Monday, May 15, 2006

Pink things


Rose - 'William Baffin' climber

Peony - can you see the ant?

Rose - 'Double Delight' hybrid tea


And for some not-so-attractive pink things, if you're feeling brave you're welcome to view my latest bout with poison ivy. Click here to see my unblemished left arm for comparison, and then my hideous right arm by contrast.

A couple years ago I waxed eloquent about the benefits of the very expensive Zanfel for poison ivy treatment. I've been a bit frustrated with it this time, and have resorted to a more homeopathic home remedy that my sister taught me about -- lye soap, in the form of Colgate's Octagon bar soap, which can be found in the laundry aisle at my local supermarket. You lather up with it and then let the lather dry right on the affected skin. It seems to stop the itching fairly well, and although it doesn't cure the poison ivy immediately, (nothing can), it does seem to help dry up the blisters some, stop their weeping, and help stop new ones from forming. Another thing that helps with itching -- put affected skin under the hottest running water you can stand for as long as you can stand it, without burning yourself. That takes the itch away fairly well and it stays away for hours.

File my latest poison ivy bout in the "no good deed goes unpunished" category. Serves me right for actually getting in the garden and doing some weeding. At least I wore gloves this time so that I didn't get the poison ivy on my hands. Next time I think I'll wear garbage bags on both arms, with gloves on the ends. I'm not kidding.



At 5:33 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

You poor thing! I'm still recovering from my latest bout of poison ivy. I've owned two houses, both of which had poison ivy in the yard. So every year for over two decades, I've gotten it no matter how careful I've been. Hope you feel better soon.

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Hanna in Cleveland, OH said...

Sorry to hear about your poison ivy. Your flowers are just beautiful though!

At 10:16 PM, Blogger maniacalmultitasker said...

Such beautiful flowers!
I love gardening too and at the moment, I'm cleaning up my beds and weeding in this dreary ol wintry weather if it's not raining.
Love your peonies!


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