Wednesday, July 28, 2010

quote night

In puffs of balm the night air blows
The perfume which the day foregoes,
And on the pure horizon far,
See, pulsing with the firstborn star.
- Matthew Arnold, from The Liquid Sky

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Plant and Pest Hotline, may I help you?

"Why did your plant die?
You walked too close, you trod on it,
You dropped a piece of sod on it.
You hoed it down, you weeded it.

You planted it the wrong way up,
you grew it in a yogurt cup.
But you forgot to make the hole;
The soggy compost took its toll.

September storm, November drought.
It heaved in March, the roots popped out.
You watered it with herbicide.
You scattered bonemeal fr and wide.

You walked too close, you trod on it.
You dropped a piece of sod on it."
- David Godine, from A Gardener Obsessed

Friday, July 16, 2010

quote sun

"The sun is coming down to earth, and the fields
and the waters shout to him golden shouts."
George Meredith

Thursday, July 15, 2010

quote Nature

"Henceforth I shall know
That Nature ne'er deserts the wise and pure;
No plot so narrow, be but Nature there."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

quote grace

A cloudless sky; a world of heather,
Purple foxglove; yellow of broom;
We two among it, wading together;
Shaking out honey, treading perfume
- Jean Ingelow

Monday, July 05, 2010

quote education

"I learned about gardening soon after I learned to walk. Tagging after my grandpa with my little watering can, I sprinkled where he hosed, jabbed at the earth with my toy shovel where he cultivated the soil, peered at the flowers that he examined."
- Ruth Shaw Ernst

Friday, July 02, 2010

quote daisies

"Daisies, those pearled Arcturi of the earth,
The constellated flowers that never set."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Thursday, July 01, 2010


"... a refuge, a place of quiet contemplation, a source of nourishment for mind and body alike."
- Dean Pallier