|Thank you, Baby Sister!|
The wonderful amazing Dr Laura, my generous and indulgent sister, sent me a little book of GARDEN LOVERS QUOTATIONS recently. Edited by Helen Exley and published by Exley Publications in 1992, this slim volume contains words of wisdom and humor from poets, statesmen, royalty, garden writers, novelists and more. Although there were many whose names I did not recognize, I recognized myself and my fellow gardeners in almost all of the quotes. So today I thought I'd share three of my favorites with you.
"And there will you have a little garden and a well which will be so easy to get at that you can water your seedlings without having to use bucket and rope. There you will live, becoming fond of the hoe, tending your tidy garden which will produce enough for you to give a banquet to a hundred vegetarians. It is something, in whatever place, in whatever corner, to have become the lord and master of even one single lizard."
JUVENAL (60-140 AD)
"It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not."
W.C. SELLAR & R.J. YEATMAN, Garden Rubbish
My absolute favorite:
"In Houston, Texas, bandleader Buddy Brock is so fanatical about the quality of his compost that a neighbor said, 'I hope I'm never run over in front of Brock's house. He'd throw me on the compost heap and then boast about what a good source of minerals I was.'"