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Monday, January 18, 2010


Every gardener knows under the cloak of winter lies a miracle--a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.
You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry, don't worry,
and stop to smell the flowers along the way.

All through the long winter, I dream of my garden.
On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth.
I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.

Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers then they're gone.

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.

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.

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'll seek a four-leaved shamrock in all thy fairy dells,
And if I find the charmed leaves, oh, how I'll weave my spells!

Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide
You can find a magic place where all the fairies hide....

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.

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

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

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.

Shall we compare our hearts to a garden -with beautiful blooms,
straggling weeds,
swooping birds and sunshine,
rain -and most importantly, seeds.

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.

"Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow."

The earth laughs in flowers.

The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.

Grow what you love. Then love will keep it growing.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.


Berit said...

Just plain beautiful! I love the deep purple flowers--tulips and something else as well.

stitchinfiend said...

Beautiful - just love the pictures and the words. Makes me feel happy just looking at them.

Jane said...

So many blooms! How lovely to see all the pretty flowers in your garden. I love the extra bits you have throughout also, especially the pot with the stars. I like things that have character.

Hillery said...

It makes me long for summer, way up here in Northern Maine.
Thanks for sharing,
North Country Samplings

Tracey said...

What a beautiful garden! I am envious. Someday I hope to have a yard to turn into a garden! :)

Siobhan said...

What a stunning garden! The pictures are beautiful. Like Jane, I just love that teapot with the stars.

Cari said...

What a wonderful sight for the eyes, soul and heart this morning Jolene. Your garden is simply beautiful...thanks for sharing!! You've motivated me to start planning....:) Have a lovely day!! Hugs

Lisa said...

Beautiful flowers...beautiful sentiments! Thank you for sharing the colorful, happy pictures and the words to think about. They definitely brightened up my gloomy wet looking day!
Thank you!

Margaret said...

Wow! Not only are you a great stitcher, but you are a gardener extraordinaire! What a spectacular sight for winter weary eyes! Thank you for the tour. Can't wait for spring!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post!! Your garden is lovely. Pat Matejcek

MoonBeam said...

Breath-taking and refreshing. I haven't seen the sun in days, and the 15 inches of snow is still melting off.

These garden photos have made my morning!

Amy said...

Words can't describe what a wonderful place your garden is. I am very inspired.

Your pics are very nice. It is a breath of spring.

I am looking forward to learning about the new zone I am in for growing things. I moved here to Texas in July from Ohio. It is a blank page for me.

Nina said...

Oh, what a wonderful garden, looks like a fairy-garden! I wish I can have a big garden...

Melissa said...

What a beautiful garden you have Jolene! I'm sure you are waiting with anticipation for spring! I love the varieties of tulips and lilies that you have. And I love the small touches of the old tea kettle and such. Very whimsical!

Deb said...

Beautiful pictures Jolene. You have a wonderful garden. With any luck is just a few short weeks you'll start to see the beginnings of spring showing up in your yard.

Catherine said...

After all of the cold (and snow) we've had, I am longing for spring - thanks for sharing the photos! Your garden is lovely!

Theresa said...

Wow!!!! You have a beautiful garden!!!! I love all those flowers and decorations you have in it!!! Simply beautiful!!!

Myra said...

My visit to your blog today was a true delight. Thank you for sharing your garden and the lovely prose.

Blu said...

Stunning! Your garden is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and pushing winter a bit farther away.

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures with us, Jolene--nature really is so breathtaking! It is a wonderful pick-me-up for those of us caught in the gray of winter :)

Pumpkin said...

What a wonderful break from all this...snow! How I long to see flowers again too :o) Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures Jolene. I love them all, except the one with the spider ;o)

Michelle said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the lovely post - it was wonderful to take a walk through your garden.

Andrea said...

Oh my gosh, what a breath of fresh air right in the middle of our dreary winter days! Thank you!
I wish I had the gardening skillz you do, unfort. I am like the Mom from the Addams Family, Morticia. All her plants were dead...My hubby says plants come to our house to die. He's usually right.
However, my Christmas poinsettia is still alive, it's our Christmas miracle, lol!

doris said...

Gorgeous! Makes me long for spring.

Kellie said...

Beautiful! Is this your garden? Absolutely gorgeous. I am not much of a gardener, but I love the beauty of flowers. Luckily, I married a green thumb. :)

Suzanne said...

What a gorgeous garden you have!

TammyK said...

Whew, I was so caught up in this post that by the end of it you almost had me believing it was spring outside. Those flower are crazy beautiful!

Carolyn NC said...

What a pick me up and something to look forward to!

Gabi said...

Lovely pictures. Flowers always make me smile :)

Michelle said...

What a beautiful spot to sit and reflect .. thanks for sharing your spot of heaven!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

You have some of the most beautiful blooms, ever! I also love all your trinkets and cool things throughout the garden. I try to do it and it looks junky - yours is gorgeous - you've definitely got the touch! Are you featured on a garden tour? If not, you should be - I'd love to visit!

Just Me and My Shadow said...

What an absolutely beautiful post. I love every quote and every picture especially the old kettle with the stars. Just lovely and thanks so much for showing us your beautiful garden.


susan said...

Your flowers and gardens are beautiful!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Jolene,

This post is just what we all need
at this time of year to rejuvenate
our Winter dampened spirits and
remind us that Spring isn't all that
far away. Your garden is stunning
and I can't think of anything that
would delight me more then being
able to spend some time there,
exploring and taking it all in.
Well, maybe checking out your
stitching and your stash would
be fun too. Of course.

I enjoy visiting your blog so


MarchAnn58 said...

You have a wonderful garden and I bet you enjoyed every second you worked on it too. Very beautiful.