Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Our first ship date of the year at the nursery has kept me very busy since Thursday. Our first roses to Taiwan shipped today, and the red tape was excessive. But, I managed to get everything wrapped up and ready to go yesterday. Then, I walked out of the shipping room, stepped on a wet leaf and flew off the loading dock and down to the ground, mashing my knee and ankle.
Today was spent largely in bed trying to recuperate and get the swelling to go down. Right hand, right knee; they really are very necessary to the pruning process. So, it looks like I won't get right back to pruning. I was forced to cancel my presentation to the Pleasant Hill Garden Club tonight, but I am hoping that I will still be able to go to Ventura on Friday to do a Saturday morning demonstration/talk on pruning for the Gold Coast Heritage Roses Group.
Meanwhile, I've been thinking about your responses to my postings. I've had several lovely emails, a mixture of astonishment and gratitude over what I've been trying to do. Our poll is fascinating. Nearly half of you have nearly one hundred roses to prune. A nice average, but do you realize that between you that's about 9000 roses? Wow!
I'm shocked that nine readers have indicated that they each have thousands of roses to prune. What I'd really like to do for the next two days is sit back and read what they have to share about their challenges! I can't help wondering where their gardens are, and what they grow. I can guess who some of them may be; I've been an enabler for rose collectors for years now and have turned a few friends into fanatical rose lovers.
I do promise that tomorrow I'll get back to the nuts and bolts on this blog, and continue to share some thoughts on pruning roses—some thoughts that will make you think!