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Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 22

I’m posting a Humorous Christian Romantic Suspense serial novel here on my blog! Year of the Dog is a (second) prequel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series. Year of the Dog serial novel by Camy Tang Mari Mutou, a professional dog trainer, is having a bad year. While renovating her new dog kenneling and training facility, she needs to move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate—according to them, a job requiring her to be covered in dog hair and slobber is an embarrassment to the family. She convinces her ex-boyfriend to take her dog for a few months … but discovers that his brother is the irate security expert whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier. Ashwin Keitou has enough problems. His aunt has just shown up on his doorstep, expecting to move in with him, and he can’t say no because he owes her everything—after his mother walked out on them, Auntie Nell took in Ashwin and his brother and raised them in a loving Chri

Sloppy gardening

Captain's Log, Stardate 05.13.2008

I’ve already confessed my black thumb. Now I confess my sloppy gardening.

I had to transfer my miniature rosebush from the planter into the ground because it was no longer miniature. You can see how I cracked the plastic planter in trying to get the darn thing out, you can see the sweep of dirt from when I dug the hole, and you might also be able to tell that the rosebush is a little crooked. In the background is a lavender bush I successfully transplanted last year (then again, it’s almost impossible to kill lavender, so I shouldn’t be so proud of myself).



I had to transfer another lavender plant from a pot into the ground because I needed the pot. If you look on the left side, you’ll see where the dirt from the lavender is at least an inch above the ground. I figure, it’s almost impossible to kill lavender (yay, me!), and the thing will settle a bit into the ground, right? Right?



Here’s the reason I needed the pot—my thyme (on the left) and rosemary (on the right). I’m hoping I didn’t kill them as I transferred them, because I think it will be really cool to have fresh thyme and rosemary this summer. And the rosemary might even survive the winter.



And to assure you I can’t be completely hopeless, my bearded irises are doing well. In the background are two canes of black raspberries I planted last year which managed to survive my mangled pruning and the winter. The next test is if I actually get raspberries.



Confess, all you real gardeners, I make you cringe, don’t I?

Comments

Gardening is like anything - trial and error...isn't it??? My parents are gardeners (flowers though and not veggies) and they do a great job.
Ausjenny said…
Um Camy I have killed a lavender bush! it was all in the transfering and not watering and a few other things. You are doing good
Water them for a good week after transferring.
Oh and carnations do like water to live we found out this year!
I have spend 3 days weeding and getting the garden ready for plants (why is it that a little water brings weeds!) to day I planted the pansys, snapdragons, lobilia (i think its spelt that way you cant kill them either they say. and mums carnations. I still have 520 tulips to plant. Want a trip to South Australia to help me! I really ache tonight.
Myra Johnson said…
Gardening--ugh! If the plants can't fend for themselves, they won't do well at my house!

Um, about the chair arrangement . . . anything to do with a playful doggy?
Camy Tang said…
Uh oh, I'm in trouble if Jenny has killed a lavender bush!

Yes, Myra, the chairs are to keep my buttheaded dog from running into my irises. Last year, she went barreling into them and broke 2 or 3 stalks of flowers! After I had been congratulating myself that my black thumb hadn't killed them!
Camy
Ausjenny said…
Camy i kill things that you shouldn't be able to kill so it depends on things. Im sure you water them where i didn't (it could be the neighbours dog dug it up also)Which reminds me i have seedlings to water.
and the thought of planting 520 bulbs is terrifying me!

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