September 15th, 2008

Paul Neyron rose 2

gardening, wildflowers and cultivars

     Yesterday: helped (slightly) in clearing a small portion of nature preserve of brush.  Lots of multiflora rose, brambles and greenbriar.

     At home today: blue and white mistflower blooming.  A good-sized patch of the white by the table outside.  Blue by the shade garden and in the back where the big shrubs are.  What I mean by big shrubs: American cranberrybush viburnum must be fifteen feet tall.  Quince tree has a number of quinces on it.  Winterberry berries are red already.  Winter honeysuckle must be five feet in diameter, and at least seven feet tall.  I should not have planted the big shrubs so close together, but they were a heck of a lot smaller when I got them.  I have trouble judging eventual sizes of shrubs and small trees, obviously.

     Pink-leaved and white-leaved caladiums and pink-flowered begonias still look great together.  That was the best color combination this year.  Spearmint and sage both a little leggy, but look very healthy.  I had thought that the pineapple mint in smallish pot had died over the winter, but it came back quite well.  Elecampane has gone to seed.  It had a lot of flowers, and now has a lot of fluffy heads of seed.  I'm trying to decide whether or where to scatter the seed.  The plants are big, but I am really fond of the flowers.  Golden oregano a bit leggy, but there's a lot of it.  Thyme spilling down the side of the pot right outside the back door.  Put seeds of parsley that had gone to seed back into its pot.  Parsley apparently takes a very long time to sprout, and I've never managed it, but who knows? 

     Have to go look for bulblets (bulbils?) on the stalks of the tiger lilies.  One year I collected dozens, but never did plant them.  Now that I'm planting lilies in pots, I should try again.  Red geranium doing well.  One balsam still blooming in blue-and-white pot with pink geranium.  Blue flag iris looks great -- not flowering now, of course, but has lots of leaves.  I don't think it has as pretty a flower as the orris does, but it has its own charm and delicacy.

     Weeded around roses in containers.  Apparently 'Blue Skies' bloomed and I missed it.  It is one of the ones further from the back door.  'Cardinal de Richelieu' has tripled in size since I got it as a first-year rose this spring.  'Souvenir de la Malmaison' didn't grow as dramatically as 'Cardinal de Richelieu' did, but is doing all right.  Pruned off some dead branches of a couple of the roses on the north side of the house.  Finally got to that sweet briar -- glad I was wearing calfskin gloves -- and pruned some smallish dead branches off the Jacobite rose and the mystery pink rose.  The mystery pink rose has a bloom, and lots of buds with color showing in them.  The flowers do look somewhat like the flowers of 'Konegin von Danemark', except that the Queen of Denmark isn't remontant, and the growth patterns of the roses are very different.  The mystery pink rose has leaves right under the flowers -- I think that's what Graham Stuart Thomas meant by some roses having a "high-shouldered" look.  'Fantin-Latour' did well this year.  'Ispahan' is huge.  I think that my default picture here is of 'Ispahan'  I don't think it's 'Maiden's Blush'.  (Edited to add: Apparently I did think it was 'Maiden's Blush' around the time I took the picture.)  I would like to go to the rose garden ("Dean Bond Rose Garden"?) in the Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore and try to get a picture of 'Paul Neyron', preferably in bloom.  Since I have that pun about Neyron pink in my LJ name and all.

     Hoping for some rebloom on 'Mme. Isaac Pereire' and 'Mme. Ernst Calvat'.  The saffron crocus should be coming up around 'Mme. Isaac Pereire' pretty soon.  Every so often I look to see if the colchicum flowers are coming up by the crocus garden.  Have to do something about overwintering the fuchia that's there now.  Might ask N.S. if she'll keep it again.  Between the fuchia, the geraniums, the begonias, the caladiums, the lemon verbena and the heliotropes, I have so many plants I'd like to try to overwinter.  I've never tried to overwinter caladiums before.  The rest I've tried with.  If I had money, I'd put in a greenhouse -- or at least a conservatory.


Paul Neyron rose 2

M/M story authors who write realistically male characters

Just my opinions -- and I've only read one book by one of the authors.  If anybody should comment on the post, I'll most likely edit it so much that it will be another post about gardening.  Just saying.

Josh Lanyon -- despite what he says about creating "boy-next-door" characters -- er, not exactly, unless you have neighbors who are extremely articulate and, for the most part, very good-looking.  Not that those are bad things.  But you can certainly believe that the characters would act the way that they do.  And that they could be real people -- a lot of readers (yes, me too) seem to wish that the protagonists were real people.  Nathan (from "Snowball in Hell") just broke my heart -- I identified with him so much.

James Buchanan -- have only read Cheating Chance, but am really looking forward to Inland Empire coming out as an e-book.  Oh, and I read some of the free stories -- the one with the blue duck was so funny.  I digress.  Again, characters you can believe would act that way.  And I believe that Goths would act that way -- the author has that rarest of things, Goth authenticity.  Again, just my opinion.

Sean Michael -- Okay, you try reading three or four Jarheads novels in the course of a couple of weeks.  Is it me, or did these characters do their best to be inarticulate?  Render each other inarticulate?  If you believe the line about guys not needing an excuse to have sex -- damn.  Just.  Damn.

Laura Baumbach -- larger than life characters, but you wish they were real.  Talk about getting swept up in the story.

J.L. Langley -- suspension of disbelief for werewolves, but I read a lot of paranormal stories.  Some male characters who look girly, but fortunately don't act that girly.  "Yep, she was so going in the trunk for that."  Cracks me up every time.  (from "With Love")  Also, somewhat more seriously, the line something like, "Aside from being shot, coming out was no problem."  I need to look that one up...Edited to add: That wasn't the actual line -- the lines really were: "How bad was it when everyone found out you were gay?"  "Other than being shot?  Not too terribly bad..." -- The Broken H.

Lee Rowan -- I've only read the historical novels so far.  But the characters are so believable, and so well-developed.

Syd McGinley -- Dr. Fell is just an awesome, memorable character -- a Dom English professor.  It works.  It works so well.  You get the stories from his skewed perspective, but the other characters also vividly come to life -- especially twink.  Stories with a different set of characters (Ryan and Hugh) are told from the submissive character's viewpoint.  These are also realistic -- well, considering I pretty much only know about Dom/sub lifestyles from things I've read, all the characters' choices of actions ring true to my knowledge.

I can''t possibly be objective here, but -- Jordan Castillo Price.  No, way before I read any Obsidian Bookshelf reviews or saw her blog, I believed that she was a male author.  Perhaps some stereotyping on my part about a story with guys who hook up in the bathroom by page ten.  Vic always seemed so real to me.  Yes, I do identify with the characters who desperately need therapy.  And who doesn't love the line: "...and there I was, bucking like an electrocuted frog corpse." (from "Body & Soul")  Foreshadowing at its best.

Definitely editing this post a lot, and soon, but it was fun to write.