June 18, 2015

Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower...
~Hans Christian Anderson 

Glimpses from the garden yesterday...

Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful;
For beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,
And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 What grows in the garden, so lovely and rare?
Roses and Dahlias and people grow there.
~A Gardener's Diary

 Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful--
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
~Luther Burbank

 The only Commandment I ever obeyed..."Consider the lilies."

~Emily Dickinson 

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anais Nin

Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.
~Katharine Lee Bates

This wild honeysuckle plant grows on a trellis right under my bedroom window.  The fragrance that wafts in on the night air is indescribably wonderful!

The Wild Honeysuckle 

Philip Freneau

Fair flower, that dost so comely grow, 
Hid in this silent, dull retreat, 
Untouched thy honied blossoms blow, 
Unseen thy little branches greet: 
  No roving foot shall crush thee here, 
  No busy hand provoke a tear. 
By Nature’s self in white arrayed, 
She bade thee shun the vulgar eye, 
And planted here the guardian shade, 
And sent soft waters murmuring by; 
  Thus quietly thy summer goes, 
  Thy days declining to repose. 
Smit with those charms, that must decay, 
I grieve to see your future doom; 
They died—nor were those flowers more gay, 
The flowers that did in Eden bloom; 
  Unpitying frosts and Autumn’s power 
  Shall leave no vestige of this flower. 
From morning suns and evening dews 
At first thy little being came; 
If nothing once, you nothing lose, 
For when you die you are the same; 
  The space between is but an hour, 
  The frail duration of flower.
Have a lovely Thursday! 

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