476. Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. ~Mrs. C.W. Earle

Take thy spade,
It is thy pencil;
Take thy seeds, thy plants,
They are your colours.
~William Mason

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The level of sand in summer’s hour glass may be low, but there is still a fair measure of glory remaining in the year. Since earth’s palette has not yet been wiped clean, the “greatest show on earth” is definitely not over  nor will it be until months from now when Jack Frost’s frigid sting puts an end to it. Even now some flowers are abloom, but the coming cooler days and weeks will bring even more blossoming beauties. In addition the squirrels still have nuts to gather, the birds have songs yet unsung, the butterflies and bees have more pollinating rounds to make, and the roses have their second big flush of blooms to proffer. Not to mention that in the not too distant future the year’s pumpkins will make their colorful appearance amid the stunning array of autumn leaves. So the show ain’t over, folks!

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I will wait until after the equinox on the 22nd of September to take up my spade and plant as well as sow seeds, but in the meantime I’ve already started my imaginings about additions and changes in the garden. And what a great place a garden is to let one’s imagination run wild! It can loosed over and over again in plotting the shapes of flower beds and paths, in deciding the kinds of plants to be introduced or removed, in installing new flower supports and garden structures, and so on. One of the best parts is that all this imagining feeds my starving, heat beleaguered inner child and my thirsting would-love-to-have-been an artist selfie.

. . . and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts-to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. ~Exodus 31:3-5 ✝

10 thoughts on “476. Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. ~Mrs. C.W. Earle

  1. Natalie, you’re so right: imagination is one of our best God-given gifts as humans. And I can attest to the truth of that opening quote. We gardeners really spend a lot of time imagining what our gardens could look like.


  2. I can’t believe how you still have such blooms and color—my world is really pretty faded, leggy and in desperate need of cutting back, digging up, throwing in some fall colors–mums and such, then sitting back waiting for Jack Frost, as you say, to come a calling. I do have a million calamondins and a handful of meyer lemons on both trees green as gourds—I wring my hands as they won’t hurry up and ripen by the first frost–which has me laboriously transporting them, with Gregory’s help, to the basement to finish the ripening as I work to keep them mite free.
    Whew, makes me tired just thinking about it.
    Your joie de vivre for your dear garden gives me much happiness!!
    Hugs my friend—Julie


    • There are a few bits of color now but not much. Oh, I do hope your calamondins and lemons ripen before the first frost. Perhaps you need to get a green house and then you wouldn’t have to haul things up and down to and out of the basement. Love, N 🙂


  3. As a garderner, I can tell you that it is absolutely true 🙂 my garden is also my shelter, my church… a very important place! As always, beautiful pictures, beautiful quote, beautiful post! ♥


    • My garden is the same for me. In fact it was in it and because of it that I reconnected with the Lord after a long derailment in my faith journey. It is a very important place that feeds my soul! Thank you for your kind words about my post. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Hugs and blessings, N 🙂

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    • Wow that you so much for the honor of nominating me for an award and congratulations to you for receiving the award. At this time, I don’t accept awards but I do so appreciate your thinking of me. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


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