Tuesday, 12 June 2018

How Does Your Garden Grow

Once again I am going to have to take a blogging break.  This time I am travelling down to England later today to visit my parents.  We were due to visit them in March but our plans had to change after Gerard's heart attack.  Their health has sadly deteriorated over the last few months and Dad had a fall late last week.  Whilst there doesn't appear to be any serious injury it has unsettled me.  I am flying over to Edinburgh and then on to Norwich where I will be met by our daughter Victoria, it will be nice to have some quality time with her too.  Gerard will remain here as he is still in rehab and has hospital appointments pending.  I have been busy batch cooking lots of meals for the freezer so he won't have the bother of cooking for one.

I have taken lots of photos of the garden so that I have them for our records, along with some notes has to how they fair in this windy area.  We are quite open to the elements here, not far from the sea so wind can be quite damaging.



We have just put up a little picket fence around a small patio area which is quite sheltered.  Our intention is to move some of the pots of herbs there.

The front garden area is protected by a stone wall so the plants there are doing quite well.  Let me take you on a little tour.











I am quite pleased with the start we have made and will work on one little area at a time, enjoying the process.

I must admit to feeling a little unsettled, excited to see my parents but nervous about leaving Gerard.  Time will tell how everything will work out.  I will be back soon.

See you soon.


39 comments:

  1. I hope all goes well with your visit. I can very much understand you feeling unsettled, it is always difficult when family are a distance away. I am sure all will go well. Take care. Lovely to see how your garden is progressing. It is good to document it, so you can see the progress over time and also as you say, what works and what doesn't.

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  2. Your garden is looking lovely - not easy in our climate! Loved all the crafty projects in your last post - I am also having issues with not receiving email notifications from blogger - disappointing! Hope your trip goes well.

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  3. Wishing you well for your travels. Being away from family is unsettling at best of times but more so when someone is unwell. I am sure the little community you have moved to will be keeping an eye on Gerard :-) and offer assistance with appointments etc
    Meanwhile I hope you will feel a bit more yourself once you are with your parents and daughter.

    The winds in the West are fierce, it is nice to see that you have managed to grow a little garden with plants that are thriving in the conditions x

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  4. Nasty weather down this way today.
    have a good visit

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  5. I'm sorry to hear your parents are failing and I hope you will have a good visit and share lots of love. It must be hard to leave Gerard to his appointments alone. Your flowers are lovely.

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  6. I hope that things continue well for Gerard and I hope that all will be as well as it can for your parents especially your Dad. remember to look after yourself in all of your caring duties. xx

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  7. You are doing well with the garden, I think it's so helpful to have some vibrant colour to cheer the spirits on the dreich days. Travel safely, you must feel a bit torn having to leave Gerard. Sending hugs. x

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  8. I hope your visit with your parents is filled with lots of joy. Sending you hugs as you feel a little apprehensive about leaving Gerard. Your flowers are so pretty btw.

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  9. Hoping you have a safe trip and a good visit with your parents.

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  10. Your plants look so pretty and your lawn is so green! I love your sharing of your life near the sea! Here in the middle of the US we have pastures and fields of wheat and corn everywhere we look. Prayers for your parents, for you to travel safely, and for your hubs to be healthy. Enjoy your trip!

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  11. Your garden is looking good. Many pretty blooms. I like the painted tires too. They add a nice pop of color. Safe travels to you.
    xx Beca

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  12. Thanks for the sweet photos of your garden, I also plant a lot of things in tires and find that anything in the squash and pumpkin family seem to do very well in them.
    I'm the same way when I go off visiting family by myself and leave my Steve at home. He has diabetes and has to be reminded all the time to take better take of himself. When I'm away he forget to check his sugar and gets lazy about eating right and doing his meds. They are just little boys in big bodies, LOL.
    I hope that you can relax and enjoy your visit and that everything is fine with your folks.
    God bless you.
    Connie:)

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  13. Have a good trip. Hope all is well with your parents. I hope Gerard will be ok too. Safe travels.

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  14. Lovely photos of your garden. You must feel anxious to have to leave Gerard but also worried about your parents. Have a safe trip and I hope all wil be well:)

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  15. I am enjoying the lovely flowers from your garden! You have green fingers because your plants look so healthy!

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  16. Your photos are lovely. I can tell the care that you’ve put into your little garden area already. I’m so sorry to hear about your father‘s fall. It is so hard to have family a long distance away. I understand. It takes 26 hours to drive to where most of our family lives, including Dennis‘s mother. Flying there takes all day.
    I think it’s normal for you to feel unsettled about leaving Gerard at home. You have done everything you can to make his time without you easier. I’m sure every time he heats up one of your meals he will be wishing you were there. Enjoy your trip. Enjoy your time with your family. My prayers will be with you.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  17. Your flowers look lovely and it's a good idea to grow those that'll withstand the wind and place in sheltered areas where you can sit and enjoy them. I can understand regarding your concern for your parents' health and I shall be thinking of you at this time that all will go well as you visit and also for Gerard at home. God bless.

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  18. Your garden looks very pretty now ! When you can do it yourself it's great, but although we have a rather small garden I have to hire a gardener and it becomes expensive ! Have a nice trip to Norwhich and enjoy your family !

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  19. Have a safe journey and I hope your parents will be OK. It can't be easy trying to look after everyone, so try to make time to look after yourself too. X

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  20. Your garden of potted plants are looking wonderful, I love the fuchsia and the unusual colored petunia! Sorry your dad had a fall but so glad he didn't break anything! Do enjoy your trip and I'm sure Gerard will manage until you return. He's lucky to have you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  21. Blessings and prayers for a good trip.
    You are so wonderful to be caring for your loved ones so well.
    I will miss you here, my friend.
    Prayers for your Daddy and Gerard too!

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  22. I know how you feel when parents are ailing. I hope you find them better than expected. Hopefully you will find days of enjoyment with them and your daughter while you are away. Take care. ♥

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  23. Thank you for the tour of your garden. It is very pretty. I hope your parents are okay and that your husband's health continues improving.

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  24. What a good idea, moving some of the herbs and flowers into sheltered areas.
    I hope all goes well for your trip to spend time with your ageing parents. Hopefully all will also go well at home for Gerard as he continues his rehab appointments.
    I'm sure you and your daughter will have a great visit too!

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  25. Your garden is looking lovely; thank you for the little tour. Ageing parents can be unsettling and I hope that your visit with them will reassure you somewhat. Preparing meals for Gerard is a loving thing to do, and I'm sure he will appreciate them very much.
    Safe travels.

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  26. You are having a difficult year with the need to be three places at once. Sending best wishes and hope all goes well so you can get back home again soon.

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  27. safe travels and hope your visit goes well!

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  28. Wishing you a good trip and safe travels.
    Do hope all is well with your parents.
    I also hope Gerard's health continues improving too.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  29. May everything go well...it's always better to have a good honest look at things to help you decide. There's been a fall resulting in a broken hip in my family so I understand that unsettled feeling.

    Gerard will hold down the fort and, with your foresight and planning, will eat well. Take good care...

    Oh your plants look very happy!

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  30. Safe travels MM and I hope your mind is eased somewhat when you visit your parents.
    Your garden is looking wonderful.
    Hugs-x-

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  31. Your plants look so healthy. The wall surely helps protect the plants. Wishing everyone well.
    betsy

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  32. Well wishes to you and your parents, Lorraine. While it can be unsettling to leave home, it is a necessary trip for you and hope that your dad recovers from his recent fall. Your garden is looking lovely and Gerard will have lots of color around until you return. Safe travels and good visiting with family too.

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  33. Enjoy this precious time with your parents. My dad also had a fall a while back so I know how worrying that is. And I hope that Gerard is doing well. A big hug to you all.
    Amalia
    xo

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  34. Good luck on your trip, hope your parents are okay. My thoughts are with you my friend.

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  35. Just got back into the blog world after taking a time out for some devastating events. After losing my mother-in-law on the 7th, I can tell you to don't miss a chance to hold your parents close. Life is short.

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  36. Prayers for your parents and for Gerard to heal quickly. Hope you have a great visit and that all turns out well. Love your garden and flowers!

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  37. I hope all is well with your parents and Gerard. Don't forget to look after yourself as well x

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