Friday, February 25, 2011

Busier than a one armed paper hanger?

smallpaperhanger.jpgAll my life I had heard, and even used, the phrase, “Busier than a one-armed paper hanger,” without having the slightest idea what it meant. I think I was in my mid-twenties before I understood the image conjured by the phrase, that of a man with one arm trying to hang wallpaper. Probably the epiphany came the first time I actually tried hanging wallpaper for myself. Image and comments courtesy of 
Actually my post has to do more with not being busy enough because of not having the use of one arm. Surgery was performed February 14 on my right rotator cuff leaving it pretty much immobile for the next 5-6 weeks and not fully recovered to 100% for 6 months. Yikes, right during peak gardening season.
 As I ponder in this photo above to prune or not to prune this Miscanthus now or later, you can see how limited I will be for a while. You ever tried to be a one armed garden pruner? Very slow going. Anyways one arm is better than none. And I can always ask for help from my lovely bride. So I guess that it would be
good to spend more time with her in the garden. And I am sure she will be glad to follow my detailed instructions to a t. Ha, ha. I look at the garden and see nothing but projects, projects, and more projects. Ain't going to happen is it? And you know what my doctors are saying: do nothing and heal!
The trials begin......

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amaryllis to the Rescue

I have been home from work for going on three weeks. I injured my supraspinatus muscle which is a part of the rotator cuff. Surgery will be performed on valentines day with many days of therapy and recovery to follow. Arghh, right during the prime gardening season! And lets top that off with 20" of snow and below zero temperatures. A recipe for gloom. Whats a green blood gardener to do? Amaryllis to the rescue, at least for the time being.

Carol at May Dream Gardens has a interesting post about amaryllis: Amaryllis