Sunday, May 03, 2009

A weekend of growth and accomplishments

May I present the rose bush that'll never die!!
Isn't this huge!!
Please ignore my unweededness, but until the pollenation of every freaking thing around this area is gone, I can't go out for long periods of time, lest I start wheezing away. Allergy stuff doesn't help, this is the breathing kind. (well, my inhaler helps :) So the weeds, they stay until late May or early June.

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It's pretty huh....and it won't ever die...I've dug this bush up a few times and give the plant to the neighbors, but it kept coming back.
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Now I give in, trim it every year, and let it go. Interesting, it did start out as a yellow rose, not sure how the red got there...yes, no yellow jokes either!
ETA: Well that explains it! No graft to make them yellow anymore. Thanks for the info everyone!

Rhododendron still alive
The Rhododendron I thought was dead. It got a bit frostbit, then came the yearly trimming by the yard person, and then hubby...
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back to life....
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As for me, looking forward to the weather haze to be gone so I can breathe better outside again. I've been knitting a lot and have progress, but no FO's for a week or more. I'll be a bit stressed as my son leaves port on Wednesday for his 2 month sea cruise. (heh, not a party cruise either) He's pretty excited and glad his first year of college is done! He did pretty well too. We look forward to seeing him on the 3oth of June and I can't wait to celebrate my birthday in my home state!

As for hubby! The arrival of May 4, 2009 couldn't have happened soon enough. My darling hubby has finished his long road of furthering his education and getting us outta here! He'll be getting his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration and actively looking for a job. Send your job vibes our way, he so needs this boost and to know all his hard work wasn't in vain. In times like these, it could happen sooner or later, who knows. Until then, I'll be here knitting and hanging out :)

21 comments:

Sarah Jackson said...

Wow!! Big congrats to the hubby and to you. It's a long hard road to be in school with a family.

If you've cut that bush way back, it may be that you only have the root stock left, and that's the flower for the root stock. The yellow would have been grafted on.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Congrats for DH!!! Wishing good job vibes for him!

Your garden is looking gorgeous btw!!

Carol said...

Your flowers are gorgeous...we don't have much in bloom here yet..still cold at night...

bmom said...

Congratulations to your DH -- that is an accomplishment. I'm sure good things will come of it.

The flowers are gorgeous.

Bezzie said...

Be honest, we should be sending Maine HA vibes!!!

Beautiful flowers! Maybe you can wear a swine flu mask while you weed!

Jo said...

We have a rose like that in our back yard as well. Andrew dug it up and there is a huge whole where I haven't had a chance to plant something new yet - and I notice the long rose bush branches coming out - WTH? They are insidious! At least yours is a pretty colour - mine was a blah pale pink, didn't have many flowers, and had malacious prickles.

Jo said...

Ooh! And congrats to your hubby and good luck to your son!

BammerKT said...

Usually, colored roses are grafted to a plain reddish bush. When you dug it up, or cut it back really hard, you probably removed the graft. Personally I have a thing for the wild rose and it is definitely a lot hardier than people realize!

Dee said...

Congratulations to your DH!

Sending good vibes your way for a great job!

Julie said...

CONGRATS to your hubby! You know I'm sending good MAINE job vibes his way (Southern Maine, that is).

DPUTiger said...

There's nothing quite like being allergic to the air that you breathe, huh? Congrats and best of luck to hubby!

Verification word is "scent" Geez, isn't that appropriate?

Lynn said...

Roses that never die. Do you know how many people would kill for roses like that?!@? LOL And who sees weeds when you have gorgeous flowers to look at??

Congrats to the DH and here's hoping he finds a great job soon.

chemgrrl said...

Congrats to hubby! Does that mean you guys will be moving? Want me to look for a job for him here? :)

Sandra said...

A sight for sore eyes!
Good vibes on the way from Croatia!

MsKnottyKnits said...

Congratulations, hubster!!

The roses are lovely, and the rhododendron is an exact match to one at the first house I lived in. Many good memories =)

Batty said...

Congratulations to your husband. All that hard work has paid off.

And your garden is beautiful.

weezalana said...

Congrats to Mr. Zonda! Will send mucho job vibes his way!

We have stuff that keeps growing back like that, too. Except it's weeds. Not quite as pretty. :P

yarnsnob said...

Well I was going to say congrats to your hubby but what garbage did I read about getting you out of this place??? Uhhhh nooooo you can not leave me!!!! i'll pack my bags and find you.
The flowers are beautiful but I will dig them up if I hear anymore of this nonsence out of you. :0)

tiennie said...

Very pretty roses and rhodies! Good luck to your hubby!

Carol said...

congrats to the DH. Here's hoping everything goes as desired!

Carly said...

man, i wish my rhododendron would bloom! we've lived here 3 years and the one that is in the back yard buds every year, but the blooms never open :(