i spent the day today contemplating roses, with two resources at my fingertips: my trusty copy of roses without chemicals, and the 2016 listing of roses from roses unlimited. i made a list, i made a spreadsheet, i made little flashcards of potential additions and arranged them and re-arranged them until i had combinations i liked.
(seriously, you’d think i don’t have a day job, when really i just had an extremely uneventful day at the office)
meanwhile, today it was in the 50s and we had maybe half an inch of rain. my only thought? i hope my direct-sown poppies didn’t wash away. i’ve never yet gotten poppies to take and i was so sure i had done the thing properly this year, since the ground never truly froze. (two weeks ago, i scraped some mulch back to expose the soil, scattered liberally, pressed everything back in and lightly raked the mulch back into place.)