Azure (from the great rose blog Rareroses.com) and her family graciously brought over a rose that needed a new home, 'Comtesse de Segur'. It went in the front yard (yes! a place in the ground!) between 'Molineux' and 'Marilyn Monroe'. Azure's family visited with the puppies and went home with a rooted cutting I had an extra of. Between the puppies and not having space, the Comtesse, along with my Lowe's Death Rack 'Cinco de Mayo', will be my only new roses this year.
'Comtesse de Segur' in her new home:
Before leaving, after playing with the not-overly-clean puppies, Azure's family practiced good health habits by washing their hands. Unfortunately the house was a disaster and I was mortified by the state of it. Flooring people had been here all week and everything was covered with sawdust, along with furniture being crammed into odd spots, spilled coffee grounds, a bucket of floor wash water to...eww..never mind. Azure and her family were very kind about the mess, saying "We understand, we're parents!" Well, hey, the garden was clean...
xAloe 'Blue Elf'
I've been busy, busy!
Instead of neatening up the house for our visitors, while the puppies had an afternoon nap, we assembled a new raised bed. Taking the two left over from the Fall Project, we made a double-height one for an empty corner. This will become the succulent growing and propagation area I've wanted for a long time. Little pots are too difficult. The new bed will also use up the rest of the extra soil down in the gully garden. Win-win-win.
Hmm...where'd that new Graptosedum come from?
Nap time! I'm not sleepy! I'm not! I'm not!
My eyelids are just a wee bit heavy, that's all!
Busy, busy, busy. At least I took a moment to drink in the colors of a winter sunset. No, not the sky--the way in which the fading light brought unusual colors to the garden.
One should never be too busy to take a moment to admire the beauty of the world. It brings peace to the soul. The rush and tumult of life vanishes; serenity blossoms. Indeed serenity is always there, patiently waiting for us.