Monday, August 25, 2014

Prairie Home Companions


Really? Do I only post on Mondays now?

I've been busy digging holes.

Adding grasses, echinacea, butterfly milkweed and sages, subtracting Queen Annes lace that over took the baby love rose and almost killed it. 

Taking out dead hypericums and hydrangeas that didn't survive that last winter.

Turning my garden into a prairie.

Next I'll be making my own dresses out of calico.

But I'm so happy with the new look of the back berm, I'm moving slowly from bed to bed. Dividing iris, giving away  some of the invasive but beloved pale pink lily of the valley to my new garden conscious neighbor, changing it up.


Hopefully plantings that will require less water in the future.

Though I just did the math and thought, am I actually going to be digging up these grasses in three years and dividing them?

Highly doubtful but we can dream.

Dream someone else will do it.

The amazing part of all this is that I can do the digging.

I just "graduated" from shoulder surgery today.  6 months out. Passed all my tests, paid my 20.00 co pay and left the office with tears in my eyes. It's over.

I asked the Doctor if I could salsa dance now.

"Could you salsa before you tore your rotator cuff" he asked.

"Yes I could", I said.

" Then dance away", he said.

Maybe I'll go clogging instead, seems to fit my new prairie lifestyle better....



Special thanks to my friend Gwen who shot me a text to tell me I had misspelled prairie in the blog title.

#tooexcitedtoproofread





31 comments:

  1. Yes but can you play the piano? (the Groucho in me comes out once in a while). I would have gladly taken your pink lily of the valley by the way. Leave the grasses alone, they'll always look fab. I only seem to post when there's a full moon or some such. Happy shoulder grad day! God job.

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    1. Jajajaj. When I was early on in recovery the doctor said, I know you want to know how soon you will be able to drive.

      Well, I told him, I didn't drive before surgery, but when do you thin I'll be able to.

      6 weeks he said in all sincerity/

      But he never gave me a license....

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  2. Your garden is looking lovely. All your hard work definitely paid off.

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    1. Thank you Bmore. There's so much more tho.....

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  3. Yeah! you can dig and dance again...that must feel great. making dresses though might be too much!

    You should probably host another flower in the house party since that berm is looking so awesome. Glad you're better. xo

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    1. What a great idea, we'll do it next Monday.

      Go pick some wildflowers:-)

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  4. That's echinacea, btw. Welcome to my world, new prairie woman. Did you get some coreopsis and Gaillardia daisies& Mohave Sage as well? Fyi, not too many of us out here are still wearing homemade calico dresses & sunbonnets! I think you will enjoy the lower water usage part of it, for sure.
    Dance the nights away, Mizz Jane. You definitely deserve it.
    Diane in
    Mountains & Plains
    Colorado

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    1. Oh god I misspelled another word? Where's that Gwen when you need her...

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    2. Saw it, but thought I was annoying enough to mention the title....

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    3. Having the much-vaunted and much-lamented "proofreader's eye" is both a blessing and a curse. Luckily, it helped me make a good living in Marketing & Editorial Communications for many years! Jane, I sent you some good prairie plant suggestions today from www. plantselect.org, based at Colo. State University.
      Coreopsisacally yrs,
      D in D

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  5. So glad for your complete recovery. Long road for a gardener!.........love your 'flowers in the house"!!! Lisa

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Second mention of FITH, we def have to do it next Monday.

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  6. To use a shovel...ah!!! I know what not being to use one can be like. I fully appreciate your travail! Dig away!

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    1. Thank you, I will.....now if I could just dig deeper...

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  7. The new look of your berm is beautiful. Glad you have recovered and can dance and dig again. Love digging and dancing actually but making my own dresses, no, I like to leave that to others, haha.

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    1. Oh me too, I can't even cut a straight line!

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  8. You worked hard for that healthy shoulder, Jane--I'm so happy for you. And I want you to blog twice a day, but I'll settle for once a week as long as you post daily in instagram, that virtual coffee shop that has commandeered my life on the interwebs.

    Your berm looks great and is a lot like my Massachusetts garden.Not the English perennial garden used to have, but low maintenance and suiting my overfull life of recent years. Only now am I at a place where I'm dreaming of something that requires serious time. I want a rose garden. Also, one of my hydrangeas didn't bloom this year. ???

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    1. I think our gardens took a big hit this past winter, my lilac didn't bloom, all the blossoms must have frozen, maybe that hydrangea was less sheltered than the others?

      Of course you want a rose garden now that you're maintenance free, we're like that we humans. go for it!

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    2. And thank you, i did work hard for it, and it was a lot harder work than anticipated.

      But it's done. Amen,

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  9. Hooray for healthy shoulders! My yoga teacher told me this week that the best thing for a rotator cuff injury is to hang from a bar for 30 seconds, three times a day. I tried it and it actually felt really great! (My shoulder surgery was two and a half years ago and I still fuss with it here and there.)

    Your garden looks fantastic! Mine just got a revamp this past weekend too. :o)

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    1. Really? Hang from a bar? Can't imagine but might have to give it a try....you have a bar in your house?

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  10. What Deb said. At 12 months I suddenly had some soreness and stiffness, which my massage therapist was able to "clean up". (Don't ask me; i haven't a clue.) Have been careful to keep up the stretching and weight-lifting ever since, and i think I am stronger now than before the surgery.

    The fence makes such a wonderful backdrop for all the grasses, etc. I really love it. Need/want any of the coral day lilies? I can divide in September or October?

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    1. Right, we should be bionic now.....coral day lilies? Sounds lovely!

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  11. Oh my goodness, the garden is looking dreamy! You have reaaally got it going on with the grasses and echinacea - just so stunning. Please forgive my lack of comments, life has been pulling me further and further from blogging, but I'm slowly getting back! Three cheers and more for the clean bill of shoulder health. xx

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    1. As one of your devoted Instagram followers, I see how full your life is, and how busy you are with your jewelry business. Your successful jewelry business might I add.

      Your time away is forgiven,though I do miss your most and always funny and encouraging comments. xo

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  12. Love the content because I love changing things up as well. However, I most especially appreciate and enjoy how literate you are and the symmetry of this piece. Really well written! I would add that clogs are way more comfy than salsa shoes and you will love the breath ability of calico so please consider your options!๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿถ

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    1. What a lovely comment. You made me go back and reread the post. And you made me laugh. xo

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  13. Berm is gorgeous! I envy you your recovered shoulder. Mine, which didn't need surgery, still bothers me.

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  14. I hope you dance and dig to your heart's content, dear Jane.

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