For those of you who have been reading my blog regularly, you will know that I have a passion for roses.
And hardy geraniums.
And quite a lot of other flowers besides.
I love the colours,
The whole lovely tangle, when they intermingle and entwine.
But I also love growing food.
I started a daily yoga practice just over a year ago, and since then there has been an upward spiral. Reducing my consumption of goods, becoming vegan, starting a daily meditation practice, tuning into what is really important to me, and my place on this planet.
At the beginning of lockdown, in March, we dug up our lawn to make an extra vegetable bed.
I think it has made the garden more beautiful.
I have given over one of my three cutting patch beds to veg-growing, and am thinking the other two might have to be converted too.
Maybe some more fruit trees? Or raspberry canes? Blackcurrant bushes?
It’s not that I don’t think flowers are important. Far from it. They bring in bees and butterflies, which bring the birds. Diversity is everything.
Food production has become more… relevant.
We are being forced into transformations. We have ducked the issues for too long.
We need to look at our food production, our consumption, our waste, our inequalities.
The last few weeks I have written about racism. I have been really surprised by some of the responses. Some readers feel that talking about racism is ‘too political’.
All human beings are equally important. To turn away from some human beings’ daily suffering is inhumane.
Writing about roses at the moment feels a bit self-indulgent. Black people are dying because of racial hatred, and it seems that some people don’t care that much. I am really struggling with this.
I believe in the inherent goodness of human beings, and I have to believe that we will work it out. I am going to continue to look for ways I can get involved in everyday activism and micro-reparations to transform our society.
I am going to grow flowers, and I am going to grow food.
I am going to take a break from blogging, because I feel my energy is being drawn elsewhere right now. I will still be gardening, and you can find me on instagram as Ali, The Mindful Gardener.
I am truly grateful for your support and interest in this blog, and I hope that readers will be inspired to spend more time in nature, and maybe growing plants yourself.
I really hope that we will all work out how to make our lives more sustainable and less impactful on the planet. We are so powerful as consumers, and can make considered, ethical choices to promote change.
I hope we can learn to be more supportive of our fellow human beings. The rewards are worth it.