Thursday, May 9, 2013

Just because

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

--E.E. Cummings

All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.
--E.B. White

With tender new leaves and flowers all about, it is easy for the gardener to think he has done well. Payday will come in summer, when all defects shall be revealed. Spring is Scarlett O'Hara time in the garden. Tomorrow is another day. These are the few days the gods give us to jump up and down in. Tomorrow, when all that is wrong will be evident in the garden — tomorrow, well I say tomorrow is spinach and I say the hell with it.
--Henry Mitchell


  1. Love the photos, K... the last ones have Black Roses in it... gorgeous! as well as the garden!.

  2. ...the wonder that's keeping the stars apart.... Sweet dreams are made of this.

  3. This is my favorite E.E. Cummings quote and spoken in one of my favorite scenes in "In Her Shoes," the wedding at the end. And Henry Mitchell is right ~ the new leaves breaking ground hold such potential right now.

  4. Is this your garden? I'm just now putting a few bedding plants in the ground and hoping that they flesh out and fill in the blank spots. It's a big (and expensive) job, beautifying one's garden space.

  5. Thanks, KBF. Those two days of honest rain really saved the day around here. Everything was getting brown around the edges.

    SS, I think of him as the Satie of poetry.

    Sharon, that title's new to me. I'll look into it. And Henry Mitchell is right about almost everything, spring and summer.

    Carolynn, First and last are. The middle is the olive grove leading to the hiking trail a block away. I highly recommend you get a Henry Mitchell book. The essays will keep you going.

  6. That is one of my favorite E.E. Cummings poems ever.

  7. Those are three fine quotations. For me, each one is better than the last.
    I think. It's hard to trump "days the gods give us to jump and down in" or "tomorrow is spinach." (Yet I don't mind spinach in small doses).

  8. What a beautiful garden you have and such lovely quotes. They're so much appreciated as my yard is in full bloom right now and I'm so in love with it.

  9. "I imagine that yes is the only living thing." eec

  10. Terry, it's hard to choose.

    Banjo, isn't he lovely? And I blame Mitchell for my over-enthusiastic gardening design, which will look like hell by summer.

    Paula, yes, I'll just jump up and down in, for now.

    Anon, you're not a face anon, right? Because I love that quote.

  11. Just because...
    ..there's a poignant ee cummings poem

    ..there's a sunset and a garden

    ..and 2 other spot-on quotes, and a trail leading onward

    Perfect for today.

  12. "A garden without a dog is like a spring without water."

  13. Beautiful photos and great quotes, Karin. Love principally E.E. Cummings 's quote.
    You have a luxuriant garden and the palm tree on the first photo looks beautiful!

    I agree with Bellis, "A garden without a dog...." I always miss so much Flora when I walk in my garden... she used to follow me wherever I went...

  14. I love old e.e., and E.B., too. I don't know Henry Mitchell, but I think you've given me someone else to start reading.

    And I like Albert's quote, too. Good thing Bellis was able to record it for posterity.

  15. Beautiful words. What's wrong with spinach? It's an awesome vege ;)

  16. Love it all. The treegaves are so cool.

  17. I have to say that ee cummings is my favorite poet of all time...although...I have to admit...I'm not much into poetry in general...but I've be drawn to ee since high school!!!

  18. How pleasing to see your garden, lush with big trees, and that Canary Island palm in view.

    I like summer gardening, with enough sun to last for after-dinner weeding and trimming.

    Are those olive trees or oaks in the middle image?

  19. It's a tree aloe, John. And yes, that's a 150+ old olive grove.

  20. Love this photo/poem triptych. Wasn't the rain fabulous last week? A distant memory now. I'm afraid we won't see another drop until November. My little olive tree is parched. Hard to imagine it lasting as long as those beauties in your photo.

  21. Great quotes! I especially love the last one! Nice garden! Is it yours?

  22. So where is that middle pic?

    Terrifically lovely post btw---Just happened upon that e.e. Cummings heart poem in another context earlier today. Some poems really deserve to be memorized.

  23. So where is that tree aloe in the olive garden? The e.e. Cummings heart poem deserves to be memorized.

  24. Why does the spam filter allow French porn but not you? You're so right about memorizing it. I think I'll do just that. (The olive garden is in the Mt Lowe easement.)