The seasons in the garden

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years ! The Marshall replied: "In that case, there is no time to loose; plant it his afternoon !"
John F. Kennedy


          To see a World in a Grain of Sand ,
          And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
          Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
          And Eternity in an hour.
          William Blake

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero


I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries,
and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
Joseph Addison



Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.
Luther Burbank (1849-1926, American Horticulturist)


In the beauty of nature lies the spirit of hope.
Unknown author.


There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior, there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy
Mark Twain (1835-1910)



The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain a vocation. It becomes an obsession.
Phyllis McGinley


Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Gy (1893-1986)


To learn and then put it in practice -isn't that a delight?
To have friends come from afar -isn't that a joy ?
K'ung, "The Lun Yu" (Confucius) (551-479 BC)


Flower never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm.
When a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.
Jean-Paul Richter


The seed waits for its garden or ground where it will be sown.
Zulu Proverb

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
Victor Hugo


Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one thou must dive for it.
Traditional Chinese Proverb.


Gardening is not a rational act.
Margaret Atwood


"Longo mai" ....Hopefully it will last !

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