|Ballerina, a Hybrid Musk Rose a group created by Rev. Joseph Pemberton|
St. Francis of Assisi is attributed with saying many things. One such attribution comes from a time when he was working in his garden and someone asking him what he would do if he knew today would be his last. Without looking up he said, "I think I would finish hoeing the garden." I like this quote for many reasons. I enjoy that he enjoyed gardening, that it is insightful, instructive, and that it is a bit sarcastic. Yet what I like most about it is that I want to live my life with this kind of earthiness and contentment.
This is the beginning of my blog on rose gardening and life. Without making too many promises, I want to share some of the things that I have learned as a rose gardener. Not as an expert mind you, but not a novice either. Sometimes what I will share here may seem so particular to roses that at first glance you may think that only a rosarian would be interested and other time it may seem like I am trying to drawn too many insights about life from the garden. If I get close to my goal you will be surprised by seeing both and feeling the smile of recognition spread across your face.