As most of you know I lost my friend Ashley Trenner to Melanoma two years ago and because of her, I am not only crazy about sunscreen when I am gardening but also very proactive when I see something on my skin that is new and concerning. I just saw my dermatologist on January, however, I had several new spots appear on my skin this spring and summer that made me nervous. Of course all the ones I worried about were fine, but at last minute I showed my dermatologist something 'different' a little white bump that was on my forearm. He didn't like the looks of it and scheduled a surgery for the following week (meaning last week). I am still waiting anxiously for the results...tomorrow the stitches will be removed. So because of my recent week, I think it's a good time to share with you Ashley's story again click here to see the video. One thing that I have been using when I am out in the garden that I absolutely love are these Sunscreen Bands can use them for any type of outdoor activity, safe for both kids and adults. All you do is slip one of these bands on and apply sunscreen and watch the band change color, as the sunscreen wears off, the band alerts you to reapply sunscreen or get out of the sun. It has come in very handy for me because I get busy out in my garden for hours and forget how long I've been exposed. However, using these sunscreen bands have been a fabulous reminder for me! And I am hoping it will prevent more surgeries and scarring on my skin!
I hate that all that sun exposure so many years is affecting me now and there is nothing i can do about it other than be diligent about having my skin checked. Do you get yours checked?
If you would like to order some of your own Sunscreen Bands click here!
Okay, so now for my weekly garden post. I have certainly enjoyed taking a week off, however when I walked the garden this morning I see my chores are multiplying by the day!We had a great deal of rainfall (not complaining) a few days ago which has allowed most of the grass to become green again, and watered areas I just can't get to. Not to mention the deep soak for the entire garden is essential now and then. The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas have turned a deeper pink this week and are so pretty!
The David Austin Boscobel Rose has bloomed this week and it's so fragrant. An addition to my garden I can already say I will not be disappointed in.
Also have a couple unnamed roses I am hoping someone out there can help me identify? Suggestions are so helpful...and I dislike having unnamed roses in my garden.
And a few more pretty blooms that are occurring in the garden that I must share with you this week. Rose of Sharon towering over my patio area (both pictures one and two). Then the gorgeous Baronne Prevost, Gladiolus and lastly the dainty Johnny Jump Ups!
Thank you so much for coming by today to see what is going on in my landscape, I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful week! xoxo, tracie
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Also, here is the link again to order those Sunscreen Bands.