Dead at 132

It had to happen

Chez Paul mourns the passing of Rosemary, also known as Tuscan Blue, at the age of 132. She is survived by her cousin, also 132, known as the Other Rosemary. The two were neighbors.

The cause of death has not been officially determined, but speculation is that Rosemary's death was brought on by an attack of black thumb, or by dehydration, always a danger in the dry desert air.


It would appear from the condition of the body, shown here just prior to interment at the Happy Herbitorium, that Rosemary made valient efforts to shun the sun in her final moments. All her branches, twigs, and leaves face away from the prevailing sunlight, as if she were desperately seeking shade.

Authorities are considering charges of negligence, although by all accounts, any withholding of water was purely accidental.

TJ, the neighbor's cat, was overheard making accusations, saying, "It wouldn't surprise me in the least; Chez Paul's attitude toward me has been most unfriendly, making threatening sounds and gestures every time I pass by. To be fair, though, I have to say he dotes on those silly plants." He cited the Cactus Dome as evidence of overprotectiveness.

Those inclined to be less charitable than TJ point out that by his own admission, Chez Paul is known for his black thumb.

Asked to respond to these charges, Paul, in his own defense, pointed out that under his stewardship, young Joshua, shown here on his 103rd day, is thriving. He also cited the splendid recovery of Split Rock under his care.

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Asked for his opinion, Golden Pincushion said, "I have no comment, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it."