Friday, May 9, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow…..

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!


  1. A very Happy Mother's Day to you too. Love your garden, and what a lot of trouble it's been. I'm looking up gauntlet gloves right after I click out. I haven't pruned my roses yet, as we've had a frost warning in effect, but soon.

  2. Hope your finger heals soon! Your flowers are beautiful!!

  3. Happy Mother's day to you as well! I am so envious of your lilacs.

  4. Oh ouch! Your injury sounds painful. I have three rosebushes...they're still small...and I use an old pair of leather driving gloves. So far, so good.

    The clematis looks very happy and cheering!

  5. You have so many pretty blooms and I know these are all fragrant, too! Happy Mother's day my friend! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Diane

  6. Oh no, you poor dear! yes please wear gloves in the garden. You need to save your hands for your beautiful paintings.
    Your garden does look amazing through. Gary and I are working on ours, it looks so bad and is in need of help. The inside first, now the yards.
    Hope you feel better, sending hugs, Elizabeth

  7. Sorry about the rose bush problems! Beautiful flowers! Yeah Lilacs!


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