The good news is--is it true, can it be? The Day Breaker Rose has a green shoot! Hooray!! It's been sitting dormant for over a month and I was beginning to give up hope. The directions for planting it said to cover all the branches with dirt and dig down every day to look for new growth and cover it back up if there isn't any. Well, our dirt seems to compact and get really hard so I always felt bad about digging around--it always felt like I was weakening the stems. So I mostly left it and watered and watered. Finally, last night it seemed like it was time to investigate again so I dug down, the green of the baby weeds creating false hope. But then I discovered a different kind of green--bigger and firm. Yay! Now that area is uncovered so it can get some sun.
A note about these Katya pictures: when I'm working in the flower beds outside she always wants to help--dig if I'm digging, pull up plants if I'm pulling weeds. I've discovered the fool-proof,irresistible to all children distraction: water. She adores pouring water from one container to another and becomes utterly absorbed in it (literally). However, this too is a temporary distraction because eventually all the water gets poured away and she comes over to help Mama again.
Surprise! This morning as I was eating breakfast, I looked outside and (gasp!) my poppy was blooming! I planted this last year but it did not bloom at all. This year it had a huge bud that we were looking forward to seeing open. It had been growing steadily but slowly, so I thought it would be several more days if not weeks before it opened. Just yesterday it was still all green with no hint of the color of flower inside. Then this morning! I was so excited I had to run out and take some pictures.