It is March 1st and spring is coming. The temperatures are still up and down, but I am beginning to have garden thoughts. I am looking forward to seeing the blooms from the bulbs I planted last fall.
The delight offered by gardens has been expressed over hundreds of years. I have collected some quotes.
The first garden was described in the Book of Genesis.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
Gardens bring us in contact with nature, created by God.
When I go into my garden . . . All the cares, perplexities, and griefs of existence, all of the burdens of life slip from my shoulders and leave me with the heart of a little child that asks nothing beyond its present moment of innocent bliss. Celia Thaxter (1835 – 1894)
We still have snow on the ground. Yet, new life is stirring and will soon appear.
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid a million buds but stay their blossoming; and trustful birds have built their nests amid the shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing till one soft shower from the south shall bid, and hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. Robert Bridges (1845 – 1931)
My daughter and I enjoyed reading The Secret Garden by Francis Burnett ( 1849 – 1924). Here is a quote from the book.
They had come upon a whole clump of crocuses burst into purple and gold. Mary bent her face down and kissed them. “You never kiss a person that way,” she said when she lifted her head. “Flowers are so different.”
Jesus mentioned flowers during the Sermon on the Mount.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6: 28b-29
I like to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, thru which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. George Washington Carver (1860 – 1943)
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