Part 4: The Rose Ring

The rose ring encircles the entire main section of the garden. The rose bushes were planted in 1984. Up until that time, the outermost ring of the garden consisted of annuals — usually nasturtiums. In 1984, nature informed Machaelle that the balance of the garden was such that the outer ring could change from annuals to perennials — roses. Roses have a history beginning in ancient-Greek times, and when Machaelle got the bushes in place, she felt a deep, stabilizing power permeate the entire garden.

These rose bushes — 45 different varieties — are not sprayed with chemical pesticides or treatments. They receive only natural fertilizers such as bone meal, rock phosphate and fish emulsion. (This holds true for what goes on the rest of the garden area, as well.) Nature tells us what to apply and when. Japanese beetles and black spot are a part of the rose ring. The balancing work that Machaelle has done with the roses over the past years has had a strong and favorable impact on the amount of black spot. The beetles rotate around the ring throughout the summer. Then in the fall, once the beetles have returned to the soil, the rose ring blooms en masse once again.

The two sets of Perelandra Rose Essences are produced from sixteen varieties of roses grown in this rose ring. The name markers indicate which bushes are used as part of the two Rose Essences sets.

By the way, the white table sitting in the garden isn't for late-night poker games with the devas. It's where we put the beakers of tincture during essence tincture production. Once the tincture is stabilized by the sun, the jars are put into the Genesa crystal for a final balancing and stabilization.

• Part 1: Introduction
• Part 2: The Center of the Garden
• Part 3: The Straw-Mulched Sections
• Part 4: The Rose Ring
• Part 5: The Tomato Patch
• Part 6: The Insect Sanctuary
• Part 7: The Fish Pond and the "Tadpool"
• Part 8: The Woods-Edge, Meadow & Wildflower Triangle
• Part 9: The Cabin
• Part 10: The Elemental Annex
• Part 11: How To Get Started
• Part 12: Outtakes