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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

What Next?

At the top of a back staircase in our house this variegated sansevieria has lived for the last five years, requiring little care and growing happily.

A year or two ago, I decided to let it have a vacation outside.

However, it got placed in a spot with a little too much light and wasn't acclimated properly so it suffered.  I brought it in after only a few days, mad at myself for such foolishness.  During the last year or so it's struggled a bit and something that found the pot outside ate a few dents in the sides of a couple of leaves.  Maybe it got over watered but recently it decided to fall apart. 

What to do?  Is it time to call it quits and compost the whole thing or should the fallen bits be rooted, fresh soil provided and hope that the fun continues?   I've pondered this for a while.  

This spring, I was feeling a little blah and wasn't really enjoying being in the garden or even going to nurseries.   The amount of plants in my possession and the care they require seemed overwhelming.  Everything that I thought of to blog about seemed old - yes, there are new shoots, blooms, foliage but what haven't I already shared in previous years?  Blogging and being part of that community have been a true joy for me but recently, the thought of what to do next on the blog has been crossing my mind every time I look at that sansevieria.

I now know that a totally blocked vessel in my heart may have had something to do with my feeling of ennui.   The signs were fairly subtle and I dismissed the pain as being caused by moving too many pots out of the greenhouse.  Finally on Saturday evening, we walked  to the emergency room of the hospital just up the street.  I got a lovely private room in the coronary care unit with a view of the park.  A couple of days being pampered  and a nice surgery were just what the doctor ordered, literally.   I'm back home now and feeling much better than before but will be taking a break from blogging for a short time.  Until then, happy spring and happy gardening!


43 comments:

  1. Oh! Of course I wondered why you weren't blogging. I've missed your postings. Happy to know you're still alive, and though, not yet well, getting there.

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  2. I hope you have a speedy recovery

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  3. I am so glad you got to the hospital in time. Thoughts and Prayers are with you for a speedy, full recovery. Take care of yourself!

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  4. It's time for your plants to pamper you. Rest, relax and recuperate while the plants provide you with some joy but will do just fine with a little tough love for the moment. Speedy recovery!

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  5. Only you could make a stay in the hospital sound like a vacation. Love you my friend and I am so thankful you're healing.

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  6. This post sure took an unexpected turn at the end! I'm glad you're doing better now!

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  7. I was frankly worried by your silence and tempted to contact a couple of people closer geographically with inquiries but that seemed intrusive. I was relieved when I saw a couple of comments from you but still concerned. I'm very glad to hear that you got the care you needed and that you're recovering. I'd hoped you were on vacation but I didn't imagine one of exactly this type!

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  8. You seemed to have gone to great lengths to get a vacation from blogging. Next tune just say you are taking a break. ;) I do wish you a speedy recovery. I hope you feel like sharing all. I will miss you while you are recovering. Take care.

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  9. Dearest Peter ~ I pray that your recovery will be swift and complete. Resting will be good for you and aid in your healing. Your blogging family will be here when you return.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

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  10. OMG Peter.... what a scare! I'm so glad you got to it on time, and that you're on the mend. I hope you have a wonderful, restorative, and restful few weeks at home, where you can take in all the spring bounty with no other worries than watching the hummingbirds fight over it. Be well, my friend!

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  11. Wish you a speedy recovery Peter! You can give the little variegated sansevieria piece to friends.xo

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  12. I'm so glad it was caught in time and repaired, Peter. Nothing to be trifled with. Wishing you a speedy recovery... take the time to relax and enjoy the spring weather. <3

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  13. And here I thought you were just on vacation! My sister recently had a similar experience. So glad you got fixed up and are taking it easy. We can't have you falling apart like your poor potted plant.

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  14. A room with a park view & people to bring your meals. If it weren't for the surgery part, it sounds like a really nice change of pace! Even from Texas I could tell your heart wasn't really in your nursery visit posts, which is unusual, & now we see that your heart needed some attention of its own. So glad you got to that exactly when you did. Very smart! Rest up & be well soon. Good thoughts coming your way ...

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  15. Holy crap Peter! So glad you're OK & on the mend! Take good care of yourself - glad your sense of humor wasn't harmed during this misadventure, it'll help get you through anything.

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  16. It must be heartening to see so many good wishes for your full recovery here from your followers. I join in with them in hoping that you are back in fine fettle soon. But of course if you are still feeling slothful, there's nothing wrong with that either. Take care of yourself, there's only one of you and you're it.

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  17. So sorry to hear your news, but glad that you discovered it in time and are now on the mend. Your plants and garden can wait, you are the important one and must take care of yourself.Lots of love winging over the ocean to you!

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  18. Even if you never post another word, your archives are full of delightful things worth re-reading, looking at again, and listening to again. Thank you and get well soon.

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  19. Dearest Peter, I'm so sorry about your illness, and do hope you'll better soon. But we have only one heart and MUST take care on it. Now your health is the principal thing.

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  20. Oh dear, what an awful scare. I hope you are feeling much better now and that you will soon be back full of energy and full of enthusiasm for your garden and your blog. In the meantime you will be missed.

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  21. Peter ! I had no idea what you have been going through .. I am so glad you have had the proper attention and you ARE RESTING !
    That is what is MOST important ... the garden will survive .. the blog will be there when you are ready again .. but you are the most important being in this whole scenario right now .. take VERY good care of yourself and don't worry .. when it is time, you will feel the same love and excitement about gardening and blogging again ... I promise !
    Just relax ... heal .. and enjoy your life !!
    Best of all wishes
    Joy : )

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  22. Oh my gosh! I'm glad you caught the issue in time. Best wishes for a complete recovery. Get well, be happy.

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  23. So glad you got some medical attention! Get well soon, Peter!

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  24. Here I am, outside the United States on vacation, and this is the first opportunity to check my oldest and favorite garden blog, and here you are, going through all this medical emergency and trauma. My heart goes out to you, Peter: I pray for your quick recovery. I sure hope you'll get your mojo back soon. I'll be back state side at the end of April. If you need any kind of gardening assistance, don't hesitate: I love working in other people's gardens. Good health and quick recovery to you my friend!
    P.S. the Sansevieria can be saved. Any part of the leaf can start rooting, with a little patience.

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  25. Oh my! Glad you got it checked out! Take care of yourself.

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  26. Oh Peter I've only just picked up on this post. I thought that you were quiet. I'm too far away to offer any help, even if you trusted me to weed your garden, but you will be in my thoughts. I hope that the joys of spring and a good rest sees you fully restored and ready to resume nursery visiting with enthusiasm again. Take care.

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  27. I don't know how I missed this!
    Enjoy your rest, enjoy a nice break from all the responsibilities, and I'm glad you caught this in time. I wish you all the best for your recovery and I hope blogging returns to your to-do list once everything gets re-evaluated.

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  28. More than ever, this world needs gardeners. And you're one of the good ones, Peter. Get well soon.

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  29. Hi Peter! I learned the 'hearty'news from Alison last Saturday during my Open Garden. I haven't blog and haven't visited my favorite blogs for several months due to some house remodeling, garden restoring after the February snow and the preparation for the Open Garden. I was shocked and very sorry to hear the news, but I'm glad to know that you are doing fine and back to work. Take a good break and come back to the blogging world - even one post a month will be great! All The Best!

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  30. I wondered where you were. When you are away you are missed ! Ill health can interfere with things can't it ? This community awaits your return-at your own pace of course.

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  31. Hope you are feeling back to your normal self soon. Glad you went into the hospital when you did.

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  32. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather, but I'm so glad you had the surgery and that you're on the mend. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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  33. My goodness, glad you were, improved!? Get well soon, we miss you on Mondays.

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  34. Anxiously awaiting your next post! My #@! computer won't let me comment so I commandeered Marty's -- hope you're feeling stronger by the day.

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  35. Take care of yourself Peter! You will be missed, hopefully you will be back soon, stronger than ever.

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  36. Peter, I'm so sorry to hear of your health scare and relieved to know you're back home now and doing much better. Continued good wishes for good health and energy and falling in love with the garden again (and maybe blogging too)!

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  37. Hope you will post a sentence or two to let us know you are recovering. Best wishes.

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  38. Dear peter, I was glad to see your comment on my blog.
    Hope you're recovering, but take care, we wait for you.
    Kisses!

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  39. I do hope you are recovering well and finding some joy in your garden again. Warm wishes from across the pond.

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  40. Happy Forth of July, Peter.
    I hope you are feeling better and getting stronger with every passing day. I bet your garden and greenhouse appreciate the extra time you spend tending to them :-D

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  41. Thanks, Chava, I hope your fourth was fabulous. Actually, I never felt weak after the surgery and thought it was silly to stay home for the week that the Dr. recommended. All is well and I'm enjoying playing in my garden. Hope you are doing the same. Went to Swanson's a week or so and thought of you as we drove past your street.

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  42. Wish you had stopped by!!! Maybe next time.

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  43. Dear Peter, have read your comment and I see you are feeling better, it's a good news! Hope to read your new post about your pretty garden.
    Hugs!

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