“There is strong shadow
where there is much light.”
“To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow.
For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly
as when one longs to taste it,
and when is the taste refracted
into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth,
and when do our senses know any thing so utterly
as when we lack it?
And here again is a foreshadowing –
– the world will be made whole.
For to wish for a hand on one’s hair
is all but to feel it.
So whatever we may lose,
very craving gives it back to us again.”
“One realized all sorts of things.
The value of an illusion, for instance,
and that the shadow
can be more important than the substance.
All sorts of things.”
“A garden should make you feel
you’ve entered privileged space –
– a place not just set apart but reverberant –
– and it seems to me that, to achieve this,
the gardener must put some kind of twist
on the existing landscape,
turn its prose into something nearer poetry.”
“It was such a pleasure
to sink one’s hands into the warm earth,
to feel at one’s fingertips
the possibilities of the new season.”
“If you wish to make anything grow,
you must understand it,
and understand it in a very real sense.
‘Green fingers’ are a fact,
and a mystery only to the unpracticed.
But green fingers
are the extensions of a verdant heart.”
“To love a swamp, however,
is to love what is muted and marginal,
what exists in the shadows,
what shoulders its way out of mud
and scurries along the damp edges
of what is most commonly praised.
And sometimes its invisibility is a blessing.
Swamps and bogs are places of transition and wild growth,
experimental labs where organisms and ideas
have the luxury of being out of the spotlight,
where the imagination can mutate and mate,
send tendrils into and out of the water.”
Woodland Gnome 2019
“It is not hard to start a small garden,
all you need is a sapling, a planting pot,
a small bag of soil,
and regular watering.
There you go,
you helped cooling the earth down by one plant.”