There are few interests that match my newfound passion for gardening. Good quotes are right up there on top of the list.
“Bloom where you are planted.”
In different seasons of life, you’re going to find yourself planted in different environments. Some of them will be hostile, while others will seem to have all of the ideal conditions. Wherever it is that you find yourself at the current moment, make sure you bloom to the best of your ability. It is always possible to make something beautiful, even in situations where it is hard to see any beauty at all.
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
It can be easy in a world that values material things to forget what is really important. Through gardening, I have rediscovered my love for literature and literature is building an even stronger passion for gardening within me. It’s true that, for me, spending time in the garden with a good book feels like everything I need.
“Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.”
The growing of plants really is a performance art, with Mother Nature as the conductor. Watching the show over the course of the growing season demonstrates how many tiny miracles are all around us every day. To appreciate the show is to cultivate an appreciation for the planet we all call home.
“Weeds are job security for the gardener.”
Weeding is one of my favorite gardening chores. I put on an Audiobook, sit in the dirt, and pull each weed out, making sure to get the roots. It’s the type of work that allows my mind to focus, clearing away any anxious thoughts and stress. It’s also incredibly rewarding to look back at the end of the day and see a garden clear of weeds where so many were before. The best part: more weeds will always come and this escape will always be available.
“Start each day with a grateful heart.”
Before I began gardening, I was terrified of bees. I would run screaming whenever one flew in my general direction. I know now that this was because I had no appreciation for what the bees do for us. I had no gratitude for them at all. But after witnessing them pollinate our garden and kick off the process of the plants bearing fruit, I found myself becoming more and more thankful for them.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
The act of planting a garden requires faith in the days ahead. Part of what makes gardening so beautiful is that it’s the exact opposite of instant gratification. You have to wait to see the fruits of your labor. If you didn’t have hope that the days ahead would be bright, you wouldn’t sow seeds at all. Remember this when you’re just starting out on other journeys in life, whether it’s starting a new job or practicing a new skill.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
It is easy, sometimes, to celebrate only the final outcome of our work. We look at the grande finale, in all of its beauty, and forget about all of the heart and soul we put in along the way to bring it about. Celebrate the everyday successes and the effort that you put in throughout the journey, not just the final result.
What are your favorite gardening quotes?