Okay, so there is no snow and it's a beautiful day out. I just wanted to stay home anyway. High-speed internet access makes working from here a breeze...without the ordinary interruptions. Instead - there are other interruptions - the SCE&G person needed to get into the gate to read the meter, the beagle needed to go out, the big dogs were barking like crazy and I needed to see what's up. I also thought a little comfort food would do me good, so there's a homemade turkey potpie in the oven. Oh yeah, work, right.
In my morning wanderings with the Wonder Beagle, I noticed all sorts of things - the passion vine (Passiflora incarnata) in the pot on the deck has started blooming, the asparagus is up (just in time for my parents visit this weekend), the oakleaf hydrangea is covered in buds, the Louisiana irises should be in full bloom in a few days...and I think my borage from last year has reseeded - wonderful! I still might plant some seeds - I just loved the borage when it was in full bloom last year.
The first antique rose that I planted in my yard, Silver Moon, is starting to bloom - I brought this rose back with me (on an airplane - it sat on my lap in a small pot) from the Antique Rose Emporium during a trip to College Station, Texas. It's a crazy rose, "vigorous" is an understatement in the description - they say it's a climber that gets 8-12' - mine has to have 20-30' canes. It has never had any disease problems. Downside: It gets huge and could devour nearby shrubs or trees, perhaps even neighbor's homes - it shoots up lots of new canes in the spring (that you can give away to friends with a disclaimer that they won't sue you in a few years). However...in the spring it is just spectacular. Loads of single petal off-white blooms with yellow centers with a wonderful mild fragrance.
Blossomtime is in bloom now as well, a rose I got from our local antique rose expert, Ruth Knopf (you can find a nice article about her in this month's, April 2006, Charleston Magazine). It's not an heirloom rose (was introduced in the 1950's/60's) - but has alot of the qualities of antique roses - it's very vigorous, pretty disease-resistant, and the fragrance of the flowers is wonderful. The outside of the petals are a deep pink while the insides are a lighter shade of pink - and the blossoms are beautiful.
Other things are blooming as well, including a purple flower that I've forgotten the name of (I'm thinking it's a Penstemon sp.?) - regardless of what it is, I really like it - it's covered with little purple flowers.
Some seeds are coming up - fig hollyhock and Ruby Moon hyacinth bean. There are more seeds to be planted.
But, time to get back to work on a manuscript about mixed waste (a radionuclide, heavy metal, and organic) - it's almost ready to submit, we just need to get it within the word limit, so it's my job this morning to go through and get rid of 517 words...