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RE: Garden Quotes

  • Subject: RE: Garden Quotes
  • From: "Greg Smith" forshade@prairienet.org
  • Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 20:50:24 -0700
  • Importance: Normal

here's one more :)

"The early bird gets the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@hort.net [mailto:owner-hosta-open@hort.net]On
Behalf Of charles packard
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 11:56 AM
To: hosta-open; hosta list
Subject: Re: Garden Quotes

Hi Glen,
Enjoyed yours - here are some I have read.....
A child said 'What is grass?' fetching it to me with full hands.
How could I answer the child?  I do not know what it is any
more than he.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) from 'Leaves of Grass'
To forget how to dig the earth  and tend the soil is to forget
Woman has no seductions for the man who cannot keep his eyes off
his magnolias.
You buy some flowers for your table;
You tend them tenderly as you're able;
You fetch them water from hither and thither-
What do you get for it all?  They whither.
Samuel Hoffenstein (1890-1947)
In fine weather the old gentleman is almost constantly in the
garden;  and when it is too wet to go into it, he will look out
of the window at it by the hour together.  He has always
something to do there, and you will see him digging, and
sweeping, and cutting, and planting, with manifest delight...;
and in the evening when the sun has gone down, the
perseverance with which he lugs a great watering-pot about
is perfectly astonishing.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) 'Sketches by Boz'
Everyone has these on their lips??
The best way to get real enjoyment out of a garden is to put on a
wide straw hat, hold a little trowel in one hand and a cool drink
in another, and tell the man where to dig!
Charles Barr....but Texas Bix Bender has a later amended version
of this in 'Don't throw in the Trowel'
Some ladies asked me why their plant had died.  They had got it
from the very best place, and they were sure they had done their
best for it...They had made a nice hole with their new trowel,
and for its benefit they had bought a tin of concentrated
fertilizer.  This they had emptied into the hole, put in the
plant, and covered it up and given it lots of water, and - it had
died!  And yet these were the best and kindest women, who
would never have dreamed of feeding a new-born infant on
beefsteaks and raw brandy.
Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) from 'Wood and Garden'
The Statesman, lawyer,merchant, man of trade,
Pants for the refuge of some rural shade.
William Cowper (1731-1800)
Bulb:  Potential flower buried in Autumn, never to be seen again.
Henry Beard
A solitary maple on a woodside flames in single scarlet,
recalling nothing so much as the daughter of a noble house
dressed for a fancy ball, with the whole family gathered round
to admire her before she goes.
Henry James (1843-1916)
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Erma Bombeck  'Modern Maturity'- May/June 2001
Did you ever meet a gardener, who, however fair his ground, was
absolutely content and pleased?...Is there not always a tree to
be felled or a bed to be turfed?...Is there not ever some grand
mistake to be remedied next summer?
The Reverend Samuel Hole (1819-1900)
That last one is so true!!!

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