Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nature Notes: Plant a Garden

Visit Michelle at the home of Nature Notes.

My mom lives next to a place that is a local landscaper's .. um, place .. it's where they have piles of dirt and all their heavy trucks. They keep the front and sides landscaped. When I arrived here it was apparent they have begun preparations. Things in the areas up front are cleaned out and new dirt has been put down in preparation. It made me think of how, in really early spring, it takes faith to plant those plants.

Spring doesn't look much like spring this early in the year around here.

Plant a Garden

by Edgar Albert Guest

If your purse no longer bulges
and you've lost your golden treasure,
If at times you think you're lonely
and have hungry grown for pleasure,
Don't sit by your hearth and grumble,
don't let mind and spirit harden.
If it's thrills of joy you wish for
get to work and plant a garden!

If it's drama that you sigh for,
plant a garden and you'll get it
You will know the thrill of battle
fighting foes that will beset it
If you long for entertainment and
for pageantry most glowing,
Plant a garden and this summer spend
your time with green things growing.

If it's comradeship you sight for,
learn the fellowship of daisies.
You will come to know your neighbor
by the blossoms that he raises;
If you'd get away from boredom
and find new delights to look for,
Learn the joy of budding pansies
which you've kept a special nook for.

If you ever think of dying
and you fear to wake tomorrow
Plant a garden! It will cure you
of your melancholy sorrow
Once you've learned to know peonies,
petunias, and roses,
You will find every morning
some new happiness discloses.


Leontien said...

Great poem!
I worked in my garden today for the first time this year and it felt good!


Sofia Reino said...

Love the poem and indeed it feels Spring has certainly arrived. Cannot wait to start my vegetable garden and doing the Spring clean up. Well as soon as all the snow melts.

KaHolly said...

Such a wonderful post, showcasing a great poem. I love to garden!

Rose said...

Love the poem!

Carver said...

I love the poem. Beautiful shots and post. It does take a leap of faith to plant a garden.

MyMaracas said...

Great poem for the season. It's still a bit too wet for garden work here, but I'm looking forward to getting dirty soon.

Crafty Green Poet said...

thanks for sharing, it's always a great idea to plant a garden!

Rambling Woods said...

Love the poem...yes, I am planning for what I can do this season..I sure wish I had a gardener in the family to ask questions of....Michelle