Sunday, March 13, 2011

An organic perspective on the passage of time

"Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time." - William Cowper

"There is a continuity about the garden and an order of succession in the garden year which is deeply pleasing, and in one sense there are no breaks or divisions - seed time flows on to flowering time and harvest time; no sooner is one thing dying than another is coming to life."
- Susan Hill and Rory Stuart, Reflections from a Garden, 1995
"Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: Thou hast made summer and winter."
- Psalms 74:17

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Our gardens are environments of perpetual change. The cypress reach their heights of glory as the fruit trees wane. The daffodils finish their blooms just as the liquidambar begins to bud. Pansies and snapdragons wilt in the same heat that brings the roses alive. We are not dissuaded."
- Tonia Triebwasser, The Color of Grace: Thoughts From a Garden in a Dry Land

"Every season hath its pleasures; 
Spring may boast her flowery prime, 
Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures 
Brighten Autumn's soberer time." 
- Thomas Moore


"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you."
- Annie Dillard

9 comments:

Cat said...

Ginny, the coneflowers leaning through the white fence are absolutely charming! What a lovely addition to my Sunday morning...lots of wisdom and words to think on...

Donna said...

al lovely meditative garden walk....fabulous pictures through the seasons and then the perspective changes....just right!!

Karen said...

Love seeing the garden change through the seasons and all the wonderful quotes. I love the last one, I will 'spend' the afternoon doing something I love!

Gary said...

Ginny, what a lovely post. I particularly like the quote from Annie Dillard as there is nothing more luxuriating than having a completely free afternoon to just lie in ones own garden and listen and smell a few hours away. Thank you.

Alistair said...

Lovely pictures and quotes Ginny, there was a time when the people of these islands of the UK were also in touch with what was food for the soul.

PlantPostings said...

What a great view of several scenes in different seasons! I really enjoyed this post!

Kate @ Gardening and Gardens said...

What a beautiful and thought provoking post. Thanks for sharing your garden through the seasons.

Gail said...

An absolutely splendid post~and the Annie Dillard quote is perfect! gail

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

lovely post... I have been working on one through the seasons also. Glad I found you!

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog as well.

Thanks, Julie