1. I caught a groundhog shortly after I put out the trap on Wednesday. I loaded him into the truck, took him a few miles down the road and let him go at an abandoned/dilapidated house. There are lots of outbuildings and places there where he dig to his heart's content and make a new home. I think the rest of the groundhogs got the memo about cantaloupe, though, because no one touched it yesterday. I can hear them now, "Eat that stuff and you disappear, man."
"I smell cantaloupe."
"Oh, crap, I can't get this thing open."
"No! I don't want to go for a ride."
"Hey, Lady, you need to wash your truck."
2. I took my camera out with me early this morning when I went to bait and set the groundhog traps. Everything was covered with dew, making for some really pretty photo opportunities.
A frosted flower on 'Plain Talk'
New leaf on 'Sombrieul'
Japanese Beetles are still here ... and there were a LOT more of them than in the past few years.
3. I'm working hard to get my new rose garden along the fence behind the greenhouse finished. The weather has been terribly uncooperative, with hot temps and stifling humidity ... so I worked in short shifts and took lots of water breaks, planting 10 or 12 roses per day. Yesterday, though, was unseasonably cool and wonderful, and I got a LOT done. It doesn't look like much yet, but it's going to fill in and be fantastic! (I'll give you a start-to-finish post about this when I actually get to the 'finished' part of the process.)
I'm being a good girl and finishing each rose completely before I move on to the next one.
See how they are all hooked to the irrigation line?
That little patio table is shading a small rose so it can acclimate to its new location without getting scalded.
4. This is where Dorothy spends her mornings ... sitting at the kitchen door watching birds.
5. As of today, The Husband and I have been married for 33 years! We met at a college party in December 1979, went on our first date a few weeks later in January 1980, were engaged by mid-March, and four months later we were married. Three daughters, numerous homes, untold challenges, and we are still crazy for one another.
Today will be another beautiful day. The Husband has to work, and I plan to continue planting roses ... at least until lunchtime. We'll have to see about skipping out and doing something special this evening. Honestly, it doesn't have to be much because any time I spend with him is special.
Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart ... I love you!