I feel like I’m free falling. As I drove to work this morning, I was thinking about what to say in this newsletter regarding the shootings in Las Vegas when the thought struck me to look back to see what I’d written after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It sickens me that events like have become routine. I was appalled to learn that President Obama had to speak following mass shootings 18 times during his two terms as President. I remember watching him as tears welled to the surface during his press conference about Sandyhook. It’s sad that names like Sandyhook, Orlando, and Columbine are engrained into our minds as sites of mass shootings. Oh for the days when Columbine just referred to a flower. At a prayer vigil held several days after the shootings in Newtown, the President said these words which are very appropriate for today. “Because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” Sadly, Mr. President, it appears that the price of “freedom” continues to mount.
As we watched the newsfeed Monday for updates from Las Vegas, the news broke that Tom Petty had died. I’ve enjoyed listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers my entire adult life. ‘Free Fallin’ and ‘Learning to Fly’ are my favorite Petty songs and both made our playlist at the Farwest Show in 2016. Besides writing and performing great music, he was also a modern philosopher. I’ve seen several fascinating interviews over the years and always came away with meaningful advice. One snippet I’ve tried to take to heart is this: “Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.”
I’ve taken Tom’s advice seriously. I’m doing something I really love…I work at Little Prince! The Indian summer I mentioned last week is persisting for a while yet. Today is a beautiful fall day in the Willamette Valley with abundant sunshine and a light breeze out of the north. It’s perfect weather for plant growth in the greenhouses, and perfect weather for planting out in the garden. I would imagine that garden centers will remain busy for the next 10 days or so. We have loads of beautiful plants to deliver over the next week. Many of the varieties I’ve pictured this week are plants that have a very long shelf life even if they don’t sell in the next couple weeks. We also have an abundance of young plants on our liner availability right now, just in case you want to grow your own. Our sempervivum liner collection is stunning and vast, and by the first of the year, will also include liners for the Chick Charms® collection. We have finished Chick Charms® available now.
Finally, this Friday, October 6th is our Open House for Landscapers and Designers, and I hope many of you will be able to attend. If you have not already let me know you plan to attend, please send me an email at [email protected]. We are looking forward to a fun day of great food, tours, and fraternizing with friends!