We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike
The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.
Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time.
Plant trees. They give us two of the most crucial elements for our survival: oxygen and books.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge.
April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it
Making simple matters complex or complex matters simple are both bad gardening techniques
He who is born with a silver spoon in his mouth is generally considered a fortunate person, but his good fortune is small compared to that of the happy mortal who enters this world with a passion for flowers in his soul.
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach that which you can never learn from masters.
Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.
The garden that is finished is dead
God almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures
I am fully and intensely aware that plants are conscious of love and respond to it as they do to nothing else.
Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.
All my hurts my garden spade can heal
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of.
Successful gardening is doing what has to be done when it has to be done the way it ought to be done whether you want to do it or not.
As Rosemary is to the spirit, so Lavender is to the soul
Garden writing is often very tame, a real waste when you think how opinionated, inquisitive, irreverent and lascivious gardeners themselves tend to be. Nobody talks much about the muscular limbs, dark, swollen buds, strip-tease trees and unholy beauty that have made us all slaves of the Goddess Flora.
The best things that can come out of the garden are gifts for other people.
The love of flowers is really the best teacher of how to grow and understand them.
Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
In his garden every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation.
Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
By the time one is eighty, it is said, there is no longer a tug of war in the garden with the May flowers hauling like mad against the claims of the other months. All is at last in balance and all is serene. The gardener is usually dead, of course.
To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.
You do not need to know anything about a plant to know that it is beautiful.
In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death.
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows
Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof.
Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
He who plants a tree, plants a hope
Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
All gardeners live in beautiful places, because they make them so.
Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow
Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job.
We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike.
Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.
Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt
Though an old man I am but a young gardener
I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.
How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.
Where but in a garden do summer hours pass so quickly