neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

Monday -- plants and books

Well, it was a physical therapy day, so I did that, too.  Most of the exercises are not so bad by this point.  I'm kind of getting the one that's putting my bad foot on a low "step" and bringing my left foot over the step to the other side.  At least I can do it in a more controlled manner now, and it doesn't hurt so badly.  They're going to increase the height of the step as I master it.  I guessed that, and they confirmed it, saying that I was getting the hang of how things worked.

They'd sent a report to the orthopedist a week ago, with the comparisons of the sizes of my ankles, feet and calves from last time to this time, and the strength and flexibility of the bad ankle.  Their report just recommended that I have physical therapy until the next time I see the doctor, which will be two weeks now.  He hadn't gotten back to them yet, but they didn't think he'd have a problem with it.

I listened to Robert Johnson's blues songs while I was on the stationary bicycle and the treadmill, and then when I was getting my ankle iced.  In some ways, they're so ahead of their time, and in some ways, they're a portrait of that time.

Going back, I woke when Mom came down for breakfast, and asked where my car keys were.  She looked around, as I'd looked around the previous night.  Dad looked around my car when he went out.  I searched the area around my purse another couple of times, had breakfast, then went back to sleep for a little while.

I woke when the doorbell rang, and hobbled over to the door a few minutes later.  The shipment I'd ordered from Logee's Greenhouses had come.  I figured that might be why the delivery person had rung the bell.  There were also four books there.  They were all used ones, but new to me.

I unpacked the plants from Logee's, shuffled plants around on the windowsills and plant stands until I had room for them, and watered them.  The packing was quite good.  The leaves were in good shape.  I don't know if I'd posted this before, but I'd continued on my quest for winter-blooming jasmine.  The ones I got are supposed to be everblooming.  I will certainly note if I keep them alive and in good enough shape to bloom.  One is the famous (to jasmine fans, anyway) Jasminum humile 'Revolutum', a scented yellow jasmine.  The other is Jasminum nitidum, apparently a.k.a. "Royal Jasmine," according to the packing list.  That's a fragrant white one.

I'd been looking for sweet violets for years, as we have thousands of the unscented local ones, but I wanted the kind used for the perfumes.  I got two blue sweet violets, and a pink one.  The pink had a two-thirds open flower, and a bud showing color.  I think one of the blue ones has little buds.  Sometimes the flowers are very close to the ground.  Of course I smelled the flower of the pink one.  Nothing.  I'm wondering whether to complain now or wait a day or two until it's fully opened and see if it has a fragrance then.  It's a lovely rose color, but the point was that it was a sweet violet.

Most of the used books I've been getting, for fractions of their original prices, are in decent enough shape to pass for nearly new.  I got almost all of them as "Used -- Good."  Today's books were Heirloom Flower Gardens, Annuals and Biennials by Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix (they're the ones who do the books with the great photos), English Cottage Gardening, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Roses.

Once I got back from physical therapy (I had an extra set of car keys), and a stop for lunch at Dairy Queen, I started looking to see what tender perennials were still alive outdoors, and what I might still salvage.  I put brown paper bags down on the family room floor, and went out to see what I could drag in.  One patchouli had been all frosted, and the other somewhat frost-nipped.  I cut the live stems off the still-good one, and brought them in.  I did the same for a very leggy scented-leaf geranium, which seemed to have gotten the lower of the leaves on the ends of the stems frost-nipped.  I cut some very leggy, dry-looking stems of spearmint with leaves at the tips, too.  When I went in, I cut back all those stems to where they were still relatively flexible, and put them in water.  I doubt any of it will root, but I'll have a few days to enjoy the fragrances at least.  Who knows -- some of the spearmint might root, though that overwinters here anyway.

I brought in some little pots, a couple of begonias (pink with bronze leaves, and white with green leaves), the double pink-flowered impatiens, and a pink-flowered zonal geranium.  Then I brought in a couple of medium-sized pots, though the plants were largish.  That was my rescue of the lemon geranium and the cultivar called 'Candy Dancer'.  I shifted the plants on the windowsills and the plant stands around again, and rejected two pots of snake plants that didn't really have root systems, but still had a few green leaves.  That left another two big pots of snake plants on a plant stand, so it's not like we don't have any now.

I pruned the leggy begonias and impatiens, and put the cuttings in the bowl of water with the spearmint, scented-leaf geranium and patchouli.  Having the little flowers in there adds a bit of color.  I'd still like to rescue more of the zonal geraniums and the begonias, but we get into bigger pots then, and more and more leggy geraniums.  Maybe I'll take serious geranium cuttings, like in perlite with Rootone, and see if any actually root.  I need to keep in mind that I usually get four or six smaller pots of zonal geraniums every spring at Home Depot anyway, and that they've grown into good-sized plants by summer.  I really should make another savings account to save towards the plant shopping I do in April and May, like K.S. said.  That really wasn't a bad idea.

I guess I don't need to worry as much about the types of bedding plants that are easily available, and sold as annuals.  It's nice to winter over what I can, and I especially like it if the geraniums bloom, because that really cheers things up in the winter.  There's nothing like a couple of red geraniums on the windowsill when it's snowing outside.  Those herbs that need full sun just don't survive long inside, but I've got quite a few sorts of hardy ones that survive outside, and acquire the tender ones again in the spring.

I'll keep reporting as to what I save, and what I end up farming out to friends and to people's offices.

Tags: books, flowers, garden, medical, reading

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