In honor of and inspired by the Ophidia Rosa this week, I wanted to share a favorite form of transformation, one that I continue to learn from, in and out of the garden, that shapes my being and my art: theconversionofseedinto bloom. It is among the most wondrous, imaginative and accessible ways to connect with nature: to witness the magic of plants unfold before our eyes. A humble packet ofseedsis all one needs, sunlight, water and a vessel to enjoy its unfolding.
One of my favorite ventures in gardening over the years has been growing, tending to and connecting to English Roses. While the Rose has many symbols, in the Pythia Botanica Oracle, I write about this enchanting bloom as a beacon of compassion. In my eyes, it is a botanical that inverts traditional understandings of love, that uplifts us on even our saddest days and may serve as a mighty force of healing. It's a strong, soft and powerful bloom whose beauty is unparalleled. In growing Roses, I have found this to be true and the joy, excitement and love they provide to be most fulfilling.
Keeping a garden where the botanicals hold such depth and meaning, and being able to read my cards with the very blooms depicted, has been one of the most joyful experiences. So I thought I'd go more into depth with this practice, taking you along for the journey.
As Rose canes peek through blankets of snow and the garden is quietly hibernating, I've been working day and night on a flurry of new artworks and projects that will be shared soon. In the meantime, here are some notes from my garden, and a reading from Pythia's garden.