Monday, 31 August 2015

229/365 The Unknowable


229/365 The Unknowable

"It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself, which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable," 
Maya Angelou

228/365 A Telling Example


228/365 A Telling Example

"The tropical rain forests are a telling example. Once cut down, they rarely recover. Rainfall drops, deserts spread, the climate warms."
James Lovelock

227/365 Noble Forests


227/365 Noble Forests 

"In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests."
John James Audubon

Sunday, 30 August 2015

226/365 One Lifetime


226/365 One Lifetime 

"One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals. If a garden is a site for the imagination, how can we be very far from the beginning?"
Francis Cabot Lowell

225/365 Our Legacy


225/365 Our Legacy

"Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed."
Julius Sterling Morton

224/365 Building Bridges


224/365 Building Bridges

"We have a long way to go before we are able to hear the voices of everyone on earth, but I believe that providing voices and building bridges is essential for the World Peace we all wish for."
Joichi Ito

Saturday, 29 August 2015

223/365 Gardening & Humility


223/365 Gardening & Humility

"There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder."
Alfred Austin

222/365 I Like Gardening


222/365 I Like Gardening

"I like gardening - it's a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself."
Alice Sebold

221/365 Picking Berries


221/365 Picking Berries

"Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup."
Wendell Berry

Friday, 28 August 2015

220/365 Bringing Sunshine


220/365 Bringing Sunshine

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
James M. Barrie

219/365 Highways


219/365 Highways

"We didn't build the interstate system to connect New York to Los Angeles because the West Coast was a priority. No, we webbed the highways so people can go to multiple places and invent ways of doing things not thought of by the persons building the roads."
Neil deGrasse Tyson

218/365 A Little Flower


218/365 A Little Flower

"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
Hans Christian Andersen

Thursday, 27 August 2015

217/365 Living Forever


217/365 Living Forever

"Garden as though you will live forever."

William Kent

216/365 Learning Learning Learning


216/365 Learning Learning Learning

"Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them. You're always learning."
Helen Mirren

215/365 A Good Idea


215/365 A Good Idea

"It is a good idea 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

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

214/365 My Hat


214/365 My Hat

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in."
Frederick the Great

213/365 How Much is Enough


213/365 How Much is Enough

"We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?"
Wendell Berry

212/365 An Invitation


212/365  An Invitation

"Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you."
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

211/365 The Glory of Gardening


211/365 The Glory of Gardening

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul."
Alfred Austin

210/365 Walking through...


210/365 Walking through...

“Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind!” 
Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

207/365 Meeting Nature Halfway


207/365 Meeting Nature Halfway

"The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."
Michael Pollan

206/365 The Beauty of a Flower


206/365 The Beauty of a Flower

"By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower."
Rabindranath Tagore

205/365 An Instrument of Grace


205/365 An Instrument of Grace

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace."

May Sarton

Monday, 17 August 2015

204/365 The Living Infinite


204/365 The Living Infinite

“The sea is only the embodiment of a
supernatural and wonderful existence.
It is nothing but love and emotion;
it is the ‘Living Infinite...”  
Jules Verne

203/365 The World's End


203/365 The World's End

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” 
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Sunday, 16 August 2015

202/365 The Power of Myth



202/365 The Power of Myth

“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

201/365 We Need to Give & Receive


201/365 We Need to Give & Receive

"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."
Max de Pree

Saturday, 15 August 2015

200/365 Pathway of the Strong


200/365 Pathway of the Strong

"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong."
Thomas Carlyle

199/365 Summer's Exuberance


199/365 Summer's Exuberance

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” 
Yoko Ono

198/365 The Port of Safety


198/365 The Port of Safety

"It is easy to give advice from a port of safety."
Friedrich Schiller

Friday, 14 August 2015

197/365 Healing


197/365 Healing

"We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

196/365 What Should Young People Do


196/365 What Should Young People Do

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

195/365 The Richest Gift of Heaven


195/365 The Richest Gift of Heaven

"The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven."
Thomas Jefferson

194/365 Enduring Happiness


194/365 Enduring Happiness

"The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives."
Gertrude Jekyll

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

193/365 The Last of What Has Passed


193/365 The Last of What Has Passed

"In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time."
Leonardo da Vinci

192/365 The Love of Gardening


192/365 The Love of Gardening

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
Gertrude Jekyll

191/365 Gertrude Stein & Roses


191/365 Gertrude Stein & Roses

"Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."
Gertrude Stein

Monday, 10 August 2015

190/365 An Old Town


190/365  An Old Town

“Towns are like people. Old ones often have character, the new ones are interchangeable.” 
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repos

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Saturday, 8 August 2015

188/365 Hats are Radical


188/365 Hats are Radical

"Hats are radical; only people that wear hats understand that."
Philip Treacy

187/365 Drinking Water



187/365 Drinking Water

"There's over a billion people on this planet that don't have access to clean drinking water."
Michael Moore

186/365 Time Well Spent


186/365  Time Well Spent

“Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.” 
Carl Sandburg

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

185/365 The Sense of Wonder


183/365 The Sense of Wonder

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. ” 
Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

184/385 Transformation


184/385 Transformation

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun."
Pablo Picasso

183/365 Strive



183/365 Strive

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.” 
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

Monday, 3 August 2015

182/365 Now and Then


182/365 Now and Then

“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” 
Guillaume Apollinaire

181/365 Learn


181/365 Learn

"Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” 
Ayn Rand

Sunday, 2 August 2015

180/365 Let Us Be Grateful



180/365 Let Us Be Grateful

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” 
Marcel Proust