An amazing thing has happened in the garden. More than twenty years ago, I made friends with a British neighbour, Dorothy, who marched into my wreck of a yard and began to teach me what to do. It’s Dorothy who started me off with practical advice and encouragement. At one point, she gave me a cutting from a wisteria, which grew like crazy, taking over fences and walls, but frustratingly, never bloomed. Dorothy became ill and had to sell her home and its lovely garden; eventually she moved back to England and died in her twin sister’s house, in a bedroom overlooking the garden. Her sister sent me a picture of her gravestone, covered with roses.
After ten years, I cut down the bloody huge trunk of Dorothy’s wisteria and hacked at it again only last year, though it’s so invasive, there were still bits left.
Today I walked into the garden, and there are purple wisteria blossoms on the fence. They’re small, but they’re there; it only took them 22 years to grow.
I can see Dorothy smiling down on the garden she helped create. She’d be so proud to see it now.
And to celebrate Dorothy and her lessons to me, I open my garden to ten or so writers every year, to spend the day there digging up stories, planting the seeds of future writing, talking, eating, drinking. It’s a wonderful day.
PS Breaking news: Renata Ford, the hopeless Rob Ford’s widow, is suing her brother-in-law Doug for various malfeasance issues. Is this what we’ve been praying for?
And this, from Twitter: people are all wondering why melania trump hasnt been in the news lately, and i have a theory. its because she never does anything. im also not in the news for similar reasons.