Quotes For Gardeners


Fruit and Nuts

Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

From the Spirit of Gardening Website





Close to the Gates a spacious Garden lies,
From the Storms defended and inclement Skies;
Four Acres was the allotted Space of Ground,
Fenc'd with a green Enclosure all around.
Tall thriving Trees confessed the fruitful Mold:
The reddening Apple ripens here to Gold,
Here the blue Fig with luscious Juice overflows,
With deeper Red the full Pomegranate glows,
The Branch here bends beneath the weighty Pear,
and verdant Olives flourish round the Year.
-   Homer,  Odyssey, circa 850 B.C.
Alexander Pope translation 1725





For thirty years I have looked for a swordmaster.
Many times leaves fell, new ones sprouted.
One glimpse of peach blossoms -
now no more doubts, just this.
-   Lingyun Zhiqin's enlightenment poem, as retold by Zen Master Dogen





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What wond'rous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach,
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Insnar'd with flow'rs, I fall on grass.
-  Andrew Marvell,  1621 - 1678




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Amazingly enough, almost all the fruits grown in home gardens, from strawberries
to apricots, are members of the same plant family, Rosaceae, along with such
decorative favorites as roses, mountain ash, flowering quince ....   Worldwide,
there are about 3,400 members of this very ancient plant group,
which exhibit primitive characteristics.
-   Diane E. Bilderback




The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can
still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
-  Galileo




In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up,
enough to be stolen, and enough to rot on the ground.
-   James Boswell, 1740-1795




Why aren't bananas lonely?
They hang out in bunches.




Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
-   Mother Teresa





Thou didst create the deserts, mountains, and forests,
but I produced the orchards, gardens, and groves.
-   Turkmeni folk song





Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
-   Aristotle




Write me down
As one who loved poetry,
    And persimmons.
      -   Shiki





    This Halloween night, we cut and eat,
Fuyu persimmons, firm and sweet.
-   Mike Garofalo, Cuttings - October





When you're green, your growing.   When you're ripe, you rot.
-  Ray Kroc



Wyth a saw thou schalt the tre kytte
And with a knyfe smouth make hytte
Klene a-tweyne the stok of the tre
Where-yn that they graffe schall be
Make thy Kyttyng' of thy graffe
By-twyne the newe & the olde staffe.
-   John Gardener, The Feate of Gardening, 1440





Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
-   A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad, 1887




Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind.
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson





The Walls enriched with Fruit-trees and faced with a covering
of their leafy extensions; I should rather have said hung with
different Pieces of Nature's noblest Tapestry.
-   James Hervey



Like a prune, you are not getting any better looking, but you are getting sweeter.
-   N. D. Stice





Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go;
it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
-   Alice M. Swaim






Sex and Desire - Quotes for Gardeners




Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring,
you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
-  Charles Hare





He that would have fruit must climb the tree.
-   Thomas Fuller





When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit
as forbidden.  For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must
not be eaten.  In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of
praise to the Lord.  But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit.  In this

way your harvest will be increased.   I am the Lord your God.
Bible, Leviticus 19:23-25




Why did the kiwifruit go out with the prune?
Because it couldn't get a date.





The fallen hazel-nuts,
Stripped late of their green sheaths,
The grapes, red-purple,
Their berries
Dripping with wine,
Pomegranates already broken,
And shrunken fig,
And quinces untouched,
I bring thee as offering.
-   Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961, Priapus: Keeper-of-Orchards





Anytime the perfume of orange and lemon groves wafts in the window;
the human body has to feel suffused with a languorous well-being. 
-   Frances Mayes, Bella Tuscany





The pecan (Carya illinoensis) is native to the Americas and naturally distributed in the Mississippi Valley and the river valleys of Texas.  The Indians introduced pecans to the white man by trading for tools and trinkets.  In this way, the traders moved the pecan from its native range to the eastern states. The first pecan nursery was established in 1772 and from this small beginning, pecan production has grown into a multimillion dollar industry in Florida and South Georgia.  -  The Farm Store




George Fenwick gave the seal of Connecticut to the colony when they
purchased Saybrook Fort in 1644.  The seal represents a vineyard of
fifteen grape vines and a hand issuing from clouds holds a label with
the motto: Quitranstulit sustinet.
Gay Gardening - Connecticut




Quotes for Gardeners

A Collection Growing to Over 2,700 Quotes Arranged by 130 Topics
Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs, Poetry, Maxims, Quips, Cliches, Adages

Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo





In the nut, nothing is lost, except perhaps the noise it makes when breaking.
World Wide Walnut






In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger.
-   Issa





The most beautiful fig may contain a worm.
-  Proverb from Zululand




Every thought is a seed.
If you plant Crab apples don't count on
harvesting Golden Delicious.




I'm Charley's aunt from Brazil - where the nuts come from.
-  Brandon Thomas, 1856-1914




Why did the strawberry call 911?
It was in a jam.




September fruits are on the bough
And the bright apple is king of all,
Red, golden, russet - brimming now,
Ripe for the picking before they fall.
-   David Squire




No man in the world has more courage than the man
who can stop after eating one peanut.
-   Channing Pollack




A strawberry blossom will not sweeten dry bread.
- Buganda Proverb




The space
between the leaves
is full of sunlight.

At the sharp edge,
no longer crowded
with past and future,

fruits ripen on the lemon tree
in the silence
from the morning air.
-   Ok-Koo Kand Grosjean, Garden





We can hold back neither the coming of the flowers
nor the downward rush of the stream;
sooner or later, everything comes to its fruition.
-   Loy Ching-Yuen





                                     winter dusk
                                                the rhythm of her knife
                                                chopping fruit and nuts
                                                       -   Elizabeth St. Jacques, Poetry in the Light  




Fruit should pay for the welfare of leaves.
-  Yiddish Proverb




The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
-  Nelson Henderson





And the fruits will outdo what the flowers have promised.
- Francois de Malherbe





She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree
and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness
of planting and tending and harvesting at last.
-   Willa Cather




Trees - Quotes for Gardeners





The nut doesn't reveal the tree it contains.
- Proverb from ancient Egypt





There is nothing in the world more peaceful than 
apple-leaves with an early moon.
-   Alice Meynell





I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be
around when the fruit falls to pick it up.
-  Mary Cassatt





And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds
of trees for food.  Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but
they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them
flows from the sanctuary.  Their fruit will be for food, and their
leaves for healing.
-   Ezekiel 47:12




Here's to three, old apple-tree;
Hence thou mayst bud, and whence thou mayst blow,
And whence thou mayst apples bear enow!
Hats full!  Caps full!
Bushel, bushel sacks full!
And my pockets full, too!  Huzza!
-  Traditional saying






Matthew 3:10 - And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: 
therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit 
is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Luke 3:9 - And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: 
every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit 
is hewn down, and cast into the fire.





Do not be afraid to go out on a limb ... That's where the fruit is.




All the seasons run their race
In this quiet resting-place;
Peach, and apricot, and fig
Here will ripen, and grow big;
Here is store and overplus -
More had not Alcinous!
-   Austin Dobson, Garden Song, 1895




God gives the nuts but he does not crack them.
German Proverb




Little by little grow the bananas.
- Proverb from the Congo




He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.
-  Lucy Larcom (1826-1893), Plant a Tree




Fig tree, how long it's been full meaning for me,
the way you almost entirely omit to flower
and into the seasonably-resolute fruit
uncelebratedly thrust your purest secret.
Like the tube of a fountain, your bent bough drives the sap
downwards and up: and it leaps from its sleep, scarce waking,
into the joy of its sweetest achievement.
-  Rainer Marie Rilke, Sixth Elegy




A fig for a care, a fig for a woe!
-   John Heywood, 1497-1580





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There is peace in the garden.   Peace and results.
- Ruth Stout




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Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple,
but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.
-  Robert H. Schuller





He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he provideth
a kindness for many generations, and faces that
he hath not seen shall bless him.
-  Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)




Fast Ripe, Fast Rotten.
Japanese Proverb





The better the fruit, the more wasps to eat it.
German Proverb





Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits
on the tree of humanity.  They hang upon the most slender
twigs that are easily snapped off.
-C. G. Jung





Food - Quotes for Gardeners





The three daughters of Hesperus, the Hesperides, fled to Italy from Africa. 
Aegle took her citrons to the country near Lake Garda,
Arethusa bore her lemons to Liguria, and Hesperthusa
sowed seed of oranges in the Campania Felix.
-   J. B. Ferrarius, 1646, A fable





The flavors of the peach and the apricot are not lost
from generation to generation.  Neither are they
transmitted by book learning.
-   Ezra Pound





How do you compare apples and oranges?
By their nutritional value.
-   Marshall Elizer




Now I am in the garden at the back . . . a very preserve of butterflies
as I remember it, with a high fence, and a gate . . . where the fruit
clusters on the trees, riper and richer than fruit has ever been since,
in any other garden, and where my mother gathers some in a basket while
I stand by, bolting furtive gooseberries, and trying to look unnerved.
- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield





A little gluttony as regards to fruit is so natural! 
As to myself, I cannot honestly deny, and therefore frankly
confess, that I sympathize with our mother Eve.
-   Cornelia J. Randolph, The Parlor Garden, 1884




Cut my shadow from me.
Free me from the torment
of being without fruit.

Why was I born among mirrors?
Day goes round and round me.
The night copies me
in all its stars.

I want to live without my reflection.
And then let me dream
that ants and thistledown
are my leaves and my parrots.
-  F. Garcia Lorca,  The Song of the Barren Orange Tree



Flowers - Quotes for Gardeners





When life hands you a lemon, say,
"Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?"
-   Henry Rollins.




  Alive with bees ...
            radiant pink
                  peach blossoms
                                                                    -  Mike Garofalo, Cuttings





Several ripe persimmons
Left on the branches;
Gray clouds come and go.
-   Santoka Taneda, 1882-1940
Mountain Tasting, Translated by John Stevens





Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
-  Alexander Pope, 1688-1744




      O lovely apple!
beautifully and completely
hardly a contour marred --

        perhaps a little
shriveled at the top but that
        aside perfect
in every detail!

-  William Carlos Williams, Perfection, 1944






I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own 
where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat 
of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.  
Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick 
dew-wet red berries in a cup.  
-   Wendell Berry




The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with
commoner things.  It is chief of this world's luxuries, king by the grace of God
over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the
angels eat.  It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took;
we know it because she repented.
-  Mark Twain




Vegetables - Quotes for Gardeners





The nut of this tree is hung high aloft, wrapped in a silk wrapper, which is enclosed
in a case of sole leather, which again is packed in a mass of shock absorbing, vermin
proof pulp, sealed up in a waterproof, ironwood case, and finally cased in a vegetable porcupine of spines, almost impregnable. There is no nut so protected; there is no nut
in our woods to compare with it as food.
What is a Chesnut





A thousand trees are seen towards heaven rising,
With beautiful and sweetly-scented apples;
The orange, wearing on its lovely fruit
The colour Daphne carried in her hair;
Bent low, nay almost fallen to the ground,
The citron, heavy with is yellow load;
And, last, the graceful lemon with its fruit
Of pleasant smell and shaped like virgins' breasts.
-  Camoes, 1497, Journal of his Voyages to India





Yellow melon flowers
Crawl beneath the withered peach-trees;
A date-palm throws its heavy fronds of steel
Against the scoured metallic sky.
-   John Gould Fletcher, 1886-1950, The Windmills




Ripening grapes in the summer sun - reason enough to plod ahead.
Where are the fig blossoms?  Exceptions to every rule.
Fruits are the practice of seeds.
Some pleasures lick, chew, savor and swallow us.
Promises of fruit being "Sweet" and "Juicy" will sell seeds, and much much more.
Does a plum tree with no fruit have Buddha Nature?   Whack!!
Planting bare-root fruit trees is a paradigm case of optimism.
In the right place at the right time, tomato worms on tomato vines.
-  Mike Garofalo, Pulling Onions:  The Quips and Maxims of a Gardener




Vines - Quotes for Gardeners




Don't shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.
Slovakian Proverb




Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night.
-  Robert Frost





In this sequestered nook how sweet
To sit upon my orchard seat
And birds and flowers once more to greet
-   William Wordsworth




Trees and Shrubs at Our Home in Red Bluff, California





The era of wild apples will soon be over.  I wander through old
orchards of great extent, now all gone to decay, all of native fruit
which for the most part went to the cider mill.  But since the
temperance reform and the general introduction of grafted fruit,
no wild apples, such as I see everywhere in deserted pastures, and
where the woods have grown up among them, are set out.   I fear
that he who walks over these hills a century hence will not know
the pleasure of knocking off wild apples.
-   Henry David Thoreau,  Journal, November 16, 1850




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References, Links, Reading


Apricots:   California Apricot Council

The Backyard Berry Book: A Hands-On Guide to Growing Berries, Brambles, and Vine Fruit in the Home Garden.   By  Stella Otto.   Otto Graphics, 1995.  288 pages.   ISBN: 0963452061.  

Fruit Trees at Our Home in Red Bluff

Grapes:   North Carolina Grapes and Wines

Grapes:   Grape Talk

Grapes:   Smart Wine

Grapes:   Wine Guide

Nuts - Food Tales

Rodale's Successful Organic Gardening: Fruits and Berries.   By Susan McClure.   Rodale Press, 1996. 





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