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A Stroll in the Garden

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty. -Johnathan Lockwood Huie


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I see, when I bend close, how each leaflet of a climbing rose is bordered with frost, the autumn counterpart of the dewdrops of summer dawns. The feathery leaves of yarrow are thick with silver rime and dry thistle heads rise like goblets plated with silver catching the sun. -Edwin Way Teale


You can imagine thistle-down so light that when you run after it your running motion would drive it away from you, and that the more you tried to catch it the faster it would fly from your grasp. And it should be with every man, that, when he is chased by troubles, they, chasing, shall raise him higher and higher.
-Henry Ward Beecher


The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower? –Henry Ward Beecher


If your thought is a rose, you are a rose garden; and if it is a thistle, you are fuel for the fire. -Rumi


A crippled child Said, “How shall I dance?” Let your heart dance,We said. Then the invalid said: “How shall I sing?” Let your heart sing, We said. Then spoke the poor dead thistle, “But I, how shall I dance?” Let your heart fly to the wind, We said. Then God spoke from above “How shall I descend from the blue?” Come dance for us here in the light, We said. All the valley is dancing Together under the sun, And the heart of him who joins us not Is turned to dust, to dust.
-Gabriela Mistral


A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles. -Richard Burton


Driving down the wrong road and knowing it, The fork years behind, how many have thought To pull up on the shoulder and leave the car Empty, strike out across the fields; and how many Are still mazed among dock and thistle, Seeking the road they should have taken? -Damon Knight


When on the breath of Autumn’s breeze, From pastures dry and brown, Goes floating, like an idle thought, The fair, white thistle-down; O, then what joy to walk at will, Upon the golden harvest-hill! -Mary Howitt


Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Hubby’s Walk in the Garden

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
–  John Galsworthy

Hubby took his little pocket camera out to the garden and I thought I would share a few of his finds with you.


This little fella was very willing to pose.


He is only about 2 inches in size, and oh, so cute!


Lots of his friends and relatives live here, and I am happy to see them!


These photos are all of the same little guy; I just couldn’t decide which pose to share, so I’m sharing several.


“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale

The next photo looks like Autumn, but it is indeed a red maple in spring.

Red Maple

The peonies are showing a gorgeous blush!


And the bees are happily buzzing and gathering around the allium.

 “An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
–  Susan J. Bissonette  


“Green is the fresh emblem of well founded hopes.  In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can rest.”
–  Mary Webb

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