The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

If you would like to leave your thoughts on Greg, please see this thread.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Greg's honor, please see this thread.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Roses e'er blooming

rose_sm.jpgA couple of weeks before Christine and I left for our trip to Houston, I noticed my rose plant had a serious case of black spot fungus (Diplocarpon rosae). So I drastically pruned the plant back, removed all leaves showing the disease, and cut out the parts that had already died. As a novice, I had no idea whether it would survive. When we returned this week from Houston, I was greeted in my backyard with an abundance of roses on the plant. I'm so delighted by it's strong recovery.

Even my backyard seemed to be rejoicing at my good news.

pots2.jpgOur neighbor Joanne continued watering our potted plants past when we told her we would return. The original trip was only to be a few days, as you may recall. While in Houston, we totally forgot about it. Late in the trip, we remembered and figured everything would be dead. Instead, upon return, the pentas were much larger - pink and full. The red hibiscus was just about to bloom this morning when I took this picture.
And I cannot resist including a photo of my gardening assistant...dolce_backyard_sm2.jpg


Rosemary Cromer Boustany said...

Thanks Greg for keeping us posted on all your good news. We couldn't be happier for you and your family!

Roland Lindh said...

Your too young too know about this but when I was a boy during WWII there was a song that was regularly played over the radio entitled "Roses Are Blooming In Pickardy." It was a song that encouraged the people of England to have hope that the Nazi's would not win and that the troops would come back to the beauty of new life in their home country. This brought us in America the same hope when we entered the war. I think the Roses here in your garden should be a reminder that the Rose of Sharon is our eventual only (and true) hope.

Carl said...

The beauty of Avery, Jordan, Jeremy, and the new roses were all brought to you by the same Benefactor that brought your healing. God is Awesome.