the U.K. has chia pets, too?? hehe i always thought that was just a weird north american thing
there was this one time i lived with people and relationships were severely strained, a very depressing time. when this happened i noticed the few plants we had stopped growing or whithered and died. this was the exact moment i realised they were living things. to be fair i didn't notice my brother and sisters existed until fairly late too but plants were always outside my field of vision, even when i was surrounded by them. i think it's to do with pace. plants seem lifeless to young people and we must seem a blur to them always.
if gardening is about an affinity with plants, a partnership, my gran's garden was a wild love affair. the house was always littered with sachets of seeds smuggled from different places, waiting to take root in her care. i remember the front and especially the back of the house, a dense oasis of ferns, flowers, delicate plants and an apricot tree, light piercing through the foliage. the toolshed was overgrown, everything was overgrown, but in a harmonious way. in her last years nurses and daughters began to discourage my gran's forays into the garden, and so it lost its colour and her mind faded away. today the garden is at the hands of my aunt and it is more organised, more neatly defined than it ever was with gran. a reflection of the way people shape things around them but more, i think, of how plants react to people.
i was in the botanical garden today and it was so beautiful, there were hardly any people. i've seen beautiful cactuses. you wouldn't believe it but some have a fur that looks and feels exactly like that of a sheep. i wish i could spend the night there once. although i did hear that it's full of frogs that become active at night and make terrible noises.
i was in the botanical garden today and it was so beautiful, there were hardly any people. i've seen beautiful cactuses.
Anyone got favorite gardens? I'm a big fan of Dries Van Noten's, pics here: https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/celebrity-homes-dries-van-noten-archive