It's time to irrigate the rose bushes again. They have almost two dozen buds on them right now, so they ought to be adding some much needed color to the back yard within a couple of days. One of the bushes might be entirely dead, though. There's one stalk coming up to one side of the bush, but I think it might be a sucker from the rootstock. There's not a leaf left o n the rest of it. Another bush is down to only three canes with leaves on them, so it might be about to crap out too. I don't know what the life expectancy of a hybrid rose bush is, but these are all about in their mid twenties. Possibly it's just time for them to go.
In case somebody didn't notice, The Mayor has resurfaced and wants plugs. He says he's been scouting places for us to colonize, but I suspect that he has simply been on a very long bender. I wish I'd been on a very long bender.