Seasons, Cycles, Timing, Timeliness, Memories, Anticipation

Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way




To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
-  Emily Dickinson




Gardeners , like everyone else, live second by second and minute by minute.  What we see at one particular moment is then and there before us.  But there is a second way of seeing.  Seeing with the eye of memory, not the eye of our anatomy, calls up days and seasons past and years gone by.  
-  Allen Lacy, The Gardener's Eye, 1992, p. 16




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There is an appointed time for everything. 
And there is a time for every event under heaven -
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
- Ecclesiastes, 3:1-2



Nature Spirits

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Months and Seasons





Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.
-   Yoko Ono, Season of Glass




To these delights of a garden, age may add a further interest which can hardly be distinguished from beauty, for the mind, at least with those who have the historic instinct, is always longing to be connected with the past, and dreading for itself confinement upon the plane of time, delights in evidences of the long continuance of nations, families and institutions, in hale and vigorous old age, in long-settled peace beyond the turn of Fortune's wheel, the 'scornful dominion of accident.'  Restfulness is the prevailing note of an old garden; in this fairy world of echo and suggestion where the Present Age never comes but to commune with the Past, we feel the glamour of a Golden Age, of a state of society just and secure which has grown and blossomed as the rose.
-  Sir George Sitwell, On the Making of Gardens, 1909





Because we don't think about future generations,
they will never forget us.
-   Henrik Tikkanen




Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
-  Dion Boucicault





Suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished.
-Elizabeth Barret Browning




Tis an old dial with many a stain;
In summer crowned with drifting orchard bloom,
Tricked in the autumn with the yellow rain,
And white in winter like a marble tomb.
And round about its gray, time-eaten brow
Lean letters speak - a worn and shattered row:
I am a Shade: A Shadowe too arte thou:
I marke the Time: saye, Gossip, dost thou soe?

-  Austin Dobson, The Sundial, 1900





Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.
-   Stanley Horowitz




When Time who steals our years away
Shall steal our pleasures too,
The mem'ry of the past will stay,
And half our joys renew.
-   Thomas Moore, 1779-1852





Forty is about the age for unexpected developments: extroverts turn introspective,
introverts become sociable, and everyone, without regard to type, acquires
grey hairs and philosophies of life.  Many also acquire gardens.
-   Janice Emily Bowers,  A Full Life in a Small Place, 1993





The gardening season officially begins on January 1st and ends on December 31.
-  Marie Huston





No sooner did I bend over and scratch the soil with the hoe that I began to unearth
bits and pieces ... of my past.  Memories forever rooted in time were clustered in my garden consciousness like potatoes, waiting, crying to be dug up.  ... 
I plant flowers and vegetables.  I harvest memories - and life.
-   Nancy H. Jordan, 1993





The future is like the daytime moon, a diffident but faithful companion,
so elegant as to be almost invisible, an inconspicuous marvel.
-  Robert Grudin




Home and Gardens: Our Sense of Place





It's not over until it's over.
-Yogi Berra





To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state
of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
-  George Santayana





As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
-  Henery David Thoreau






Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.  You are always living three, or indeed six, months hence.  I believe that people entirely devoid of imagination never can be really good gardeners.  To be content with the present, and not striving about the future, is fatal.
-  Alice Morse Earle, 1897





Memory is the power to gather roses in winter.





We must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day had been.
–   Sophocles





Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments.
-   Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy





"If" is a word that has humbled many gardeners. 
But it hasn't made us quit.
-  Katherine Endicott





Catch, then, oh catch the transient hour;
Improve each moment as it flies!
Life's a short summer, man a flower;
He dies - alas! how soon he dies!
- Samuel Johnson. 1709-1784,  Winter. An Ode





What is history but a fable agreed upon?
-  Napoleon Bonaparte





So fades a summer cloud away;
So sinks the gale when storms are o'er;
So gently shuts the eye of day;
So dies a wave along the shore.
-  Mrs. Barbauld, 1743-1825, The Death of the Virtuous





Oh, tell me how my garden grows,
Where I no more may take delight,
And if some dream of me it knows,
Who dream of it by day and night.
-  Mildred Howells, 1872-1966




Slow down and everything you are chasing
will come around and catch you.
-   John De Paola




There is nothing permanent except change.
-  Heraclitus





Some reckon time by stars,
And some by hours;
Some measure days by dreams
And some by flowers;
My heart alone records
My days and hours.
-  Madison J. Cawein





Winter - Quotes for Gardeners





When planning for a year, plant corn.  
When planning for a decade, plant trees.
When planning for life, train and educate people.
-  Chinese Proverb




This narrow isthmus 'twixt two boundless seas,
The past, the future:  - two eternities!
-  Thomas Moore, 1779-1852,  Lalla Rookh: The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.





Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
-  Niels Bohr





It has become fashionable to be old-fashioned in the garden.   
-   Leonard H. Robbins






I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the
landscape - the loneliness of it - the dead feeling of winter.
Something waits beneath it - the whole story doesn't show.
-  Andrew Wyeth





In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve
the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too: to stand on the meeting of two
eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment;
to toe that line.
-  Henry David Thoreau





Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the north-wind's breath,
And stars to set; but all,
Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O Death!
John Milton, The Hour of Death





... the spring, the summer,
The chilling autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world
By their increase, now knows not which is which.
-  William Shakespeare,  A Midsummer Night's Dream





All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today and yesterday.
-  Chinese proverb





For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in
relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely
far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings
are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is
equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was
drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.
-  Blaise Pascal





Spring - Quotes for Gardeners





The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.
- Irish Proverb




Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow.
-  Mathew Browne



Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
thou hast made summer and winter.
-   Psalms 74:17




Tomorrow is the busiest day of the year.
-   Spanish Proverb




Some things arrive in their own mysterious hour, on their
own terms and not yours, to be seized or relinquished forever.
-   Gail Goodwin




Every season hath its pleasures;
Spring may boast her flowery prime,
Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures
Brighten Autumn's soberer time.
-  Thomas Moore




Quotes for Gardeners

Quotes, Sayings, Proverbs, Poetry, Maxims, Quips, Cliches, Adages, Wisdom
A Collection Growing to Over 2,700 Quotes Arranged by Over 130 Topics
Many of the Documents Include Recommended Readings and Internet Links.
Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo





Whatever else seems pleasant at first apprehension, at length becomes dull by too long acquaintance.  But the pleasures of a Garden are every day renewed.  A Garden is the only complete delight the world affords, ever complying with our various and mutable Minds.
- Author Unknown




Time is something everyone runs short on and finally runs out of. 
-   Mike Garofalo





Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
-   Hector Louis Berlioz





I never think of the future.   It comes soon enough.
-  Albert Einstein




Summer - Quotes for Gardeners




Anyone who thinks that gardening begins in the spring and ends in the
fall is missing the best part of the whole year.  For gardening begins in
January, begins with the dream.
-   Josephine Nuese, 1970, The Country Garden




There is no present or future, only the past,
happening over and over again, now.
-  Eugene O'Neill





God gave us memories, that we might have June roses in the December of our lives.
-  James M. Barrie





Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
-  Winston Churchill





What a dead thing is a clock, with its ponderous embowelments of lead and brass,
its pert or solemn dullness of communication, compared with the simple altar-like
structure and silent heart-language of the old sundials!  It stood as the garden god
of Christian gardens.  Why is it almost everywhere vanished?  If its business-use
be superseded by more elaborate inventions, its moral uses, its beauty, might have
pleaded for its continuance.  It spoke of moderate labours, of pleasures not
protracted after sunset, of temperance, and good hours.  It was the
primitive clock, the horologue of the first world. 
Adam could scare have missed it in Paradise.
-   Charles Lamb, Essays, 1823




The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
-  Rabindranath Tagore




Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
-  Napoleon Bonaparte




Death - Quotes for Gardeners




Time is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once.




Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in.  I drink at it, but while
I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.
It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
-   Henry David Thoreau




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Even God cannot change the past.
-  Agathon




The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.
-  James Baldwin




Years following years steal something every day;
At last they steal us from ourselves away.
-  Alexander Pope, 1688-1744




I come like Water, and like Wind I go.
-  Edward Fitzgerald




With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
-  Chinese Proverb




Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
its special beauty to this earth of ours.
Winters' snow and Summers' flowers
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.  
-   Edna Frohock




Time is the longest distance between to places.
-   Tennessee Williams





In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
-  Paul Harvey




Finally, I realized what makes my garden exciting is me.  Living in it every day,
participating minutely in each small event, I see with doubled and redoubled vision.  
Where friends notice a solitary hummingbird pricking the salvia flowers, I recall
a season's worth of hummingbird battles.
-  Janice Emily Bowers, A Full Life in a Small Place, 1993




Fall - Quotes for Gardeners




At times I think and at times I am.
-  Paul Valery


The trouble with out times is that the future is not what it used to be.
-  Paul Valery





Spring comes with flowers, autumn with the moon,
summer with the breeze, winter with snow. 
When idle concerns don't fill your thoughts,
that's your best season.
- Wu Men





It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else,
indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment
passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where
the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on
the hop.  Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.  Growth
of the soul, growth of the mind.
-   Vita Sackville-West




If you don't have time to do it right, you must have time to do it over.





"In Western languages the names of the four seasons became complete only
a few centuries ago. Words for winter and summer appear quite early but
in English "spring" came to be used as the name of the season as late as the
sixteenth century, and in German 'fruhjahr', "spring" appeared about the same
time. Similarly, in India "hemanta(winter) and vasanta(spring)" appear in
Sanskrit literature very early, while other seasonal terms come much later."
The Importance of Season Words





The gardener's work is never at at end; it begins with the year, and continues
to the next: he prepares the ground, and then he sows it; after that he plants,
and then he gathers the fruits....
-  John Evelyn, Kalendarium Hortense, 1706







There was a time when meadow, grove and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore: -
Turn wheresoe'er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.
-  William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, Ode, Intimations of Immortality





Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.
French Proverb





The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour,
whatever he does, whoever he is.
-  Clive Staples Lewis



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A Collection Growing to Over 2,700 Quotes, Arranged by 130 Topics
Many of the Documents Include Recommended Readings and Internet Links.
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References and Links


Time and the Art of Living.   By Robert Grudin.   New York, Ticknor & Fields, 1982.  189 pages.

The four seasons in classical music compositions.  By Kelly Ferjutz. 





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