First Blood


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Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’

Red is a strong colour in the garden this Spring, nestling amongst the bright apple greens of the emerging foliage.


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Bonsai Maple


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Epimedium x versicolour ‘Sulphurium’


Sometimes it’s not only the leaves that are red.

Injury Season has begun as well. I could have said ‘kicked off’ except that might be ill-suited from a recumbent position on the sofa with a heavily swollen ankle perched high on a pile of cushions. When one toils in the most extreme of circumstances these things are to be expected after all. However careful the gardener is, gravity, eventually, cannot be denied.


And how did it happen this time?

Slithering from the top to the very bottom of the Precipitous Bank? No.

Falling out of a tree while pruning? Nope.

A headlong dash up the 84 steps in anticipation of the next plant delivery? Not even that.

Tumbling off the terrace wall straight into the penstemons? It wouldn’t be the first time now would it..


No, I stepped off the patio on to the lawn. All of six inches. Like I’ve done so many thousands of times before.


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The most galling part has been gazing out of the window at the near perfect Spring weather we’ve had this week. There’s so much going on in the garden right now. And so much to do.


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Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’

Perfectly crinkly leaves edged in crimson.


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Peony ‘Pastel Splendour’ (Itoh Hybrid)

No buds yet but the foliage is almost enough on its own.


It’s amazing how much growth can explode if you are absent even for a couple of days.


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Ferns have started to uncoil


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The Crocosmia seems to have doubled in size.


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Lily Of The Valley

Soon enough there will be flowers but for the moment their foliage shooting up between the primroses provides a pleasing contrast. Like little exclamation marks.


There’s just no holding things back at this time of year.

It could be worse. The gardener may be injured, but she has a plan. Yesterday, with Mike’s assistance (and wearing one of his shoes), I managed to tend to my young charges in the greenhouse. And when the attractions of the sofa are wearing a little thin, there are other ways to rest and elevate an offending limb.


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Hills can have their uses too.


Linking to Christina at My Garden of the Hesperides for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day. Click through for more delightful Spring (or maybe even Autumn!) foliage.


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  1. Catherine Doran April 22, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

    So sorry you have been injured, it happens to us all! Hope you will soon be fit again. Your garden is further on than mine in East Yorks.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Catherine, thanks and welcome!
      Your garden will soon catch up. We could all do with the weather to warm up a bit though, it’s been a really chilly Spring hasn’t it?

  2. Wendy April 22, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle, Jessica. That is frustrating with all the garden tasks stacking up. I’m glad you’ve found a way to do something outside at least and I guess some of the sofa time can be used for hatching more gardening plans. The fiery reds do provide an interesting contrast to the spring yellows, greens and blues. Take care x

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      I was surprised by all the reds, but they’ve all been in the garden a while so perhaps I’ve just noticed it because the plants are bigger this year. It is a colour more associated with autumn I must admit.

  3. New Moons For Old April 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    You always choose the best titles for your posts.
    Heal soon.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      I love titles with double meanings πŸ™‚

  4. Christina April 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    So my reply to your comment was a little off being accurate. I’m so sorry you are injured and as you say these things seem to happen in the strangest way so its no good saying “be careful is it”? All your foliage is coming on apace, love the new peony foliage, so much nicer than it becomes later. Perhaps when its not raining a lounger outside might be employed and you can direct operations! Thanks for joining in again this month.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      There’s a noticeable difference in growth by the day at the moment. But it’s going cold again so no doubt another slow down. It’s been nice to potter around in the greenhouse a bit.

  5. Anne Wheaton April 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    How annoying but glad to see it hasn’t held you back! Every time I see your wonderful photos of ferns I wonder why I don’t grow them (actually, I think that about lots of your plants).

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      There are so many ferns. I leave them be unless I want to plant something else in their place. I’m also consolidating them into groups where they will have more impact than all the odd ones dotted around.

  6. Pauline April 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Your foliage is amazing, such wonderful photos, but I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle, do take care, gardens certainly have a bad reputation when it comes to accidents. I hope your ankle soon mends and you are able to get out and enjoy doing all the jobs that will be calling to you!

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      I’m trying not to think too much about all the jobs. They will just have to wait, worst possible time of year to be out of action. Thanks Pauline.

  7. Denise April 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Have you considered directing Mike in gardening duties from the restful position of a bath chair? That way you could keep your ankle elevated AND enjoy being outside in the garden at the same time!! Having said that, we have grumpy weather on its way to our neck of the woods this weekend. The ‘snow’ word has been mentioned…shhhhhh…….

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      It’s definitely feeling colder again. And it’s a problem because the plants have grown too tall to shut the cold frame lids. The under gardener may well be directed to do a massive relocation exercise before the weekend is out. Oh, he’ll love it.

  8. Alain April 22, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    These accident always happens at the worst possible time. I hope you get better soon.
    What beautiful photos. With all these amazing colours, your garden looks particularly good.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      I suppose the time we are most active is when accidents are more likely to happen. It doesn’t make it any more palatable though. Thanks Alain.

  9. Lisa - Ontario April 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I find that I am most likely to get injured walking the dog on the sidewalk (those nasty pebbles that occasionally occur make me turn my ankle), or bending the wrong way gardening. I mountain bike, kayak, and trail run/hike in some pretty extreme situations, but I have never been injured doing the extreme things, perhaps a bruise or two when I launch myself over the handlebars, but no, injuries to myself come from doing normal things. Irritating really. You should have a good story to go with them.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Lisa and welcome!
      I seem to have developed a weakness in my back from an injury a couple of years ago. I’d like to say that was in connection with some extreme sport but in actuality I was making a Roman blind.. overstretching to reach the fabric in the middle. Always the way.

  10. Simone April 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Glad you are resting up your leg Jessica. Where there is a ‘hill’ there’s a way! I hope you make a speedy recovery! πŸ™‚

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      (Groans!) πŸ™‚
      Thanks Simone.

  11. derrickjknight April 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    More beautiful photographs. It’s sod’s law that you got injured in the way you did. I hope all is well soon.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Derrick. Getting there, just not quickly enough.

  12. pollymacleod April 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica, I’m very sorry to hear about your ankle. I broke my foot when I stepped onto the threshold of a shop I was leaving, it was even shallower than your patio but my foot went forward and under and the next second I was on the ground. Your photos are gorgeous, your peony and maple are beautifully elegant. Best wishes for a speedy recovery x

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Ouch, that sounds very painful! These things happen so quickly and yet the effects last for weeks. So frustrating that I have so many seeds and cuttings in need of daily watering and pots in need of planting. But I wasn’t to know.

  13. Val April 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Sorry about your leg, but that’s always the way, isn’t it? Lovely weather and something untoward happens! Hope it heals quickly. Lovely pics, lovely plants, my fave being the pieris.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      I’m glad I got that pic of the pieris. If we get a frost this week all the lovely new growth will get hit. It always comes back though, eventually.

  14. croftgarden April 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    The first shoots and leaves are often the most delicately coloured and have a wonderful translucent freshness. At least being grounded you can sit and enjoy them. Gardening is a dangerous business, a moments inattention and it’s base-over-apex and a trip to A&E. I hope you have a swift recovery

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Christine. I’ve managed a daily hobble around the garden, there is so much to enjoy during these fleeting moments of the year. In the soft evening light the new foliage is at its most beautiful.

  15. kate@barnhouse April 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Beautiful images, you capture the beautiful new foliage so well. Sorry to hear about the ankle – lots of sympathy all round. I did my good knee in stamping on a vine weevil a month ago, as you say, we guerilla gardeners find ingenious ways around injuries … I swear by tubi grip, perfect for filling with gel ice packs/bags of frozen peas then tying it round offending joints. Never thought of borrowing a bigger shoe, what a great idea!

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      The vine weevil did of course deserve it but not a good way to injure your knee. The loan of the shoe comes with all sorts of dire threats about scuffing etc. After a day it was swopped out for an older one which I was quite relieved about to be honest!

  16. pbmgarden April 22, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Wishing you a quick recovery. Glad you’ve found a way to be outdoors anyway. The ferns are beautiful at that stage.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Susie. It’s the worst time of year to be stuck indoors. Just being out there, even if only for an hour or so, made me feel I was still making progress.

  17. frayed at the edge April 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    That brought back memories of when I cracked a bone in my foot (falling down a small step which I didn’t see!), when we lived in Indonesia! I hope you are obeying the principles of RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. To which I would add – ALGOW – a large glass of wine!! But I bet you don’t have to endure what I had to – a procession of maids and drivers coming in to see poor Mrs Anne’s black and blue foot!!
    Anyway, back to the garden – it is looking good, and much further on than ours.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      I can definitely say I am obeying ALGOW. Well you have to don’t you. For medicinal purposes only of course.

  18. Janet/Plantaliscious April 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Ouch, so sorry, what terrible timing. On the plus side. Wonderful foliage.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Janet. I wanted to include more, including the Katsura tree with its gorgeous red tinted heart shaped leaves, but I just didn’t dare climb up to it.

  19. Julieanne April 22, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, sorry to hear about your fall. It is often in the most ‘normal’ of circumstances that these things can happen. Luckily (!?) it’s going to get cooler again, so you can just rest and and be well when the next few warm days come around. I do love the foliage of peonies unfurling, that’s a lovely image.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      We were so lucky with the light for that image. The low sun gilded it. It’s so frustrating being laid up, as you know, but rest is the best thing sometimes.

  20. Sue Garrett April 22, 2016 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    You can’t keep a good gardener down

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      We’re a tough breed are we not.

  21. Kris Peterson April 23, 2016 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Oh no! The garden certainly does have its hazards. Yours is a cautionary tale to exercise care in all circumstances, not only those that look life-threatening! I hope you heal quickly so you can explore the new developments in your garden as they emerge (and capture these in photos, of course). I love that photo of the ferns unfurling.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Sometimes the ones that don’t look life threatening are the worst! That’ll teach me.

  22. Jo April 23, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Lovely photos Jessica very fresh looking. I hope your ankle heals soon xx

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Leaves are breaking out all over at the moment. Isn’t it a great time of year? Thanks Jo.

  23. Sigrun April 23, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    You have the space I need for all my plants! I love the epimedium, this year I baught a lot of them, other plants must go. The foliage is very beautiful in this days!


    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      They are one of my favourites too. Luckily they don’t mind a bit of shade and there is plenty of that. I am reaching capacity for the sun lovers.

  24. homeslip April 23, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Ouch – You must have been focussing your gaze on your new view down to the bubbling river which I can understand. My garden is way behind this year – no peony or lily of the valley foliage here yet, even the pear tree isn’t blossoming which makes it about six weeks behind its earliest display. At the allotment this week I edged the grass paths and filled in all the hazardous undulations from a wet winter of incessant mole activity – it’s looking very smart after its second cut with a secondhand petrol mower. A noisy and very messy job that used to take about two hours of faffing with a petrol strimmer has been reduced to about 20 mins – why has it taken 15 years to realise this?

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      The moles must be a real pain. So far (touches wood) no moles in the main part of the garden, about the only pest we don’t have. Mike has an ancient Flymo that he uses for odd scraps of lawn and the very hilly bits. But it is so old the parts are no longer made.. the writing’s on the wall.

  25. Virginia April 23, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Ouch! What a nuisance. I loved that photo of the unfurling ferns – they looked like Meerkats, didn’t they! I hope you’re better soon.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      They do look just like meerkats! Thanks Virginia. It’s very frustrating.

  26. Brenda April 23, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    As a fellow ankle-twistee, I am in complete sympathy. Mine healed up in a week, which was record time for me. Here’s hoping your healing was (is) likewise speedy. The fern shot is gorgeous.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Brenda. Ankle is doing OK but unfortunately the odd gait of recent days (Mike would argue it was the gardening) has aggravated an old back problem and that is far worse. At least the ankle doesn’t hurt when I keep the weight off it, the back is sleepless night stuff. I’m beginning to think I should follow your lead and take up yoga.

      • Brenda April 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

        Oh no. There’s no doubt that hobbling around with a bum ankle puts a lot of stress on other body parts. I feel for you. You may want to give yoga a try. I didn’t think I would like yoga–too much chanting stuff for this skeptic. But I have found that it has had amazing benefits for my aging body.

        • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm - Reply

          I did try it when I was a lot younger, I can see how much it could potentially help. I don’t remember the chanting though.. might dip a toe in the water with an online course first!

  27. bittster April 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    What a funny post for such an annoying event. I hope you are back at full speed in just a few days, this is no time to be indoors on the couch!
    Your photographs are outstanding as usual πŸ™‚

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      It certainly isn’t a good time to be on the couch. At least by the time I’m ready to start planting stuff I’ll have had plenty of time to think about where they’re all going to go.

  28. AnnetteM April 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Oh dear – a sprained ankle is such a pain. I hope it doesn’t take too long to feel better. I have got a sprained? fore finger at the moment, but not nearly such a handicap, as I have found you can manage quite well with only three fingers. Another advantage is that it just about manages to curl around a cold bottle of beer – well it does need lots of ice treatment in the early stages doesn’t it?

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Good thinking Annette.. I would keep the treatment going beyond the early stages too, just in case.

  29. Jill Anderson April 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos! I do hope you feel better soon, I like your take on keeping your foot elevated on the bank as you work ; )

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jill. It takes a lot of bum shuffling around the bank and it’s too tiring to work like that for long. But there’s so much to do at the moment and at least I feel I am doing something!

  30. Jo April 23, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Oh no, that’s so typical, isn’t it? Of all the places you could have injured yourself, it’s a on a six inch drop. Hope it heals soon.

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Murphy’s Law. It’s only April, I’ve got all summer to catch up. But it is extremely annoying.

  31. Amy April 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Wishing you a speedy recovery – what a lovely spot to convalesce in, but the timing does seem particularly bad :/ with the spring garden party getting underway! Good for you finding a way out there anyhow!
    I must now repeat to myself, “thou shalt not covet other peoples’ abitlity to grow peonies…”! Funny thing, I never grew them well even in the heart of peony country (my next neighbor had a bed of antiques she had brought from her mother’s garden). And they certainly won’t be growing here! So I’m looking forward to seeing yours in bloom πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica April 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I am looking forward to seeing the Itoh peony bloom I must admit. But it won’t be this year. I also need to find a place where the deer can’t reach it. Imagine, you pay a small fortune for a plant, wait for ever for a flower and then something comes along and has it for lunch.

  32. Diana Studer April 23, 2016 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    that IS an enterprising way to rest and elevate your ankle.
    Makes my hip ache in sympathy.

    • Jessica April 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      It is too tiring to do for very long. Now my back aches in sympathy!

  33. CherryPie April 24, 2016 at 12:30 am - Reply

    I hope your ankle recovers soon. How frustrating for you.

    • Jessica April 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cherie. It is, so much to do and just want to get back out there.

  34. Cathy April 24, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Are you sure you don’t engineer all these ‘accidents’ for the purpose of entertaining your readers Jessica…?! Only teasing…???? It must be so frustrating when there is so much you want to do the garden – and so much that will be demanding closer inspection. Hope it heals quickly and that your back doesn’t suffer too much in sympathy

    • Jessica April 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      I have managed my usual daily tour of inspection, albeit at a much slower pace and having to squint at more things from a distance. It will be good to get the climbing shoes on once again.

  35. germac4 April 24, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I hope your ankle is getting better, the spring colours in your garden look lovely…and summer stretches before you..

    • Jessica April 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      This is what I keep telling myself, there is still plenty of time. But then I say that every year about now and the time mysteriously disappears!

  36. Jayne Hill April 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Ouch, and what a ruddy inconvenient time for this to happen, hope you recover swiftly. Congratulations to you for still managing to get something done, and to The Photographer for some superb images.

    You are right – things are growing almost as you watch at present. I went into the Coppice yesterday and there are dicentra all over the place, I’m sure they weren’t there at the beginning of the week!

    • Jessica April 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Some frost possible this week, I hope all this new growth isn’t going to get knocked back now. Would be such a shame when we’ve waited so long. Such is Spring I guess.

      • Jayne Hill April 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

        I’ve been caught in hail TWICE today and snow yesterday, Grrr. The fells are looking very well covered and on the way home from Cockermouth this afternoon the car insisted on telling me there was a risk of ice on the road. When Management drove back from Penrith this afternoon he said there was loads of snow on the fields. The forecast for the weekend is not nice.

        • Jessica April 30, 2016 at 8:15 am - Reply

          Frost again this morning and sadly the Pieris has indeed been clobbered. But hopefully it is finally getting warmer. Towards the end of next week is looking much better. Oh I do hope so!

  37. Amy at love made my home April 24, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hope you are much improved by now! It looks as though the garden is coming along well. I love the ferns when they look like that, they remind me of a group of merekats (spelling???) with their heads all up looking around them as they do! xx

    • Jessica April 24, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      The ferns seem to have appeared out of nowhere, they’ve come up so fast. The fiddle heads are not too far behind.

  38. Linda April 24, 2016 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your mishap. It is really hard to be couch-bound at this time of year.

    • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      It certainly is. I’m afraid I haven’t been very good at it at all.

  39. sustainablemum April 25, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Ouch! Accidents always happen at times we least expect them too as we think we don’t need to concentrate! Hope that ankle goes down soon. Love the picture of the elevated gardener ;). Your red foliage is beautiful and I love the primroses and lily of the valley a wonderful contrast.

    • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      It’s very true that accidents happen when we least expect it. All the climbing up and down the bank I do with only a few minor scrapes.

  40. jpstacey April 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Oof, sorry to hear your ankle has betrayed you. The Welsh Rose went over on hers nearly two months ago, running downstairs, and it still isn’t right. And now’s not just the time to be in the garden, but also out striding across peaks!

    Lovely photos, but especially the “Tanna”: with those red, crinkly edges on folded leaves, it keeps reminding me of a swathe of Venus Flytraps!

    • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      It does take a long time to heal. I clobbered the other one about two years ago (the same time of year). I hadn’t thought about Venus flytraps but now you mention it I can see exactly what you mean!

  41. Brian Skeys April 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Gardeners never like to be out of action it must be particularly annoying at this time of year.
    Get well soon.

    • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Brian. Getting there. Just as well, the weeds are lapping up the sunshine and showers.

  42. Rosie April 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Oh, no these things happen when you least expect them in the most unexpected places. I hope you will soon be back in your garden now that Spring seems finally to be here. Love the photo of the coiling ferns:)

    • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      It’s cooler this week but the sunshine between the showers has warmed things up. I have been pottering around in the greenhouse mostly, getting lots of seeds sown. So at least a little bit of progress has been made!

  43. johnw7429 April 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about your ankle it must have been so frustrating to sit inside, it was good you found a way to still continue gardening! It is amazing how fast everything grows at this time of year, your images as always are fantastic. I wish my peony was showing signs of life I think something must have been eating it! Sarah x

    • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      If there is one thing that can be guaranteed about garden nibblers it is that they have expensive tastes. Although having said that peonies seem to be left alone here. This may yet change of course, as soon as I plant out the Itoh.

  44. stephanie young April 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    i am sooo sorry to hear about your ‘inconvenience’….wish you had a better story to go with it. Like being upended by Ptolemy rushing you from behind some hellebores. It sounds very similar to my big tennis injury in college…broken ankle, that ended up needing surgery—put me out of commission for 8 weeks. (I fell in a construction ditch running off the court after a real close loss. Not even a WIN, mind you…a LOSS!!!)
    Feel better soon.

    • Jessica April 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Steph, you never do things by halves! My foot has gone every colour of the rainbow now. It would make a good scheme for a sweater actually. Lots of grey and yellow. If Ptolemy ever tried that I might be looking for pie recipes after all. πŸ™‚

  45. Dorothy Borders April 26, 2016 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Oooh…I feel your pain! It’s the short steps that get you every time. Been there, done that. I hope you heal soon so you can fully enjoy all those lovely plants once again.

    • Jessica April 26, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. The healing takes so long, it’s so frustrating. Especially when there are so many things that need doing.

  46. welshhillsagain April 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I l ove your foliage shots, almost more beautiful than flowers sometimes. And I am another one who would recommend yoga. I held out against it for ages but it really does seem to help both recovery and prevention. Hope you can find a way to enjoy your enforced rest!

    • Jessica April 26, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Relaxing of mind as well as of body. I should think about yoga more seriously, you’re so right Elizabeth. Apparently I’m not resting enough. It’s not easy!

  47. Anna April 26, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica I’m sorry to read that you are in the wars again. Hope that you mend soon. Take care xxx

    • Jessica April 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      It comes with the territory I suppose. But this time it could have happened to anybody. Thanks Anna.

  48. snowbird April 26, 2016 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I just love all the reds, I have similar plants brightening the garden. That fern pic is gorgeous! Oh….sorry to hear about the ankle, hope all is well

    • Jessica April 27, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

      My frustration is the worst thing I suspect. I just want to get out there and do things. But there is still the threat of frosty nights which holds me back from the planting at least. Maybe tomorrow.. Thanks snowbird.

  49. Sue April 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Ouch!! There’s no keeping a determined gardener down though obviously πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica April 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Great timing wasn’t it. Spring. When I can least afford to be laid up.

  50. Peter/Outlaw April 30, 2016 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Wishing you fast healing! Seems like it’s always the simplest tasks that cause injuries. I admire your determination!

    • Jessica April 30, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Peter. You’re so right. The simplest things we don’t think about until something goes wrong.

  51. Josephine April 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Ooh Jessica, what a blow !
    These ankles are touchy beggars aren’t they πŸ™‚
    It takes lots of time and rest, not sure if we both can afford that, but take it easy, and hope you are up and on your feet before long.
    Epsom salt soakings, helps tremendously.

    • Jessica May 2, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo, and for the tip as well. I will look into that. Hope you are back on your feet too, your injury sounded a bit more serious.

  52. annie_h May 3, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Just catching up with blogs and sorry to hear that you have hurt your ankle, hope it heals soon, but take it easy. So frustrating at this time of year when there is so much to do. Lovely pictures of the young foliage, especially the one of the ferns and blue pulmonarias

    • Jessica May 3, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annie. It’s the worst possible time of year, but it’s slowly improving. Big moment today when I could get my gardening shoe back on. Game on!

  53. Donna@Gardens Eye View May 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Stunning red foliage. And I am so sorry about your ankle. All I had to do was step down and my ankle would be popped. But your tenacity is amazing as you sit on the hill to work.

    • Jessica May 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      I did a couple of sessions like that on the hill, it was easy enough when I got there but the getting there was a different story. In the end, for fear of turning the ankle yet again, I gave up!

  54. willisjw May 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear about your injury. Gardening can sometimes be a contact sport even if it’s dealing with a six inch drop that you are not anticipating. For my part it was chasing a rabbit out of the yard a few weeks ago and not noticing the very large tree root that has not moved in over 6 years. My elbow still feels bruised from the fall, almost as much as my dignity, but I did get the rabbit to run out the gate. Years ago I put up my arm to block the very large pine cone that turned out to be a bee swarm. Unfortunately I was driving my old Ford tractor at the time and it went halfway up the tree after I abandoned ship. So with all such things I guess the message is β€” it could have been a lot worse!

    • Jessica May 8, 2016 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Ouch and ouch! Yes, it could have been a lot worse. Especially if the rabbit had stayed.. πŸ˜‰

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