Ode to Lavender

Photographs taken by myself (I’ve lots of lavender in my front yard) with poems from my good friend April.

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Roses are red, I’ve heard it said;
But lavender smells so sweet.
I sip as nicely as I can
And cling to my tasty treat.

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The sun’s last setting rays
With lavender just aglow
Lets the cares all drift away
As evening starts to flow.

Gardens in Prose & Pictures

I’ve been busy trying to keep up here in the office…taking budget classes and whatnot. So I’m going to put down a few sayings and some poetry on gardens and gardeners…then throw in a few of my pictures I’ve taken throughout the last few years.

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Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden ~ Orson Scott Card

All my hurts…My garden can heal ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth ~ Dorothy Frances Gurney

Earth laughs in flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. ~ Sara Stein

…the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to
the wants of man, spread his walks with flowers, and
his table with plenty; returns with interest, every good
committed to her care ~ Pliny the Elder

Yes, in the poor man’s garden grow
Far more than herbs and flowers –
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,
And joy for weary hours ~ Mary Howitt

A real gardener is not a man who cultivates
flowers; he is a man who cultivates the
soil…If he came into the Garden of Eden
he would sniff excitedly and say:
‘GOOD LORD, WHAT HUMMUS!’ ~ Karel Capek

A garden is like those pernicious machineries
which catch a man’s coat-skirt or his hand,
and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole
body to irresitible destruction ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere ~ Vincent van Gogh

Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees ~ Anne Raver

With tumbled hair of swarms of bees,
and flower-robes dancing in the breeze,
With sweet, unsteady lotus-glances,
Intoxicated, Spring advances ~ Sanskrit poem

‘To get the best results you must talk to your vegetables’ ~ Prince Charles

Gardening can become a kind of disease. It infects you’ you can not escape it.
When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden;
you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresitble impluse
to get up and pull a weed ~ Lewis Gannit

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there,
a hive for the honey-bee,
and live alone in the bee-loud glade ~ W.B. Yeats

What is a weed? A plant whose virtures have not yet been discovered ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~ H. Fred Ale

Even if something is left undone,
everyone must take time to sit still
and watch the leaves turn ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~ Mirabel Osler

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. ~ Author Unknown

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~ Marcelene Cox