Remember all that boring stuff I wrote about the snow and ice only a couple of weeks ago? Although it started out foggy this morning, it’s now 78F and beautiful outside. I’d love to tell you I’m planting hellebores or something, but I’ve got four articles due this week, and two sick children. Chicken soup came first, and then research on vines later. I will try to get in the garden sometime today. I really do have hellebores to plant, several new seed strains including: Winter Jewels™ Painted Lenten Rose, Helleborus x ‘Brandywine,’ and Winter Jewels Apricot Blush. I bought these at TLC Nursery in Oklahoma City one day when Helen Weis and I were goofing off. Unfortunately, the snow came and put my planting on hold. When I was at the same nursery the other day looking for two Ilex x meservae a/k/a Castle Spire® hollies for the end of the garden, I noticed several hellebores were now blooming at TLC. With hellebores, it’s always a good idea to buy them blooming so you know what you have. So many are seed strains, and you just never know. I got a bit impatient. It’s a good thing I like surprises.
I simply must get outside. I’ve gazed so long at this computer my mind is feeling mushy. Birds are making love speech to one another, and a Tufted Titmouse is dancing outside my kitchen window. Wait, I am wrong. There are two, a male and female. I believe they are gathering nesting materials from the garden. I’m so glad. I left it for them to do with as they wish.
This morning, I was forced to put a nice leather harness on Tap. He has lost three collars in the last two weeks. I found a nice one at Petsmart by Martha Stewart, and it was even on sale. I bought him a leash too so that when we visit the vet later this week, he’ll look quite smart. We were forced to stake him in the yard (at least while we’re gone) because he has a girlfriend up the road. Puppies may ensue. They may ensue anyway, but at least we did our part. If she wanders over here, I can’t be responsible.
Our neighbor told us the other night at 2:00 a.m. Tap came looking for my neighbor’s dogs who are his friends, and he howled until Perry let him in the garage. Luckily Perry isn’t the neighbor who threatened to shoot Tap. Of course, Perry doesn’t have chickens. If he had, he might not be so obliging. Anyway, I hope a visit to the vet will help with Tap’s wandering ways.
Of course, we’ll have more freezing temperatures . . . it is February after all, but this morning, I found these lovely crocus already blooming and thought of you.
Wish you were here.