“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It Goes On.”
Robert Frost

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Hope is the Thing With Feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

by Emily Dickinson

As a gardener, I am full of hope. I plant the tiny plants and hope for good weather. I hope for sunshine and kind winds. I hope for them to be free of pests. I hope that we both survive long enough for me to see them grow and bloom to their full potential. Nothing is for certain or without risks in gardening or in life. Hoping, wishing, praying... I've done all of these things when wanting a good outcome. 

When a hope is fulfilled, it might be the greatest gift of all.

The sticks were to keep the critters (including Guy Noir) from jumping up and digging in the plants.  They were removed after a couple of days and Guy was a very good boy, only sniffed at the plants and moved on. Maybe he's not a fan of rosemary!

Old copper teakettle with corsican mint inside.

Here's to never giving up hope. 


  1. What a lovely post! And as a gardener, I certainly feel the same way. Hope springs eternal among those of us who love to grow things.

  2. Good for Guy Noir -- behaving himself so well!

  3. Yes, where there's life there is hope! I still haven't given up hope on meeting a nice guy. Even if it just stays in my head and heart. I still hope and pray for Divine Intervention. lol xo

  4. Beautiful post! I love your herbs and flowers ;o) The tea kettle is a great idea! My mom just planted her herbs! Thanks for all the information about the flowers on my blog ;o) I kind of just plant and forget about names! LOL!
    Let us always have hope in our hearts! Hope is important!
    Hugs ;o)

  5. Cheers! And it must have been hard not to give up after all of the snow you've had.

  6. I'm hoping my Dahlias are going to survive this cold wet spring! I put them outside each morning and take them back in at night. Not too hard when they are little plants but now that they are in big (heavy) pots it's quite a chore - but worth it to see those flowers later in the year.
    I loved your post, thank you for sharing the photos.

  7. Ah Diane - What a lovely post...my kind of reading...you are so right as gardeners we do plant with hope. Just think what would never be accomplished without hope. Bless you my friend for this inspirational thought. I so enjoy my visits. Have a great week.

  8. Thank you all for visiting, I love to read your comments! I hope you enjoyed the music today, it was my inspiration, the title is "Hope" by David Hollandsworth.

  9. What a...hopeful...post; it made me smile. And I absolutely love the copper teakettle as a planter--brilliant!

  10. it made me smile so much! I wish I was a bit more talented in the "growing plant" scale ;-)

  11. I hope you know that I love this post! ;-)

  12. Lovely.. It's so nice when things start to grow in the garden.

    I hope you are well, I am enjoying your Pinterest!


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