Less on the Run, More on the Garden

Well, as you may know, this is week two of being forced into not running.  I was at PT today, and although I have improved a little bit, I’m still not allowed to run.   I was told if I wanted to walk, to only walk a quarter of a mile.   CRAZY!!  I am to continue my stretching exercises and return next week for two visits.  Hopefully by then I’ll be working on doing more exercises on their machines.

I’m so frustrated, I really can’t talk much more about it, so I’m going to talk about my garden instead!

On a side note, I was at a beautiful resort this weekend with my sisters in New York.  It was called Mohonk Mountain Resort.  What an amazing resort and spa.   It was situated near the Catskills.   We ate and drank, enjoyed the spa, outdoor mineral springs, indoor pool, and solved the mystery that took place during their Murder Mystery Weekend.    They offered all kinds of activities, including show shoeing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing.   Needless to say, I couldn’t do any of the fun stuff, but one of my little sisters pushed me around the ice rink on a chair made especially for people like me – injured!   Check out their website – www.mohonk.com

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Ellen pushing the injured Jane.  SHE got a great workout!

On to what’s happening out in the garden!   Without jinxing anything, we got probably our last major snowfall last week.  Things are melting rapidly.   A lot of birds have come back into the garden and are gobbling up any leftover seed heads left on the remnants of the meadow flowers.  I’ve cleaned out all the bird boxes and await the arrival of the male wrens, so they can begin making their twig-filled nests and call in their mates.

The snowdrops are peeking out of the snow.

The snowdrops are peeking out of the snow.

The native honeysuckle is already breaking its dormancy!

The native honeysuckle is already breaking its dormancy!

I know I’ve spoken many times about those horrible, furry, little rabbits that infest my yard!   I tried to do what I could to protect my younger plantings from them over the winter, but their destruction is now evident.   You can see in the photos the sharp, angled cuts that their teeth make as they’re destroying the tender shrubs.

I caged this alinfolia, but the height of the snow allowed the little rascals to destroy it!

I caged this clethra alnifolia, but the height of the snow allowed the little rascals to destroy it!

An Ilex that the rabbits decided to eat the middle out of.

An Ilex that the rabbits decided to eat the middle out of.

I had planted some smaller Ilex at one end of the garden.   This one they just took out the middle of.   The real problem is they will just chew and leave the stems lying on the ground.  They don’t even like the taste of the ilex!

We’re supposed to have a lot of rain this weekend, so that should bring up some more perennials out of the ground.   I love this time of year, because every day I will go out and walk in my gardens to see what else is coming up.   I know it’s still early and I’m eager to get my hands in the soil, but it’s way too soon.  So everyday I walk out there and think about how lovely things were last year in the garden and what I plan to do this year.   It’s a great time to be a gardener!

Happy running and gardening!

Jane

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One thought on “Less on the Run, More on the Garden

  1. Your getaway with your sisters sounds just lovely! I’m so bummed about your running – and only 1/4 mile walking! That is CRAZY. Take it easy – it is still very early for the running season 🙂

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