Arriving home after two weeks spent working on the cabin
we found the garden had gone on without us. I have as you may
guess a thing for roses. I was raised in Windsor ON sometimes
called the City of Roses and my father raised them. I now
have between 25-30 depending on the winter and various sales.
I have a few delicate roses David Austins, Gallicas
( they rarely bloom) and a couple Hybrid teas. Mostly
now I raise Parkland and Explorer roses that are hardy
to our area.
William Baffin and Morden Snowbeauty (detail)
"Attar of Nishapur gazed on a rose,
addressing it in words which had no sound,
as one who thinks rather than one who prays:
‘Your fragile globe is in my hand; and time
is bending both of us, both unaware,
this afternoon, in a forgotten garden.
Your brittle shape is humid in the air.
The steady, tidal fullness of your fragrance
rises up to my old, declining face.
But I know you far longer than that child
who glimpsed you in the layers of a dream
or here, in this garden, once upon a morning."
The Unending Rose
To Susan Bombal
Jorge Luis Borges