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Two months on...

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Hallo GOY-ers! Here I am, two months on from my triple bypass operation…I can’t sit at the desk for long, so I’ll just say thank you for all your kind messages. They were much appreciated.

Thanks also to Seaburngirl for keeping you informed about what was happening. I hope I can log in and chat to you all for a short time from now on.

In the meantime, I thought you might like to see some of the containers I planted last autumn, before I knew I had heart problems. My spirits were lifted by them, although of course the wind and rain have spoilt them now.

The garden has been flooded twice in the past fortnight too…we had a bypass stream around the Gunnera – very apt, wasn’t it!

Here’s my container with pink tulips, pale pink primroses and pretty mauve violas. It welcomed me home from hospital! My first walk out of the house was to take a look at this.

Then the bulbs in my large blue pot flowered. The tulips are ‘Flaming Purissima’, and they were quite a sight!

I have to take exercise every day, and I go for a walk in the morning and do some gentle gardening in the afternoon (weather permitting!) I set myself a target destination, and one day I walked to the village sign where I’d planted up a wooden container made by my husband. It’s still in flower, and I enjoy the colours. I hope people passing by get pleasure from it too.

How am I coping with my garden when I’m not allowed to lift things, dig or use shears? Well, I have a young lady gardener who comes fror two hours a week – not nearly enough, but it all helps…I can do a number of things in short bursts, and get round problems in rather strange and long-winded ways. For example, I snipped round the grass edges of the island bed with a pair of scissors! Crazy, yes. It worked though – the bed looks 100% better.

That’s it for now. I have to move from this very uncomfortable position. See you all another day.

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Good to see your up and about Spritz, take good care....

10 May, 2012

 

Hoping you'll be fitter every day and able to enjoy your garden even more as the weather improves. :o)

10 May, 2012

 

Oh its made my day to see this Spritz, you and your lovely garden have been missed, also Henry of course, we all knew it wouldn`t take long for you to get back out there, one cannot keep keep a lady gardener down for long. I`m so pleased you are up to doing a few mins and the thought of you wielding a pair of scissors to the border gave me a chuckle, you take care now. xx
Lovely pics, even the gushing stream...

10 May, 2012

 

Triple by pass...wow, I would like to wish you a very speedy recovery and hope that all is now well with you,I`m sure pottering about will help to aide your recovery and off course the walking is good excercise,look after yourself and welcome back...

10 May, 2012

 

wow thats quite some torrent rushing through, the pots look so lovely and colourful!

glad to see you back, all the best, hope you will return to your gardening fitness soon!!!

10 May, 2012

 

Nice to have you back, and nice to know you are making good progress Spritz. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

10 May, 2012

 

Hello Spritz, good to hear from you again.
Good timing to be feeling alot better, the weather seems to be making a turn for the better & finally we can all get back out in the garden.
Your pots look fab & how nice of you to plant up the trough at the village sign for everyone to see.
Go steady & take care of yourself x

10 May, 2012

 

You take it nice and steady, little steps back to full fitness

10 May, 2012

 

My sincere best wishes to you Spritz, edging with scissors? What a woman! X

10 May, 2012

 

Lovely to hear from you Spritz and you garden still looks lovely but those floods! Glad you are on the mend take care and hope to hear more about your garden soon:)

10 May, 2012

 

lovely to hear you are on the mend.... I'll read this properly tomorrow xxx

10 May, 2012

 

Great to hear from you Spritz - your pots are stunning! Best wishes, Sheila

10 May, 2012

 

Hi Barbara. It's lovely to hear from you. Nice to know you're improving and able to get outside to do small gardening jobs. Your pots are beautiful and I'm sure they make you feel better just to see them.
Take care and I look forward to hearing from you again when you are able :o) x

10 May, 2012

 

How lovely to hear from you Spritz, they always say you can`t keep a good gardener down for long.

10 May, 2012

 

I'm so glad you are on the mend Barbara, it was lovely to see some photos from you especially the first pot xx

10 May, 2012

 

Lovely to hear from you again,Spritz..so glad you are getting stronger,day by day..we have all missed seeing pics of your lovely garden..but these are a good start ..take care,and give Henry a cuddle from me :o) x

10 May, 2012

 

HI - I haven't really been around much - long long story bt family came first after he death of my FIL. I didn't know you've been poorly , but am so pleased that you are on the road to recovery - gently does it thou.

10 May, 2012

 

What lovely planters B! Good to see you on here again, but as everyone has said...take care! :))

10 May, 2012

 

I can't do what I'd like to, but yes, I'm getting stronger every day. It's really frustrating sometimes though, as you can imagine. Nice to be able to log in again!

Gardens are wonderful places - I'm so grateful I'm able to do things in mine.

10 May, 2012

 

smashing to see you back on here. sorry I didnt get to ring tonight but we got visitors at 6.30 and they have only just gone [9.50]

lovely blog too. dont over do it though :o)

10 May, 2012

 

Welcome back Spritzhenry - pleased to hear you are managing a little at a time. That is some stream of water - hope it didn't cause too much bother!
Your pots are gorgeous and it's good to hear you are determined - cutting the edges with scissors - now that's devotion :))

10 May, 2012

 

Pleased to see you back amongst us all and good to hear you are improving a little day by day, your pots a lovely, they must have known you were coming home and have put on their best show to welcome you ;0)

10 May, 2012

 

Welcome back dear lady. That rushing torrent gives me the shivers having seen it in more gentle mood. The pots are such a lovely sight and well worth making the effort to go and check on them. Don't overdo it and honestly, scissors to edge the lawn. I can feel the frustration but you are obviously on the mend so take care.

10 May, 2012

 

Lovely to see you back, take your time its still early days yet.Denise xx

10 May, 2012

 

Hi Spritz, lovely to see your garden pics, wishing you the very best :^)

10 May, 2012

 

Beautiful Pots and village container a credit to you, the flood was scary, Scissors sound like a lot of stooping to me!! Best wishes for a speedy return to full gardening fitness :o)

10 May, 2012

 

Hello B was thinking of you today, was about to email you, then I saw you had blogged............have really missed all those beautiful photographs of your garden, not the same without you!! sorry to hear about the garden being flooded, good job you are not opening this year!! how is Rosa Angel Face doing? everything is so far behind I do hope we have some better weather soon, do take care will be in touch again. xx

10 May, 2012

 

hope you are feeling better take care :)))))

11 May, 2012

 

Welcome back - hope you continue your recovery slowly but surely, it is frustrating but it will be worth it for not doing too much too soon. Your doctors know what they are talking about so listen and do as they say. Take lots of care and try to look rather than do. Hope you are back to your usual self in a short while - loved the blog so glad you are able to sit at your computer for a short while and natter it is good to have you back. - :o)

11 May, 2012

 

Thank you all for your lovely welcoming words. I am having to rein myself in, where the garden's concerned. I hate seeing unkempt edges and weeds where they shouldn't be! It's very tempting to do too much - I've had to learn to pace myself, and get advice from the cardiac nurse who tells me firmly what I mustn't attempt yet.
As for winter casualties, well - I've had to ask for help in their removal. I lost a Lavatera, an Acer and half the Spanish Broom died back, so poor OH has been "persuaded" to get digging...

11 May, 2012

 

Marvellous to have you back, Spritz - we have missed you and your entertaining blogs - you're an inspiration to us all! It's amazing how rewarding just a few minutes a day in the garden can be . . . and your beautiful garden will be the best therapy for you. xx

11 May, 2012

 

Hello again Barbara and so nice to have you back again.

And such a joy to see your garden in bloom again .

11 May, 2012

 

Thanks! It's lovely to be back amongst GOY friends.

By the way, when you snip the lawn edges, you sit on the grass, but you have to make sure you sit on a mat, or your BTM gets damp!!!

11 May, 2012

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Hello Barbara , I'm thrilled that you are making such excellant progress but don't be tempted to over-do it ! I know how easy it is to get carried away once you get outside in the garden , I expect Peter is keeping a watchful eye on you , take care xx

11 May, 2012

 

It's a long time since I heard BTM,Barbara...made me smile ! Lol.

11 May, 2012

 

Hi Barbara, so nice to have you back and glad things are going well for you,
glad you have some help, wish you had more but there you go, take your time and dont over do things, the pics are lovely, hope the floodings have stopped, hope peter and Henry are looking after you well,
take care and soon be a 100% fit again :o)) xx

11 May, 2012

 

Hello Barbara - good to hear from you again. Thanks for the blog on the annuals too - I am definitely going to send for some more this weekend from one of the companies you recommend. Take much care - I know how frustrating it is when you see things which need doing and cant do too much. I am sure you will be stronger again soon!

11 May, 2012

 

Hi Barbara. So nice to see you back, I've missed your garden pics. I wish you a speedy recovery.

11 May, 2012

 

Hi Spritz,

Other than looking at gardening questions I'm not on GOY much now so wasn't aware you had heart problems.

Anyway, just to say I'm glad you're up and about and hope you'll continue to improve .

I'm rather envious that you have a young lady for 2 hours a week!

11 May, 2012

 

So nice to see you back with us. It's good to hear that you are on the mend and listening to the sound advice the cardiac nurse is giving you.. We want you back to full strength a.s.a.p. What a lovely sight your pots and planter are.That stream is a real torrent hope it's not done any damage.

12 May, 2012

 

Bless you Spritz, take really good care of yourself. So good to know your garden is giving you so much pleasure.

12 May, 2012

 

Triple bypass eh? How greedy! Lovely pics I wish you would come and do my pots, they never look anything like yours. I could do with you bossing me about and making me do them properly:-)

12 May, 2012

 

haven't been on here for a while so only just seen you 've been poorly, take it steady Spritz here's to a speedy recovery! your pots are stunning

12 May, 2012

 

Thanks, all. Ba - you are awful - I don't boss you about - do I? You'll have to come and help me with my pots thus time, because they'll need replanting very soon.

12 May, 2012

 

Welcome back Barbara, it's lovely to see you back on GOY. That container is such a lovely welcome to your village. Happy gardening, I'm sure it will hasten your recovery just to be out there pottering around. :o))

12 May, 2012

 

glad your feeling better..enjoy looking at your lovely garden while you get better..x x

12 May, 2012

 

Spritz, they won't look any good, I'm no good at hanging baskets either. I have a lot of trailing lobelia some fuchsias (upright and trailing) and some pelargoniums, but they won't look right when I've finished with them. Some people have the knack, some don't. You do, I don't:-)

13 May, 2012

 

I'm very happy to know you are back in your garden, and able to do a little work to keep it how you would like it. You will get a bit stronger every day and enjoy this summer time. Whatever the weather sends your way. Gentle rain every night and lots of healing sunshine.

13 May, 2012

 

How lovely to see you back, and those pots are a real inspiration....I WILL do better with mine this year! Please don't overdo things and take care of yourself.

13 May, 2012

 

I did too much yesterday, and although I didn't regret making the garden look better, I was far too tired...but I did sleep well! :-))This morning, I've started to plant my new acquisitions...a bit of retail therapy is wonderful! I haven't bought anything at all since last September, so I don't feel a bit guilty now. ;-)

13 May, 2012

 

Good for you Spritz. Nothing wrong with a bit of retail therapy - good for the soul! - get someone else to plant though.

13 May, 2012

 

So glad your on the road to recovery and will be able to enjoy your garden again. Take it slow and steady and do not over do things. Love your pot planting especially the one with Flaming Purissima tulips...:-))

13 May, 2012

 

Thank you, Lawley. :-)

It's really difficult to pace myself. I go into the garden, get busy, then find I'm weary - too late! I think I need a stopwatch or an alarm that goes off at 10 minute intervals, lol.

13 May, 2012

 

You will have felt very satisfied with what you have managed to do,Barbara..even though you feel so tired...just nice for you to get outside,doing what you love..good idea about the stopwatch ! Lol...take care,you are getting there :o) x

13 May, 2012

 

OH acts as a stopwatch if he thinks I've been out too long. LOL.

13 May, 2012

 

Lol,Barbara..he does right ! We all get carried away sometimes,don't we..? it's always "I'll just do that,then I'll give up " :o))

13 May, 2012

 

Its lovely to hear the retail therapy is back on the menu. Never fails does it. We should not be encouraging you but it seems to be working so carry on.

13 May, 2012

 

I will indeed! ;-D

13 May, 2012

 

Welcome back Barbara - missed your blogs on here whilst you have been convalescing. So relieved to hear you are on the mend. A garden such as yours must be a real ''tonic' for you to come home to. I thought you must be getting 'itchy feet' by now to get and there and get 'stuck in', so I'm pleased to hear you are allowed some 'gentle gardening'. The 'stop watch' hubby is looking after you well!

Chat to you when you are 'up to it'.

13 May, 2012

 

Thanks...I'll be around, but not at my laptop for too long. It's much more comfortable using my iPad. What a fantastic Christmas present that turned out to be! A real life-line. :-D)

14 May, 2012

 

I use a kitchen timer as a stopwatch Spritz! I set it for 40 minutes, then sit down. Of course I then immediately spot a weed I have missed, and it has taken me years to learn NOT to get up again. I'm lucky . . . a half-hour sit will help a lot, then maybe I can do another 15 minutes or so. Glad you are learning to pace yourself: it's the only way. :))

And of course the plant ordering on the iPad can all be done sitting down . . .

14 May, 2012

 

Its great to see you back Spritz and your garden looks colourful after all the rain. I can see that you are eager to get out in the garden yourself, and I would be the same. You can't rush these things though so take it easy my friend and think of my saying "Work fascinates me...I could sit and watch it all day..." (and I quite often do these days....) ;-)

14 May, 2012

 

What a great motto! I might use that one. :-)

Mine at the moment is "Onwards and Upwards"...for obvious reasons...not because I have to climb the steps to prune anything, either! lol.

14 May, 2012

 

Stick with it - its great to see you back again. The pots look absolutely gorgeous - what a grand welcome home they must have been.

14 May, 2012

 

I joined this site when you were in hospital and I am so glad to meet you at last!

I hope that you are recovering well and enjoying just LOOKING at your garden for the time being! The pale pink tulips look so lovely. Everyone is so pleased to have you back.

XX

14 May, 2012

 

I know - GoYers are lovely people! Thanks, Steragram. :-)

Nice to meet you too, Wildrose. I must take a look at your garden! I hope you've posted lots of photos!

14 May, 2012

 

A warm welcome from me too Wildrose .. :-)

15 May, 2012

 

good to hear you are on the mend, I have only recently joined Goy and really love the pics of your pots
they are gorgeous such clever colour combinations it must have been a joy to come home to such a welcome sight .You take care and do as the cardiac nurse says
...it is so easy to think just a little bit more and then I'll stop...so go with Richardpeeej s motto and sit and watch
the work it's a good idea ......speedy recovery :))))

15 May, 2012

 

Thanks, Niverdeen, and welcome to GoY! I've been a member on here almost since it started, as you may have gathered. I did miss everyone when I couldn't post anything. I'm back now, so I'll try to catch up with everything I can.

I am getting stronger every day, thank goodness. Modern medicine is amazing, really. (Lucky for me!)

15 May, 2012

 

You'll be right as ninepence within 6 months to a year, Spritz - didn't realise it was a triple bypass. All I can say is I know two people who had that done 12 years ago, when it wasn't quite as finessed as it is now - both physically active and fit within months of surgery.
Good to see you back.

15 May, 2012

 

Yes Spritz...stop shilly shallying...that's the spirit lol:-)

15 May, 2012

 

Hallo, Bamboo! Nice to talk to you again. :-)

Ba - what ARE you talking about? I'm in no state to go shilly-shallying. It's far too exhausting. :-<<

16 May, 2012

 

Delegationis the art of good management Spritz.......and you, I am sure, are a very good manager.....:0)

16 May, 2012

 

I used to be, Pam, in my previous life...but now? When it's my garden, I'm trying hard.

16 May, 2012

 

Hey Spritz,
sorry to hear you've not been well; I hope you recover quickly. The containers are looking lovely!

21 May, 2012

 

Toss the boring jobs Spritz and keep the pretty ones that you enjoy, its rather nice sitting with a cuppa.......

21 May, 2012

 

I actually sat outside for lunch today! The first time this year. Lovely. :-))

I've been busy replanting my pots...OH tips them over onto a tarpaulin for me, then I delve inside and pull out the bulbs. A bit unorthodox, but it's working.

I'll show you the replanted pots when I've finished. One has white and shocking pink flowers with some black leaved plants in it...a bit of a change. :-D

21 May, 2012

 

This is the best therapy, getting your hands in to the soil even if it is only a pot at the moment. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been doing.

22 May, 2012

 

That poor man deserves a medal...I bet you're a terrible impatient patient....hello Scotsgran\0/:-)

22 May, 2012

 

I'm not, actually. OH has been keeping an eye on me, and so has the cardiac nurse. I know that if I do what I'm told, I'll get well faster. I did dig with a fork this afternoon though - I did very short sessions with rests in between. It was great to be able to do that again after all this time! No shears yet - too dangerous. I have to wait another month before I'm allowed to do that. :-(. My sternum has to heal....

22 May, 2012

 

Hello Bornagain. Spritz you seem to be doing very well.

22 May, 2012

 

I think so. I'm still taking painkillers, but I'm cutting them down gradually. It's wonderful to be able to do more in the garden, albeit slowly and in short sessions. :-)

23 May, 2012

 

I'm sorry for being so behind. I didn't know you'd had a heart op! But I'm really glad that you are back home & beginning to pick up your life once again! :-)) I wish you a speedy recovery but continue to do as you're told! LOL!

27 May, 2012

 

That's a real problem, Balcony. The cardiac team say I can do some gardening, but I get stuck in and do too much. I regret it later, of course! :-(

27 May, 2012

 

I have the same problem - but with my back! I, too, pay the consequences later!

28 May, 2012

 

I'm afraid I'm back on painkillers...the cardiac nurse says this pain I'm getting is 'normal'. Ho hum. I just hope that it 'normally' goes away fast!

29 May, 2012

 

I, too, hope it goes away fast, Spritz - I dunno what's worse, having a serious health problem treated, or the long and tedious aftermath... still, you'll be right as ninepence by this time next year, if not long before.

31 May, 2012

 

You do have to walk before you run so the painkillers will be a blip on your road to recovery. I'd believe your nurse and as Bamboo says time will heal the memory as well as the op site. Take care.

31 May, 2012

 

I'm trying to - I have to keep busy but rest in between. I'd go crazy just looking out at the garden and not doing things. I hope the pain goes soon - after all, it'll be three months since the op. next week! Unbelievable! :-O

31 May, 2012

 

That is not so long for something as major as a triple bypass. I do wish surgeons would not raise peoples hopes of instant (few months) recovery when experience shows the patients rarely seem to agree with them.

31 May, 2012

 

That was what 'my' Consultant told me. It is indeed disappointing that I seem to have had a set-back, but nil desperandum. I'm stronger than I was when I came home, so I must "think positive"!

31 May, 2012

 

Don't be disappointed you are doing well. Believe in giving your body time to heal and forget the mind games which dictate that you are not doing as well as expected. Everybody is an individual and we all get there in the end.

31 May, 2012

 

That's true. It just seems unfair to hear of other people who had the same operation, but no pain to speak of. :-(

1 Jun, 2012

 

Well, you know what they say, Spritz - no sense, no feeling... I'm the only one at the eye hospital screaming the place down when they put the dilation drops in my eyes without using a numbing drop first... everyone else barely reacts, but to me, it feels like acid going in my eyeball. So I know exactly what you mean...

1 Jun, 2012

 

Well, I have made a lot of progress, so it's just a question of being a 'patient patient'! LOL.

1 Jun, 2012

 

I do sympathise. Before I had a fairly minor abdominal op. I was asked if I smoked. The answer being no, I was assured I would be fine the following day. I kid you not, all of the smokers were puffing away merrily in the day room and I could barely stand. I had been poisoned by the General anaesthetic but they were all used to inhaling foreign gases. I got little sympathy from staff or patients. Fingers crossed that we get a decent summer so you can get out to enjoy your garden.

1 Jun, 2012

 

I do hope so! :-)) Wouldn't that be lovely!

2 Jun, 2012

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