Flower, Plant and Gardening Quotations

The Quippery

A garden is never so good as it will be next year.
– Thomas Cooper –

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
– Michael Pollan –

A riot of variety within the rather formal plan; by August, the perennial beds look like blondes at the bar, spilling over their dresses.
– Nicole Eaton; Charles Oberdorf –

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
– Anais Nin –

As the poet said, ‘Only God can make a tree’ — probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
– Woody Allen –

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except learning how to grow in rows.
– Doug Larson –

Bulb: potential flower buried in Autumn, never to be seen again.
– Henry Beard –

Confucius say,
A man should not create a garden larger than his wife can maintain.
– Author Unknown –

Consider the many special delights a lawn affords: soft mattress for a creeping baby; worm hatchery for a robin; croquet or badminton court; baseball diamond; restful green perspectives leading the eye to a background of flower beds, shrubs, or hedge; green shadows – “This lawn, a carpet all alive/With shadows flung from leaves’ – as changing and as spellbinding as the waves of the sea, whether flecked with sunlight under trees of light foliage, like elm and locust, or deep, dark, solid shade, moving slowly as the tide, under maple and oak. This carpet!
– Katharine S. White, Onward and Upward in the Garden, 1979 –

Daffy-down-dilly is come to town,
In her yellow petticoat and green gown.
– Edith Holden –

Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter.
― Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril –

Don’t be envious if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. It’s also harder to cut.
– Bits & Pieces, Feb 1994 –

Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.
– Author Unknown –

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
– Bill Meyer –

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower –

Gardeners learn by trowel and error.
– Author Unknown –

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.
– Author Unknown –

Gardens are not made
By singing, “Oh how beautiful!”
and sitting in the shade.
– Rudyard Kipling –

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
– Sydney Eddison –

Has any gardening couple ever owned enough wheelbarrows? I’d love to know. And if they have, what is the number?
– Mirabel Osler –

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial  border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.
– Sara Stein, My Weeds –

I came from the earth, I’ll return to the earth and in between I’ll garden.
– Author Unknown –

If summer weekends are for rest and relaxation, how come they invented all that lawn-care equipment?
– Author Unknown –

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.
– Doug Larson –

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
– Alice Walker –

If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.
– Matthew Fox –

If you plant a tree, don’t keep pulling it up by the roots to see how it’s growing.
– Author Unknown –

If you think squash is a competitive activity, try flower arranging.
– Alan Bennett –

I like the me who talks to trees to let them know how well they are doing and how good they are looking. I like the me who wakes up in the morning feeling joyful that there is so much to do instead of burdened because there is so much to do.
– John Robert McFarland –

In old age, and having been sprained by the weight of snow over the decades, the hedges now wobble along, imperfect, but full of vegetable dignity…
– Description of Walmer Castle Hedges, Heritage Magazine Issue 48 –

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
– Eleanor Roosevelt –

I suppose that for most people one of the darker joys of gardening is that once you’ve got started it’s not at all hard to find someone who knows a little bit less than you.
– Allen Lacy –

I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower,
as if it were to be the last one for me.
– Andre Gide –

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils.
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
– William Wordsworth –

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
– Abraham Lincoln –

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
– Hal Borland –

Most people don’t see the sun, soil, bugs, seeds, plants, moon, water, clouds, and wind the way gardeners do.
– Jamie Jobb –

Old gardeners never die, they just go to seed.
– Author Unknown –

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade,
While better men than we go out and start their working lives
At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives.
– Rudyard Kipling –

Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don’t get around
Like the dandelions do.
– Slim Acres –

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
– Alfred Austin –

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
– Bill Vaughn –

Sunflower, good mornin’, you sure do make it like a sunny day.
– Niel Diamond –

The ability of dandelions to tell the time is somewhat exaggerated, owing to the fact that there is always one seed that refuses to be blown off; the time usually turns out to be 37 o’clock.
– Miles Kington –

The guy who wrote “A job well done never needs doing again” has never weeded a garden.
– Author Unknown –

The lemon tree in the yard continues to blossom and bear fruit. I wonder if it’s a perennial, or if like me, it’s simply unable to differentiate between seasons.
– Robert Majamaa –

Then the zucchini started to arrive; first those lovely little delicacies, then the hefty meal-in-a-zucchini – the ones that can be stacked like cordwood or shipped off to the Guiness Book of World Records. At this point the neighbors finally realized that things were getting out of control. They had planted a 25 foot row.
– Harrowsmith #14, 1989 –

The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.
– Norman Douglas –

There are not too many fables about man’s misuse of sunflower seeds.
― Richard Brautigan, The Tokyo-Montana Express –

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.
– Aldo Leopold –

Was it a year of lives ago
We took the grasses in our hands
And caught the summer flying low
Over the waving meadow lands,
And held it there between our hands?
– Bliss Carman –

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
– A. A. Milne –

While we’re looking into the causes of prejudice, let’s find out what bulldozers have against trees.
– Lane Olinghouse –

With fronds like you, who needs anemones.
– Author Unknown –

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Oh no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
– Dorothy Parker –

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