The consistent appeal throughout this Internet site
has been that, for any thoughtful, conscientious person
to break this perverse obsession in modern humanity
of needing to spend every waking opportunity either
staring into the electronic screen of some technological toy;
or seeking attention through some form of vanity possession,
is to exercise the mind
by the reading of quality books,
or exercise mind, body, and senses
by caring for – and appreciating – the natural world.
Gardening, I have endeavoured to suggest,
cultivating empathy, exercising mind and body,
and breaking the modern obscenity
of existing like a machine.
It will also, of course, provide a peaceful setting
in which to sit and enjoy that quality book.
Whether you live in a British Country Cottage,
or Tokyo Flat, or Modern Urban Townhouse,
will transform any balcony, patio, or garden
into a visually beautiful, fragrantly scented
setting that will
calm the nerves,
arouse an empathetic mind,
foster an interest that will counter laziness,
and replace the modern fixation
of being connected to a machine.
Whether in a garden or suitable container,
all the rose requires is friable, nutrient-laden soil,
at least four hours of sunshine,
and a gallon (about a 4-litre milk jug)
of water applied to the base of the rose
every 3 days
( which is usually supplied by rainfall
from late autumn to early springtime ).
Now, as a side note: that exercise
of empathy and consideration referred to above,
will begin with your newly-planted roses
which will need water every other day.
Look at the garden; observe the plants;
and provide the care that they need:
a removal of Self-obsession
that is so desperately needed
by the hordes of the modern masses.
“How can I love anyone if I don’t love myself?”
has been the perverse mantra of self esteem humanism
since about 1990:
Simple – Removing that selfish mindset
will allow you to actually experience Compassion
… Self-LESS-ness … and Responsibility
( qualities which were not only instilled,
but expected – demanded – in us
as children in the 1960’s )
and learn what it is to think less of ME,
and more of others.
Sunshine, gentle watering, and healthy soil –
if you have the will to provide these things,
and place them where they are not ‘bullied’
by neighbouring plants (3 feet of separation is fine)
or harsh weather … you can grow roses.
And benefit immensely from them.
To offer your roses a little extra treat,
consider an application of Rose Food
at the end of March; a week later,
lay down 3 inches of mulch
in order to deter weeds.
Applications are available for ‘rust’ and mildew,
while Aphids can be sprayed off with a blast of water.
And cutting back spent flowers will not only
maintain the visible beauty of the plant,
but will facilitate that ‘hobbyist’ element
of fine-tuning, caring for, and presenting
your collection to visitors.
Caring for roses: It is that “caring” –
that selfless, get off your backside and make an effort
that will benefit something other than vanity, ambition,
or tribal agenda
– element of the garden that is so
desperately needed by modern humanity.
Caring for plants ( that offer no tangible love in return )
will make it a simple matter to extend compassion
and care to animals and other kind and deserving people.
The more you do,
the more pleasurable, and natural,
Whether in a large garden,
or diminutive balcony, ROSES
offer so much more than visual beauty
and fragrant aroma …
… they can stimulate qualities in your life
that are so tragically lacking in the world today.
Care for a garden,
Care for a rose,
and set a moral example
to all who see you.