Friday, February 17, 2012

Never too soon...

A portion of my garden last summer...

"Who can estimate the elevating and refining influences and moral value of flowers with all their graceful forms, bewitching shades and combinations of colors and exquisitely varied perfumes?  These silent influences are unconsciously felt even by those who do not appreciate them consciously and thus with better and still better fruits, nuts, grains, vegetables and flowers, will the earth be transformed, man's thought refined, and turned from the base destructive forces into nobler production.  One which will lift him to high planes of action toward the happy day when the Creator of all this beautiful work is more acknowledged and loved, and where man shall offer his brother man, not bullets and bayonets, but richer grains, better fruit and fairer flowers from the bounty of this earth."
-  Father George Schoener (1864 -1941)  
   The Importance and Fundamental Principles of Plant Breeding   

...I'm passing the remaining days of Winter flipping through seed and garden starter catalogs...planning the new garden and looking forward to some color in my can't come soon enough. 
How about you?
Crimson Nasturtium after a garden last summer.

"With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy."   
-  Lope de Vega  


Tracey Broome said...

I'm just going to stay here in the garden for awhile :)

barbaradonovan said...

It's been such an odd often warm winter that the poor confused azaleas are flowering already.

Beautfiul garden. Must have been hard to leave, but exciting to plan the new one.

.Ashley.Lin. said...

You're a rainbow of giggling memories.

k.houser said...

linger as long as you like ladies...the garden is what gets me through...and through. The planning the planting and the waiting to see if it all comes together...Barbara the best part is that I still own that house and stay there a few days a week while at IUP...will be trans-planting some perennials come late April...and my asparagus should be good this year...but yes..weird winter here too...I cant believe your azaleas!