What's Coming Up 194: Quotations sampler

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Short, sweet, and fresh, that's the gist of our Quotations library. Here's a sampler that's also your gateway to 300 entries and 170 beautiful images. 

December 30, 2012

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Happy New Year!

To kick off 2013, we bring you our new Quotations library
In this issue we bring you a sampler of 20 great quotes and images from our new Quotations library. We think you'll enjoy the ideas and images at this season when reflection and projection are both so fitting.

Meanwhile, we'll get back to summing up our first year of website newsletters. As we start the new year of newsletters we will let you know what we'll continue, what will change and what we need to know from you to help keep it all growing.

In this 20-quote sampler:

We skimmed some of the best from the library of 290 quotations and excerpts, with 170 images. Click to take a look at any of these, and jump fom there to the full library as you wish!

From the chapter, Observations of gardeners' nature:

From Life philosophy drawn from the garden:

Drawn from the chapter, Planting:

Taken from our quotes about General garden care:

From the chapter, Weeds:

From Watering:

A look into the chapter, Fertilizer:

A sampling from Tools:

From the chapter, Pruning:

Skimming from Bugs and animals:

A gem from Working smart:

From the chapter, Design:

From what's been said about Choosing plants:

From the chapter, Vegetables:

One of the quotes from Trees:

A quote from the chapter, Wildflowers and native plants:

From the chapter, Wildlife and ecology:

A foray into Amazing facts:

From the chapter, Living in the garden:

Looking at quotes from Seasons:

From the final chapter of the library, Children:


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Excerpts from the Quotations library


One becomes a gardener by becoming a gardener.

- Allen Lacy, in The Inviting Garden -

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He had heard about talking to plants in the early 70's on radio 4 and thought it an excellent idea. Although, talking is perhaps the wrong word for what Crowley did.
What he did was put the fear of God into them.
More precisely, the fear of Crowley.
In addition to which, every couple of months Crowley would pick out a plant that was growing too slowly or succumbing to leaf wilt or browning or just didn't look quite as good as the others, and he would carry it around to all the other plants. 'Say Good bye to your friend," he'd say to them. "He just couldn't cut it..."
Then he would leave the flat with the offending plant and return an hour or so later with a large, empty flower pot which he would leave somewhere conspicuously around the flat.

The plants were the most luxurious, verdant and beautiful in London. Also, the most terrified.

- Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in Good Omens -

For more from the chapter, Observations of gardeners' nature:




Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.

- Myron S. Kaufmann, in The Natural Habitat Garden -

For more from the chapter, Life philosophy:


A good gardener always plants three seeds -- one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for himself.

- Leo Aikman -

For more from the chapter, Planting:


If you are late with your autumn work, as I invariably am, the tulip bulbs will not pursue you with reproachful glances.LateWAutmn3583s.jpg

- Christopher Lloyd -

 For more from the chapter, General garden care:



















Know your weeds. Because, as the old saying goes:
It is always more powerful to curse it by name.

-Frances Kissinger -

For more from the chapter, Weeding:

Below: Poison ivy


Overwatering kills more house plants than under watering.

- Roberta M Coughlin -

For more from the chapter, Watering:


The farmer's best fertilizer is in his footprint.

- Anonymous -

For more from the chapter, Fertilizer:


"Your wheelbarrow needs oil, it squeaks!"
"I know. Let it be. It drowns out the creaking of my joints."

 - Steven Nikkila -

For more from the chapter, Tools:


If you cut a shrub back because it's just too big, and it dies,
you haven't lost anything but a plant that couldn't live by your rules.

- Janet Macunovich-

For more from the chapter, Pruning:


Above: Smoke bush becomes so gnarly with repeated cut-backs, we can almost wish it wouldn't grow back!



Plants are the original chemists. Their sophistication makes DuPont and Monsanto look like little kids with chemistry sets.

- Allen Lacy, in The Inviting Garden -

For more from the chapter, Bugs and animals:


If someone says "You're not doing that right," hand him the shovel, sit and watch. THAT's the right way to garden.

- Janet Macunovich -

For more from the chapter, Working smart


History is everything in gardening: With a site, weather, a particular plant. It solves mysteries. And it's why, when others say, "You can't do that!" you can know with deepest certainty that you can. 

- Janet Macunovich -

For more from the chapter, Design:

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I cannot walk into our garden without constantly being reminded
of the friends who have shared their plants.

- Allen Lacy, in The Inviting Garden -

For more from the chapter, Choosing plants:

Below: Purple locust, Robinia hispida


Only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes.

- Guy Clark, in his song Homegrown Tomatoes -

From the chapter, Vegetables:


Any fool can destroy trees, they cannot run away.

- John Muir -

Below: Burls on a trunk form an "ent" face, and the flower of tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera.

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Woodman, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough!
In youth it sheltered me,
And I'll protect it now.

- George Pope Morris, in Woodman Spare That Tree -

 For more from the chapter, Trees:



With names like butterflyweed, milkweed, ironweed, and Joe Pye Weed, you can be sure these plants were not named by a marketing person.

- Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery -

 For more from the chapter, Wildflowers and native plants:

Below: Priaire dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) and Joe Pye (Eupatorium purpureum)


We can plant to suit the needs of the birds and other wildlife that find a haven and a habitat on our home ground, and we can understand that to do so is a moral dictate, not a personal whim.

- Allen Lacy, in The Inviting Garden -

For more from the chapter, Wildlife and ecology


We blame Walt Disney for goldenrod's bad name in modern times. Despite Sneezy's pronouncement, plants such as goldenrod with heavy, insect-carried pollen rarely cause allergic reaction.

- Janet Macunovich -

For more from the chapter, Amazing facts:

Below: Goldenrod flower. A bee collects the sticky pollen, which is heavy and meant to be carred by insects rather than float. It is not an airborne irritant.


In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms.

-Truman Capote -

For more from the chapter, Living in the garden:

Below: Serviceberry flower (Amelanchier sp.)


Winter's palette is clear and spare, restrictive enough
to curb the excesses of even the most daring gardeners.

- Rosemary Verey, in The Garden in Winter -

For more from the chapter, Seasons


Take them into the garden young and at your eye level.
Nature will always be part of their world view.

- Janet & Steven -

For more from the chapter, Children: