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Quote of the Week #2

Take thy spade,
It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants,
They are thy colours.
~William Mason, The English Garden, 1782

Its hard sometimes to not feel like an artist when gardening even when the art looks like a three year old drew it. 

Akin to music which uses very few notes (and variations) or painting which uses very few colors (and variations) but endless combinations – gardening is much the same.  The plant varieties are relatively few.  But when using the canvas that is your garden plot you can create masterpieces. 

Beans climbing corn, basil and garlic protecting tomatoes.  Like a canvas full of blue conveys cooling or reds conveying warmth – your plant varieties each convey something beyond.  The cool blue green squeakiness of the peas conveys new life.  The husky browness of corn speaking to the death of all things anticipating winter.  Its not just a garden anymore.

But what is really true art is the way that you don’t have to paint the whole thing.  Its like a divine power guiding the hand.  This here and that there and before long you have ladybugs and aphids.  This here and that there and you find a garter snake in your garden one morning.  It really is a thing of beauty.