Nails: Yellow

One of the plants that I love in my garden is Buddleja × weyeriana, it’s basically a bright yellow buddleja (also spelt buddleia) that butterflies and bees love

At the moment it is a huge mass of yellow flowers and it’s gorgeous – it’s also huge and I suspect it bugs my neighbours so it’s just fab

Anyway, it put me in the mood for something yellow…

(Photo from Pinterest)

Now all we need is more butterflies!

Nails: Butterflies

I really should be sorting out the garden, I need to dig out the pile of wasted bird food from under the feeder and fill the hole with gravel to try to minimise future issues

There are plants to support with canes, weeding to do and I really should get to grips with learning how the heck I should be taking care of some of these plants!

Maybe some pretty butterfly nails will inspire me to get off my behind!

butterfly nails

(Picture from Pinterest)

I need some motivation 😦

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Gardening: I think it’s dead

When someone says “I’ve sent you 100 snowdrop bulbs” I was a) vey surprised as that seems pretty random and b) expecting dry bulbs.

What I got was “in green” snowdrops, i.e. snowdrops that someone else planted, saw flower, dug up and shoved in the post with the expectation that I would plant them. There was probably also the expectation that the plants would live… but that might have been too much to hope for.

Apparently what you *should* plant “in green” snowdrops do that only the green is showing. 40 minutes of searching on the internet did NOT tell me this but I really wish it had.

Let’s just say my snowdrops are showing some white stalk above ground…but they are also lying limp and dead looking so it might be a mute point.

On the plus side the Forythia, Buddleja or Japanese Cherry don’t seem to obviously hate me right now… there is no sign they like me but it could happen!

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Gardening: Spending Money

With a starter budget of £100 and a list of plants that my parents had ‘suggested’ I looked at the site they recommended and threw as many of the suggested plants in the cart as I could afford.

This got me:

1 Forythia

1 lavender Buddleja – a “Free Petite” one which apparently means it will have short branches and stay smaller than a normal Buddleja (aka butterfly bush)

1 ‘blue heaven’ Buddleja – a “Free Petite” one which apparently means it will have short branches and stay smaller than a normal Buddleja (aka butterfly bush)

1 Prunus ‘Amanogawa’ – aka a Japanese flowering cherry

This set me back about £75, the sale meant that I saved about £18, so now I can afford some compost an some of the freaky toxic sounding grow prompting pellets!

None of these plants are edible, my desire to make my parents happy is currently stifling my own random plant purchasing – this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I have no idea what grows in clay soil!

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Blood sucking butterflies – give them blood, all your blood

Medical confusion about my exact condition continues to reign supreme. After three (censored) tests, three blood tests and a scan the NHS are still very unsure exactly what is going on; however they do know that they want more blood and another scan.

The only conclusions to date seem to be that my veins hide when threatened with a needle and I bruise a lot.

blood test

On the second test I resembled a pin cushion, it took them five goes and two butterflies to get more than a couple of drops of blood.

In this context a butterfly isn’t a pretty winged insect, it is a needle which is designed for pesky little veins that don’t want to co-operate. It gets shoved into you at a shallow angle and when it enters the vein it flashes blood to show the person wielding the needle that they have managed to hit a vein.

butterfly

(photo from Flickr)

The bruising on the back of my hands hurts more than expected when I type and I am grateful that watching ‘Trainspotting’ at an impressionable age (and keeping my eyes open when I got my tongue pierced) means that I now refuse to watch needles going anywhere near me.

kitty peeking

(Photo from attackofthecute)

On the one occasion so far that it wasn’t a battle to get blood out of me the medical staff took way too much, she then asked if I wanted some back… which sounds amusing until they say it to you!

I’ve donated blood a few times before without any problem, but looking at my arms at the moment that isn’t going to be an option for several months even if I wanted to! But at some point the NHS might be able to work out what to do next!

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