This Passion Flower climbs up the stone wall of the gazebo in the gravel garden. It was cut right back by the exceptional frosts of last winter and I didn’t expect to see it again. The flowers are so exotic that it seemed just plain daft to expect it to survive several weeks of sub-zero temperatures. The plant showed no sign of life until June this year and then, just like the Aloe (see July 6th), it sprang into life and is now in full flower. Even more remarkably a nearby Protea, which is supposed to be a glasshouse plant, has also sprung into life.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.