Season end and the last of the roses are blooming because here in the southern hemisphere June heralds Winter. The onset of early morning frosts, cool nights and even some welcome rain brings a blessed break from weeds, heat, dust and mosquitoes. My garden is in limbo at present, which I guess is okay as … Continue reading “If you think one day you will get it all done, and then you can relax, you are bound to be disappointed.”
Flowers are the universal sign of happiness, love, forgiveness and condolence, and a natural way to brighten our decor. and mood. They are an integral part of our lives and adored the world over; the perfect table centrepiece, lavish display in a foyer; the wedding bouquet; the remembrance wreath, or admired in beautiful gardens, estates, … Continue reading “A flower is not a flower alone; A thousand thoughts invest it”
I adore flowers in the home, particularly roses cut fresh from the garden, but I don't find the act described as 'flower arranging' at all inspiring. History tells us of tight protocols around arranging flowers and set rules that applied to the craft through the decades. The phrase 'Flower arranging' is reminiscent of dusty church … Continue reading “I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath; I am the memory of a moment of happiness; I am the last gift of the living; I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.”
Potted geraniums ( accurately known as Pelargoniums ) in Australia do not have the same panache in the garden world as the glorious displays of geranium window boxes everywhere across Spain and Italy. Here we love them anyway for their humble, almost comedic style and robust nature in our hot, dry climate. The no-fuss plant … Continue reading Bountiful blooms even without a green thumb!
Silence in the air this morning, not a breath of wind outside as first light peeks over the horizon, the hills in a smokey blue haze. Inside is quiet, too, with the random scramble of mice in the walls and the predictable sounds of scurrying across the floor in distant rooms. We are in the … Continue reading Keep calm and garden on…
I love inspiring quotes. At times I'll come across a quote that rings so true to me, and is exactly the sentiment I had thought of but not quite been able to express. This quote by garden author C Z Guest says it all, and in a similar vein to columnist and landscape designer Ann … Continue reading “I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. ”
The title quote by Mirabel Osler rings true to me as I knew nothing at all about roses when I began. Now three seasons on and three hundred roses later, give or take a few, I am none the wiser. There are so many unanswered questions that race through my mind every day of what … Continue reading When I first began with roses, moving into that vast territory of scent, form and colour. I knew nothing.
In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener.Robert Rodale When I reflect on the past few years of growing a new rose garden, I often wonder, after a full day of being scratched by rose thorns and exhausted by the heat, why it is I love it so much? … Continue reading “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”
What's in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet. Princess Monaco Unexpectedly, an added bonus of loving roses is learning the history of roses, their names and parentage. Rose names have wonderful stories of life-long achievements in the dedication to rose breeding and the work done in … Continue reading The name of a rose
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.Ralph Waldo Emerson El-Kelaa M'Gouna Rose Festival in Morocco Have you ever wondered where all the roses are grown to make perfume? The French Perfumers in the 1940's built distilleries in Morocco in the Dades Valley area to produce rose oil and … Continue reading Vallee des Roses Morocco
In Aix en Provence quite close to the town centre there is a beautiful Hotel, called Le Pigonnet from the French word Pigeonniere ( Pigeon House) . We fortunately were able to stay at Le Pigonnet in June this year. I must confess, I chose this hotel because it sits in a glorious garden that … Continue reading Le Pigonnet -A garden where Cezanne wandered…
The following is a pictorial post of the garden at Rilly -de Montagne near Epernay, France- a typical French garden that surrounds the Hotel de Rilly France. Images by Di Baker 2019