Monday, March 7, 2016

Back In The Saddle Again

I've been absent from the blogosphere for a couple of months. Did you miss me?

I've taken short breaks from blogging in the past, not usually for longer than two weeks or so, and it's always hard to get going again. In the winter it can be hard to come up with topics to write about, but I can almost always find something, even if it's just "My Garden Puts the Ugh in Ugly." During the winter months, with our short, dark, wet days here in the PNW, it can get depressing too, which really saps your energy.

After eating like a pig for two weeks at Christmas (OK, that's a lie, it was more like 4 months of unhealthy chowing-down), I was determined to get healthy for the New Year, a goal that was very short-lived, not because of a lack of will power, but because my body got rebellious on me.

I got sick. A visit to the doctor resulted in two possibilities -- it was either a stomach ulcer or gall stones. After a couple of tests, we had a diagnosis.

I had both.

Long story short, after a couple of weeks of massive doses of antibiotics, the ulcer got better. And the gall bladder full o' stones got yanked out through a tiny hole in my abdomen. I'm getting better now.

Anyhoo. Here are some pretty pictures of flowers.

Hella large Hellebore

A variety








Erysimum

Black pussy willow

Forsythia 'Fiesta'

Hepatica

Primula veris


Hope you're having a better year than I have been. I've got a lot of catching up to do.

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For your entertainment here is Aerosmith singing Back In The Saddle Again...







29 comments:

  1. Oh no! That's not the best news to start the year with. I hope you feel better soon, and that the pretty flowers help cheer you up.

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  2. i'm so glad to hear you're mending well. I hope Ronin was a warm and entertaining companion during your convalescence! That violet-colored erisimum is lovely. I keep looking for colors that aren't the common blaring yellow, but don't see a lot of the more subdued hues around. Did you grow that one from seed?

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    1. And, yes, you were missed. On your blog and in person!

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  3. Alison, I'm glad to see that the Bonney Lassie is back! May the year bring you continued improvements in health and wellbeing. I've been battling pollen allergies since Christmas, when cedar pollen blew in from the Hill Country. The last weekend in February, the oak trees got me and then I got a blast from wine country pollen when we were there last week. Pfui on this, let's both get well!

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  4. OK--it proved to be a little too early for Aerosmith... ;-) Glad to see your post. Is that your Hellebore? It IS massive--I've never grown one so well.

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  5. Welcome back, and yes, of course you were missed! So glad you're on the mend - so to speak. An Aerosmith fan though, that I never would have guessed! (oh...and is that "Hella large Hellebore" yours? It's magnificent!)

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  6. Welcome back! And glad to hear you're much better!!

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  7. Stunning Hellebores Alison and I envy you for your lovely Hepaticas, they won't grow here.
    I'm glad you are feeling better now and back into blogland.

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  8. I did miss you! But I figured you were cuddled up inside waiting out the winter cold in the pleasant company of your new cat. I didn't envision you in the grip of some nasty physical ailments. I'm glad you're feeling better. I'm sure the garden also missed you ministrations but your plants are still beautiful!

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  9. yes, you were missed! I really like that particular erysimum over 'Bowle's Mauve.' And as much as I love closeups of hellebore blooms, seeing one in full bloom in the landscape is a real treat.

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been through the mill. It sounds rough. Thank goodness you are on the mend.. And in time for the hellebores! Take care Alison.

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  11. So pleased to have you back (and in fine fettle, or so it would seem). Did we miss you? Need you ask? (that's a big fat yes)

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  12. Oh, very pretty flowers indeed, and much better that the mind movie of your yanked out gall bladder procedure. I'm glad you are better, and back!

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  13. Hooray for your triumphal return! I've missed seeing glimpses of your garden and am so glad that you're on the mend! Looking forward to hearing more. Your hellebores (helliobores) are gorgeous!

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  14. Actually yes - you were very much missed. I'm sorry you had an actual reason to check out for a while - ouch! So glad to hear that you're sprinting back to your normal self. Glad to have you back!

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  15. Yes Alison, I had missed you. So sorry to hear the reason for your absence, but I'm glad that you are now on the mend. Your hellebore is fantastic, what a massive plant!

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  16. Nice to have you back, Alison, I've missed you. Glad you are feeling better :)

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  17. I missed you. Love the purples. And the yellows.

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  18. Well, sometimes you just need to stop and take care of yourself. I know snuggling with your new kitty helped your recovery, and you got to know each other better. Your garden didn't seem to miss a beat. That hellebore is something! WOW.

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  19. I'm sorry to hear you were sick, and needed surgery. I will also picture you snuggled up with your cat for comfort. That is an amazingly large double hellebore, so pretty! A double is on my list, hopefully I can get one this year. All the hellebores look pretty together, especially the doubles, and the Hepatica is such a lovely purple. Your Primula is ahead of mine. Welcome back!

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  20. I'm really glad you are feeling better, Alison. Welcome back! That hellebore is simply amazing--a beautiful Spring is on the way.

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  21. I've missed you and I'm happy to hear that you are on the mend. I hope that Ronin was a comfort. Your flowers are gorgeous. Welcome back!

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  22. Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your health challenges. I've had that same surgery for gallbladder. Nice pics! Very impressive clump of Hellebores.

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  23. It's nice to see your posts again Alison! I hope you are done with health problems for this year or even a decade! No more!
    Your Hellebores... amazing! I hope we'll have a break with weather soon. Yesterday, in rain, I got out and cleaned my potting bench and did some other garden chores. Spring is moving fast...

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  24. Let's go with the theory that life can only improve from here. Your hellebore are incredible!

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  25. Wow you got a double-whammy. I'm glad you're feeling better. By the looks of the recent weather, apparently Nature thinks you require a bit more down time. Fortunately your gorgeous hellebores have fended quite well despite your absence. Take care!

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  26. You were missed Alison....I hate when we are hit with these health issues....but I am glad you are healed. We can all look forward to lovely spring flowers....yours are stunning.

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  27. He's hoping it's onwards and upwards from here on in Alison. Glad to read you are on the mend and what a lovely way to welcome us back into your garden. Lovely images - that Hellebore at the top of the page is stunning.

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  28. I missed ya. ;) Those Hellebores are uh-mazing.

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