“One who plants a garden plants happiness.”

Today brings a sense of déjà vu, I'm inside again due to more rain. We've only had a few days of fine weather that lasted long enough to be out gardening recently. Surprisingly, at the end of the day last time I was out in the garden, despite the aches and pains after heavy work, … Continue reading “One who plants a garden plants happiness.”

“I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden. ”

Fortunately some of us enjoy solitary pursuits because we sure have spent some time lately secluded. Here we are again at the end of another fourteen-day self-isolation, and more lockdowns for greater Sydney. Farm life is the same anyway; life is isolated with only the necessary grocery trips into town and rare social get-togethers. Otherwise, … Continue reading “I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden. ”

“The Peace Rose is the most famous and popular Rose of all time”

2020 The Peace Rose has soft yellow flowers that fade to blush-pink at the tips. The blooms are large and double and have a light fragrance. The Peace rose repeat flowers and is disease resistant and very easy to grow being hardy, vigorous and a brilliant performer. There is peace in the garden. Peace and … Continue reading “The Peace Rose is the most famous and popular Rose of all time”

“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her… I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ”

Nurture; nur·ture a verb (used with object), nur·tured, nur·tur·ing. "To help develop, help grow, nourish, sustain, to promote growth" Nurture is the best word to describe my growing of Claude Monet and Nahema roses in my garden because these two roses, more than any others, have been taken care of quite diligently, with daily encouragement, care, and … Continue reading “I am following Nature without being able to grasp her… I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ”

“Patience is a flower that does not grow in everybody’s garden”

Patience is a necessary life skill, especially worth developing for gardeners. As we work hand in hand with nature to create and maintain the garden of our dreams we know it will take time, persistence and backbone. Apart from providing all the right elements as best we can, there is a point where we have … Continue reading “Patience is a flower that does not grow in everybody’s garden”

Then Spring Came

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.Pablo Neruda Spring, the gorgeous season of the year, has arrived in the garden. The garden suddenly a happy place full of activity and new beginnings. The lavender buzzing with thousands of bees, blossoms like fairy dust here one day and blown away on … Continue reading Then Spring Came

The Perfumed Garden

Today is about the perfume and scent of roses.... It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. Robert Louis Stevenson Did you know that rose perfume is at its most intense very early in the morning and the scent will gradually become less … Continue reading The Perfumed Garden

“Each moment of the year has its own beauty, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”

– Centre front in my mind and heart over the last few months are my roses. Living in isolation in a rural environment is quite usual, although not quite anti-social as we have experienced this year. Without the opportunity to see family and friends, my focus has been on the garden, and I have busily … Continue reading “Each moment of the year has its own beauty, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”

Carla Fineschi Rose Garden, Tuscany

Our long-awaited day to visit the Rosa Botanica -Carla Fineschi Gardens in, Italy, an hour south of Florence, arrived. (Visited May 29th, 2019). Set on a Tuscan hillside in the small town of Cavriglia, Arezzo we were met by an Italian woman sitting in an old garden shed out of the rain, who took our 6 euros … Continue reading Carla Fineschi Rose Garden, Tuscany

“I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. ”

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. The quote above by garden author C Z Guest says it all, and in a similar vein to columnist and landscape designer … Continue reading “I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. ”

“Life is itself a school, and nature always a fresh study.”

It's pretty tough in the garden sometimes even though Spring's colour and fragrance have replaced the cold and frosty days of winter. We have experienced extreme weather this Spring with long days of high winds, heat and dust storms that have created havoc. Many plants are struggling from wind damage and the ground, despite my … Continue reading “Life is itself a school, and nature always a fresh study.”

“To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow”

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 rose garden, I often wonder, after a day of being scratched by rose thorns, bitten by mosquitoes and exhausted by the heat, why it is I love it so much?  … Continue reading “To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow”

It was roses, roses all the way.

Jude The Obscure The sentiment in the Robert Browning quote above could have been written about David Austin, the English rose Breeder who revolutionised garden roses with his team in Shropshire, United Kingdom. David Austin will always be remembered for bringing the charm and romance back into rose breeding. From a young teenager until the … Continue reading It was roses, roses all the way.

Le Pigonnet -A garden where Cezanne wandered…

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…