Tuesday, 19 February 2019







Well friends, can we have a look at some 
gardening metaphors and what they mean?

While it's the dormant season in the garden, 
let's see how we can keep 
our brains active!



I was searching for month by month seasonal 
poetry and came across some of these
metaphors I would like to share with you'all. 





Let's start with the first one I found. 
"Putting down roots"






I feel it is such a firm and stable metaphor in the 
world of gardens and plants. 


It can mean so many different things to each of us. 
Perhaps I see it as 
digging a small veggie patch
with nutritious soil and carefully opening
 a packet of tiny seeds and placing 
them in a small prepared area to set root.



What about you? What does "putting down roots" 
mean to you?

Please share with me your thoughts.



Next metaphor I really liked is 
"As the twig is bent."









This quote makes me think how meaningful 
trees are to us in a garden. 


Why can we bend a twig and make it 
into something else 
like a place to mark some bulbs for 
the months ahead. 


How we can take some bamboo stakes 
and bend them into an 
arched piece to grow a plant up to enjoy.


Or some willow branches which are so
flexible and can be 
bent and shaped into basket ware 
or even hedging. 





Next I found this lovely quote,

"She was a rose among thorns"

I do feel this is refering to a difficult gardener 
who was beautiful but stubborn 
in her ways.

She wanted things her own way and why 
not if she was the gardener. 






Or simply refering to a truly 
beautiful rose with the 
most exotic perfume which was 
growing in nature and the plants 
around 'her were insignificant beside this rose. 




Where do you think this metaphor originates?







I feel metahpors are very clever ways of 
using words for us to use and then it's really interesting 
to hear the origins of them.



Next metaphor I liked was 
'Cherry picking'

It's such a lovely metaphor as it
feels like we all need to only select the best plant,
shurb, tree, fruit tree. We want our gardens to be beautiful 
places and why not have the best we can.








"March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodils."

Sara Coleridge 




"I hear the sparrow's ditty
Anear my study door;
A simple song of gladnesss
That winter days are o'er;
My heart is singing with him,
I love him more and more....
Oh, Spring is surely coming,
Her couriers fill the air;
Each morn are new arrivals,
Each night her ways prepare;
I scent her garments,
Her foot is on the stair. 



John  Burroughs 
"A March Glee."




"In the spring, at the end 
of the day, you should
smell like dirt."

Margaret Atwood




"Where flowers bloom
so does hope."


Lady Bird Johnson



"And Spring arose on the
garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt
everywhere;
And each flower and 
herb on Earth's dark
breast
rose from the dreams of 
its wintry rest. 


Percy Bysshe Shelly