9 Jun 2016

My week





The above is the corner of the garden where we've been growing plants with white flowers.  There are two new plants, an evergreen daisy-like rhodanthemum 'African Spring' and a delphinium 'Guardian White'. The white foxgloves are opening and soon a white rose 'White Star' that's climbing up the former washing line pole will bloom.  A third bud on the Regale trumpet lily has just opened.


Not all the 'white' pelargoniums were pure white, but that doesn't matter.  Every bloom is beautiful in its own way.


New buds on the red rose 'Anniversary'  will soon be out and in time for our 51st wedding anniversary which also coincides with Father's Day here in the UK and elsewhere. Pansies continue to give a good show.  Foxgloves are also flowering in the front garden.  I have to smile because we don't have them growing in the garden every year, but when they do I cannot resist taking photos of them especially when the bees are around them.  I recall that one of the first blog posts I did was of a bee climbing inside a foxglove flower. 


The vegetables, especially the tomatoes are doing well.  There are the usual plum and cherry tomatoes from old seed, but he's also trying Gardener's Delight and Heartbreaker Vita from the packets of seed in the Sutton seed gift box.  The Heartbreaker are below.  I haven't shown all of them as the pots fill the covered yard.


Tomorrow I have an MRI scan which I've never experienced before. On Saturday we'll be at Sheffield Anglican Cathedral for an event to commemorate and celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday this year joining with other seniors from across Sheffield, a day that has been in the planning for many months and which we're looking forward to.  There are displays in shop windows on most of our local high streets at the moment.




50 comments:

  1. My thoughts are with you Linda 💕 But the surgeons and the medical care nowadays are excellent, I think we are lucky to live nowadays and not 100 years ago. The MRI is a tube but you don't feel anything. I asked a relaxation pill before :) Hugs and try to enjoy the beauty of your garden and keep the spirits up 💕

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  2. I'm sorry that the results weren't as you'd hoped. Embarking on treatment can be a scary business but the results more than make up for it, I'm sure you'll be fighting fit again in no time. Sending lots of hugs. xx

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  3. Oh Linda, that is hard and challenging. Kind thoughts winging their way to you x

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  4. Linda I am so sorry to hear the test results were not as favourable as hoped. You are in my prayers and hope all goes well with surgery and further scans/tests. You certainly have a beautiful garden. Take care.

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  5. So sorry to read that the results you received on Wednesday where not what you were hoping for. I hope all goes well with your further tests and treatment, do take care and enjoy your beautiful garden whilst you are waiting for treatment. Will be thinking of you.

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  6. your flowers are amazing, i love the deep ruby reds and will pray for your surgery and treatment. sorry you have to go through this..

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  7. Thinking of you Linda, and sending you my very best wishes. It must be difficult for you, and I know that if I was in the same position I would be having those same aprehensions too. The medical staff are usually very kind, and considerate, and will help you.

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    1. The medical teams I've met so far have been very supportive. Thank you for your good wishes Rosemary.

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  8. Linda, I have only recently started visiting your blog and enjoying your lovely posts and photographs...
    I may not always leave a comment, but today is different.

    Thinking of you and Mr P as you embark on the next process in your tests and treatment.

    Please enjoy the special celebrations in Sheffield this weekend, indeed a special event.

    Sending my good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  9. I am sorry that the results are not what you would have hoped for but I hope and will pray regarding the great skill of those who treat you. Sending you many best wishes.

    I do love your garden! It is exquisite!!! The tomatoes are doing so well!!!! Mine are no where near the fruit or even flowering stage!!! I've left everything too late! Wish I'd realised my shed had a potting shelf!! Xx

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    1. Thank you Kezzie.
      I'm sure your tomatoes will do well. The Heartbreaker plants are well in advance as Mr. P. started them off mid January. The others end of February. Sounds like the shed will be very useful.

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  10. Dear Linda, So very sorry to hear this news. Wishing you comfort and wellness as you walk through treatments and possible surgery. My heart is sad. Your flowers would indeed give comfort. I must say that is a lot of tomatoes there in your garden. We have lots of blossoms, but no fruit yet. Sending hugs and love, Marilyn

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    1. Thank you Marilyn for your loving concern. I will be having surgery. I met my surgeon and my key nurse on Wednesday. I know you are reflecting on your recent tour. I hope now that you are home you're enjoying your own lovely garden.

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  11. Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about your bad news -- my thoughts are with you as you deal with this. Warm hugs and time spent in your beautiful gardens with your family are needed now, and don't worry about blogging if you don't feel up to it (not that we don't want to hear how your treatment goes, but don't worry about posting photos). Wishing for the best of outcomes. Take care, -Beth

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    1. Thank you Beth. Blog friends are dear to me too. I wanted to let you know how I'm doing and I'm ok with everything. Taking one day at a time.

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  12. Dear Linda,

    So very sorry to read your post today and my thoughts are with you, Mr P and your family. Sending my best wishes and prayers will be with you.
    Your garden is so beautiful and I loved seeing all your pretty flowers.
    Sending hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Gardens and gardening give us a lot of pleasure. Thank you Carolyn for visiting and leaving your kind message.

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  13. Linda, I'm praying right now as I type that God would gently take you through your testing and surgery and any treatment that you will need. Praying especially for peace. Your garden is a sweet retreat for sure...

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    1. An enclosed garden is a good place to be in at times. Thank you, Ellen, for your prayers as Mr. P. and I go out-and-about, taking one day at a time.

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  14. Hi Linda, your garden us so beautiful and you already have tomatoes! I'm so sorry to hear about your test results. I wish I was near by to help you in any way. I'll be paying for you dear friend. Hugs, Pat

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    1. It's good to see the amount of tomatoes on this bush-type variety. They don't take up so much space either. Thank you Pat for your prayers. I'm very touched by your words. We might not be near physically, but we can think of one another across the miles.

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  15. I am so sorry to hear that your results were not what you hoped for. I hope that the treatment will sort everything out and that you will be alright again very soon. Take care of yourself and know that we are all here supporting you and here to listen, care and sending good thoughts and hugs your way. xx

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  16. This is definitely not the result you wanted, I hope and pray that the treatment and surgery will help. In the meantime enjoy as much as possible in your beautiful garden with your family but I can imagine your thoughts will often be elsewhere.
    I wish all the best for you!

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  17. So sorry to hear of your results were not as you had hoped.
    Good luck with your forthcoming hospital visits x

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    1. Thank you Prunella.

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    2. Sorry to hear the news, but keep your faith in God because he is the best doctor, friend, fatherbin our lives. Everything will be fine!"I'm praying for ypu and Mr. P.

      XXX

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    3. Thank you Sandra.

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  18. Dear Linda I've not been around much but glad I've looked in today to catch up with your very difficult health news and add my thoughts for you as you continue with tests and start treatment. Please take good care and rest a lot. I'll be thinking of you and your family each day and sending thoughts of love and hope. Enjoy all the events on Saturday(today). Hoping your husband is feeling better. I'm sure your lovely family are giving you both plenty of support and love during this testing time. Jan x

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    1. So glad to hear from you Jan. Thank you for your kind thoughts towards myself and Mr. P. (We did have an uplifting day today). Wishing you and your family well also.

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  19. Dear Linda, I have been thinking of you all week and praying for you as you take each day one at a time. Your garden is truly lovely, a testament to all the care and energy and joy that has been poured into it. I hope you will find it a sweet and peaceful retreat in the days ahead. Enjoy your day today as you celebrate this national occasion with friends and know you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  20. Dear Gloriade. Thank you for your continued prayer support. The kind messages from blog friends are uplifting. Although I have several pre-op appointments in the next ten days I shall continue blogging when I can. Bless you and yours and everyone who reads my blog.

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  21. I send you all my wishes for a good treatment that will help you. Your garden is lovely with such colorful flowers and your photos show them so well. I saw your Gracious Queen on TV and she really looked so nice – she certainly does not look like 90 – what a tremendous achievement to have been serving her people for so long and so well.

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    1. Thank you Vagabonde for you good wishes. Her Majesty is certainly a gracious lady. I'm thankful for all she represents and has achieved as our Queen strengthened by her faith and her sense of duty. God bless her especially on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

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  22. I have said a prayer for you, Linda, and I will keep praying for your total healing. Your hubby's tomatoes are very impressive! Have enjoyed reading about the Queen's 90th BD festivities. You have gorgeous flowers! Blessings to you and yours, Bess

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    1. Thank you Bess. It's good to hear from you.

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  23. Oh, so sorry you didn't get the result you wanted. I will be thinking of you and wishing you well. I'm sure all will be well. Sending huge hugs and love. You look after you gal!
    Your garden looks so beautiful, it's always such a pleasure seeing how your garden grows.xxxxxx

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    1. Thank you, Dina, for your kind and encouraging message. Love to you and your family, Linda :)

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  24. Very best wishes Linda. I hope the treatment is short, effective and you'll soon be back to your normal self enjoying the garden. Will be thinking of you. Take care x

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    1. Thank you, Jessica, for your kind thoughts and good wishes. I'm trying to keep to a routine, including blogging when I can, during this waiting for op and further treatment time. It keeps my mind occupied on good thoughts and what is going on elsewhere.

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  25. I'm sending you my very best wishes for speedy tests and appointments and for healing. It sounds like you have the recipe for getting through the next little while - one foot in front of the other, keeping with your regular routine. I will link you in prayer with my son, and you'll be sure of those ones!

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers dear friend. Remembering you, your family and especially your son in prayer also.

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