From the NYTimes:
That Dame Julie Andrews — star of stage and screen and, as of late, author of dozens of children’s books — is an avid rose gardener probably comes as no surprise. Warm, eminently capable and delightfully practical, Andrews is easy to picture toiling away in her garden.
This week, she celebrated both her 80th birthday… and was honored at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Rose Dinner. In the midst of it all, Andrews was more than happy to share some of what she’s learned in her life as a rosarian.
Know your nursery.
“I can’t say that I’m an enormously knowledgeable botanist, but I know what I love and I know how to make a garden. It depends on what the garden provides and what would suit it best. It’s just hopefully, developing an eye and practicing a great deal. Go to your nurseries, learn. Get all the books you can get about growing roses.”…
Accept your limitations.
“I’d love to have a really flourishing vegetable garden, and I’d love to have a better area for a rose garden or a cutting garden, but I don’t. You have to develop a garden in the way that it’s meant to be developed. Is it rocky, is it wooded, is it this or that? So this particular garden that I’m in is a joy and I have lovely, beautiful trees that I enjoy, but I don’t have the room for the vegetable garden and a big rose garden, which I’d love.”…
Speaking of learning to enjoy one’s situation, however unpromising, Joe Biden would have to be other than human not to get a little kick out of scenarios like the one described in his hometown paper:
They came from up and down the East Coast, representing national media outlets. The small contingent of photographers and cameramen from network and cable news outlets spent Saturday camped outside Vice President Joe Biden’s Delaware home…
The first had arrived before sunrise for a live, on-scene report at 7 a.m. The most diligent remained until late afternoon, breaking up the boredom with coffee and energy drinks. For most, this was the second day of a weekend stakeout prompted by a White House advisory that reported Biden would be spending the weekend at home…
Just after 11 a.m., the pack gave chase as the vice president’s motorcade pulled out of the driveway, only to later find themselves watching a cross-country meet where Biden cheered on his granddaughter.
After his return home, they resumed their roadside perch. But gradually, one by one, they peeled off, lulled into a drowsy stupor by the warm sunshine on a early autumn day.
The motorcade drove off again, quickly followed the remaining media, desperate to keep up.
Minutes later, the Biden family settled on the grass at the Brandywine YMCA’s Hanby Outdoor Center, where they cheered on a five-on-five flag football game, starring the vice president’s grandson…
Apart from panting after breaking news, what’s on the agenda for the day?