I have been ransacked by back pain and back spasms this week like there was no tomorrow – it is a chronic problem I have had for years, made worse by having flat feet – very flat feet – but this was the worst flare-up I have had in years. I feel much better now though, but I’m still with the hot towels and ice packs. But what surprised me about myself was how much I thought about my garden this past week – and how I started thinking about what other plants I wanted to add and what I wanted to plant next spring, and how I wanted some cool brightly colored pots I saw at Wal-Mart but that Larry would KILL me (he’s also my chiropractor) if I went and got some before this flare-up subsided…Maybe it’s because when we’re feeling at our most impotent, when you’re feeling so bad you can barely move, let alone plant anything, the mind takes over with an activity that soothes you….So here’s my wish list so far:
1. get clay pots for my roses – big enough to hold their plastic pots – so they won’t be blown over by the wind come Fall and Spring.
2. Marguerite suggested vines to cover the railing on my balcony, and I told her I was thinking more of using bougainvillea…but now I wonder if that’s the wisest thing – bougainvillea don’t stay small – so I’m thinking of morning glory, that way I can combine the lightness of the vine with the flowers that I like to have. But I might also try a small bougainvillea next Spring. They actually do seem to do quite well in containers and the railing is quite long. I’m also hoping these plants will bring more coolness and shade to the balcony.
3. get a birdfeeder
4. buy a tomato plant – maybe a grape tomato – because I love those and they’re so freakin’ expensive right now…I was surprised that Wabash has tomato seedlings again, I thought they would only sell them in the Spring…yet it must be that Houston’s growing season is so long that people also plant tomatoes for Fall.
That’s it for now! We’ll see how much of this I get done…
- 2 Aug, 2008
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