So, things are more or less back on an even keel at Chez Seaweed. Right now, the nice weather is winning and Mr. Scooba is spending lots of time outside piddling around in the yard. He's staying busy trimming stray branches from our overgrown trees, and thinning the overgrowth in his bed of grapevines. He also enjoys dragging the waterhose around to water the plants.
Mother's Day I got four new rosebushes, and we planted those as well as some other miscellaneous patio pots. He took over the patio pots this year by putting tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and petunias in all of them except my 3 geranium pots. His petunias are looking leggy and probably would benefit from being pinched back, but he thinks everything is fine as long as it blooms.
Gardening is good therapy for the blues. The first summer after our oldest son passed away, we had the most fabulous flower beds around. We've always grown things, be it a 30'x30' vegetable bed or planting new trees every year. This year I've got lots of flower seeds coming up in the front beds, and we put in some new clematis and some elephant ears. I realized I have a lot more shady areas than I thought I did - I must have been thinking about how it was years ago before some of those trees got so big!
I counted 12 rosebushes in my yard this weekend. The new ones are Outrageous, a peachy Floribunda; Arizona, a peach colored Grandiflora; Mr. Lincoln, a red hybrid tea; and Oklahoma, a red hybrid tea. My other ones are another Mr Lincoln, a Baronne Prevost (dark pink), a Barcelona (dark red), 2 unknown reds, a Peppermint Twist, and the wimpy climbers Blaze (red) and Seven Sisters (pink). My two climbers must be in the wrong place, because they are just "there" - not really even growing despite water, fertilizer, and sweet talking. If there isn't an improvement this season, they'll get moved.
My new washer and dryer were delivered yesterday. Oooh they are BIG. I got Samsung front-loaders with the pedestals underneath so Mr. Scooba can now reach into the laundry without bending. It is amazing how quiet they are when they are running. I did three loads last night. I wonder if they're going to start missing me at the laundromat? :)