they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” — Bill Vaughan By the way, as English satirist Craig Brown once said, “Children are perfectly happy to sit next to spiders; it is only grown-ups who are frightened away.” * * * Black and yellow Argiopes spider, and the garden … More “We hope that, when the insects take over the world,
Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.—Unknown * * * Day lilies photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015
In our effort to improve on nature, we are guided by a vision of paradise. Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future. This hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening.” — Marina Schinz “If you … More “To create a garden is to search for a better world.
of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.” — Thomas More * * … More “The many great gardens of the world,
“My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.” — Abram L. Urban * * * Photo credit: Jan Logozzo © 2014
U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz said in his 98th year that all he wanted to do was write poems and be in the garden. He wrote of his tendency to brush against the flowers while walking in the seaside garden of his Provincetown home, anticipating the fragrant eloquence of their response. * * * Photo … More “…when you walk past a flower, whether it be in somebody’s garden or on a vacant hillside, the flower will always smile at you. The most polite way to respond, I’ve been told, is to cheerfully return the smile.” — Japanese proverb
A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ― Oscar Wilde Take advantage of this special Life Is Full of Sweet Spots offer and share a spot of holiday sunshine this season. * * * Photo credit: Mary O’Connor © 2013
I’ve always found these three simple, but powerful, ways will channel joy into everyday life: Smile. There is an old Chinese proverb that says every smile makes us a day younger. That said, begin and end your day with a smile. It will not only make you younger, it will cause others, even the flowers, to … More Three Powerful Channels of Joy