Saturday, August 11, 2007

Trauma or False Alarm?

This tale will be told with some photos from around my garden!

We spent a lovely day Thursday enjoying the sun, pottering round the garden and making bath bombs with my neighbour, so easy to do and I must admit probably better to do in the garden!!!

This is one the new 'Brug' which is now showing the orange ring around the end of the petals!

Whilst round at my neighbours T started coughing and then complaining of a pain that ran down the side of her neck, we gave her a glass of water and it seem to subside, so we carried on.

The beautiful dahlia fully opened. This is the first year I have grown them, I will have to check with Ruth as to what to do with them over winter!!!

Once we had finished we packed up, helped tidy away and trundled back home. T had become very quiet and was getting paler by the minute, which is quite something as she is already pale anyway! She now had a pain in her chest!!!

Another view of the new 'Brug'!

As we only had one car, the other was in for its MOT, I made a Doctors appointment, took K to work and then went straight to the Drs with T.
She was very thorough but concluded that it was 'a virus'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alocasia with dew!

Got back home and there was a message on the answer machine from hubby! Could I phone him on his mobile! Odd, as he rarely asks this! So I did, he had just been to the physio as he had an extremely bad pain in his right calf, she thought it maybe DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and he should see his GP straight away!


So he made the appointment, hopped on his bike and drove 22 miles back to our GP. He was not convinced but bearing in mind his past history (he has had DVT before which was very serious as it went to his lungs)he made him an appointment at the main hospital.

Morning Glory, such a bright purple! Lovely but I still prefer sweetpeas!

So he drove the 22 miles back from where he had come as the hospital is only round the corner from where he works!

Red Caster Oil plant, flower, most unusual! Hasn't grown as big as I hoped!

After a series of tests, they too weren't sure but gave him a 'heparin' injection in the stomach and told him to come back at 4pm Friday for a scan!

Top view of an arum lily! I really love these and intend to plant lots more!

So we went back yesterday and it turns out not to be a 'clot' but the physio was definate it was not muscular so this obviously need investigating further!!!!
I had to cancel my pre-addmission appointment which was Friday afternoon, but as I have had so many ops with them over the last 6 months they where happy to me answering questions over the phone. I also said I did not really want to cancel incase hubbys DVT turned out not to be! So with great relief (I think!) hubby is fine, but I have still to go and have my op Monday!!!

This is my original 10ft tall Brugmansia which has flowered none stop since heaven knows when this year! I have chosen to let it get this height, they can be prunned to keep it at a reasonable size! I have a number of Brugs just waiting to open there buds so I should have pics of a few more different colours soon!
I do have some small Brugs and will be taking some cuttings of others soon, if you are interested please contact me for prices.(currently most expensive £5 plus p&p) They must be overwintered in a greenhouse or indoors as they dislike frost intensely!
UK only!


RUTH said...

Oh many worries. I do hope all turns out to be well for all of the family and will be thinking of you especially on Monday. Your flower photos are lovely. If you let one of your Arum flowers go to seed you can grow your own...they take a year or tewo to get to a good flowering size but handy if you want a lot...the photo looking down into the flower is gorgeous. Re; the dahlias (if you don't want to risk leaving them in the ground); let the first frost hit them then lift them. Cut back the stems, wash off the soil then hang them upside down to dry off in a frost free place. Then pack them in sawdust or somthing. Must admit as I grow mine in pots I just cut them down lay the pots on their side on to dry out and store them (still in the dry soil)in the garage and just revive them the next year. Maybe I should buy some of your brugmansias..still no sign of flower buds...maybe next year???

Naturegirl said...

The images were stunning loved the lily especially! You certainly had a stressful time of late!! Better days ahead..hugs NG

Petunia's Gardener said...

What a day! The photos are wonderful. Hope you have a restful weekend and quick healing from the op next week..

mrsnesbitt said...

Gosh, what a stressful day!
It is amazing how you kept so calm.

Hope you manage to have a rest over the weekend.
Like the sound of the bath bombs.
Will you be telling us how to make them?


Anonymous said...

My first visit.

So many beautiful photographs to see. So much to read.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

lorenzothellama said...

What a day you had! Hope all is well.
Will Brugs. grow in Cheshire? Maybe we are a bit too far north. I love your plants and will take note of them. Arums won't grow here, and I don't think morning glory will either.
My latest posting is all about compost heaps!

Allotment Lady said...

My goodness - hope everything turns out well for your family, yourself, and for you new tropical plant sales business.

Sheila said...

What a day..!
I hope everyone recovers and soon feels 100%.
The flowers are great, mine garden is a write off this year..!I have to replan for next spring.
Check my blog there is something there for you..xx

farmingfriends said...

I hope everyone is feeling better now. I love the dahlia picture. I would be interested in the prices of your brugs.
Sara from farmingfriends

Vallen said...

Oh what a day. No one needs many of those in a lifetime.
The morning glory is so big. Our neighbors have them and they grow like wildfire. I am always having to cut them back from our adjoining fence, but nonetheless they have managed to grow to the tip-top of our olive tree. I love the flowers but don't like their intrusive nature.
Your garden flowers are show-worthy.

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Vintage to Victorian said...

Gosh, what a worry - but how clever to intersperse it with those lovely flower photos.

Hope all went well yesterday.


Catherine said...

Your flowers and photo's are just beautiful!! I have enjoyed my first visit to your site, I look forward to visiting again soon!!

smilnsigh said...

Oh my! What a time of it, you had, all around you.


Felicia said...

I so enjoyed the flower tour. Best of luck to you!