Monday, May 31, 2010

quote Life

Posted by a FBF:
"we are rowing down a river of burning garbage with snipers on both shores. Many of us know we’re not crewing a ship, but a tea cup with sails made of memories of the
worst and the best of what we’ve lived. And, there under one of the small rowing benches,... is the Life Force protected under a worn tarp, still glowing. Our work: to ...carry that forward unharmed."
- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Sunday, May 30, 2010

gardening humor

Plant alphabetically!
Alyssum in the first row, Bulbs in the second, and so on.
That'll put your Weeds way in the back!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

quote book

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."
- Chinese proverb

Friday, May 28, 2010

quote planting

"When you pour a packet of seeds into your hand and begin to place them the proper distance apart in the furrow, you become not just a participant, but a custodian of like."
- D. Landreth Seed Co. catalog

Thursday, May 27, 2010

quote violets

"Violets dim yet sweeter than the lids of
Juno's eyes or Cytherea's breathe..."
from A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

quote Life

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
- Arundhati Roy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

quote Life

"If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously reexamine your life." - Bill Watterson

Monday, May 24, 2010

quote May wine

"From my youth I recall that elusive smell of woods in spring—a sweetness ascending from mold and decay but with the breath of young life rising from it. That is the odor that permeates the house when May wine is poured into the May bowl. "
- Adelma Grenier Simmons, Herb Gardening in Five Seasons

Sunday, May 23, 2010

quote life

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
- Nelson Henderson

Saturday, May 22, 2010


"Oh Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees
That half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees.
So when your work is finished you can wash your hands and pray
For the Glory of the Garden, that it may not pass away!
And the Glory of the Garden, it shall never pass away!
- Rudyard Kipling

Friday, May 21, 2010

quote gardening

"When I began to dig and plant, I little knew the joy which would grow out of the soil, and descend from the skies, and gather from far-off places and times to gladden my soul."
- Candace Wheeler

Thursday, May 20, 2010

quote a gardener's life

"This I think is a gardener's life. Hope renewed, failures forgotten, knowledge and action wedded, bookish plans and practical applications, winters of study, summers of work, a yearly opportunity to turn our failure into sucess."
- Adelma Grenier Simmons

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

quote Life

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the
friends I want to see." 

- John Burroughs

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


"We didn't inherit the earth from our parents. We're borrowing it from our children." - Chief Seattle (1788-1866) Suquamish/Duwamish Chief

Monday, May 17, 2010

quote flowers

'Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."
- William Wordsworth

Sunday, May 16, 2010

quote flowers

"I think the reason that Grandma's garden is so well remembered is that children were allowed to pick as many flowers as they needed, for there was nothing rare or choice in the flower beds: petunias, four o'clocks, roses - the more they were picked, the better they bloomed."
- Elizabeth Lawrence

Saturday, May 15, 2010

quote garden

'My garden is a veritable album, and as I wander over our place I find many a dear friend or happy hour commemorated in it."
- Mrs. Theodore Thomas

Friday, May 14, 2010

quote violets

"I come, I come! ye have called me long,
I come o'er the mountains with light and song!
Ye may trace my steps o'er the wakening eart,
By the winds that tell of the violets' birth..."
- Mrs. Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Quoted by Edith Holden in The Country Diary Birthday Book

Thursday, May 13, 2010

quote primroses violets

"Long as there's a sun that sets
Primroses will have their glory
Long as there are violets
They will have a place in story..."
- William Wordsworth

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

quote violets

"As violets recluse and sweet,
Cheerful as daisies unaccounted rare;
Still sunward gazing from a lowly seat,
Still sweetening wintry air."
- Christina Rossetti

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

quote spring

"And the Spring arose in the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Monday, May 10, 2010

quote primrose

"Through primrose tufts in that green bower
The periwinkle trailed its wreathes
And tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes."
- from Lines Written in Early Spring by William Wordsworth

Sunday, May 09, 2010


It was a heartfelt game when it began -
polish and cook and sew and mend, contrive,
move betweens sink and stove, keep flower beds weeded -
all her love needed was that it was needed,
and merely living kept the blood alive.

Now an old habit leads from sink to stove,
mends and keeps clean the house that looks like home,
and waits in hunger dressed to look like love
for the calm return of those who, when they come,
remind her, this was a game, when it began.
- Judith Wright

Saturday, May 08, 2010

quote daffodils

"Daffodils that come before the swallow dares,
And take the winds of March with beauty."
- William Shakespeare

"Daffy Down Dilly has come to town,
In her yellow petticoat and green gown."
- folk

Friday, May 07, 2010

quote Spring

""Now the North Wind ceases;
The warm South-west awakes.
The heavens are out in fleeces
And earth's green banner shakes."
- George Meredith

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Maytime Magic
by Mabel Watts

A little seed
For me to sow...
A little earth
To make it grow.

A little hole,
A little pat...
a little wish,
And that is that.

A little sun,
A little shower...
A little while,
And then - a flower!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

quote Herbs

"Pounding fragrant things -- particularly garlic, basil, parsley -- is a tremendous antidote to depression. But it applies also to juniper berries, coriander seeds and the grilled fruits of the chili pepper. Pounding these things produces an alteration in one's being -- from sighing with fatigue to inhaling with pleasure. The cheering effects of herbs and alliums cannot be too often reiterated. Virgil's appetite was probably improved equally by pounding garlic as by eating it.”
- Patience Gray

Monday, May 03, 2010

quote Wisdom

"It is a great joy the day we discover that we can learn things without having to make the mistake ourselves."
- Henry Mitchell

Sunday, May 02, 2010

quote Herbs

"A herb garden needs no window dressing from other brilliant flowers - herb foliage makes a varied and harmonious tapestry of leaves, and its gentle flowers are a bonus. Above all, of course, there are the scents - crushed in your fingers they linger, and as you walk by they waft towards you in a tantalizing medley."
- Rosemary Verey

Saturday, May 01, 2010

quote May

"Ye that pipe and ye that play
Ye that through your hearts today
Feel the gladness of the May"
- William Shakespeare