Friday, April 02, 2010

The Ugly Rash

Here is my reward for playing in the poison ivy:


Actually, it's much worse than this picture can show. It's an oozing mess, and is so swollen it looks like I grew a weird muscle in my forearm. The green stuff is some green clay I applied, which now refuses to wash off. Ah, the perils of gardening.


The daffodils may be starting to fade now, but the bracken ferns are filling in nicely while the wildflowers continue to develop. We have these ferns all over our property, especially this time of year.


My mason bees are drilling holes throughout my greenhouse. I don't mind them--they're good pollinators, and are pretty docile bees. There are also wasps building nests there too. I'm not so enthusiastic about them, as they tend to be a little more ill-tempered. I suppose we'll just all have to learn to get along. 


I spotted a lone bee again in my false rosemary. I just love that false rosemary. It's filled in so nicely and the only thing I did was ask my husband to stop mowing that area when I noticed the baby plants starting to naturalize. It thrives on neglect.

8 comments:

Belle said...

ouch on the rash, but keep up the great work, your garden photos are beautiful.

Ami said...

Hope your ivy rash gets better soon. I had it once before, and it was no fun at all!!!

Love your false rosemary, nice lavender (or pink?) color, and mounding shape. How tall is this now?

isadora said...

I sypathize with you, I am SO allergic to poison ivy! Love that false rosemary, I'm not familir with it. We have bumble bees starting to work the gooseberry flowers, very cool! I'll have to get a picture tomorrow whe the sun shines.

Shyrlene said...

Deborah - I really enjoy your blog; the format, the way you write and your adventures (or in the case of the poison ivy - misadventure?). It's a treat visiting...

Bernie said...

Ooooh ... ouch! It looks nasty ... hope it gets better very soon. Loved your bee photos and that false rosemary is just gorgeous ... such a pretty colour. Your patch of daffodils and bracken ferns is so lovely.

Darla said...

Get some emu oil for that rash....

Vetsy said...

Ooo! That looks painful..I'm sorry you had to experience that..but glad you posted it so I can learn to avoid it!
Mason bees in the greenhouse, yeah.. we can forgive them for drilling holes in things..But the Wasp Got to Go!!
I love the false rosemary too" They're so dainty.

Enjoy your Easter Holiday!

Deborah said...

Thanks for the compliments and sympathy.

The false rosemary is about two and a half feet tall right now. It doesn't get very tall. It's the palest lavender, but some look almost pink. They are attractive when not in bloom, but when they are, they look like pale puffy lavender clouds.