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Seeds of Wisdom

  • "It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day." Marion Cran
  • "When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness." Celia Thaxter
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero
  • "He who owns a garden, However small it be, Whose hands have planted in it Flower or bush or tree; He who watches patiently The growth from nurtured sod, Who thrills at newly opened bloom Is very close to God." Katherine Edelman
  • "Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony." Winifred Gallagher
  • "Though an old man I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A garden is never so good as it will be next year." Thomas Cooper
  • "Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." Eizabeth Murray
  • "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." Author Unknown


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Very timely, I saw the first silks of little ears of corn today. I would swear they were not there yesterday!


Thanks for the close up view :)


great pics. I found a baby praying mantis in the house, trying to camouflage itself on the beige walls. We caught him and put him outside in the spring garden bed, hope he is catching a lot of bad bugs now.


beautiful post. I enjoyed reading it and looking at your photos.
I love the little praying mantis


Thanks for visiting and commenting, everyone!

Carol - It amazes me that every day there's something new to notice -- not earth-shattering, usually small, but something. Paying daily attention to my garden this year is like watching time-lapse photography and is giving me an awareness and appreciation of incremental progress. Which -- not to get too deep, but -- is a great life lesson. P.S. There's nothing like fresh corn on the cob. When the time comes -- enjoy!

Felicia - I'm still learning my camera, and reading the manual was not 100% helpful. Close-ups are the most challenging, so when I get a decent one I'm thrilled!

Muum and chigiy - I usually don't have my camera with me when I spot critters in the yard/garden, so I have more encounters than photos. But this praying mantis gave me time to run in and get the camera so I could capture our face-to-face meeting. I'm glad they're good insects to have in the garden. Along those lines, my reaction used to be "ugh!" when I turned up worms in the dirt - but now that I know they're a sign of healthy soil I'm always happy to see them!

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