Quotes For Gardeners


Weather, Climate

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Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

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




Weather means more when you have a garden.  There's nothing like
listening to a shower and thinking  how it is soaking in and
around your lettuce and green beans.
-  Henry Van Dyke




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Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage
to my garden ...  It is sad that nature will play such tricks with
us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her,
and then, when we are entirely within her power,
tricking us to the heart.
-  Nathaniel Hawthorne




The fair-weather gardener, who will do nothing except when wind and weather and everything
else are favourable, is never a master of his craft.  Gardening, above all other crafts, is a
matter of faith, grounded, however (if on nothing better), on his experience that somehow
or other seasons go on in their right course, and bring their right results.   No doubt bad
seasons are a trial of his faith; it is grievous to lose the fruits of much labour by a frosty
winter or a droughty summer, but, after all, frost and drought are necessities for which,
in all his calculations, he must leave an ample margin; but even in the extreme cases,
when the margin is past, the gardener's occupation is not gone.
-  Canon Ellacombe, In a Glouchestershire Garden, 1895




Winter - Quotes for Gardeners




... 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




No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
-  Proverb from Guinea




If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?
-   Steven Wright




Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating;
there is no such thing as bad weather just different kinds of good weather.
-  John Ruskin




Spring - Quotes for Gardeners




Every year it seems to me I hear complaints about spring.  It is either
"late" or "unusually cold," "abnormally dry" or "fantastically wet,"
for no one is ever willing to admit that there is no such thing as a normal spring.
-  Thalassa Crusso





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, every complying with our various and mutable Minds.
-  Author Unknown




The diameter of each day is measured by the stretch of
thought - not by the rising and setting of the sun.
-  Henry Ward Beecher




The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often
for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
-  Patrick Young





I've lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me.
I like weather rather than climate.
-  John Steinbeck




Summer - Quotes for Gardeners




All of us could take a lesson from the weather.   It pays no attention to criticism.
-  Author Unknown






Dirty days hath September
April June and November
From January up to May
The rain it raineth every day
All the rest have thirty-one
Without a blessed gleam of sun
And if any of them had two-and-thirty
They'd be just as wet and twice as dirty.





There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
-   Irish proverb




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Don't knock the weather, nine-tenths of the people couldn't start
a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
-  Kin Hubbard




Good weather all the week, but come the weekend the weather stinks. 
When the weather is too hot they complain, too cold they complain, and when just right their watching TV. 
-  Mike Garofalo, The Postulates of Gardening




The golden rule of gardening is to pay attention
to local conditions of weather and soil.
-   Carol Williams




Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
-  Charles Dudley Warner




Autumn - Quotes for Gardeners



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Weather Cliches


After the rain comes a rainbow.
As beautiful as the day is long. 
As honest as the day is long.
Behind the clouds, the sun is shining.
Better to bend and not to break.
Blue Monday.
Blown away.
Cold as blue blazes.
Cold feet.
Down to earth. 
Drown you sorrows.
Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm.
Fair weather friend.
For everything there is a season.
Full of hot air. 
Got your head in the clouds.
Hot enough for you. 
Hot under the collar.
In every life a little rain must fall.
It's an ill wind that blows no good.
It's darkest just before the dawn.
It's nothing earth shattering. 
It's only a matter of time. 
It's raining cats and dogs.
It will be a cold day in hell.
Just a drop in the bucket.
A man for all seasons. 
The more things change, the more they stay the same. 
Not a snowball's chance in hell. 
Once in a blue moon. 
On cloud nine. 
One man's foul weather is another man's fair.
Out of the blue. 
The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Pure as the driven snow.
The quiet before the storm.
Raining cats and dogs. 
Right as rain.
Ring in the new year.
Run like the wind.
Sail into the sunset. 
Scattered to the four winds.
Skating on thin ice. 
The sky's the limit.
Snow job.
Still waters run deep.
The sun always shines after the rain.
That'll be the day. 
There's no time like the present. 
Three sheets to the wind. 
Throwing caution to the wind.
The tides beginning to turn. 
Time heals all wounds. 
Timing is everything.
Under the weather.
Wait and see. 
Walking on air. 
Walking on sunshine.
Watch and wait.
Weather the storm.
When hell freezes over.
When it rains it pours.
Where there's smoke there's fire. 
While away the hours. 
Wish on a star. 
You're all wet.


Other Cliches Used by Gardeners and Farmers


Seasons - Quotes for Gardeners



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Weather Lore

Sayings, Proverbs, Predictions, Cliches



All Seasons


Clear moon, frost soon. 

Cloudy mornings turn to clear afternoons. 

Evening red and morning gray help the traveler on his way.  Evening gray and morning red bring down rain upon his head.

Good weather all the week, but come the weekend the weather stinks.

Halo around the moon, rain soon.

Halo around the sun or moon, rain or snow soon.

If you see the underside of the leaves in the gentle breeze, it will rain before your sneeze.

Mare's tails and mackerel scales make tall ships take in their sails.

No weather is ill when the wind is still.

Pale moon doth rain, Red moon doth blow, White moon doth neither rain nor snow. 

Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Red skies at morning, sailors take warning.  See Matthew 16:2.  

Smoke curling downward, poor weather.

Waning Moon.  Plant biennials, perennials, bulb and root crops.

Waxing Moon.  Plant annuals that produce their yield above ground.

When a cow endeavors to scratch his ear, It means a rain shower is very near.   When he thumps his ribs with an angry tail,
Look out for thunder, lightning and hail.

When the stars begin to huddle, the earth will soon become a puddle.

When your joints all start to ache,  rainy weather is at stake.





All the months of the year, curse a fair Februeer.

The blackest month of all the year, Is the month of Janiveer.

If February brings no rain, 'tis neither good for grass nor grain.

If the grass do grow in Janiveer, it grows the worse for it all the year.

In February, if thou hearest thunder, Thou shalt see a summer wonder.

March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.

A Summer fog for fair, a Winter fog for rain.

A wet January, a wet spring.

A year of snow, a year of plenty.

If Candlemas Day [February 2nd] be fair and bright, Winter will have another flight:
But if Candlemas Day be clouds and rain, Winter is gone - it will not come again.


Winter - Quotes for Gardeners




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A Collection Growing to Over 2,000 Quotes Arranged by Over 105 Topics
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Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo



An April flood carries away both the frog and his brood.

April showers bring May flowers.

April weather: rain and sunshine both together.

Be it weal or be it woe, bean blow before May doth go.

Change not a clout 'till May be out.

A cold May and a windy, a full barn will find ye.

If it thunders on All Fool's Day, it brings good crops of corn and hay.

A peck of March dust is worth a king's ransom.

Shear your sheep in May, and shear them all away.

So many misties in March, So many frosties in May.

March'll search ye, April try ye; May'll tell, whether live or die ye.

A wet May makes a big load of hay. A cold May is kindly and fills the barn finely.

When April blows his horn, 'Tis good for both hay and corn.

Who doffs his coat on a winter day will gladly put it on in May.


Spring - Quotes for Gardeners




A cold and wet June spoils the rest of the year.

A dripping June keeps all things in tune.

A dry May and a leaking June, make the farmer whistle a merry tune. 

If the 24th of August be fair and clear, then hope for a prosperous Autumn that year.

In July, shear your rye.

June damp and warm does the farmer no harm.

Mist in May and heat in June will bring all things into tune.

St. Swithin's Day, if it do rain, for forty days it will remain.
St. Swithin's Day an' it be fair, for forty days 'twill rain nae mair.

A Summer fog for fair, a Winter fog for rain.

A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.

Summer - Quotes for Gardeners




Fair on September first, fair for the month.

If there's ice in November that will bear a duck, there'll be nothing after but sludge and muck.

In October dung your field, and your land it's wealth will yield.

September blows soft, 'till the fruit's in the loft.

September dries up wells or breaks down bridges.

A tough apple skin means a hard winter.


Fall - Quotes for Gardeners



(Many of theses sayings and rhymes reflect pre-scientific weather predictors in the northern hemisphere in Europe and eastern America.  I doubt that they much make sense to us folks living in Red Bluff, California, in 2000; we rely more on the good personal experience and the predictions of Anthony Watts, the television weatherman for our area.)




More Cliches from the Garden



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Links and References




Coping with the Summer Heat in the North Sacramento Valley

Current Weather Conditions in Red Bluff from the Weather Channel
     Red Bluff Zip Code:  96080

Current Weather Conditions in Red Bluff from the Weather Underground

European Version of USDA Zones
   Courtesy of a Small Irish Garden.

Farm Folklore and Weather Lore

Names of the Moons

National Weather Service Home Page

Native Americans Full Moons
   Indian Moons

Pieces of Weather

Project Atmosphere Australia - Weather Proverbs and Folklore

The Red Bluff Notebooks
- California, Zone 9:  Weather Facts and Information.

Seasons - Quotes for Gardeners

Sky, Wind, Air, Clouds:  Quotes for Gardeners

University of Georgia Weather Information
  Growing Degree-Day, Heating/Cooling Degree and Water Balance Calculators 

Weather - Amerispeak

Weather Lore

Weather Lore from Stormfax

Weather Lore from the Weekend Gardener

Weather Lore
  Interesting explanations of weather lore.

Weather Proverbs.
    By George D.  Freier.   Fisher Books, 1997.    224 pages.

Weather Proverbs

Weather Proverbs:   True or False

Weather World Weather Folklore
   35K.  One of the best!

KHSL Television, Chico, Weather, Anthony Watts

Winter Weather Lore



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