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Saturday, March 19, 2011

No Time for Rabbit Holes

This is not the time, place, or season for rabbit holes, for diving deep into old, often long forgotten, gardening books from a century ago. It is not. The days are getting longer and warmer, and there is much to do in the garden. There are seeds to sow and soon there will be grass to mow.  There is winter interest to cut back and violas and pansies to plant. An entire vegetable garden that must be re-done. Busy, busy, busy.

But I can not resist.

"Every family can have a garden. If there is not a foot of land, there are porches or windows. Wherever there is sunlight, plants may be made to grow and one plant in a tin can may be a more helpful and inspiring garden to some mind than a whole acre of lawn and flowers may be to another. The satisfaction of a garden does not depend upon the area, nor, happily upon the cost or rarity of the plants. It depends upon the temper of the person. One most first seek to love plants and nature, and then to cultivate that happy peace of mind which is satisfied with little..." Garden-Making by L.H. Bailey (The Macmillan Company, 1902)

I think this spring, one of the best things any of us can cultivate is "that happy peace of mind which is satisfied with little". 

To remind myself of this, I might just plant for myself "one plant in a tin can", in addition to whatever else I plant.

I can do with far less than I have.

9 comments:

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp said...

A nice sentiment, indeed.

Darla said...

There's a lot of truth in this post.

Cindy, MCOK said...

What a great quote!

A. Edwards said...

Definitely a worthy quote to ponder this morning!

ali said...

I love it. Something to think about while I am outside enjoying our 50 degree day.

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Leslie said...

Something I hope I can remember through the next few months.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Good luck finding a tin can these days, we'll have to settle for aluminum. But that is a worthy sentiment to take to heart.

Robin Ripley said...

Sweet. And a happy peace of mine spreads happiness to those around you.

Bom said...

I could be an example for Bailey. I don't have a real garden. The previous owner of the house cemented over the entire land.

I started with a twisted piece of wire to mount my first airplant. No soil plus water supply problems = airplants. I now have pocket gardens and plants in containers but most of the land is still cemented.B