New, Need Help Part II: the Saga Continues
Part Two: The Saga Continues.
When we last left our heroine Herding Cats, she had been struggling against a newly found addiction to roses. Having inherited her childhood home 18 months ago, when her Dr. said "go sit your garden. Relax outside, recuperate there", he didn't know what would happen.
Neither did she.
Ms. Cats, sitting in the swing on the far back patio (that her best friend bought and set up for her recovery from cancer surgery), sipped a glass of sweet tea, and, muddled by oxycontin and oxycodone, designed an incredible, magical, fairy tale garden to go with her fairytale house.
Once our heroine sobered up, the fuzzy muddled drugged out dream didn't die. Instead, she started researching. And looking at photos. And pretending she actually knew what she was doing. Over a scant few months, she had developed an incredible plan that, if able to be brought to fruition, would bring Heaven into her gardens...
She bought a shovel, and a rake. She also bought a lot of compost, topsoil, mulch, dirt, drip irrigation, and seeds. She started. Little by little, she has begun to terraform her own little corner of the world. Only one problem. She had no roses. She did, however, know enough to realize that Blue Rose Seeds from Ebay were most likely NOT the answers she was looking for. So she searched.
Then, she found the website of her dreams. Gardenweb, more specifically, the Rose forum. In her spare time, she has read each and every page. She's taken notes - more than 30 pages of notes, from such luminaries as Roseseek, Hoovb, Michael, Pappu, and others. She has devoured Paul Zimmerman's videos on YouTube, and began a post.
99 posts later, she has a delivery of 17 5 gals. of roses(*) coming on Tuesday, which she will NOT be prepared for no matter how hard she works between now and then; another 5 roses from Palatine, has planted 5 bands (2 Julia Childs and 3 Ebb Tides) in a small area called Papa's Garden, has started a ton of seeds (Hollyhock and Sweetpea), has acquired and used some fish emulsion, is plotting the feasibility of making a batch of Alfalfa Tea, is desperately trying to avoid purchasing any more roses, and has far more questions than she'll ever get answered.
This is where we pick up the story...at least we don't find our heroine tied to railroad tracks.
(*) The rose list from OttoandSons:
1 New Zealand HT
1 Sea Foam Shrub
2 Wildeve (DA)
2 Gruss an Aachen
2 Teasing Georgia (DA)
2 Crown Princess Margareta
3 Distant Drums (HT)
4 The Fairy Polyantha
Here is a link that might be useful: The first 99 posts...