Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Garden Quotes….Enjoy!


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Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration.  ~Lou Erickson


What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.  ~Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, 1871


There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.  ~Mirabel Osler


Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.  ~Author Unknown


The best place to seek God is in a garden.  You can dig for him there.  ~George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932


Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to.  But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough.  Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them.  ~Victoria Glendinning


In gardens, beauty is a by-product.  The main business is sex and death.  ~Sam Llewelyn


The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.  ~Hanna Rion


In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.  ~Abram L. Urban


It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.  ~James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane


Weather means more when you have a garden.  There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.  ~Marcelene Cox


God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown


I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse


Don't wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by bees.  ~Anne Raver


When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too.  ~Linda Solegato


Gardens are a form of autobiography.  ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993


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


You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.  ~Author Unknown


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


Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.  ~Astrid Alauda

The garden is the poor man's apothecary.  ~German Proverb


Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897


No two gardens are the same.  No two days are the same in one garden.  ~Hugh Johnson


From an aunt, long ago:  "Death has come for me many times but finds me always in my lovely garden and leaves me there, I think, as an excuse to return."  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Coffee.  Garden.  Coffee.  Does a good morning need anything else?  ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com


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.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers


I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.  ~Abraham Cowley, The Garden, 1666


One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show


Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.  ~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty


I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.  ~John Erskine


Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.  ~Russell Page


It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening.  You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.  ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936


When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.  If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.  ~Author Unknown


Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.  ~Linda Solegato


Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity.  You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.  ~S.J. Perelman, Acres and Pains, 1951


I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border.  I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.  ~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988


It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience.  It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong?  Maybe nothing.  ~Eleanor Perényi, Green Thoughts, 1981


The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, "Garden Thoughts"


Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.  ~Henry David Thoreau


Just because you've only got houseplants doesn't mean you don't have the gardening spirit - I look upon myself as an indoor gardener.  ~Sara Moss-Wolfe


Gardening is a kind of disease.  It infects you, you cannot escape it.  When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.  ~Lewis Gannit


There is no gardening without humility.  Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.  ~Alfred Austin


The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.  ~Author Unknown


By the time one is eighty, it is said, there is no longer a tug of war in the garden with the May flowers hauling like mad against the claims of the other months.  All is at last in balance and all is serene.  The gardener is usually dead, of course.  ~Henry Mitchell, The Essential Earthman, 1981

Thought these we’re fun….Brooke

3 comments:

  1. I love all these quotes! Hmmm I can't decide which one I like the best. Thanks for posting this - really enjoyed reading it! -Jackie

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  2. Knock, knock...just dropping by to visit your bloghome. Your blog is as pretty as your garden!

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  3. Great quotes! I love all the colors of your daylilies. I don't know official names unless I look them up and there are way too many kinds of lilies to do that! What a wonderful haul you got!!! I would have taken everything you took! Love all the rusty pieces in your garden!! Jean

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