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ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

I'm trying (on top of work, decorating, generally being awesome) to create a rather overly ambitious gift for grandfathers special birthday. For part of it I would love to sew in a special quote about gardening (one of his favourite hobbies alongside photography) but I really can't find anything.


So I thought I would sneak on here (sssh I'm meant to be cooking) and find some inspiration from my wonderful friends on here. Do you have a favourite quote that sums up the pleasure you find in the garden? 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564

    Dont think this is appropriate for what you want, but on a farmers question time on the radio sometime ago, someone asked about sowing grass seed, the question was answered and then he said "the secret of a good lay is a firm bottom"

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • 'One year's seed, five years' weed'.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    'You are nearer Gods heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth'. This is a quote from a well known poem, but can't find the dictionary of quotations to tell you more details. 'The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth...' something like thatimage

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

    “A weed is but an unloved flower.”

    To be happy for an hour get drunk.
    To be happy for a day kill your pig and eat it.
    To be happy for a week get married.
    To be happy for a lifetime plant a garden.                  



  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,827

    There is a poem by Vita Sackwille West called 'Gardener' from The Land.  Its a long poem but Im sure you would find something in it suitable

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..from the shores of Ullswater, surely there's no better gardener than nature itself, beautifully described here....

    ....I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze ....

    .....For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.


  • Rosie31Rosie31 Posts: 483

    "Gardening needs a lot of water....most of it in the form of perspiration!"

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126
    He reaps what he sows, except the amateur gardener.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,175

    It's come out in bold print, what did I clickimage

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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