I Thought I’d Killed You!

New Rose 1

Thank goodness you’re still alive!

I found my rose bushes covered in black all over their leaves.

As I deemed this too severe to treat by spraying, I hacked away all the diseased branches.

Floribunda

I have three rose bushes in a little section all together: a pink floribunda, that is very well established, with many thick branches, producing multiple blooms throughout the year; and two smaller red rose bushes, precariously established, with one or two spindly branches, producing only one or two roses per season.

Red Red Rose

It was only afterwards, as I raked up the cuttings, that I realised, that in heavily pruning the floribunda rose bush, I had cut back the one and only branch of my deep red rose bush, that was growing in amongst the floribunda.

Shock Horror!

This poor rose bush is barely established and I molly coddle it all the time. It may produce only one bloom a season, but that is a beautiful, deep red rose with such a heavenly scent.

I silently said “Sorry” and “Goodbye” to this straggly rose bush.

So imagine my delight when I noticed the other day that it had survived.

Floribunda 2

New Rose 2

Above you can see one hearty thick branch from the floribunda rose bush, on the left, and on the right, the entire deep red rose bush.

New Rose 4

It is one little twig; with the brand new twiglet growing off from it. Down at the bottom in these two photos you can also see the top of the life-support-irrigation-system. (Plastic milk bottle!)

New rose 3

The other small red rose bush was also still alive and beginning to sprout new growth.

I hadn’t killed them after all!

 

“So what?” you may ask.

So, it is autumn here: June 21st is our winter solstice.

I would not normally prune my rose bushes till spring; 15th August to be precise. (I have this date from an elderly resident who grew the most wonderful roses. Everyone around our neighbourhood waited till she pruned her rose bushes, then we pruned ours!)

No-one prunes their rose bushes at the beginning of winter! It would be like those of you in the North hacking away at your plants in November! (You might even have to clear snow off them to do so!!)

I really thought my little rose bush was done for!

But here it is, sprouting away with healthy new growth.

New Rose 5

Hooray for my plants:  that survive despite me!

 

Sunday Musings #93

Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.

– Alison Boulter

 

It is one of the quirks of human nature that we all want to belong, while still being that special and unique snowflake!

 

Side note: It is Mother’s Day here in SA. I think that all women should be celebrated all of the time; because though we may not be unique, we are special, and mostly underrated.

 

I’m Blue!

Blue 1

Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die

Blue is such a marvellous colour, as my plumbago auriculata so aptly demonstrates, and quite rare in the natural world.

Blue 2

Yes, this is autumn in the Western Cape. Winter is just around the corner: winter solstice 21st June. But my little plumbago could care less. He’s going to flourish regardless.

 

Original song by Eiffel 65, with lyrics, Blue (Da Ba Dee).

And, because who can ever tell what they are singing, listen to, “I’m Blue, if I was green I would die”  with funny suggested lyrics!

 

post script: I have to add a caveat here: I can’t remember if I recently read a blog post similar to this, or if I just found the amusing ‘Blue’ lyrics surfing Youtube. So, if you’re reading this and getting miffed that I filched your idea, my sincere apologies and please let me know in the comments; I will gladly add a reference to you here.

 

Sunday Musings #92

Hey, I’ll be back in 5 minutes, but if I’m not, just read this message again.

– Anon

 

hehe I love the unexpected and the absurd.

If I saw this notice in a shop window, I’d laugh out loud!

I have often wondered, when reading such a sign as “Back in 5 minutes”, if they really will be. I usually go away and do something else and then return after much longer than 5 minutes, so I never know if they were true to their word or not!

Hey, if you comment below, I’ll respond in 5 minutes, but if I haven’t, just read this again!