Friday, November 7, 2014

Shared Worry Lessens the Burden

I have to tell you  my worry has eased some over the last few days.  I know for certain the biggest reasons for my relief was getting it all down in writing and being blessed with wise, warm and loving concern from the blogging community, my dear friends.  Thank you. 
Random fall garden pictures, Milton the Rock with hostas and Golden Shadows dogwood.

Things are looking tentatively better.  We took both dogs to the veterinarian on Tuesday and with a few tweaks of medication and a bag of dental treat chews apiece, we left with lighter hearts.  (The dental chew treats were for the dogs, just thought I'd clear that up.)  Our veterinarian, Dr. B, is a wonderful man; I've often asked him if he takes on human patients, but drat, seems his license only clears him to work on four-legged creatures.  I did point out that chickens are bipeds, just like me, but that didn't change his mind.  No, he can't be my doctor, too. 

Teddy, looking surprised to see me.
Dr. B is always optimistic and impressed by these two old troopers of ours; he said with meds and luck from heaven above, we could all be together for quite some time.  Or not. And I know what he means, so we'll cherish what time we have.  I was able to halve the dose of furosemide Pudding is taking and she seems much more comfortable; even barking to be fed last night which was music to our ears. 

Mom is working on painting another garden ornament for me but I've got to get her something else to do as she's nearing completion on the project.   Busy hands make for a happy heart and she is never happier than when she has several things waiting to be painted.  I have a collection of cast iron garden lanterns and she has painted all of them several times. 
One of her latest works of art.

 So now that we're hopefully on a plateau around here with aging moms and dogs, I can talk about what else has been going on. 

Ok, not much. 

We didn't work on Castle Aaargh at all this year; with being in the magazine and all the visitors who came to see the garden there was no time to get all the rock pallets hauled back up and the mortar mixer out.  One of the visitors said we could look at the project as something to do in our retirement and in the meantime, it's a ruin.  Wise words, don't you think?
A ruin with a stained glass window.  Yep, that's what it is.
Our last magazine tour visitors came about two weeks ago.  I think that is the latest anyone has officially toured the garden.  I was headed up to Mom's with my walking poles and duh, forgot her pills, so I turned around and marched back to the house to get them. 

When I came back out of the house, I was startled by a car sitting on the road at the end of our driveway.  A big, black car with tinted windows.  Tinted windows make me nervous, it's like mirrored sunglasses.  I have a hard time making eye contact with people wearing mirrored shades.  Who's behind those Foster Grants?

But you all know me, the lady who drags Jehovah's Witnesses around the garden for tours even when all they want to do is save my soul.   (Ok, that was an accident and it only happened once.  I thought they were a group who had called earlier.)

  So I smiled at the blank window and waved them on in.

The car rolled into the driveway and the window rolled down to reveal two nice people who wanted to let me know my landscaping from the road was very nice.  And of course, we all know that I said, "Thank you.  Do you want to see the back yard?"

And of course, we were off and running.  We'd already had a frost and the day was dark and drizzly and the hostas were hanging like rags, but they both said they'd come back next summer when the garden didn't look like a bedraggled bedspread.  The pictures in this post are from that day, in fact.  The last hurrah for 2014.

Golden Shadows dogwood fall color

We're still working on clearing out the garden for the winter which has been a much more relaxed task since we don't have mortar mixers and rocks to deal with at the same time.  I guess it was a good idea to take a break from Aaargh construction this year.  We'll get back at it next year.

Since these pictures were taken, the hosta foliage has degraded significantly and all I have to do is grab hold of the leaves and they fall right off.  I don't like to leave the foliage stand through the winter since it harbors slugs and possible disease and also because in the spring, I have way more than enough work to do.  This way we can start out with a clean slate when the spring crazies arrive.  And this year, there is an abundance of mice all over the place, so giving them less places to hide will hopefully help.  I've never seen so many.  It's creepy.

The Quarry takes on a different look in the fall.  I've got to get those waterlilies cut back, too.

When it rains, Carl's pyramid shows the light and dark side more vividly.

Going through the Egress Gate, this is where Carl and I cleared out hostas last night.

I still have this bed to clear yet.
 And now for something completely different below:  Carl made some more garden sculpture this summer.  I know the pictures don't do them justice, but these stainless steel 'things' were made from scrap at his work. 
Hard to see in this picture, but they resemble pussy willow branches.  Ok, if you have an imagination.

 Trust me, they look better in person.  As you walk around them, the different facets light up, they're really cool.

I stuck bunches of the welded stainless works in the roller stands that usually hold the petunia pots for winter decoration along the driveway.   

And in the rain one day, I got the garage urns ready for the winter, too.

I have to tell you about an amazing gift we received from a garden visitor this summer.  Stay tuned for that tale, coming up soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Junebug said...

Thanks for the wonderful walk through the garden today! I love Fall colors in our gardens.

I'm glad to hear pupsters are doing better. It sure eases the worry.

So all I have to do is sit in the car out front and I'll get an invitation to tour, LOL!!!

Take care dear one!! Hugs!!

Charade said...

What a beautiful tour. I can't believe how many hostas you have, and they all look so big and broad and healthy. I'd like to line one of the breaks between our yard and woods with hostas, but considering how much of our garden and pears the deer ate this year, I'm not sure they'd survive the initial planting.

I'm so glad you're feeling better, and that the little dogs are, too.

Alison said...

I'm so glad to hear that sharing your worries has helped. I hope you're getting some sleep now too. You took some lovely photos of your fall color. The urns look beautiful too, and I love that Carl is so creative. You're lucky to have such a talented husband.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

So glad Pudding and Teddy are doing better.

You still have a lot of beauteous color there at Quarry Gardens.

I love those bunches of welded stainless works. They are really neat. Makes me want to see what all I've got in my stash of metal. :-)

Happy Autumn ~ FlowerLady

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Karen, your garden is the most beautiful fall/winter garden. There is so much interest even though the flowers are mostly gone.

You made me think of all of our past pups, hard to see them aging along with our parents. Even though it is sad to say goodbye, we wouldn't be without the experience of having them in our lives.


Beth said...

You have great color - the photo with the quarry and quarry hill is beautiful! Love your rock wall too, and your urn with hydrangeas and sedum. Stunning! I look forward to hearing about your amazing gift, and am glad your mother and your pups are doing better.
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Myra Glandon said...

I totally missed the two previous posts. I'm glad things are better, and going better. Your gardens are still so pretty, and I like Carl's sculptures. Hang in there.

Debra Newton said...

So glad to hear the pups are doing better, a relief for sure.

We have mice like crazy too! As i sit in my chair to watch tv, i see one climbing the window screen!!! I screamed and jumped up to close the window! I saw it climbing there again today...ick ick ick!


Indie said...

Glad to hear your dogs are doing a little better! I hope things continue to improve. I certainly understand the worrying. I am a worrier as well, as if my thinking of all the terrible things that might happen and worrying about them will prevent them from actually happening. Deep breaths! And being outside in the garden helps so much.
Your garden looks beautiful, with all the golden colors. I'm always impressed with the garden art that you and Carl put together! And are those flowers on the fence painted? So cute!

africanaussie said...

I somehow have not been keeping up with blogs lately, and just got caught up with yours. So sorry about all your worries lately. You have a lot going on right now, and I wanted to remind you to remember to take care of yourself as well. That is not selfish, you need to keep yourself strong and fit. That said I have to comment on your lovely fall photos- how awesome your garden is in all seasons. Take care dear Karen and bless you for all you do for your dear Mom. My Mom passed away this year and having wonderful memories is what keeps me going.

Pam's English Garden said...

Your garden is lovely in every season, Karen. I couldn't find the words to describe mine, but 'bedraggled bedspread' fits perfectly -- my garden not yours. Hope your dogs make a full recovery soon. P. x

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Glad to hear that things are a bit better in your part of the world.....
I am back for a blogging break and now posting over on my Christmas blog....

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Your garden in the Fall is absolutely stunning!!


PlantPostings said...

I'm glad things are looking more optimistic for you! I would love to see your garden someday. It looks great in all seasons! I really enjoy your sense of humor with your posts, too. :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Karen, your gardens look beautiful even in the fall. I love the golden glow of the dying hostas and trees. Your urns look fabulous and I like the metal sculptures your husband made. So much work! Oh, and Castle Argh looks so awesome with that gorgeous stained glass window. Wow. It's a beauty!