You might remember a couple of months ago I spoke about having to do a training session at work. After some postponements the session finally went ahead this week. Tragically? I don't think I have a calling as a teacher. I wasn't mortifyingly bad, and I'm happy to report I didn't pass out, but there's a reason I prefer the printed word. My mouth distinctly resembles two left feet and I paused, blanked out, repeated, tripped over and otherwise garbled my words. Even though I had written much of my presentation on notes, so I wouldn't miss anything, I managed to miss information anyway in my haste to get through the session.
The Triumph is that all things must come to an end. I survived in body, though maybe not in mind, and got through the afternoon. The wretched experience done I was able to walk away, proud that after a rough start I did manage, by the end, to gather my wits and talk legibly. To soothe my bruised ego I took myself to the nursery for some retail therapy. Training was held in the town of Summerside so I visited a nursery I don't often get to and loaded up the truck. What? You didn't expect me to buy just one did you?
Oh you did? Hubby thought the same thing. He was a bit surprised when I asked for help to unload the truck. What can I say, I was feeling REALLY sorry for myself. So sorry that I splurged on this very elegant Rhododendron elepidote 'Catawbiense Album'. This variety was initially bred in 1886 and has stood the test of time to become well loved and known as Ironclad (so hopefully I won't kill it). I took one look and fell in love. When we lived in BC there were rhododendrons everywhere you looked. I don't see them as much on the east coast and I miss them. The entrance bed has a bit of shade so I thought a rhodo would suit perfectly and when I walked into the garden centre and saw this I knew it was coming home with me.
I think this will look beautiful coupled with pink Astilbe's 'Visions' and white fringed hostas I also purchased. Now if the weather would cooperate and warm up I could actually get outside and plant these new flowers.