Back trouble

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

I spent September 11th and 12th moving daylilies from Kathy’s Folly to the Juneberry bed before an impending rainstorm. Mission accomplished, but not without straining my back. Why this time? I mean, the work I did those two days was the same I’d been doing for the rest of the daylilies I moved earlier. The difference, I hate to confess, is that previous to this particular spate of gardening work, I had been skimping on my back exercises. They are so boring, and they don’t seem to be doing anything, but they obviously are.

So we have had some gorgeous autumn days and I have not been doing anything outside. Not that I haven’t been busy. I’ve been inside busy. Sitting down busy. Trying-hard-not-overdo-it busy. But the pain keeps hanging on. Mercifully, it was never so bad that I couldn’t function. But bad enough to make me cranky. Bad enough to make me wince if I don’t sit down, or get up, just so. And it doesn’t seem to be improving, even though I am now faithfully doing my back exercises every morning. And only two more daylilies to go . . . sigh.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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