Sustainable Change

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.

Dear David Austin Roses,

We can all make micro-reparations. If we don’t address our mistakes and if we don’t acknowledge that we have contributed to the problem – and ignoring it is contributing to the problem – we are staying stuck. Our collective shame and suffering will never end.

Black Lives Matter

For the first time since I started blogging, I find myself unable to say anything useful about the garden. We need to listen without prejudice. Really listen. And then we need to change. White privilege affects everything we do and everything we think. Until we acknowledge that, we cannot change. Black Lives Matter. No ifs…

If I could only grow one rose…

You get beautiful blooms, from bud to maturity. You get scent. You get stunning foliage. You get a full, rounded growth habit. You get a rose which is easy to partner with other plants. You get health. You get joy, over and over and over again.

Press Pause

I am thankful for moments of quiet. In between meetings, I open the window, and breathe.

Purposeful Activity

Gardening is the perfect antidote to inertia or workaholism. Find your sensory pleasure, games to play and flow state here…

The best roses for foliage

The poppies and peonies will be here soon. For now, I will sit here drinking my coffee, appreciating the twinkling from the rose foliage.

Together we stand

I am a tulip devotee. I see them as a reward for getting through winter. They are a celebration life.

Storm-tossed

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in ’t!

Intimacy

There will be dark times, there will be light. There will be time to open up, time to close down. We’re all learning.