"And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles."--Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Oh, the mysteries and the miracles of a garden. We were reminded of this when we--daughter, granddaughter, and I--attended a most delightful little play recently, an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic, The Secret Garden.
Ah. Cicero's quote again (see part I, here): If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Wisdom can be found in gardens, too. Additional samples from Burnett's garden:
~"Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow."
~"It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled. She had not thought of it before."
~"Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable, determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place."
~"At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why is was not done centuries ago."
~"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."Wishing you gardens and libraries galore in the upcoming new year. May your garden of days bloom, and every morning reveal new miracles.