Figrat, poor you, hope you start to feel better soon.
Bjay, hope that you begin to feel better soon too. Was it you asking about Hydrangea Petiolaris? Yes fine for shadey wall/fence, but it's rather slow, ie several yrs, to get going & then it really takes off. It wont really like being in a pot, I'd try getting it into the ground when you can & initially tie it in to some support. Once it's happy, no support needed, but annual/biannual prune of excess/out of soffits etc needed.
Compared to this time last year the new growth out there is ahead. I checked my temperature notes & this Feb warmer than last, so not surprised to see buds breaking already.
Have done all I set out to do outside. I sensibly stopped before problems developed. The roses & budleas can wait a couple of weeks.
Daughter just phoned from her house. She's itching to get decorating, but a bit of time checking out all those keys she's found & deciding what has to be done before all the furniture arrives will save time in the long run. At least the vendor has left lightbulbs. When we got to our first house, late on an October day, no lightbulbs anywhere!!
My wellies are already to take up there to explore the garden tomorrow, whilst OH sorts out whatever for her. I hope not to be involved in any decorating! J.