December 30, 2012
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To kick off 2013, we bring you our new Quotations library
In this issue we bring you a sampler of 20 great quotes and images from our new Quotations library. We think you'll enjoy the ideas and images at this season when reflection and projection are both so fitting.
Meanwhile, we'll get back to summing up our first year of website newsletters. As we start the new year of newsletters we will let you know what we'll continue, what will change and what we need to know from you to help keep it all growing.
We skimmed some of the best from the library of 290 quotations and excerpts, with 170 images. Click to take a look at any of these, and jump fom there to the full library as you wish!
From the chapter, Observations of gardeners' nature:
Drawn from the chapter, Planting:
Taken from our quotes about General garden care:
From the chapter, Weeds:
A look into the chapter, Fertilizer:
A sampling from Tools:
From the chapter, Pruning:
Skimming from Bugs and animals:
A gem from Working smart:
From the chapter, Design:
From what's been said about Choosing plants:
From the chapter, Vegetables:
One of the quotes from Trees:
A quote from the chapter, Wildflowers and native plants:
From the chapter, Wildlife and ecology:
A foray into Amazing facts:
From the chapter, Living in the garden:
Looking at quotes from Seasons:
From the final chapter of the library, Children:
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One becomes a gardener by becoming a gardener.
He had heard about talking to plants in the early 70's on radio 4 and thought it an excellent idea. Although, talking is perhaps the wrong word for what Crowley did. What he did was put the fear of God into them. More precisely, the fear of Crowley. In addition to which, every couple of months Crowley would pick out a plant that was growing too slowly or succumbing to leaf wilt or browning or just didn't look quite as good as the others, and he would carry it around to all the other plants. 'Say Good bye to your friend," he'd say to them. "He just couldn't cut it..." Then he would leave the flat with the offending plant and return an hour or so later with a large, empty flower pot which he would leave somewhere conspicuously around the flat. The plants were the most luxurious, verdant and beautiful in London. Also, the most terrified.
Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.
A good gardener always plants three seeds -- one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for himself.
If you are late with your autumn work, as I invariably am, the tulip bulbs will not pursue you with reproachful glances.
Know your weeds. Because, as the old saying goes: It is always more powerful to curse it by name.
Overwatering kills more house plants than under watering.
The farmer's best fertilizer is in his footprint.
"Your wheelbarrow needs oil, it squeaks!" "I know. Let it be. It drowns out the creaking of my joints."
If you cut a shrub back because it's just too big, and it dies, you haven't lost anything but a plant that couldn't live by your rules.
Plants are the original chemists. Their sophistication makes DuPont and Monsanto look like little kids with chemistry sets.
If someone says "You're not doing that right," hand him the shovel, sit and watch. THAT's the right way to garden.
History is everything in gardening: With a site, weather, a particular plant. It solves mysteries. And it's why, when others say, "You can't do that!" you can know with deepest certainty that you can.
I cannot walk into our garden without constantly being reminded of the friends who have shared their plants.
Only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes.
Any fool can destroy trees, they cannot run away.
- John Muir -
Woodman, spare that tree! Touch not a single bough! In youth it sheltered me, And I'll protect it now.
With names like butterflyweed, milkweed, ironweed, and Joe Pye Weed, you can be sure these plants were not named by a marketing person.
We can plant to suit the needs of the birds and other wildlife that find a haven and a habitat on our home ground, and we can understand that to do so is a moral dictate, not a personal whim.
We blame Walt Disney for goldenrod's bad name in modern times. Despite Sneezy's pronouncement, plants such as goldenrod with heavy, insect-carried pollen rarely cause allergic reaction.
In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms.
Winter's palette is clear and spare, restrictive enough to curb the excesses of even the most daring gardeners.
Take them into the garden young and at your eye level. Nature will always be part of their world view.