Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it
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
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.
Don't wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by bees
When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too
Gardens are a form of autobiography
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.
I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.
Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.
The garden is the poor man's apothecary.
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.
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.
Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.
Despite the gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise.
Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.
Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.
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.
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides
Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.
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