I've bookmarked this site, I love garden quotes. Here's one of my favorites:
"Who loves a garden, still his Eden keeps.
Just found this great quote, then needed a thread to post it on -- this one sounds good!
To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life -- this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
-Charles Dudley Warner, author, editor, and publisher (1829-1900)
I received a card for my birthday that said:
"We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and
in-between we garden!"
(Quote credit: from a toast by Nelson Eddy.)
Thought you'd relate to the sentiment too.
A favorite of mine is:
No poet I've heard of has written an ode to a load of manure. Somebody should, and I'm not trying to be funny. - Ruth Stout, author of Mulch-No-Work Garden Book(1971)
Oh wow, look at the gem I've found! Thank you, Faye, I've been trying to remember Ruth Stout's name for years!
Oh, I should add, my favorite garden quote is "Look for me, I'm around somewhere."
My favorite has to be, "One is closer to God in the garden, than anywhere else on earth", He was the first gardener. :)
Gardening is the highest form of art. It is 3rd dimensional and touches all your senses......
LIFE'S A GARDEN...DIG IT!!
MAY ALL YOUR WEEDS BE WILDFLOWERS
Who plants a seed beneath the sod, and waits to see believes in God.
"And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins."
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have freedom, sunshine, and a little flower." Hans Christian Anderson
"Weeds have rights too, ya know!"
"Rainy days come so the housework can get done."
"What the caterpillar sees as the end of its life, the butterfly knows is only the beginning."
"My neighbors don't recognize me by my face, but they know my butt well."
"Come into my garden; my flowers want to see you."
Don't know who said it, but I love: "A weed is just a plant in the wrong place."
And I don't know who said this, either: "Anyone can count the seeds in a flower, but only God can count the flowers in a seed."
And I've got to pay tribute to that thing they say every time you're looking at a shrub or ornamental tree. I don't know who said it first, but some real famous words are, "It gets bigger, but you can keep it trimmed back if you want."
I always liked what Voltaire said in Candide, "Il faut cultiver son jardin. -- One just needs to cultivate one's garden". Kinda says a lot doesn't it?
"If you have 2 loaves of bread
Sell one and buy flowers...
For although bread nourishes the body...
Flowers nourish the soul"....
Gardening is a way of showing you believe in tomorrow.
"There are no green thumbs or black thumbs. There are only gardeners and non-gardeners. Gardeners are the ones who ruin after ruin get on with the high defiance of nature herself, creating, in the very face of her chaos and tornado, the bower of roses and the pride of irises. It sonds very well to garden a 'natural way.' You may see the natural way in any desert, any swamp, any leech-filled laurel hell. Defiance, on the other hand, is what makes gardeners."
Henry Mitchell, "On the Defiance of Gardeners", from The Essential Earthman.
I have a needlepoint picture that states:
"One day I shall burst my bud of calm and blossom into hysteria"
----- It makes me smile.
The other is not a quote, it's the song by Louis Armstrong -What a Wonderful World.
I have written the first verse out on my patio under my swing.
------ I makes me appreciative.
Here is a link that might be useful: under my swing
"Nature - that place where large birds fly about, uncooked!" claimed to be from Oscar Wilde but I haven't been able to locate it in any of his quote books.
I love this one, 'Gardening - something healthy if one can straighten up afterwards!', also 'Trespassers will be Composted'!!!!
Gardening is a process, not a product--I don't know who said it.
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 Franes Blomfield Gurney
English poet who also authored the hymn,
"O Perfect Love"
A little dirt never hurt
I like this one:
The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic,
always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward
to doing something better than they have ever done before.
- Vita Sackville-West, 1892 - 1962
Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.
God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.
- J.M. Barrie
Who has learned to garden who did not at the same time learn to be patient? - H.L.V. Fletcher
Gardens are a form of autobiography.- Sidney Eddison
And lastly, my personal favorite:
Gardening is an outlet for fanaticism, violence, love and rationality without their worst side.
- Geoffrey Charlesworth
"Come. Let me show you my garden"
It must be my favorite quote because I'm always saying it.
"someone once said God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December"
James M. Barrie
"The seed of a gardner is one which,
once sown, never dies."
god made dirt , dirt dont hurt.
"A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows." - Doug Larson
Similar post over on GW's Accoutrements forum - different sayings and I found some great ones there too!
Here is a link that might be useful: Gardenweb Garden Accoutrements Post/Sayings
Thomas Jefferson said, "Although an old man, I am but a young gardener."
I bought my mother an ingraved rock that says:
how about GARDEN OF WEEDIN or FREE WEEDS, YOU PICK !!
From the sublime: "If thou hast a loaf of bread, sell half and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed the soul." To the ridiculous: "You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." (My apologies for the latter, it's not mine but comes from Dorothy Parker) The former i believe is from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
what a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
c.d. warner 1870
plow deep while sluggards sleep.
Another I love: Flowers are love's truest language.
Don't join a gym, take up gardening.
" Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been sown,I have great faith in a seed.Convince me that you have a seed their,and I am prepared to expect wonders."
Henry D. Thoreau
"Plant it with the green side up"
---- author unknown
Dirt is cheap, but soil can get expensive.
--Lark Foster, plant artist
One part soil...
Two parts water...
Three parts Wishful Thinking!
'It is never wise to disregard the sagacity of those who did not learn their lore from books.' -- Vita Sackville-West
'Well I wish I had me
One million dollars
One million, to call my own
I would raise me,
I'd say "grow for me baby"
raise me, a tobacco farm' -- Joe Strummer
'I don't remember planting this' -- garden plaque given to me by my smart-aleck aunt!
Hope you enjoy these.
Enjoy the spring time of your youth, to some good angel leave the rest,
for time will teach thee soon the truth,
there are no birds in last years nest.
Get down upon your bended knees,
God stands before you in these trees.
I find gardening a very humbling experience, thus the reason for always being on my knees.
Here's a cute poem I came across years ago, written by Geoffrey B. Charlesworth, in Horticulture Magazine:
WHY DID MY 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 a 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 bone meal far and wide.
Attracted local omnivores, who ate your plant and stayed for more.
You left it baking in the sun, while you departed on the run, to find a spade.
Perhaps a trowel. Meanwhile the plant threw in the towel.
You planted it with crown too high. The soil washed off, that explains why.
Too high pH. It hated lime. Alas, it needs a gentler clime.
You left the root ball wrapped in plastic. You broke the roots. They're not elastic.
You splashed the plant with motor oil. You should do something to your soil.
Too rich. Too poor. Such wretched tilth. Your soil is clay. Your soil is filth.
Your plant was eaten by a slug. The growing point contained a bug.
These aphids are controlled by ants. Who milk the juice, it kills the plants.
In early spring, your garden's mud. You walked around! That's not much good.
With heat and light you hurried it. You worried it. You buried it.
The poor plant missed the mountain air. No heat, no summer bugs up there.
You overfed it 10-10-10. Forgot to water it again.
You hit it sharply with the hose. You used a can without a rose.
Perhaps you sprinkled from above. You should have talked to it with love.
The nursery mailed it without roots. You killed it with those gardening boots.
If thou of fortune be bereft
And of thy store there be but left
Two loaves, sell one and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed the soul.
That's the way I wrote it down forty years ago--it scans better than some versions.
"A perennial is any plant which, had it lived, would have bloomed year after year."
Can't remember where it's from.
I just found this one from our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln:
"I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."
He would've made a great candidate for GardenWeb!
Didn't he also say, "God must love the common weed, he made so many of them"?
and "A perennial divided against itself cannot fail"? ;-)
I have this on a plaque in my living room. When I was 23, I bought the saying on a sheet of paper, burned the edges, and shellaced it to the plaque.
"If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk.
If you want to be happy for three days, get married.
If you want to be happy for eight days, kill your pig and eat it.
But if you want to be happy forever, become a gardener." --Chinese Proverb
"The garden is a proper place for the soul, where concerns of the soul for beauty, contemplation, quiet, and observance take complete precedence over the busier concerns of daily life." - George Meredith
"Like a gardener, I believe that what goes down must come up." - Lynwood L. Giacomini
"How describe the delicate thing that happens when a brilliant insect alights on a flower?
Words, with their weight, fall upon the picture like birds of prey." - Jules Renard
"Earth knows no desolution. She smells regeneration in the moist breath of decay." - George Meredith
"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today." - Chinese Proverb
My favorite, now painted on a large sign soon to be hung over my potting bench...
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
- Henry David Thoreau
You've also reminded me of a brass sign I'd put in our raised beds last year, and now think DH must have scooped out when we dismantled them for the winter. (I'd better go check the compost pile, lol) It was something like;
"He who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see, believes in God."
I've found a lot of other great ones in my favorite garden decor book, "Mary Englebriet's Outdoor Companion."
THANKS SO MUCH to all you talented & creative "posters" for providing so much information, ideas & inspiration to this "lurker."
Grow where youÂre planted.
"Sure, and may there be a road before you and it bordered with roses, the likes of which have ne'er been smelt or seen before, for the warm fine color and the great sweetness that is on them.
- An Irish Blessing.
Got this from a rose catalog years ago, don't know where they got it but it's lovely.
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Marcus Tullius Cicero (He died 43 B.C.)
A friend got me a pillow that says:
Gardeners have all the good dirt. ;)
Never walk so fast that you cannot stop and smell the flowers and never stand still so long that you get stung on the rear by a bee!
"Make Hay while the sun shines."
"Don't bend over in the garden, Grandma, them 'taters got eyes!"
Consists in this:
To do as Adam did."
--Thomas Traherne (17th c.)
"If Eve had had a spade and known what to do with it, we should not have had all that sad business about the apple"
Elizabeth van Arnium
A Flower is a Leaf Gone Mad With Love....
Saw this on a bumper sticker today:
Live like you'll die tomorrow BUT
garden like you'll live forever!
For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature's finest balm.
- Edwin Way Teale
I like this. I read it on some website.
"If I'd wanted and easy-care garden, I would have planted weeds"
My dad's favourite...You are closer to God in a flower garden than in all the churches on earth.
These are all wonderful! One of my favorites is from Thomas Jefferson:
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
I like .......A weed is a free spirited flower
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
Tomorrow will be dying
...and I quote this old saying regarding perennials and shrubs all the time:
"The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap."
Let dreamers dream what worlds they please;
Those Edens can't be found.
The sweetest flowers, the fairest trees
Are grown in solid ground.
We're neither pure nor wise nor good;
We'll do the best we know;
We'll build our house, and chop our wood,
And make our garden grow.
A little seed lay in the ground, and soon began to sprout.
"Now which of the flowers all around", it mused, "shall I turn out?"
"The lily's face is fair & proud, but just a trifle cold.
"The rose, I think, is rather loud, & then, it's fashion-old."
& so it mused the livelong day, this supercilious seed,
til it emerged one day in may and found itself-
"Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee."
-----The Old Testament, Job 12:8
"One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh;
but the earth abideth forever."
-----The Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 1:4
"As you sow, so will you reap."
-----The New Testament, Galatians 6:7
"Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade."
"When the root is deep,there is no reason to fear the wind."
"Let your prayers for a good crop be short,
and your hoeing be long."
I just remembered something my instructor in college said when someone described potting soil as "dirt".
"Soil is what you grow plants in.
Dirt is what you wipe off your shoes before you enter the greenhouse."
Don't know if this counts as a gardening quote but I received it as an e-mail years ago and copied it, somehow it still sits near the keyboard cause I never knew what to do with it, this weekend I found a "word in stone" kit and I'm thinking about copying it into brick for a walkway:
Even that which is beautiful
can sometimes bring pain
So, to love from the heart
is to invite the rain
But to reach for the rose
you must fear not the thorn
To love from the soul
is to embrace the storm
what do you think?
wstkygirl, who has dealt with lots of rain and storms here lately
Great poem, wstkygrl! How true it is. Ditto on the rain and storms. Today is all sunshine. I'm taking the day off to enjoy it, pick strawberries and play in the garden - sort of a "mental health" day.
Wendy (in upstate New York)
This one is my personal favorite, although I cannot remember where I first read it:
The Dog is the only garden pest to be successfully domesticated."
Here's my contribution.
The Legend of the Raindrop
holds a lesson for us all
as it trembles in the heavens
wondering should it fall.
The glistening little raindrop
argues with the sky -
"I am beautiful and lovely
as I sparkle here on high."
"And hanging here I will become
part of the ranbow's hue;
and I'll shimmer like a diamond
for all the world to view."
But the heavens asked the raindrop,
"Why do you hesitate to go?
For you'll be far more beautiful
if you fall to earth below."
"For you will sink in the soil,
and be lost awhile from sight.
but when you reappear on earth
You'll be greeted with delight."
"For you will be the raindrop
that quenched the thirsty ground
and helped the lovely flowers
to blossom all around."
"And in your resurrection
You'll appear in queenly clothes,
in the beauty of the sky
and the fragrance of the rose."
"For nothing's ever lost,
nothing's ever gone for good,
but renews itself upon the earth
as God thought that it should."
"So trust God's mighty wisdom,
let yourself drop from the sky
and you will fall and rise again,
for nothing every dies."
Leaf cathedrals take no tithes
but confessions of less worthy lives.
No question befits an answer this grand:
the usher-boys teach what we can't understand;
their parents are stewards of their hallowed land.
All perennials half price!
I saw this on a stone at a nursery the other day:
"Love what you grow, and what you love will grow."
valeriegail, ROFL!! That is SO true for me as well.
"The Earth laughs in flowers"
"What grows in a garden so lovely and rare, roses and dahlias and people grow there".
"She's in there somewhere"
That's too funny!
I'd rather have roses on my table
than diamonds on my neck
I don't know all the names
of my flowers
but they don't seem to mind
Born to Garden but,
forced to work
God made rainy days
so some housework
will get done
Here lies the last guy
that trampled my flowers
A rose can say I love you
an orchid can enthrall
but a weed bouquet
in a chubby fist...
oh my that says it all
If Eve had a spade in that garden
and had known what to do with it,
we wouldn't have had
all that business about the apple
"Hope never dies in a real gardener's heart."
"This is my garden. Trespassers will be shot!. Gone for more bullets"
Mine is "All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so." - Joseph Joubert I love it because it is so true.
I told my husband I wanted a T-shirt from one of my mailorder catalogs that reads: "Plays in the dirt"
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.-- Joseph Addison
HE WHO SHARES THE JOY IN WHAT HE'S GROWN,
SPREADS JOY ABROAD, AND DOUBLES HIS OWN.
This is my favorite gardening poem:
A Week in the life of a Gardener's Spouse
She dug the plot on Monday-
The soil was rich and fine,
She forgot to thaw out dinner-
So we went out to dine...
She planted roses Tuesday-
She says they are a must,
They really are quite lovely,
But she forgot to dust...
On Wednesday it was daisies-
They opened up with the sun,
All whites and pinks and yellows-
But the laundry wasn't done...
The poppies came on Thursday-
A bright and cheery red,
I guess she really was engrossed-
She never made the bed...
It was violets on Friday-
In colors she adores,
It never bothered her at all-
All the crumbs upon the floors...
I hired a maid on Saturday-
My week is now complete,
My wife can garden all she wants-
The house will still be neat!
It's nearly lunchtime Sunday-
And I cannot find the maid,
Oh no! I don't believe it!
She's out there WITH THE SPADE!!!
"Water is God's gift to every living thing."
My great-uncle, Joe Moreland
God did not make the world for us,but us for the world,to tend to his garden.
"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."......Eleanor Roosevelt
My addition is above somewhere. I'm only back to say thanks to all of you for the wonderful read, thus far.
In the tiny petal of a tiny flower
That grew from a tiny pod
Is the miracle and mystery
Of all creation and God
Thomas Jefferson, and I believe it goes..."Not a blade of grass springs uninteresting to me".
"Tom plant a seed is to believe in tommorrow"
My favorite that I have framed by the front door - A love of life begins in the garden.
A little studied negligence is becoming to a garden.
"Do what you will, but remember, Mother Nature bats last!"