Fav Quote Friday: Gift From My Garden

"Each garden has its own surprise."

~Susan Allen Toth

This sweet surprise greeting me in my garden container today.

I think it must be so....
that to plant a seed in the garden -  
 is a show of belief in miracles. 

Wishing all a beautiful weekend full of sweet surprises!


  1. Stephanie,

    Lovely thoughts. And what lovely flowers that greeted you. Looking at the picture of the flowers made me look at your picture, and looking at your picture made me think: What a lovely face you have. And all of that made me recall these words:

    "There is a garden in her face,
    Where roses and white lillies grow."

    Here is the rest of the poem:

    by Thomas Campion

    There is a garden in her face,
    Where roses and white lillies grow;
    A heav'nly paradise is that place,
    Wherein all pleasant fruits do flow.
    There cherries grow, which none may buy
    Till "Cherry ripe" themselves do cry.

    Those cherries fairly do enclose
    Of orient pearl a double row;
    Which when her lovely laughter shows,
    They look like rose-buds fill'd with snow.
    Yet them nor peer nor prince can buy,
    Till "Cherry ripe" themselves do cry.

    Her eyes like angels watch them still;
    Her brows like bended bows do stand,
    Threat'ning with piercing frowns to kill
    All that attempt with eye or hand
    Those sacred cherries to come nigh,
    Till "Cherry ripe" themselves do cry.

  2. MikeB - My humblest gratitide for your so very kind compliments. I find myself blushing "cherry ripe'!

  3. OR how about this poem:

    There is a beauty in her face
    Where eyes are limpid pools of joy;
    A lovely visage is that place
    Whose smile her cheeks do soft employ.
    There beckon lips, which none may taste
    Till "Cherry ripe" are words embraced.

    That poem is by me for you. I wrote it this morning after re-reading the Thomas Campion (1567-1620) poem. That was fun; I hope you enjoyed it. With all its stresses and disappointments, illnesses and grief, life is good. Thank you, Stephanie, for you and your blog, which contribute to making life sane.

  4. I want to share the two quotes below with you. I found them on an interesting web site that I discovered tonight: www.lilesnet.com. They have many pages, including a large home page on the 1950's, which decade I am old enough to remember -- and to have enjoyed living through, partly as a teenager.


    "There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends." - Homer

    And second, speaking again of "Cherry ripe," there is:

    "Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart." - Charles Dickens

  5. MikeB -
    thank you so much for your beautiful poem!

    and I am truly grateful to hear/know that what I post helps make a positive difference for anyone!

  6. @Savira - ...then I need say no more...
    except, thank you!