Tuesday, August 17, 2010

STOVE UP

I AM JUST A TAD STOVE UP, folks. What? You don’t know what that means? Well, it means (at least in my case) I didn’t know when to quit the other day, and kept working out in the yard long after the warning signals… shaky legs, achy back… but it was cool – at least by comparison to the previous days in the 90s, and there was so much to get done, and it felt real good getting things done. Sigh. But my 25 year old brain forgot about the 60something year old body that had not been taking the appropriate breaks, and, well… I made an unscheduled landing out in the back yard. I am wondering how many washings it will take to get the hackberry stains out of my jeans. I have a feeling they are permanent. Anyway, my legs gave out and down I went, and the old things would not let me get up again… Sooooo, there I sat for a while. After about a half an hour, I called a friend. He and his wife got my walker out of the van and pulled me to my feet. Sigh. And so I am pretty stiff and sore today, but I sure got a lot of work done while it was cool! It is 91 degrees as I write this. Sigh.

Anyway, before I took my unscheduled sit in the back yard, I did take a few pictures of what is happening in my little corner… besides squashing berries with my butt. DSC_0599 The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Indica) is in full bloom. This is the first year for the true red one to bloom. Most of them are more of a magenta color, and I have one light lavender shade. DSC_0607 DSC_0605

The redbud looks like it is dying… it has been so dry. The leaves are a bit withered and some are even changing color. DSC_0595

The Althea (Rose of Sharon) looks good, but even it shows signs of the drought. DSC_0600 DSC_0603

Have you ever seen Russian (blue) Sage? DSC_0608

St Francis is nearly buried in Persian Shield and coleus. DSC_0597 DSC_0596

A friend gave me a couple butterfly bushes… my old ones died. This one is white and seems to do its butterfly thing. It is always feeding one or two butterflies.DSC_0601 DSC_0602 Don’t you love that translucent look?

3 comments:

Ginnie said...

Everything is gorgeous...but it won't mean much without you there to share it with us. Promise us that you'll be more careful in the future. This dang heat is a killer.

Sissy said...

You have some beautiful plants. My crepe myrtles are very small but blooming for many days. I've been gathering the blooms each day.

Get in a tub or use a cloth with epsom salts for your sore places. Oh, I just hate falling and it happens too often. Dizziness happens and down I go. Old age is "for the birds".

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Are you sure you weren't getting too close to those hackleberries for a photo? Hope the soreness is easing up. Flower shots are lovely on a rainy afternoon.