Perennial Pleasures

 

 

 

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover
that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

 

In summer, the song sings itself.

William Carlos Williams 

 

 I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days,
three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.

John Keats

 

 

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.

Rudyard Kipling

 

 

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.

Abraham Lincoln

 

 


A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift;
above all it teaches entire trust.

Gertrude Jekyll



How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.

Benjamin Disraeli 



If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

Cicero 


 
Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


 

 The garden is the poor man's apothecary.

German Proverb

 

 

 Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps;
Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvest reaps.

A. Bronson Alcott

 

 

Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.

Pablo Neruda

 

 

 

Garden as though you will live forever.

William Kent

 

 

 

 

Comments 6

 
Katherine Gregor on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:29

What a beautiful garden! A caress to the eye. And the little black-coated fellow looks like quite a character!

What a beautiful garden! A caress to the eye. And the little black-coated fellow looks like quite a character!
Rosy Cole on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 16:00

That is indeed a lovely comment, Katia. Thank you! And the 'little black-coated fellow' is Poppy, the busiest flower in the garden :-) She was rescued from an Irish pound and has a passport of her own. (Even I don't have an up-to-date one. ) She's now ten or eleven months old, as far as is known. I've had her since the end of April and, though she still has a few insecurities, you're right, she is quite a character. Full of joy and 'poppiness'. Dr Johnson never thought of that one, did he?

That is indeed a lovely comment, Katia. Thank you! And the 'little black-coated fellow' is Poppy, the busiest flower in the garden :-) She was rescued from an Irish pound and has a passport of her own. (Even I don't have an up-to-date one. ) She's now ten or eleven months old, as far as is known. I've had her since the end of April and, though she still has a few insecurities, you're right, she is quite a character. Full of joy and 'poppiness'. Dr Johnson never thought of that one, did he?
Stephen Evans on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 23:31

Are these all your garden? Beautiful. You must have thumbs of many colors.

Are these all your garden? Beautiful. You must have thumbs of many colors.
Rosy Cole on Thursday, 06 September 2018 22:20

Thanks :-). Yes, all the photos are my garden over the last few weeks. In fact, some parts of it look even better since we had a downpour or two. The grass revived so quickly. I'm not an adventurous gardener and tend to stick with flowers that need minimal attention and bloom longest once growth is established. The bulk of the work comes in the early stages,. Flourishing colour is the criterion. I think, too, with a small garden, there's a limit to how many tall plants look good. Begonias fascinate me because they have such variety and mimic many other species. They just go on burgeoning for several months.

Thanks :-). Yes, all the photos are my garden over the last few weeks. In fact, some parts of it look even better since we had a downpour or two. The grass revived so quickly. I'm not an adventurous gardener and tend to stick with flowers that need minimal attention and bloom longest once growth is established. The bulk of the work comes in the early stages,. Flourishing colour is the criterion. I think, too, with a small garden, there's a limit to how many tall plants look good. Begonias fascinate me because they have such variety and mimic many other species. They just go on burgeoning for several months.
Ken Hartke on Friday, 07 September 2018 22:03

Beautiful garden — my hummingbirds would be in paradise there instead of the paltry selection I have to offer.

Beautiful garden — my hummingbirds would be in paradise there instead of the paltry selection I have to offer.
Rosy Cole on Sunday, 09 September 2018 19:02

Hummingbirds would be wonderful. As well as a variety of smaller birds, some of whom nest in the bushes, we cultivate wood pigeons and peaceful white doves. They are surprisingly tame and companionable. And, strangely, they keep noisy and aggressive seagulls at bay. Thanks for your appreciation :-)

Hummingbirds would be wonderful. As well as a variety of smaller birds, some of whom nest in the bushes, we cultivate wood pigeons and peaceful white doves. They are surprisingly tame and companionable. And, strangely, they keep noisy and aggressive seagulls at bay. Thanks for your appreciation :-)
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