Sunday Dinner: Strength


“We’re built of contradictions, all of us.
It’s those opposing forces that give us strength,
like an arch, each block pressing the next.
Give me a man whose parts are all aligned in agreement
and I’ll show you madness.
We walk a narrow path, insanity to each side.
A man without contradictions to balance him
will soon veer off.”
Mark Lawrence


Clematis ‘Elizabeth’


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength
that will endure as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Carson



“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance,
and have faith that in this love
there is a strength and a blessing so large
that you can travel as far as you wish
without having to step outside it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke




“With the new day
comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Eleanor Roosevelt


Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’


“It will never rain roses:
when we want to have more roses,
we must plant more roses.”
George Eliot


Yellow flag Iris


“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance.
The wise grows it under his feet.”
James Oppenheim

Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’

Happiness to all on this beautiful Mother’s Day. 
May we all find the strength and determination
to nurture beauty, wisdom,
justice and resilience
in all we touch.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018


Saxifraga stolonifera, Strawberry Begonia in bloom with ferns.


“Mastering others is strength.
Mastering oneself makes you fearless.”
Lao Tzu


Foxglove emerges from the shadows, from behind the oakleaf Hydrangea


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Lifelong teacher and gardener.

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