Hello! It’s Chel.
I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. It’s been a … strange (?) summer.
Long story, short(er): I haven’t been feeling well for a while (about two-and-a-half years, to be honest) and a blood test at my doctor’s office in September showed that my iron levels have gotten so low, it’s actually affecting my heart function. So I have pretty severe anemia, which would explain the exhaustion, anxiety, and lack of focus I’ve been experiencing for such a long time. Feeling so terrible definitely influenced my gardening habits these last few months.
Because it’s been so hot, I have been doing the bare minimum as far as anything outdoors (besides swimming). I swim and then briefly check if the plants need water and then head back inside. No real planting, pruning, photographing, or enjoying the garden, for the most part. I got a few new plants, got them going, trashed the ones that died from the heat, and basically felt overwhelmed by it all.
This last week I finally started feeling a tiny bit better- and that tiny bit is making a huge difference. I did a little repotting yesterday and today and it felt good to be out there again, with my hands in the dirt. Like a clean start, in a way.
I’m excited for fall in the garden. Fall is always our peak season for growing down here in Southwest Florida, so it’s a great time to have a garden. I’m hoping I feel a little better so I can really enjoy some time out there.
Anyway, enough blathering. I did take a few photos here and there over the summer (and a few over the last week), so I thought I would share them.
Hope you are all well!