It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Chapter 4, Page 8, Book 15

That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy writ.
And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it.

 Winifred Mary Letts

April 8th - Love is like a garden, it needs to be nurtured and tended.

Like plants, love needs water to grow.
Like soil, love needs the right nourishment to flourish.
Like flowers, love needs light to thrive

I think that gardening teaches us to love life in all its forms … in ourselves and in our relationships with the people around us.  Gardening is a time to be still and listen, not just to the sound of the outdoors, but to your inner voice. Gardening slows you down, stops you in your tracks and sets you down on the earth for a while. 

What we pay attention to in life grows and expands. 

The metaphor of a garden is an apt one for many reasons. All over the world, there are gardens of vastly different designs, planted at different times, at different stages of growth and decay, with different types of plants. In spite of the fact that no two are alike, all gardens have some common needs: sunlight and water, planting of seeds and cutting back weeds. In short, for a garden to flourish, it needs tending.

Sometimes the fastest way to nourish your garden of love is to stop what you are doing when someone walks into the room and just smile. Call them an affectionate nickname. Even better, offer a hug or a kiss.  Even the smallest of efforts can grow miraculously.

Planting Time

Plant three rows of Peas:
Peace of mind.

Peace of heart.

Peace of soul.

Plant four rows of Squash:
Squash gossip.

Squash indifference.

Squash grumbling.

Squash selfishness.

No garden should be without Turnips:
Turnip for service when needed.

Turnip to help one another.

Turnip the music and dance.

Plant four rows of Lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful.

Lettuce be kind.

Lettuce be happy.

Lettuce really love one another.

To conclude our garden we must have Thyme:
Thyme for fun.

Thyme for rest.

Thyme for others.

Thyme for ourselves.

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.

We reap what we sow -- you 'should' have a bountiful garden.

Author unknown 


jack69 said...

Like the reason for planting!!!!

I remember well learning about gardens in school. I thought the vegetable garden, straight rows of coming food, was the only kind. LOL
Good entry

betty said...

I like that with nourishing the garden of love by just a simple smile. Gardening is patient work, just like working on love is patient :)



The Planting Time poem is very nice. LOVED it and the quote, "for a garden to flourish, it needs tending."