These are confusing times for sure. I’d love to simply show you this pink bouquet and talk about why I love the combination of peonies and roses so much, but with everything that is going on today, and with everything that has been going on around the world over the past months, it all feels rather shallow.
To talk about pink petals, stem length, bloom longevity, when so many people have suffered in the covid crisis, and when so many are suffering because of social injustices, wherever they may live, is a tricky line to tread. I remember feeling this way after the attacks in Paris a few years back. I said then that the shocking events made a mockery of me writing about pretty flowers, or delicious recipes. And that’s how I feel today.
But this is the challenge facing any blogger, instagrammer or social media publisher right now. How to stay true to yourself and your ‘brand’, expressing your true feelings of sadness and compassion, without appearing opportunistic or hurting anyone’s feelings.
I have tiptoed around the situation for a few days now. The truth is I can’t do much to make a difference in this world. I can’t bring peace, or make the virus disappear. But maybe, by sharing my love of nature, by sharing the down to earth care of my garden, or the sweet sound of morning birdsong … or a pretty bouquet, then maybe I can bring a little calm and respite. I truly hope so.
I believe that these last months have have been very tiring for us all. None of us like uncertainty; we didn’t know where the virus was going to take us; we still don’t understand all the economic fall-out of the past few months, and it’s so easy to worry about our loved ones.
So today the only thing that I can bring you is a pink bouquet of flowers from my garden, put together with love. It soothed me to create this bouquet, and I hope it will do the same for you. Let’s hope that out of all the madness and scariness of this first part of the year, there will come some real changes which will prove to be positive, and that together we’ll learn to show more respect and for each other and for our planet.