A Waning Albertine On A Sunday AfternoonSunday, July 18, 2010
Sunday was a quiet day without the girls. We had been with them on Saturday so we were off the hook (reluctantly on our part) for the day. Rosemary spent most of the day puttering in the garden while I worked on Rebecca’s and my lecture, The People in Our Garden which we are going to give to the Vancouver Rose Society on Tuesday. For the lecture I prepared a basic PowerPoint so I had to scan my 6x7cm transparencies so I can use a digital projector. The reason for this is that I have no easy way of projecting the rose scans except with that digital projector.
Rebecca was reluctant but I picked her up in the evening so that we could go through a trial run. We have to speak for about 45 minutes.
Because it was Sunday today and we have an odd-numbered address it was our day to water between 7 and 10 in the evening. I have a very efficient sprinkler and I use it on the boulevard as not only does the sprinkler get the boulevard lawn but also the back of Rosemary’s perennial bed and the area under the thuja which never gets water even when it rains.
In the picture here, taken with my iPhone the sprinkler is right by the rambling rose, Rosa ‘Albertine’ which is on its waning days after a glorious June. It only blooms once so I will have to prune it soon to get blooms next year. Pruning it is something I have to do with extreme care as this rose (and fragrant she is) has vicious thorns. I use gloves and I make sure I wear my glasses.