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I wanted to show you what my hubby and I bought this weekend. I had gotten more ill with POTS after my years of CFS. I am now able to care for my violets again. My sweet hubby did it for MONTHS.
SO, to make it easy, we had a card table in front of my shelves. Looked awful so we bought this sweet folding table. Works great. Looks pretty. I also found the shelves on the left side of the violets. Some of my Episcia's do not like the direct light so they live to the side. They were on the floor, poor things. ha. Now they look great and they are happy. I have Epicia's in glass on the bottom right, they love the lights. Cleopatra, Ember lace.
Anyway, here is a photo I took this morning. I use a little chair to sit and do some of the watering, etc.
Oh, Sally...I am so glad to hear you are able to care for your plants now. How wonderful :) Very nice set up. You could sit at that beautiful folding table and drink coffee while admiring your beauties!!
That is a beautiful plant you are holding! All your plants look great...your husband has done a wonderful job for you! So glad you are feeling better and enjoying your plants again.
A friend in our club has shelves like yours and when I first saw them, I thought the lights were too far from her plants, but after a couple years, I seen them again the other week and they are beautiful plants all in bloom and I was totally amazed. It was like walking thru a plant show. I wish I had just a little more luck with my plants blooming more.
Ibrabec, the CFS has been here with me for 18 years. After I had a sugery, POTS started. P.O.T.S. can happen after surgery, car accident, with Chronic Fatigue... Lots of very young girls get it. The Autonomic Nervous System stops working correctly. In a nutshell, the blood can't make it up to the brain when you stand. A lot of symptoms and problems with it. Most doctors have never heard of it. Pretty shameful.
I have a wonderful Integrative MD. I have to take many supplements.$$$ Most doctors know nothing about that either. I am blessed to have her as my doctor. In all her years she has only seen two patients with Dysautonomia (POTS) and I am far worse that the other one. OY.
I just like to tell people about it a little so maybe little by little people will know about it or it can help someone.
I miss gardening outside but I am so happy to be able to keep my violets. I thought I would have to get rid of them. My sweet hubby had bought me the two large floral carts too! He did a great job keeping the plants alive. The hard part is the repotting... He gets it all out for me and I do the potting. Hard work for me right now but I do love the violets!
Please tell us the name of that wonderful violet you are holding!
You have a gem of a husband who takes good care of you, and it's wonderful that he is willing and able tend your plants when you are not up to it! Your stands look wonderful as always, and I love that little metal folding table in front of the stands, I'd love to find a couple of those to use in my small guest room!
I hope this new year treats you kindly and that your health continues to improve. Look forward to seeing more pictures of your lovely plants!
Lin, that is Sunlit Sugar Plum. That was right after surgery, right before the POTS happened. I look decent, but not good, ha.
Yes, the folding table is SO pretty. Would be great in any room or outside.
Thank you for the New Year wishes. I hope everyone has a great year. I do hope and expect to improve. You do not get a cure with my conditions but you can feel better. That is true of many things. I put a colored star on each day. My dad suggested it! Instead of writing down how I feel. It is easy to see at a glance on a calendar.
I agree that with many illnesses there is no cure and one will have good days and bad. Lets hope this new year finds you having more good days than bad! What a great idea your dad had of placing a star on the calendar each day, like a scale of 1-10 or even 1-5 ... a different colored star for how you are feeling that particular day.
Sunlit Sugar Plum is one beautiful violet and shows your great talent at growing! I've always enjoyed the photo's of your beautiful plants and the creative way you display them!
Lovely plants and a very happy gardener, thanks for the inspiration Sally! Hope all the wonderful blooms will give you back the nourishment they received from you. Here is what I ended up with in October while trying to overwinter the seedlings I started and the whole bunch of other plants. Even a young brug managed to find a spot here
Thanks ladies, although far from perfect but now it's my favorite place in the house, I could stay in my unfinished basement for hours. Sally, you inspired me to start thinking how to make it more inviting and cosy. So if hubby isn't happy with the expences it would be all your fault lol
HA! Don't blame me! :) I just love to have everything as neat as possible. I am just like that. Everyone is different. I love to clean my shelves and have each plant separate so they all have lots of room for air and light. I love to add pretty things too.