Monday, May 02, 2005

Garden Quotes

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.  ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. ~Robert Bridges, "Testament of Beauty" Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.  ~Orson Scott Card How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.  ~Benjamin Disraeli I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them.  I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master.  I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit.  ~Reginald Farrer, In a Yorkshire Garden, 1909 Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing: -"Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade. ~Rudyard Kipling, "The Glory of the Garden" You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.  ~Author Unknown Garden writing is often very tame, a real waste when you think how opinionated, inquisitive, irreverent and lascivious gardeners themselves tend to be.  Nobody talks much about the muscular limbs, dark, swollen buds, strip-tease trees and unholy beauty that have made us all slaves of the Goddess Flora.  ~Ketzel Levine's talkingplants.com On every stem, on every leaf,... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897 (Thank you, Jessica.) No two gardens are the same.  No two days are the same in one garden.  ~Hugh Johnson We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs.  How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening.  It makes it so lifelike.  ~Evelyn Underhill, Letters I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.  ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden.... It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks Despite the gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise.  ~Michael P. Garafalo, gardendigest.com Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.  ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732 In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.  ~Frank McKinney Hubbard Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.  ~Walt Whitman Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.  ~Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces, 1977 Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls:  all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.  ~H

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