It has made me think about why we write articles, share blogs and even create beautiful gardens. It seems to me that people who see beauty acutely tend to see and feel pain sharply too. By seeking the beautiful and sharing it we share some of the comfort and joy which we find there. By surrounding ourselves with lovely living things it makes the harder facts of life easier to bear, it puts small disappointments in context and allows us time to reflect on the larger picture. By giving a little happiness we are happier ourselves.
Much as we try to create beauty and harmony though all gardeners know that they cannot control all things. I take a little comfort from that too, allowing my usual trail of unfinished projects and general chaos to gently remind me that perfection is unattainable.
No photo of my own garden could do such an inspiring person justice, so in memory of Elspeth's timeless qualities here are two images of a landscape which remind me that they are made by another hand.