I came home on Friday afternoon and found this. It's my rose order from Pickering Nursery in Canada.
They're very well packaged. (For some reason, I always unpack things in the kitchen.)
The roses are nice and green and healthy looking, ready to go into the garden ... as soon as it stops raining. For now, they're soaking in a bucket in the garage.
Today, my daughter comes in and says, "Mom, there's a huge box on the front porch for you."
This one is even better than Friday's box of roses!! I've been searching for one of these since last year. I drag my prize into the house, and to the kitchen to unpack it.
Daniel said, "Is there anything in that box for me, Mom?"
Can you tell what it is yet?
It's a Mantis sprayer!!
This thing will make maintaining the roses so much less time-consuming from now on. One of the biggest chores of spray day for me has been continually refilling my 3-gallon sprayer, to get all 800+ roses sprayed. This new sprayer will hold up to 12 gallons ... though I doubt I will fill it that full because it could get too heavy to pull around.
Here it is all assembled!!
Mantis doesn't make this sprayer anymore, so I had to search the second-hand market to find it. One afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I found the ad for this sprayer on Craig's List in Maine. I emailed the seller ... and the rest is history. I'm so excited!!!
(written by Hartwood Roses. Hartwood Roses blog.)