Still Singing!

We’ve already had a couple of light frosts.


Then the days have been warm and blue and glorious.


We’ve had storms.  We’ve had mist.  We’ve had entanglements.

Salvia x jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’

Boundaries have had to be re-established.

Rosa ‘Princess Anne’ in the foreground; Rosa ‘Hansa’ behind.

You might think we would be feeling jaded.

Geranium ‘Crystal Lake’


Geranium ‘Crystal Lake’


Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’

a little contemplative?

Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’

A time to retreat, and look inwards?

Fuchsia ‘Delta’s Sarah’

It has been a time to take stock.

Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ in the foreground; Rosa ‘Princess Anne’ behind.

To look closely at our own lives.

Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’

To appreciate what we have,

Penstemon ‘Raven’ with Rosa ‘Princess Anne’ behind.

How far we’ve come,

Rosa ‘Princess Anne’ with Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ behind.

That there are still wonders ahead of us,

Rosa ‘Princess Anne’

And we’re still singing.

Rosa ‘Princess Anne’

Some things have had their season,

Phlox paniculata ‘Purple Flame’ gone over.

Some shine on.

Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’

We’re still singing.

Foliage of the Gallica rose ‘Tuscany Superb’, with Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ behind.

We’ll keep on singing.

Pear tree, bearing fruit.

Even if it is a quiet little ditty to ourselves.

Geranium psilostemon

Have you survived storms, entanglements or overstepped boundaries?  What gets you through?  Do you sing?  Or hum?  Or sit in quiet contemplation?

My blog is a testimony to the garden as therapy.  I can’t help but reference themes that are important to me.  You will find threads about feminism, racism, parenting, relationships, coercive control and survival.

Mindfulness, reflection and a focus on the sensory pleasures and playful delights of gardening have brought me inner strength and resilience.  If any of these themes resonate with you, consider joining in by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button at the base of this post.  You will receive an email each time I publish a post.  I aim to enrich your life rather than drain your precious resources.  Time in the garden is time well-spent.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. I talk to my three dogs. They listen and it soothes me. Sometimes I sit in the sun. Music is nice, too. A glass of wine at 5p.m. always works. And, I love your Royal Family. When I can not stand any more of our news, I read about the royals. Another baby soon! So exciting!

    1. Ali says:

      Wonderful strategies all!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Still plenty flowering in your garden, Ali.

    1. Ali says:

      Yes, we do well in autumn.

  3. We have survived the storms and heavy rain. I am really thankful for 4 days of sunshine. Singing like you Ali especially after seeing Evita last week. Don’t Cry for me Argentina is the serenade of the day. 😉

    1. Ali says:

      Nothing like a good musical theatre belter!

  4. Gorgeous gardens! Something about the perseverance of plants after a frost. Humming in the garden and some drawing.💗😍

    1. Ali says:

      That sounds lovely. If only I could draw.

  5. susurrus says:

    Your roses are looking wonderfully healthy so late in the year.

    1. Ali says:

      They are enjoying this weather.

  6. FlowerAlley says:

    I loved this post. I feel endings in fall, also. I will keep singing if you will. Ha.

    1. Ali says:

      I’m sure we could harmonise!

  7. bcparkison says:

    You always put such a good spin on things from your garden. No frost here just yet but the temps have cooled down for a day or two and it is now raining. We haven’t had the storms some have had and the rain is much needed. Almost a clean slate in my small flower bed. Of course not every thing is gone and some will return in Spring but there is progress.

    1. Ali says:

      I’m glad of that. You will get there in the end.

  8. Right now, people are getting me through. Reaching to members of a new support group is also daunting in itself, so patience is important here. It’s too easy to know I need support and try to reach out to everyone, rather than sit back a little and seek support from those whom I feel an affinity.

    1. Ali says:

      That is really good to hear. There are a lot of people behind you. X

  9. Love this! I have been feeling this way a bit myself–I have experienced a couple of storms and entanglements and boundary crossings lately. I think I have been using a lot of quiet contemplation and patience–I know the storms will pass if I stick it out a bit.

    1. Ali says:

      Yes. I guess this is life: it is stormy at times. I can’t say I have entirely kept my cool throughout, but I have done the best I can!

  10. Heyjude says:

    ‘Anne Thomson’ is most definitely a ‘must have’ plant. She just seems to go on and on and on! And your roses are so beautiful still.

    1. Ali says:

      I decided to give her a post of her own today!

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