9th Annual Corrales Rose Society Dr. Huey Tour

We had our 9th Annual Corrales Rose Society Dr. Huey Tour this afternoon after I went to a “hanging” to help Susan Graham hang her photos at the NM Cancer Center for a Gallery with A Cause show titled “On the Rise – Artists in Early and Mid-Career.” I also helped another artist hang her paintings. She was by herself. Susan and I discovered it’s hard to hang the art and get it right as per the curator who didn’t give particularly clear instructions. When I came out of the restroom after washing my hands, I noticed the artist was starting to rearrange her paintings after the curator had set them where she wanted the paintings. I told the artist not to change the order of her paintings or she would have to rehang them. After Susan and I were done hanging Susan’s photographs, and Susan was waiting for final approval, I noticed the artist having a little trouble hanging her paintings. I went down and helped her. It’s a two-person job to hang artwork and get everything aligned and spaced properly.

I had been to the Cancer Center a week ago for my annual checkup, but it turned out to be my last checkup. My doctor said the scan was clear and my immune system was almost up to normal numbers, so he fired me as a patient. No more scans or checkups unless I get symptoms.

For new followers, Dr. Huey is the rootstock used to graft roses in the western United States. Corrales is a cold spot. A lot of roses freeze at the bud unions in the winter killing the rose grafted to the rootstock. Dr. Huey is cold hardy and drought tolerant. Once the bud union is dead Dr. Huey grows. Therefore, there are many Dr. Hueys growing in Corrales. Starting in 2014, we had done an annual tour of Dr. Hueys in Corrales or simply on our property since we have more Dr. Hueys every year.

We have a lot more Dr. Hueys this year because we had a cold and very dry winter. I was not able to water much during the winter because it never warmed up enough for the hoses to thaw. So we lost more roses over the winter.

Most rosarians don’t like Dr. Huey, but Laurie, Susan, and I love Dr. Huey. It only blooms once, but when Dr. Huey blooms it produces a lot of beautiful red roses with yellow centers. While many of our other roses are struggling due to the drought, Dr. Huey is thriving. Rosarians who live in other parts of the country that don’t have harsh climates like New Mexico can be snobs and hate rootstock roses, but Laurie, Susan, and I appreciate any rose that can thrive in New Mexico, and Dr. Huey is thriving.

A large Dr. Huey along Corrales Road.

Well Hung

Thirteen of sixteen photos Susan has in the show.

Paul flew over to the trees between the ditches leaving Mary behind. Daddy owl was keeping an eye on Mary. We didn’t see Peter in the trees between the ditches, so we presume he flew over to the Bosque. We’ll have to go over and see if we can find him in the Bosque. Given the rate of growth and flying, the owlets might have each hatched a week apart.

The wind blew clouds through for a decent sunset.

84 thoughts on “9th Annual Corrales Rose Society Dr. Huey Tour

  1. You and Laurie made this such a great day…it almost felt “pre-Covid.” Perhaps yet, maybe a really positive part of a “new normal.”
    The Dr. Hueys seemed especially beautiful this year.
    And getting to see Daddy GH owl plus owlets Paul and Mary was another bonus.
    And the food…🙂

    • We had a wonderful time. And Spunk was so happy to see you (don’t tell Resa). Thanks, Susan.

    • Beautiful Corrales blog
      Every single Corrales photograph is a work of beauty.

      Whiff of charitable fragrance passes over me, reading how you helped Susan hang her paintimgs over at the art gallery, a tender gesture for a compassionate cause. All acts of wonder do make life so marvelously beautiful and pretty too.

      I need to indulge myself with the word Bosque, the forest Gallery where Peter at.

  2. Stunning pics all around, Tim. I appreciated the rose lesson, super informative. I’m also glad to learn you were fired as a patient. Excellent. And, of course, seeing the owlets is always a treat.

    • Thanks, Jeff. One of the best thinks to be fired from. Many of our roses are from Jackson Perkens. They are in your neck of the woods.

      • You’re welcome, Tim. Indeed, and agreed. Oh, thanks for letting me know that. I do know roses are a big thing in Portland.

      • If you don’t have roses, you are in the right place for them.

  3. What a lovely helper you are and the art looks amazing!
    Tim I had NO idea you were dealing with this!
    So grateful and happy you fired your doctor and your scans are clear!!! That’s so awesome! Such a relief.
    Thanks for keeping us in the loop with the owlets and the gorgeous night sky!

  4. Hi Timothy, I think these roses are gorgeous. I am so glad to hear about your good health news. I didn’t know you were a cancer survivor. My mom also had cancer in 2016 and is in remission. She still sees the doctor every year.

    • Thanks, Roberta. Good for your mom. I think a lot of it is insurance. Once you have been in remission for 6 years, they stop paying for scans and visits. A lot of decisions about one’s care here is determined by insurance not healthcare providers. Now that I finally have a primary care doctor after being without on for since mine retired many years ago, I don’t have to use the oncologist and rheumatologist as my primary care doctors.

  5. First of all, I like the Dr. Hueys roses very much, maybe because I prefer wild roses.
    You did a perfect hanging of the artwork, it looks realy great and I wish the organistation al lot of succes with the exporistion (and with teir work).
    So good to hear that you had your final checkup !
    My greets to the owls 😉

    • Thanks, Rudi. I always noticed the artwork when it changed at the Cancer Center. This was the first time I helped hang artwork there.

  6. Beautiful post with an amazing collection of flowers. Also very happy to read you’re fired… as a patient! I’m raising my cup espresso for you as we speak…

    • Cheers! I raised my cup of coffee. They “ching chinged”, as the Spanish say, somewhere in the either. Thanks, Herman.

  7. A fired patient – that’s good news!
    From the lovely exposition, especially I like the three works from image 1953.
    I would like to have a Dr. Huey in my garden, because the natural open look of wild rose with the wine red is very attractive to me.

    • In the series in img_1953, the image on the left is one of Susan’s all time favorite images. Thanks, Heidi.

  8. First off, congratulations on getting fired from that ‘job’! 🥂🍾
    I’m quite familiar with hanging (and aligning!) painting at a gallery or walls generally, with the years I’m becoming a pro! 😉 Still, I know what a pain it is to get them right so kudos to all!
    Finally, gorgeous Dr. Huey, owls and skies conspire towards a better day! Again: Hooray on losing the job! 💐

    • Thank you, Marina. I’m sure you are a pro. I’ve had photos in various shows over the years, but I never had to hang them. The curators hanged them in the local shows, and the out of state and international shows, I paid the curators to print the photos, frame and hang them. I can imagine that you have done lots of hanging and that you are very good at it.

  9. …”paintingS”
    I think Dr. Huey is what we call here wild rose. We’ve got one in our balcony, same color with yellow in the center. She’s a joy to look at!

  10. I can’t see anyone not liking Dr Hueys, Tim. Same with the Owl family, they do seem to grow so quickly.
    The skies here seem to be much duller lately?
    All the best, Sir, Cadw’n ddiogel!

  11. No wonder you love these roses. They are true beauties. As for your doctor firing you, that is fantastic. Beautiful job on the hanging and those owls, we never get enough of them!

  12. Lovely to hear about the art hanging, Timothy, and the Dr. Hueys. I have a friend who is a painter and the task of hanging her work is a huge one, so I really appreciate what it takes and yes, definitely two people. Nice that you helped the other woman too. When we walk the hallways of medical buildings, especially when we’ve had disturbing news, that there is art there in our midst is really important. Congratulations on building your immune system and healing, that is huge.

  13. Congratulations on being fired as a patient. It doesn’t seem your stem cell reboot was that long ago. In reading through some of the scientific literature, you beat the odds, which is no small feat.

    • Thanks, David, It’s a risky procedure. An editor for the American Spectator has a young son with a rare from of leukemia. They did a bone marrow transplant on him and it didn’t take. Heartbreaking news when she posted that in an update about a month ago.

      • I had friend who used to cat blog. Her husband had stage 4 prostate cancer. He would have been rejected for a stem cell reboot because of his age (he was 80). Anyway they got a good collect of stem cells. Did the chemo to knock out the immune system then did the stem cell transplant. The transplant didn’t take. I think it was done 4-5 years before yours, so it was still likely an experimental procedure. The docs still had some leftover stem cells, so they even implanted those as well. The additional stem cells were able to start the reboot, but weren’t enough to build a new immune system. It was a very sad moment for them.

      • I can imagine. It took 11 days for my stem cells to kick in. That was a long and anxious 11 days.

  14. So you were fired! Thank the Good Lord! I’m so happy for you.
    I enjoyed the very interesting lesson on Dr. Huey Roses. And they are amazingly gorgeous!
    Great gallery shots.
    Thanks for the sky pictures. It’s been a while since I saw your sky pics as I have been on break.
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

    • Thanks, Tiffany. Purple salvia is super drought tolerant also. The bees love it.

  15. Congratulations on your checkup, Tim! That is all good news!

    Dr. Huey is a beautiful rose, no matter if it is a rootstock. We have a Dr. Huey here.

  16. Tim, I’m so happy for you re: the cancer thing! You are such a nice person, the cancer probably got sick of you, and split!

    I love the Dr. Huey!!! I don’t understand fully about the rootstock bud union, but I can see how gorgeous the roses are.
    I swear, there are many snobs in the flower world!
    So, it seems the owlets will be leaving home soon. Do you see mama & daddy much over the summer and winter?

    • We see mama and daddy all year. Paul flew and then Mary flew over last night they are together again this morning. Mary is all proud of herself. Cancer likes sweetness. It’ probably been my grumpiness that it didn’t like. Thanks, Resa.

  17. Congratulations on the Cancer front Tim! One of those commitments you don’t mind getting fired from. Glad Dad is keeping an eye on Mary, she needs a bit more time to build confidence and mature out those wings.

  18. I am so glad I didn’t miss this one. I love to see Dr Huey flowering too. It’s ironic it can be so much more striking than many of the roses grafted to it. But far more than that, I’m delighted to hear your news – it is so good you’ve been officially signed off by your doctor.

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