Cats always have to be the star of the show!
I'm chilling out, post-LSTA. (Almost. Last night I dreamed I had left out a crucial section of the grant, where I should have described how we bus children around Albuquerque, with a continuation plan for supporting this deliverable after the grant period. The grant I submitted supports a Web site--no driving, no cars, and in California, not New Mexico--so go figure. I'm sure it has to do with the upcoming anniversary of the decision for Brown v. Board of Ed.)
Anyway, I have a Gallery installation up and running, and started a photo album for it: http://bluehighways.com/gallery/roses If you read this blog and grow roses, and you'd like to contribute garden pictures, drop me a note or comment on this entry.
Enquiring minds wanted more information about the sneaky stranger in my garden. It's larger than a paperback book, smaller than the OED.
Note: this was an inherited plant. It comes from a garden where a former owner had spent some nice money on good roses. The current owner, a friend, brought over a dozen roses, carefully dug up, but some of the parentage information had been lost ("what tags?"). So it's something nice--I just don't know what!
Thanks to the Rose Database, I am fairly sure this isn't William Shakespeare (although it comes very close). This plant has medium-large fully-double, damask-scented blooms in eye-popping dark pink on a small plant with foliage not much larger than a Susan B. coin. I'd say the blooms are big for the plant, which I am estimating will get to be about 3 x 3 this year. (It was in a terrible location last year, and never budded, let alone bloomed--I almost threw it out, but when I moved Double Delight, I had room for this fellow, and decided to give it a month in a sunnier spot with more room for its feet. Four weeks later, it's covered with buds.)