Thanks and Apologies
Blue Fortune, Red Dragon: Thanks for being a team!
I want to apologize to Acacia 'Cousin Itt' and Adenanthos cuneatus. Their own personal sprinkler head became engulfed by the neighbor's groundcover. I didn't realize this until I went through all the irrigation zones. No wonder 'Cousin Itt' looked so dried out--it had gone a year or more on next to no water. It was dried out. The Adenanthos squeaked by somehow. Now it has its own drippers, and new growth.
I want to un-apologize to the Agapanthus that I thought returned from the roots; it didn't. What came up was Sprekelia formosissima. I want to apologize to Sprekelia formosissima for leaving it in a shaded-out spot for too many years. It deserved better. Now it has better. Sorry.
I want to thank Grevillea 'Mount Tamboritha' for hitting the ground running--bloom and growth ensued as soon as I planted it. Thank you.
I want to thank rose 'Old Port' for surviving its move. I hope you like your new location, ideally located in morning to early afternoon sun, rich soil, and all that rain water.
Old Port says, "I do like it. And you're welcome."
I want to thank this Epiphyllum for surviving years of mistreatment and neglect, responding to a little attention with a lavish crop of flowers.
I want to thank rose 'Munstead Wood' for improving so much. Every flower is more beautiful, dear.
And Hemerocallis 'Bella Sera' for being so consistent, reliable, uncomplaining, and ruffled.
And to this pair of variegated Agave desmetiana, thank you for not reverting to green, like most of the rest of your fellow clones did. Sorry about the scale and the mealy bugs; I nuked the bejezus out of them, so I hope you are feeling better.
Dear Dasylirion and Lagerstroemia 'Dynamite': did you plan to coordinate the same glowing tawny red color in a sort of solidarity? I certainly did not think of it. Thank you for days of amazement.
If we humans did but thank the wonderful fellow living things we share the world with, and try more sincerely to treat them with respect, and repent of our errors and seek to do better by them, what days of amazement we would have. Do have.