under the weather

Hi, it’s me again, Chess, the dog. You may remember me from such excellent posts as “trials and tribulations” and all the rest that were about me. Here I am filling in for the guy I live with. He’s sick, which I know since I heard him on the phone, telling his sister where to find his Last Will and Testament, in case he doesn’t make it. I’m in the will (I have health insurance too), but I hope he does make it, since he makes me really healthy meals, lets me sleep in bed under the covers, and takes me on walks even when he’s sick.


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He has a cold. Judging from all the moaning and sniffling and general complaining, it must be really bad. He went to Timberline today which I thought was rather ill-advised for a person on their last legs, but he said that’s what gardeners do when they know the end is near. They go to nurseries.

He went into the agave greenhouse and took some pictures. I know he did this before, but he did it again. He says if something is worth doing once, it’s worth doing twice.

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Then…this is funny ….he took some videos of the stock plants–cactus–and it turns out he filmed too fast and spent a couple of hours slowing down the videos and they still show up really fast. He uploaded them to several websites and that didn’t work either. I told him to use Quick Time, which he finally did, and they’re still too fast. Blame it on excitement. He’ll get it right eventually. That funny voice is his, with a cold.

This one is a little faster.

This one is way too fast. He was getting excited, I bet.

And by the way, you can get plants by mail at Cold Hardy Cactus.

The guy I live with has been talking about moving to a place called “Arizona”. I looked that up and it gets really hot there. I like the weather we have here, except for thunderstorms, which are scary, but then I get cuddled, which is nice. The place he looked at cost about $25,000 and has no air conditioning. I would roast. I’m not even sure it had indoor plumbing. I’m used to going outside, but I don’t think he is. I think I talked him out of this foolishness.

The other weird thing that’s been happening is that he has snowdrops in bloom but he’s still whining. I won’t post any snowdrop pictures because they look just like the other pictures that were posted a while back. They’re white. Big surprise.

The guy I live with also had crocuses blooming but was too busy whining about other stuff even to notice. Some of the whining I get, but most of it is just pointless. He whines about how there are all these empty spaces now and the garden looks so bare. Like this one.


Well, the reason why this empty space is empty is because he took all the plants out of it. That’s how he gets these empty spaces. I keep telling him this, but it has no effect. He said “Look, I’ve created an empty space”, and then later wonders why it looks bare.

But this is a big deal and I know he’s noticed this, because he was pounding his chest and strutting around the back yard. It was embarrassing. The oncocyclus iris are up.


This is Iris paradoxa. And now it’s raining, and the guy I live with says everything is going to die. Again. This is the second of three winter rains he remembers since 1961, so maybe the end really is near.

Oh, and one other thing. I know this has been pretty disjointed, but I’m a border collie, not Dashiell Hammett. There’s going to be an exhibit of my mommy’s watercolors at “the Hunt” which is an even bigger deal than any iris that might get wet and die.

That’s all for now.

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13 Responses to under the weather

  1. Cheryl says:

    You know you’re a gardener when you think you’re on your last legs with a cold and go to a nursery for the cure. Brilliant!

    • paridevita says:

      Didn’t really work, but made me feel better. I’d forgotten that with colds you can feel okay during the day, and not so okay at night. Whew.

  2. Cliff Booker says:

    You must be SO proud for Cindy … and now for Chess! Can he play the fiddle, bake or do embroidery as well?

    • paridevita says:

      He can run backwards, and sideways, but that’s about it.
      Out of 29K plus accessions, hers are the only ones in watercolor pencil. I think there are 11 of hers there now. I remember one time we were standing in front of a painting at an art museum, here, or in NYC, and she started explaining how the artist produced the effects–the technical details–and within a few minutes she’d drawn a large crowd. She was embarrassed, but it was pretty neat. Entirely self taught, too.

  3. Hope you feel better: half of everyone I know’s been sick–some with flu-like symptoms. I’ve dodged the bullet (or microbe) thus far…knock on wood. Your pix of Chess are beyond cute.

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks. It’s a reminder to me never to leave the house. It happened on a trip to acquire food, so it serves me right.
      Or, never touch anything, and breathe as little as possible.
      The dog takes a good picture, doesn’t he? If only he could do some work around the garden ….

  4. Loree says:

    Spiky fabulousness! Thanks for all the photos, I like your idea of rest and recuperation. Don’t suppose you’ll be making the trip to the Hunt?

    • paridevita says:

      No, I’m not going to see the show.
      I loved all the blue-padded opuntias, and the purple echinocereus. More rest and recuperation today, of a different kind.

  5. Pam says:

    Great agave pictures. And you actually sound pretty cheery in the video 🙂

  6. Kim Bone says:

    Agaves for Sale: /Users/Kim/Pictures/iPhoto Library.photolibrary/Masters/2013/02/08/20130208-090920/DSC02660.jpeg

  7. The speed of the videos adds a certain tension and excitement.

    So many gardeners that I greatly admire love agaves and I just cannot love them no matter how hard I try. And I do try, I look carefully at the photos trying to feel the love!

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