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  1. Brenda,
    Your iris need to be thinned out frequently to bloom, perhaps that’s is the reason? Also, the corms need to be just showing above the dirt.
    I hope that helps. Your gardens are so beautiful, I’m in Vermont so the opposite problem, the cold. Just cleaning up today, finally warm and dry enough to rake. I’ll plant herb and some flower seeds in pots this week. Have a good week, praying for your back, it’s an awful suffering. Dale

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    I qualified as I live below the poverty line, and all my bills were dismissed. I reapply every year, and still get my treatment free. Check it out…it saved me!

  3. Your patio is looking so pretty already. It is still too cold and windy to do much in the yard here, though we have had a few nice warm days. Yesterday I was looking at my big, for years beautiful, dark pink knock rose and noticed that it is infected with the dreaded rose rosette disease. It will die from that disease and will have to be taken out roots and all and then no other roses will grow there without getting the same disease. It is under the front window of the living room and I can’t figure out what in the world I will be able to find to plant in the same location. Our front yard landscaping will really miss that rose.

  4. Brenda, I just wanted to let you know that I had ordered the blue fountain from Wayfair…it arrived this past Thursday and my husband and I set it up on Friday, and it is bubbling away. It is beautiful. Your garden patio is looking very well…we are also starting to do some planting for the spring and summer.
    Best wishes, Charlotte Hutcheson

  5. Your plants are so healthy! Is it the watering, the planting, or the choices that make them grow so well?

  6. Hope your back eases up and that you can delay nodule surgery til MediCare eligible. Patio garden is very nice!!! Do you have a shaded area to sit outside to enjoy it? Maybe you are a sun lover, and shade is a non-issue! Your patio garden is like a little Garden of Eden…really beautiful. I love seeing the progress! Take Care Brenda

  7. I am age 70 and have had Medicare for 5 years. Medicare only pays 80 % and you have to pay 20%. If you have a big hospital big 20% is still a lot to pay. If you get a Supplement which you cost you around $300 a month. Then everything is paid for. The company my husband retired from pays his supplement and his Medicare Part D. Best Wishes and Prayers your pain will get better.

  8. Your flowers are at least a couple weeks further along than what’s going on in my yard, your lucky to have nurseries open. The nursery my flower buddy wants to visit doesn’t open until the end of April. There are nurseries where we could get flowers imported from out of state, but we like to buy from local growers who run their own greenhouse production – family owned small businesses. Because our weather is never certain here, we wait until at least mid-May to plant. I’m no expert, but the fact that you have pain that starts in your back and cycles down your right leg – could be sciatica.
    https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/sciatic-nerve-and-sciatica
    If you are diagnosed with it, you could try taking a curcumin supplement in addition to stretching exercises. I love your fountain. Where I would like to put one (middle of my lawn) there is no access to an electric outlet unless I’d run a 20 foot extension cord – impractical. I’d put one on my patio, but because of how the patio slopes away from the house to drain rain water toward the driveway, I’d have to shim up the fountain to make it level. Not sure how I’d be able to camoflage that, I’ll have to think on it. I’ve been looking at the electric powered fountains at Amazon.

  9. Your patio plants are looking so beautiful. I can’t wait until we can start planting here in northern IL. The only plants that can survive right now are pansies.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re still struggling with back pain. I know how miserable that is. If the pain is going into your hip and leg, that’s sciatica. Which is even more miserable! I’m glad you’re going to PT. They should be able to help. They’ll give you just the right exercises to do at home, too.

    If the surgeon says the nodule needs to be removed, then why is it an elective surgery? You would think if a doctor says it has to be removed, then that’s not elective.

  10. It’s looking amazing and beautiful. May I come over to just in your garden? I promise to sit quietly and bring two very large cups of sweet tea; one for you and one for me. 😉

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