Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A bit under the weather...but at least there are pretty garden photos to share!

Hello! I've been away from the computer for several days, so I figured I owed you a few photos in this post. This is the Tennessee Bicentennial Iris Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden. It was the first garden at the Memphis Botanical Garden, and the plantings are primarily the results of donations from the personal collection of a Memphis family. The sculpture in the center of the fountain is the Iris Goddess (first photo above). Most of these irises bloom in mid-to-late April, but some also bloom in late autumn.
Chris left me a message asking if I'm ok...thanks so much for thinking of me, Chris! Actually, I have been under the weather healthwise. During a routine health screening, my blood pressure was abnormally high (family curse, I think), and we've been working this week on adjusting medications, etc, for that. Right now, it's actually too low, which saps every bit of energy you have. Not whining here...I'm very thankful that it's a fairly easily controlled condition. I just wanted to let you know why I may be a bit hit-n-miss with posting or visiting for a short time.
I hope that everything is wonderful with you!


Chris said...

Blood pressure is not fun, is it? While I owned my store, my BP was quite high, and I was on medication for a few years. After I closed last year, my stress level went WAY down, as did the BP, and I'm off the meds. I hope that they can get yours figured out and eventually move you off the meds, too. Take care of yourself.

Nice photos, by the way.

Anita said...

After the spring bloom finished they used to divide the plants and in June they would have a sale of surplus corms. I started with some of those great purchases and after a few years had clumps of my own to divide. One of my early gardening successes came from those very beds more than forty years ago!

Glad you're back and glad you're finding remedy for your malady; I had wondered when there was no post and hoped you were not ill.

I'm "anonymous" who asked about the Chickasaw Gardens magnolias. This iris garden post is such a treat.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I have been fortunate in that my blood pressure has always been near perfect. I have many other issues but that seems to be OK. I hope you get to feeling better soon and they get the medicine regulated.

Your photography continues to be an inspiration to many others. It is well done as usual.

Tanya said...

Gorgeous gardens! I hope you are feeling much better soon!

Halcyon said...

Sorry to hear that you've had some health troubles. I'm glad you're on the road to recovery. :)

Thank you for sharing these beautiful gardens. I love the statue and all the irises. I never get tired of look at pretty flowers.

turtle said...

pretty, indeed!

PAT said...

It's good to hear from you, Andrea.

I have inherited high bp, too. My younger sister had 4 strokes when she was in her 50's. I've been on bp meds, for about 10 years. Last fall, my bp was elevated so now, I'm on double the med I was taking. Fortunately, I didn't inherit my sister's other health issues, including, Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is in constant pain.

Hope your med is regulated soon. It's no fun being exhausted from low bp.

The photos are gorgeous, as usual!

Joy said...

These are indeed wonderful garden photos. I like taking them myself. You have captured the spirit of this garden.

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Professor said...

I hope you feel better soon!

These are lovely and the statue is gorgeous!