garden

Priorities of a Brainless Flower

These are the last blooms of the year from my small garden. Each flower pictured has been   extremely tenacious. Two grew from seedlings, one has an expensive pedigree,  one re-homed to me, and one has changed its color entirely to survive, me. Sometimes I look at the flower that changed its color and I’m a little annoyed it’s no longer the color I wanted, but then I think I can’t really say anything because I pretty much forced it to change color. Can plants throw a protest? Maybe.

I used to love my garden; In the last few years, not so much. Despite my neglect, there are plants that have refused to die.  I have pushed some of them to their limits more than once,  they still made a cheerful come back. Sometimes I have looked at these flowers and wondered, are they  stronger than me? Do they understand life better than me?  Are they motivated by death and/or life? I’m always amazed  how they  insist it’s very important they bloom before they fade away. Maybe we should all be so tenacious about blooming?

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A New Dawn

I don’t know why I keep finding things of interest  from England, but I do. Via Twitter, I discovered The Natural Death Center.

Clandon Wood,  a very innovative and interesting idea about what a final resting place could look like for many people. Perhaps Your first trip to England, might also be your last?

What I find so interesting about their concept, the intense connection to the earth. Also, despite many claims and concerns we are running out of space for things as large as cemeteries, Clandon Wood seems to boldly push back; not only does it demand open sprawling space, Clandon Wood will conserve that space too. It makes me wonder if we will accidentally multitask conserving earth/natural spaces, while also burying our loved ones? Is that ironic, or finally the way it should be?

Another striking aspect that caught my attention,  after a lifetime of being saturated in technology, big cities, and smog we prefer resting in a nature unspoiled, simple, and well-regarded? Why is that? I think that is a very powerful, but subtle message to contemplate.

While this idea is lovely and thought provoking,  I do wonder, how many will actually be able to afford it.