I know you are on the edge of your seat (and considering how long you have been waiting there, your rear probably fell asleep weeks ago) waiting for info on my Dr. Seuss tree and Leslie's latest book, but I must post a quick interruption because it is very important.
The dahlias are blooming.
Someone gave me two dahlias a few months ago. They looked like a pile of dirty, dead roots wrapped in a newspaper and if I take care of them the way I am supposed to, at the end of this season they will once again look like a pile of dirty, dead roots wrapped in newspaper.
Also, in the this-is-very-important department, there is poodle with her big stick.