Quote for April

“I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring.  Who can resist the feeling of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?”

-Edward Giobbi

Quote for the month of March

I found this quote while surfing the web and found it very appropriate for how the weather has been throughout the country. “March is  a month of considerable frustration-it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yard seems light years away.”

Thalassa Cruso

Colorado State Flower

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Browsing through an old garden book that I purchased from a recent auction, I came across a lovely poem.  The title of the poem is “Dear, Old-Fashioned Columbine”.  I thought it appropriate since the Columbine is our state flower.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“Dear, Old-Fashioned Columbine”

A Sermon Preached By A Flower

Slender stamens, dainty tint,

Sunset rose and sunrise glint,

Bringing reminiscent hint

Of a region half divine,

Where, in happy childhood’s years,

Knew I naught of doubts or fears,

Ah, you bring both smiles and tears-

Dear, old-fashioned Columbine!

 

From the city’s busy street,

From its hurry and its heat,

To a garden cool and sweet,

To a home that once was mine,

You have led my fancy back

O’er the shining, golden track

Which we tread but once, alack!

Dear, old-fashioned Columbine!

 

When you came to me today

From that garden far away,

Did you hear me softly say?

“Oh, I love you, posy mine?”

Can you ever feel or know

Why I love and prize you so,

Why you set my soul aglow-

Dear, old-fashioned Columbine?

 

Frailly fashioned, fragile flower,

Would were mine the magic power

To prolong your little hour,

And to make you ever mine!

Ah, I love you, for you’ve brought

To my heart a helpful thought,

And a lesson wisdom-fraught-

Dear, old-fashioned Columbine!

 

If with simple, silent art

You could do so sweet a part,

I, who have a human heart,

Own a mission more divine;

‘Tis to guide some homesick one,

Toiling on from sun to sun,

Homeward when life’s day is done,

Dear, old-fashioned Columbine!

 

 

Favorite Quotes/Garden Jokes

“From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens –
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.”
–   Katherine S. White

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
‘We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,’
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.”
–   Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing
  

I have no plants in my house.  They won’t live for me.  Some of them don’t even wait to die, they commit suicide.  “Jerry Seinfeld”

What vegetable can tie your stomach in knots?  String beans