Sunday, Jul. 25, 2004 – 7:03 p.m.
If you teach it, they will come… but not this time…
Well, yesterday was the Eno Academy and it was a fun event, for the most part. Alas, I had no students for my two classes. Oh well. A little disappointing but, hey! it happens. There were a lot of interesting classes, including one on woodworking taught by Justus that I would have gone to if I hadn’t been scheduled to teach. I did get complements on the roses I brought in and a chance to read some in Paterson’s History of the Rose while waiting to see if anyone would show up for the class.
Saga of Overhead Projectors
Since I created overhead slides for teaching my classes, I had asked the autocrat (and therefore Ysolt) if there was an overhead projector available. They had assured me there was one but as I was leaving for the event yesterday, I figured I would go by the office and pick up the one there, just in case. Since my classes were the two sessions immeadiately after lunch, I could use the tail-end of lunch to set up my class. Ysolt and I went and got the church’s projector out of the room where it was stored and I plugged it in and turned it on. It worked and I started working with the focus and positioning of the projector on the table to make the best use of the images. After about 5 minutes of tinkering, I noticed that one part of the image swas darker and out of focus compared to the rest and while trying to make the best of that, the bulb went completely. So! it was out to the car to get the backup. Good thing I did that… but then, I didn’t have any students so it really didn’t matter (except to me… I was prepared and that is what mattered.)
I did take the Autumn Damask and R. Alba semiplena to the class and in the process, discovered that the alba semiplena had grown roots out the bottom of the pot its in. I also noticed that the Alba semiplena is a grafted plant rather than own root. I will need to plant the bud union down a couple of inches (when I do plant it), so that hopefully the I don’t get any issues with the root stock, especially since I don’t know what it is.
Mowed the lawn today and did some weeding. There is still a lot of weeding that needs to be done and I noticed that I have another infestation of wire grass in bed 3 (in around the Glowing Peace and French Lace bushes). Guess I need to get the Vantage out and spray that grass. Yet another thing to do before Pennsic.
No longer a temptation
Oh, I also stopped by that roadside stand on my way home Friday. They were open and it turns out the “buy one get one free” was for the other plants that were in front not the roses. The roses were buy TWO, get one free. There were about 8 or 10 rose bushes sitting there and they looked ok but not great, mostly stuff like Oregold and Chystler Imperial. None of them grabbed me so I thanked the guy and headed on home.