Fishtail Cottage Garden 7/27/15

You can see in the photo below, I have some new roses from Heirloom Roses that need to be planted.  I've been keeping them watered and I excited to get them in the ground soon so they can start getting established here at Fishtail Cottage. I've been enjoying the garden from a distance this past week and haven't been able to do my weekly chores, because of a bump on my arm that I had removed last week. 

 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.


My Cozy Casita said…
I have the same problem with my skin to, I have app on the 20 august I were long sleep all the time when't I'm in the garden living in Florida the sun is to strong, I have one dark spot in my arm, when you take Height Blood medication you have to care your skin with the sun all the time
you are going to be Ok thank God.
your garden is beautiful I'm in love with all your flower!!!!!
have blessing day!!!!
Karen B. said…
You are in my thoughts and prayers that it won't be a bad result.
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen
P.S. Just love all of the flowers.
Tracie, your Str. Van. are so big. Mine is still quite small. can't wait for it to get big and full of blooms. I have been pulling out and cutting back like crazy. Had to take it a little easy because I had gall bladder surgery 2 weeks ago. Felt great right after so I had to remind myself to not over do. I haven't had my skin checked for some time and need to. Thanks for the reminder!
I don't think I've ever seen this angle of your beautiful back yard and garden area- it's gorgeous! The hydrangea and roses look fabulous! I do hope the biopsy turns out to be nothing. I've read that what we did when we were younger affects us later regarding the sun. I burn easily and had a fair amount of summer burns as a kid. Keeping an eye out for changes in your skin is key. I had a small biopsy done on my arm several years back for a strange skin disorder I had developed. After it healed I had a bit of depression in that area for a long time but it's basically gone now. Take care- hugs, XO, Liz
Great Hydrangea. Are you not hosting on Thursdays anymore?
Mindy said…
That first photo is gorgeous.
I'm terrible about sunscreen and have never seen a dermatologist. :/
Beautiful home and garden. Your garden is spectacular.

Praying that the results of the biopsy are normal. I have a few spots that have me a bit nervous too. I am afraid to go but I am definitely making an appointment with my dermatologist.

Debbie said…
I prayed for good reports on your biopsy. Hoping it all turns out just fine.
The hydrangeas are absolutely gorgeous!
Those roses are all so dreamy. Love the curbside photo....just beautiful!!
Have a nice weekend, sweet girl.
betty-NZ said…
I love, love, love your hydrangeas! I've never seen that color before--it's so pretty.

I never thought about sunscreen and such until I moved to New Zealand about 9 years ago although I didn't spend a great deal of time outside. The kids can't go outside at school to play unless they have sunhats. I think those bands are a great idea! Thanks for the link.
Anonymous said…
Hello. I found you on Tuesday Garden Party. I love your Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas! Your flowers are beautiful. So sorry for the loss of your friend and I will be praying for you to hear good news from your surgery.


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