I am informed that my presence is required in North Carolina for the next five days. Evidently She Who Must Be Obeyed does not trust me enough to leave me alone on "her" corner of Katy while she attends a garden writers' conference. Never mind that she has been buying plants from venues both near and far, with nary a thought as to how they would fare in our absence. One can only hope that the Executive Producer and his Number One Daughter will remember their watering duties as SWMBO so blithely assumes. I am less than sanguine about the likelihood of their doing so. However, mine not to reason why, mine but to accompany her on on her journey and then figure out how to pack the plants she will undoubtedly purchase at Plant Delights Nursery. Mind you, I could do without her frequently repeated references to PDN as "a gardener's mecca" and her rapturous musings about the wonders she expects to see there and elsewhere on this trip. However, I am somewhat mollified by the prospect of a visit with the eminent horticulturalist Hortense Hoelove. SWMBO assures me that she is a close personal friend of Ms. Hoelove's cohort, Carol, of May Dreams Gardens and that she has every expectation that Ms. Hoelove will be in attendance at the conference. I understand that Ms. Hoelove, like myself, is camera shy so I cannot promise there will be any pictures of this historic meeting. However, I will endeavor to capture some shots of Carol and Cindy together.
This is the Head Gardener bidding you a reluctant farewell. SWMBO will report back upon our return.