Things have turned a little upside down here the last couple of days, literally.
The ruby chard is still producing huge leaves ready for the saute pan.Yesterday, Friday, when I awoke the room or me or both was spinning violently. I sometimes get a little dizzy when I sit or stand up too quickly, a result of lifelong low blood pressure. But this was different, I could not right myself with the world and felt my stomach lurching in protest.
The crossvine, Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’ is stretching across the arbor nicely.I was crying and scared. I could not walk, stand or sit up. Luckily The Financier was still home before leaving for work to help me take care of private first thing out of bed business and get me back into bed. This condition is known as vertigo, and I was having a bad spell of it.
The view coming into the circle drive of our house shows the gaura blooms fluttering in the wind with the delightful pink muhly grass in the background.After several hours of bed rest I was able to get up and move about the house a little. I tried to fire up the computer but the screen made me feel very disoriented and I could not look at it, let alone do any blogging activites. Sigh. It is still difficult to keep my brain level as I am typing this. Make it short, Frances.
Getting my Gandalf staff that was made during a Lord Of The Rings moment when the third movie came out, a dead pine seedling with a crystal wrapped in the roots as the top, I was able to go out and sit very still on the deck and then up into a chair in the midst of the garden. At least I was able to watch the butterflies and birds enjoy the habitat that has been created for them. Not allowing myself to slip into self pity here. Snap out of it. This will pass. It better or we are getting out the wand. And by the way, that is not what we consider making it short, F.This is the chief suspect of the cause of my ailment, the sprinkler. We continue here in Tennessee to suffer from lack of rain. The garden is drooping and the sprinkler was set up in position. I had been watering some hostas that were divided and moved to the corner of the daylily hill under the Japanese maple with the hose before hooking it up to the sprinkler. I kinked the hose by bending it, being too lazy to go down, turn off the water, then attach the hose and go back down to turn the water back on. When I released the kink my head was about two inches from the sprinkler and it sprayed me hard in the left ear. I got wet but thought no more about it than that. After researching vertigo online, sometimes there is too much medical information on these sites, I saw that my condition could be caused by everything from brain tumor to just getting up too quickly. Ear trauma as a cause rang a bell and the hard water shot into my ear seemed like the culprit. At least I hope that is what it is. This morning I am able to manuever around the house and hope to get out into the garden some too. Driving a car is out for now, so no trips to pick up a few pansies. There will be naps and reveries, very little blog reading, and some college football watching. If this condition has not improved by Monday, a trip to a physician might be in order. Wish me a good drying out of the left ear.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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