I've been busy cleaning up the flower beds around the house since we finally have some good weather. The first day I went out and pruned back 10 rose bushes and had the blisters to prove it. After waiting a few days for those to heal, I headed back out to prune the remaining two in the front yard. This time I ended up with a very swollen hand near the joint of my right index finger. A couple days later it was very red, swollen, and warm to the touch and I could hardly move my index finger. I looked up rose thorn injuries on the internet and knew I didn't want "Rose Thorn Disease". I headed to the doctor yesterday and they put me on antibiotics for a week. Today it looks a lot better and hopefully will heal quickly. If you work around roses a lot be sure to wear gauntlet gardening gloves. I will be purchasing a pair real soon.
My lilac is blooming and sending it's wonderful aroma through the air as you open my back gate and enter to the back porch. What a lovely greeting!
This morning I learned how to take out the power lines in this image using photoshop.
I put this clematis out last year and didn't get any blooms, but this year it is covered with buds and I'm so excited over the first appearance of the lovely flowers. As I head down the stairs in the morning, I can see these two flowers through the landing window smiling up at me to greet the day.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Mother's Day!