I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.

~ Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes ~

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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 Dale~

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Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.

~Lou Erickson~

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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


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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 07, 2018


Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 01, 2018


In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.

~Robert Brault~

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Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them. ~Victoria Glendinning~

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The best place to seek God is in a garden.

You can dig for him there.

…George Bernard Shaw…

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 14, 2018


In gardens, beauty is a by-product.

The main business is sex and death.

(Sam Llewelyn)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 07, 2018


The greatest gift of the garden

is the restoration of the five senses.

~Hanna Rion~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 01, 2018


In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.

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~

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 It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark

so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you

in a reverie of suspended thought.

~James Douglas’ “Down Shoe Lane”~


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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 21, 2018


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~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 14, 2018


God made rainy days

so gardeners could

get the housework done.

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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 th...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 01, 2018


Don't wear perfume in the garden,

unless you want to be pollinated by bees.

Anne Raver~

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Plant carrots in January

and you'll never have to eat carrots.


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It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.

***Robert Louis Stevenson***

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 14, 2018


Gardens are a form of autobiography.

~Sydney Eddison~

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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.

(Lindley Karstens)

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I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,

I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.

 ~Robert Bridges "Testament of Beauty"~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 28, 2018


To forget how to dig the earth

and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. ~Mahatma Gandhi~

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Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.

~Orson Scott Card~

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How fair is a garden

amid the trials and passions of existence?


***Benjamin Disraeli***

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Our England is a garden,

and such gardens are not made

By singing: "Oh, how beautiful!"

and sitting in the shade...

 ~Rudyard Kipling, "The Glory of the Garden"~ 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 01, 2018


You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. (Unknown)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 28, 2018


There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.

~Aldo Leopold~

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I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit...

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Plants cry their gratitude

for the sun in green joy.

~Terri Guillemets~

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The garden is the poor man's apothecary.

~German Proverb~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 01, 2018


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 th...

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On every stem, on every leaf... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.

…..Oliver Wendell Holmes…..

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Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.

~Mrs. C.W. Earle’s, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 14, 2017


No two gardens are the same.

No two days are the same in one garden.

(Hugh Johnson)

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With rake and seeds and sower,

And hoe and line and reel,

When the meadows shrill with "peeping"

And the old-world wakes from sleeping,

Who wouldn't be a grower

That has any heart to feel?

~Frederick Frye Rockwell~

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It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.

(Kate Morton’s, “The Forgotten Garden”)

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Woo hoo! I am a PUBLISHED science-fiction writer!

Follow this link to see it on Amazon, can also be seen on Barnes & Noble or other bookseller sites.


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We think that diamonds are very important, gold is very important, all these minerals are very important. We call them precious minerals, but they are all forms of the soil. But that part of this mineral that is on top, like it is the skin of the earth, that is the most precious of the commons.


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The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.

~Abraham Lincoln~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 14, 2017



Death has come for me many times but finds me always in my lovely garden and leaves me there, I think, as an excuse to return.

~Robert Brault~

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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.

~Evelyn Underhill~

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First mock-up cover for my book; alterations were made to it.

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Let nature be in your yard.

~Greg Peterson~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 21, 2017


A garden is always a series of losses

set against a few triumphs, like life itself.

(May Sarton)

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The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cell...

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Coffee. Garden. Coffee.

Does a good morning need anything else?

~Betsy Cañas Garmon ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 01, 2017



Every radish I ever pulled up seemed to have a mortgage attached to it.

~Ed Wynn~

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I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.

:::F. Frankfort Moore:::

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Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden. It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.

~Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The...

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Despite the gardener's best intentions,

Nature will improvise.

~Michael P. Garofalo~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 07, 2017



Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.

(Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732)

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Take thy plastic spade,

It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants,

They are thy colours; and by these repay

With interest every charm Nature lent thy art.

 ~William Mason, The English Garden, 1772~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 28, 2017



The longer you wait for the future,

the shorter it will be. 


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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 21, 2017


Before the word "plastic" meant the manufactured material that we relate to today, it meant "sculptural." It also means able to be molded or capable of adapting to varying conditions, flexible, etc. The word has been in use since at least the 1600s.

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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.

/// Chinese Proverb ///

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In order to live off a garden,

you practically have to live in it.

…Frank McKinney Hubbard…

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It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional.

~Robert Brault~

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Give me odorous at sunrise a garden

of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.

~Walt Whitman~

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Creating your own urban farm is as simple as planting your flowerbeds with edibles.

~Greg Peterson~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 14, 2017


In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.

~ Dodinsky ~

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Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.

~ Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces, 1977 ~

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Gardens should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.

~H.E. Bates’, “A Love of Flowers”~

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What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.

~Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, 1871~

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My garden is my favorite teacher.

~ Betsy Cañas Garmon ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 21, 2017


Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.

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Delve in! The year's before us;

 Spring's promise fills the air.

 Descendants of Antæus,

 The brown earth's touch can free us,

 Renew us and restore us,

 From the hand o' carking care.


Frederick Frye Rockwell’s, "Invitation" (1913)

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I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.

~Abraham Cowley's, The Garden, 1666~

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