Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Bloom Where You're Planted" . . . .

I am often asked, "How are you spending your summer?" So I thought I'd show you how I spend a lot of my summer days . . . . enjoying my yard and the beauty that surrounds me. We had a cold, wet spring but the month of July has been a beautiful and my flowers and yard are loving the sunshine and warm weather.
And here's a few of my favorite quotes about gardens:

"Happiness must be grown in one's own garden".
"One who grows does not grow old".

"I plant vegetables to fill my stomach . . . but I plant
flowers to feed my soul".

"You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry . . . don't worry. . .
and stop and smell the flowers along the way."

"For mine is just an old-fashioned garden
where the flowers come together to praise the Lord
and teach all who look upon them to do likewise."
"A house without a garden is a temporary home."

"Scatter seeds of kindess."

"Good gardeners know the best dirt."
"The way to a green thumb is through dirty fingernails."

"Seeds of discourement will not grow
in a thankful heart."

"Just living is not enough . . . one must have freedom, sunshine . . .
and a little flower."

"Like life, few gardens have only flowers."

"Come to the garden
The soul's sweet bouquet
The flowers of tomorrow
Are in the seeds of today."

"How could such sweet and wholesome hours
be reckoned but with herbs and flowers?"
"A flower is a living jewel."

"Every garden begins with a dream."

I'm so fortunate to be able to spend much of my time doing things I enjoy. To be able to spend part of each day in such a pretty setting, to listen to the birds singing and to see the fruits of my labors is very rewarding. I am truly blessed. Many times when I see the beautiful flowers in my yard, I think . . . "I'd like to share this with someone who'd appreciate them." Now I have!
I hope you are fortunate enough to spend part of each day doing something that brings you joy. It's part of "Enjoying the journey" . . . no matter what season of life you're in.


Lani said...

I'm glad that you finally blogged about this. You have an AWESOME yard and garden. You need to show it off more. :-)

BB&KK said...

Your garden/flower beds look beautiful. Thanks for posting them. I hope we can still enjoy some flowers when we are there for Spud Day!

Tami said...

Yes, Ilene's Garden! Beautiful!