ve always had problems with it. But now the pain is going around to the side of my leg and into my right hip.
Another Medical Problem To Be Addressed:
A couple of weeks ago I went to the breast center because my regular MD referred me.
I have a small nodule between my breasts, a little to the left side. I’m told there’s nothing much to worry about. Apparently it’s pretty common. But the surgeon said it needs to come out at some point.
It’s been there for years, but suddenly began to get bigger. Now it’s slowed back down and doesn’t seem to be growing much if at all.
The surgery will take a good chunk of my savings I’m sure, since I have a high deductible. So I’m hoping to hold on and not do anything until next February. I will then turn 65 and be eligible for Medicare.
The surgeon told me that it’s elective surgery, and unless something changes or it gets red and inflamed, I might be able to skate along for awhile without doing anything.
I took two seed packets of morning glories and mixed them up and scattered them around. They began to come up in less than a week.
I’ve always been accustomed to hard shell morning glory seeds that you nicked and soaked overnight.
But these were just lightweight seeds, similar to zinnia seeds.
Lemon balm is making a big display in the crack in the cement again. It always seems to look lush and healthy in that small space, which always surprises me.
Daisies I planted last year made it through the cold winter. And there are more of them below in another pot.
You can see a bit of mint coming up in the middle that I think is pineapple mint. And I will need to remove it in the next few days and replant it somewhere else.
I don’t come across pineapple mint very often and I want to keep it growing.
I bought three pots of plants the other day from the nursery. Normally I don’t buy them in this big of a pot. Instead I tend to purchase smaller plants and then pot them in a bigger pot myself.
But my back is so problematic I’m cutting corners on what I have to do trying not to cause more pain.
I purchased these yellow petunias, which came as a hanging plant and I took that part off.
On my patio with the wind and hot weather hanging plants would need a lot of watering and tending to.
The other two plants are a mixed pot with a red geranium, and a rosemary plant.
The cold winter killed off my other rosemary plant and I really missed having rosemary in my garden.
I will probably replant the petunias and rosemary plants at some point before it gets hot.
Bigger pots will ensure they have a better chance to make it through our hot summers. I will be able to delay doing that for a bit.
Lamb’s Ear & Hosta Plants:
This end of the blue raised garden is already pretty much filled up. Once the hostas open fully it will indeed be filled.
The Lamb’s Ear has spread out a bit more since last year I think. I just adore that plant and love how it fills up one corner of the bed.
At this end I see I have three iris flowers formed. This makes me happy because I tend to not get much out of these irises.
I can drive around town and see irises growing everywhere where they are not even tended and they bloom in abundance. And mine rarely bloom.
So that’s the status of the patio garden as of this morning. Have a nice weekend.
Hopefully it’s warm enough where you are to dig in the dirt. It’s a bit cold here today.