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When I jokingly said we were ‘breaking the back of the concreting or was it breaking mine’ I never suspected what I had in store for myself.
Weeks of lower back discomfort kept on slowing down my movements and last week when I tried to lift the turf for the new border I knew it was really more than just sore muscles.

Dr confirmed I have ‘torn’ one of the ligaments that runs across my pelvis. So a steroid injection followed and I just prayed that when I did stand up there wouldn’t be a daffodil as in ‘carry on nurse’. Lack of dignity haha.
I need gentle exercise to help it heal. So today I took the camera round the garden.
This Penstemon been flowering since June.

As for this Buddleia Sungold, it really hasn’t disappointed at all this summer. Full of insects all summer.

A pretty flower that will go on all winter. Sprigs on the Christmas table too.

A couple of frosty nights has made this Leucothoe ‘Rainbow’ do its thing. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this but I do.

The frosts got to this too and I’m not sure if the flowers of this Saxifrage will fully open.

The Kaffir lilies are still going strong; this is a smaller flowered reddish form. A paler pink one at the other side of the bed is also doing its thing. I think this bed might be a little sheltered by the tall trees around the perimeter of the garden.


I also have Clematis winter beauty just starting to show the odd flower bud. I hope it will flower this winter as it is planted over the grave of a 4 1/2 year old gerbil. Victoria and Elizabeth have always asked for cherished pets to be buried in the garden with a special plant as a memorial. They like the idea of the pet bones help the plant grow.

Well I hope you liked seeing some of my winter flowers. If I get the chance I’ll post some of the mini cyclamen flower photos from the conservatory.

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I hope your pains ease up soon ...
I get severe shoulder pains, so I know how frustrating it is when you want to get on with gardening..

Your photos are lovely... pretty colour of the penstemon and I love those Sungold Buddleias.

15 Dec, 2013

 

Take care sbg it's been 4and half months of back pain with me I am just finished physo but have back exercise to do.

15 Dec, 2013

 

Lovely to have some colour in the garden in mid December ... hope you soon feel better.

15 Dec, 2013

 

Ouch!!......take it easy SB....there's always a tendancy to overdue things.....at least its not in the middle of the "season"..

15 Dec, 2013

 

Sorry to hear you are in pain get better soon.

15 Dec, 2013

 

You have my sympathy xxx

15 Dec, 2013

 

I hope your pain eases soon SBG. You've some lovely winter colour there. It's nice when some plants continue flowering right out of season isn't it.
Get better soon x

15 Dec, 2013

 

Hi Sbg, sorry to hear that, I've never had that, but if it's anything like a broken rib you have my sympathy, hope you get well soon, Derek.

15 Dec, 2013

 

Just take it easy, Sbg, the garden won't come to any great harm at this time of year.

15 Dec, 2013

 

Oh gosh!!! I remember you saying that, hope you feel better soon Seaburn. Its a treat to see so many flowers still doing there bit....

15 Dec, 2013

 

You poor soul. A good thing its not gardening weather anyway so you won't be too tempted. Your winter jasmine is lovely, looks so frail and cheerful, but really so tough!

15 Dec, 2013

 

Take it easy coz if you don't you will do more harm than good!! A glass of mulled wine might help and the occasional chocolate!

A very pretty selection of pictures and I would love to see the little cyclamen.

15 Dec, 2013

 

Sorry to hear about your back pain Sbg. As a back pain person I can really sympathise, so take things easy,hope you have a pain free Christmas. Your garden looks lovely, and like you I still have one Penstemon in full flower.... hope she keeps going a few more months!!

16 Dec, 2013

 

thanks for all the words of support. yes I'll be careful as I intend to be gardening well into the next 2 decades. If I'm spared! haha.

I had planned to tidy all the debris in my borders for a change this year. Until we get some proper frosts to give them sparkle they are pretty dull and uninspiring.

I wish I could swing the lead then I could go beach fishing Snoop. Great winter activity even though the chance of catching anything is remote.

16 Dec, 2013

 

Ah well I read that tidying up the garden for winter removes the "good bugs" overwintering in the debris.....so you are looking after your plants by Not tidying up. :0))

hope you are feeling more comfortable x

16 Dec, 2013

 

Sorry to hear about your back pain, Sbg - I hope the steroid injection will do its job. The plants in the garden still look lovely - I like the leucothoe.

16 Dec, 2013

 

I hope you're not in too much pain now, and that the injection is working. It gets one down being on constant pain.

Lovely photos from your garden. I like the one showing the bottom of your arch :o)

16 Dec, 2013

 

I agree with all the above,Sbg..try to chill out a bit more..and relax..easier said than done at this time of year..your garden will look after itself till spring..you are no 1,at the moment :o)

16 Dec, 2013

 

Hope you're feeling better soon Sbg and able to have a smashing Christmas x

20 Dec, 2013

 

I tell you what that steroid injection is amazing. :o))
The Dr really hit the right spot. No pain exactly but an awareness if I over stretch/overdo a movement. You never know I might get the border dug over the xmas break when the labs shut down for a fortnight; though I do have a lot of paper work to catch up on. report reading and writing. :o(

20 Dec, 2013

 

My mum has steroid injections for sciatica. She says they are just like magic! Watch it, though - don't overdo it. Have a good Christmas!

20 Dec, 2013

 

I thought I'd have a look at your page after being on mine! Nice to "meet" you ! Your garden sounds lovely. Our last one was surrounded by beech trees and Scots pine and not one part of the garden had sunshine all the time. Just a couple of hours for each part. But I loved it ! Now we have a much smaller garden in full sun !
I hope you will be much better soon and be able to get out into your garden.

31 Dec, 2013

 

Nice to meet you too Rosie.
ah the delights of shade. But I have found some wonderful plants that I wouldn't have know about otherwise.

31 Dec, 2013

 

Yes, I agree with you there, Seaburngirl. I spent many a happy hour pouring through books just for shade !

5 Jan, 2014

 

did some very gentle gardening today and so far so good. back is not showing any sign of discomfort. :o)

11 Jan, 2014

 

Be careful Sbg!, glad to hear your back is on the mend.I too have had steroid injections in the past, and like you say.... amazing

13 Jan, 2014

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