“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful. They are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank
“A weed is but an unloved flower.”
“Garden: One of a vast number of free outdoor restaurants operated by
charity-minded amateurs in an effort to provide healthful, balanced
meals for insects, birds and animals.” Henry Beard
“Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.” Douglas William Jerrold
“Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. ” Aldo Leopold
“I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.” Martha Smith
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” May Sarton
“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi
“Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.” Ambrose Bierce
“In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.” Dodinsky
“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint,
and the soil and sky as canvas.” Elizabeth Murray
“No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” Epictetus
“Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” Henry David Thoreau
“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.” unknown
I love this post!
This year I can especially relate to Mr. Beard’s quote. Yesterday I went to pick some grapes and discovered that birds had eaten every single one.
Luckily the critters have left behind some things in the gardens for us to glean.
I like to pretend that birds will recognize that the sunflowers are for them, the rest for us. Can’t get em to sign that particular contract.