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A Stroll in the Garden

“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – Harold S. Kushner

Calendula

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Calendula

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Calendula

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran

Creeping Groundcover

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga

Cohosh-Racemosa Cimicifuga

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Cohosh-Racemosa Cimicifuga

That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. -William Wordsworth

Purple Coneflower

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Purple Coneflower

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

Purple Coneflower

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” – Andrew Iskander

Purple Coneflower

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A Stroll in the Garden

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

Spirea

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Spirea

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

Yarrow

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

Lavender

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

Thistle

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

Thistle

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

Thistle

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

Thistle

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

Thyme

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

Larkspur

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A Stroll in the Garden

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” —John Lubbock

Lily

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Lily

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.” —John Mayer

Daisy

“Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.” —Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Rose

“In summer, the song sings itself.” – William Carlos Williams

Spirea

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” – Celia Thaxter

Spirea

“In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky.” – Mungo Jerry

Dusty Miller (Silver Ragwort)

 “I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.” —Kellie Elmore

Dusty Miller (Silver Ragwort)

“A life without love is like a year without summer.” —Swedish Proverb

Clematis

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau

Clematis

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A Stroll in the Garden

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Rose

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Phlox

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
– Khalil Gibran

Daisy

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.”– Paulo Coelho

Daisy

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
– Christopher Reeve

Daisy

“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.”– Chris Bradford

Lily

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
– Walt Disney

Lily

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

Snapdragon

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”– J.K. Rowling

Lily

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”– Vincent Van Gogh

Poppy

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”
– Psalm 28:7

Larkspur

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A Stroll in the Garden

The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy. It’s all that matters. -Audrey Hepburn​

Lily

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Saint John's Wort

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come without leaving happier. -Mother Teresa​

Delphinium

Happiness is the best makeup. -Drew Barrymore​

Daisy

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. -Abraham Lincoln​

Phlox

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are. -Goldie Hawn​​

Delphinium

Independence is happiness. -Susan B. Anthony​​

Delphinium

If you want to be happy, be. -Leo Tolstoy

Astilbe

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. -William James

Calendula

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like. -Unknown

Calendula

Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.  -Albert Schweitzer

Clematis

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