Very small elevated plot is has been inundated by Bermuda grass. I was
fighting it all season, gave up a couple months ago. Was self-inflicted.
Seeded the exterior border with Bermuda to keep the soil from seeping out
the cracks between the timbers. Giving the area back to mother nature seems
my only recourse.
A half dozen or more of the orchid plants hanging from the oak trees are in
bloom, 3 different colors of Christmas cactus add their hues, as do the
hibiscus shrubs. Plenty of oranges still on the tree. But the grass is
looking a bit brown with the watering restrictions and the colder weather.
Looking at my front garden I see
Loropetalum, all 8 feet, covered with magenta pink fringe flowers
Western Redbud, leafless, but colored with russett-purple seed pods,
two titmice are dining on them
Viburnum tinus is shiny with metallic tiny blue black berries and
beginning to burst its buds into pink white flowers.
Camellia Kanjiro whose single rose pink blooms will feed Mrs Anna
HB and Ruby crowned Kinglet until late February,
Also still with blooms, Noisette Rose, an old girl, with unknown name.
Hellebore is putting up his big ol buds,
Erica Furzey rings her tiny pink bells, while
Abutilon has a few large pink bells for the Hummers, too.
Holly Fern is loving the cool weather with dark fronds that
Contrast with lime Heuchera, daring to put up a stem of buds!
Juniper, Ceanothus, adn Muhlenbergia grasses provide a green texture.
And in the bird bath, White Crowned Sparrow takes a dip.
Sorry to reply so late, I was away on retreat. That said, my garden
looks like it will be a lot more empty next spring. At least one can
hope. I never, not one time watered the garden this entire year. If
it lives, it stays. If it doesn't, so long.
Right now in Austin we still have temps near 70 during the day and
assorted from 40 to 60 at night. We must have had a light frost
because my tomatoes are fried. The greenhouse is up with the brugs
Next spring I really want to be sparse and more plannned. I want to
actually see mulch between plants. My garden will be made up of low
growing natives, yuccas, succulents, and rocks! The front gardens are
so overgrown right now I have no idea what survived under the weeds. I
can see cacti and yucca poking through, but not much else. It's all
under the weed debris. My neighbors love me, I'm sure. It is really
not fair to them.
End of January I have full knee replacement surgery so I can once
again wheel myself out and garden. My husband always tells me I am a
great planner and planter, but a horrible maintainer of gardens. So,
for me, less is more.
On Sun, 23 Dec 2007 06:33:33 -0500, Cheryl Isaak
Well, hopefully the left knee is reacting to the overcompensation of
the right leg. For now, I will just get the right knee done and see
if the left leg calms down.
Did you do your right knee? If so, what was the "complete" recover
period? I know I'm in for some major pain for several months of
I guess you folks know that the knee design replacement for women
differs from men. This was new to us as my wife needs one due to a
broken knee 40 years ago.
Bill whose garden is 60 F with a high dew point 58. Things are
Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA
"Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound
I would imagine the knees would have to be different based simply on
the size of a woman's structure. No matter what size the woman is,
I don't think their skeleton is as large as that of a man. Possibly
if comparing caucasion women to Asian men, possibly. Not all Asian
men, but many are racially smaller.
On 12/23/07 10:44 AM, in article email@example.com,
Actually, it is the left knee. Congenitally, I have very little cartilage
under the knee caps and I put a hole in it young. The possibility of
replacement has been around for about 25 years - I've just done my exercises
and worn proper footwear. I'll make an appointment when winter is over to
I'm intentionally doing it during winter so I can be out there in the
spring (if all goes well). I would be happy just to be able to rake,
pull weeds and pile mulch on.
Fortunately, it looks as if my knee cap is okay, but worn. My main
problem is from a hyperextension during kneeling which tore a hunk of
my miniscus. I let it go for too long and the arthro only cleaned it
up. Now I'm crunching around. Now is the time.
BTW, I LOVE physical therapy. It's like getting a great massage twice
a week on my legs. My PT is a hot looking broad too! I like
beautiful women; what can I say!
The first time they did myofascial release on my legs I knew I was in
the right place. It's simply amazing at how much that helps with the
pain...and I am in some major pain all the throbbing time now.
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