The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
Stones, sand and water- these are the first delights of the toddler.
... once this pleasure is fully appreciated the garden gate is opened to the child;
a vista stretches endlessly before him, which can be enjoyed
with ever-increasing satisfaction all the days of his life.
Let us begin early to cultivate our gardens!"
from a PR article
Children's Gardens by M. Donovan
"Now is the time to make your garden! Anyone can be a successful gardener at this time of year, and I know if no pleasanter occupation these cold, snowy days than to sit warm by the fire, making garden with a pencil-in a seed catalogue.
...It is so much easier to plan that it is to accomplish...
no one ever achieved anything from the smallest object to the greatest
unless the dream was dreamed first...
...The dream is only the beginning... When we make our dream gardens,
we must take into account the hot sun and the blisters in our hand..."
Laura Ingalls Wilder- Little House in the Ozarks
it should be kept definitely as a hobby and not as a labour.
...the garden should be kept as a sanctuary- a citadel of peace.
We enter in, and the cares and worries of the world are left outside;
here we are only concerned with the care of growing things,
rooted solidly in the soil.
In a few moments we have forgotten that anything else matters."
( from the PR article by M. Donovan)
Alys Fowler-- I love her garden style, and am inspired to try broad beans because of her!
The Family Kitchen Garden-- because I'm learning about companion planting this year
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