Thursday, May 15, 2008


I am not sure how relevant any of this is to you or me or the world at large, but here we go.

My FIL is still in the Nursing Home ?Rehab. Seems to be OK most days, but there seems to be no news about his progress or his eventual return home. He is getting cranky and wants out, NOW.

My elbow is no better, but I am supposed to give it another couple of weeks and then maybe have a cortisone injection. I just want it better so I can go back to doing stuff outside. I can do it now, but I am afraid I will make it worse.

Tomorrow we go to Vermont for belated Mothers' Day and to return their computer which needed some tweaking ( yes, I said tweaking ala Tom Hanks in "You've Got Mail").

Mothers' Day was spent with no children, but with Bob digging in the back garden. My plan this year was to dig up my small back garden which is my only sunny space. The soil is just dirt and every year all my flowers come up looking lovely, but by July no amount of Miracle Grow can perk tham up. I dug out all the Black-eyed Susans, Daylilies and assorted other flowers and gave most of them away. Then we ( I use that pronoun very loosely) added 3" of peat moss and 10 bags of composted manure and forked it in. This was only one half of the space, but the rest should be done Memorial Day weekend. I spent too much money at the nursery and bought these two rose bushes.

This one is "Pat Austin" a copper colored rose and the next one is "Graham Thomas".

Both are David Austin English Roses. Hopefully I ( there I go again, pretending it was moi) have done enough to help them thrive. I am excited. The Pat Austin has 25 buds and the Graham Thomas has none, but must flower just a bit later. I have also planted Morning Glories and Moon flowers, some lavender ( which I love and have never grown before) and some herbs. The next project is the front yard which I am modeling after A Rate My Space page. Stay tuned!



  1. I am just starting an adventure in roses ..... I have one Peace rose in red. Yesterday I bought a Morning Magic Climber for my arbor. It is from the KNock OUt family of roses and is supposed to be very disease resistant.

    Can't wait to see more of your garden :-) Rosie

  2. Janet, I hope your elbow is feeling better soon.

    Your gardening plans sound great. We have a bed that we are making some changes in, too. Anything will grow on one side of the bed, but we can't find anything that will grow on the other side. I don't even want to think about the money I have spent planting things on that side that then just croak.

    Enjoy your time.

  3. Glad your FIL is getting cranky...must be a good sign;)

    Love the roses! Looks like we may be digging up some grass in one very boring corner and putting some in...and there's talk of taking out one of our backyard vines and putting in climbing roses. It's almost rose overload...

    Take it easy on that arm...and your little girl will start her journey today!


  4. Hope your week is going well and your arm and FIL are doing better. Hugs ~

  5. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I am sorry. Hang in there. Vermont, how fun that must be !!!! Clarice

  6. Janet, I hope you are feeling better soon. My husband got the cortisone injections for his back, and they really helped! Love your roses. Can't wait to see the garden. :

  7. My best rose tip is to spray weekly. We have had a bumper summer rain season in inland South Africa which is wonderful but bad for the dreaded black spot which attacks the roses. I have found spraying every week the answer. But I am not sure how that poor elbow of yours will manage!! Love your new roses and thanks for the visits. Love eleanor

  8. I am sorry that your FIL is not home yet. Hopefully he will be able to go home soon.

    I love roses, and need to get some more. There is so much work prepping a garden, and I am kind of impatient - I just want to dig the whole and plop the plants in. Can't wait to see what you are doing. I didn't know Rate My Space had garden pics too..I will have to check that out.


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