Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring...


Spring is here and things are starting to bloom. This is the first year in a while that I haven't had a camera to share springtime blooms and colors with you all. I'm too shaky and my android phone doesn't have all that good a camera on it so that method of photography is out. I'll get another camera down the road but for now I'll just share pictures I've taken in times past... just because I'm in a spring mood.

One of my favorite blooming shrubs, this weigelia (sp?) is one that we had when we lived in Bartlesville. We planted one last spring but the summer was so hot it didn't make it's first year. I hope to plant another one this year.







This was our Joseph's Coat rose. I hate plants with thorns and stickers but this Joseph's Coat helped me learn to ignore the thorns and love the flowers... Kind of a life lesson, I guess.








Wisteria... I love the smell of these gnarly beauties. I've seen a lot of them in bloom here in Norman over the last couple of weeks. When we lived in Bartlesville there was a 4 inch pipe sticking up in our back yard where some previous owner had installed one of the big, mamu satellite dishes when they first came out. Rather than try to bust out the concrete pad and pull out the pipe we planted this wisteria and grew it up along and around the pipe. The plant had the support and covered the pipe, a win-win for all.



Lilacs... I love them. We got these starts from the place we first rented in Bartlesville before we bought and took them with us. Took about six years for them to start blooming but they were beautiful and smelled heavenly when they did get growing.










Clematis. I miss this plant so much. I planted it when we lived out in the country before we moved to Norman and it was a beautiful clematis. I'm going to start with some more of them this year. I'm hoping it is giving others as much joy as it gave me when I grew it.


So that's the spring stroll for now. Carol showed me how to make a folder and sort my pictures and that's what I'm in the process of doing now. That means more to come...

On the health front... the liver stuff seems to be settling down. The doc is s-l-o-w-l-y letting me get off the steroids. I have been having a lot of problems with my knee and the orthopede had me get an MRI last week and sure enough, I have a torn meniscus. He will repair it in an out patient surgery May 17th and then I will have to do therapy for a while but he told me he can get me walking without pain again. The girls will love getting to have their longer walks.

I donated blood today... my thoughts are with Hallie and her family in their blood drive for CJ and fund raising for organ donors. I figure I can't do too much as far as volunteering or donating money but I sure can donate blood and say prayers.

More to come as I sort out more flower pictures to share.

10 comments:

Tatersmama said...

What gorgeous photos, Sass! The flowers look so pretty, I could almost smell them! And I didn't know that you could 'start' lilacs - what else can you start like that?!

You know, at our age, and with our ailments, if we were horses, they would just shoot us I think. So please don't start neighing... okay?? ;) xoxoxoxox

joanne said...

we never know how much we've touched another life Helen. Giving blood is such an incredible thing to do...I can't even do that! take care...

farmlady said...

Yes, Spring is really here. Isn't it wonderful. The flowers are exploding and the trees are in bloom. Where's a camera when you need one. Did you know that they make cameras with built in stabilizers now? This reduces the shaking hand syndrome. They work really well.
Get that Meniscus fixed and do the therapy. Let the dogs help. We want the most pain free life we can possibly live.
Take care.

a little of me said...

nice post thanks for sharing...looking for to visit more...blessings...

Paxie said...

Your photos are beautiful Ms. Helen!

I'm so glad you are on the mend and will be out and about more. It's been a long haul :( You are a tough ole bird..not old but that's how the saying goes darnit. LOL

Bless you for donating in honor of CJ. I can't give blood, but always have them in my thoughts and prayers.

((Hugs)) Happy Easter!

Lonicera said...

Simply beautiful pictures - and the rose with the buttery centre is actually my all-time favourite because it reminds me of the one we had in our patio at home when I was a teenager. I climbed the ladder one day to smell the scent better and got pricked for my pains; I was so cross that I removed every thorn I could find on several branches. It took a long time to recover. (What a brat!). I found one in England very like that called Night Light, which I planted in the back garden, and it's just about survived the freeze last winter.
Caroline

Tipper said...

The photos are beautiful-even if they aren't this years : ) Glad you're feeling some better!!! I'll keep a good thought about the knee too.

Lonicera said...

News please Helen - how are you?
Caroline

IISAFETY said...

Spring is my favorite season. I also like the pictures of flowers you posted. They are so captivating!

harada57 said...

Bless you for donating in honor of CJ. I can't give blood, but always have them in my thoughts and prayers.


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