When I look out onto the garden right now, the rose foliage is sparkling back.
The new leaves are slightly translucent. When they catch the light, and when they catch the breeze, they sparkle.
All my roses have slightly different foliage. Some, like ‘Roald Dahl’, are brightest green.
Others, like ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, are bronze-red.
‘Munstead Wood’ combines copper and amber tones. I love the layers of different rose foliage.
New rose foliage looks fabulous with tulips and the pillows of geranium and salvia. I am glad I planted them together. They make a great team.
Every day, the little sprigs of new foliage stretch up higher, creating new landscapes through the border.
Things are changing.
I have been preparing for a new job. It is a big step. I’m nervous, but excited.
The pear blossom is about to burst.
The cradling leaves are stretching out. The blossom buds are swelling. All they need is the warm spring sun.
Other blossom has burst already. This is the cherry blossom.
And this is the damson. They are offering their encouragement, and support.
Amelanchier is waving its blossom high in the air. It is reaching to the sky, but is still firmly rooted in the ground. The roots spread as far as the branches. If it wasn’t firmly rooted in the ground, it would topple in high wind.
The garden is in a state of flux. Nothing stays the same for long. There is always something new, always change.
I hope to retain my mindfulness in the next few weeks. No one wants a Manic Mindful Gardener. Although that might be entertaining.
I am aiming to post once per week, at the weekend. I hope you will bear with me whilst I find my new work-life balance.
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