How Does Your Garden Grow?


Gerry and Mary Chambers sent us these glorious photos of their garden in Augusta, Georgia.  They stirred our imagination and whet our appetite for more.  How does your garden grow?  Share with us.

Post your garden pictures in our comment section and tell us something about the garden or a place you like where things grow.

Augusta Irises



Here’s Robert Frost’s garden recollection


In a Vale

by Robert Frost,

When I was young we dwelt in a vale

By a misty fen that rang all night,

And thus it was the maidens pale

I knew so well, who garments trail

Across the reeds to a  window light


The fen had every kind of bloom,

And for every kind there was a face,

And a voice that has sounded in my room

Across the sill from the outer gloom.

Each came singly unto her place,


But all came every night with the mist;

And often they brought so much to say

Of things of moment to which, they wist,

One so lonely was fain to list.

That the stars were almost faded away

Before the last went, heavy with dew,

Back to the place from which she came—

Where the bird was before it flew,

Where the flower was before it grew,

Where bird and flower were one and the same

And thus it is I know so well

Why the flower has odor,  the bird has song

You have only to ask me , and I can tell

No, not vainly there did I dwell,

Nor vainly listen all the night long.


And here’s another, this one by Emerson.  It’s a little long but a nice read, especially if you’re catching your breath from working in your garden.

 My Garden

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I could put my woods in song

And tell what’s there enjoyed,

All men would to my gardens throng,

And leave the cities void.


 In my plot no tulips blow,–

Snow-loving pines and oaks instead;

And rank the savage maples grow

From Spring’s faint flush to Autumn red.

 My garden is a forest ledge

Which older forests bound;

The banks slope down to the blue lake-edge,

Then plunge to depths profound.

 Here once the Deluge ploughed,

Laid the terraces, one by one;

Ebbing later whence it flowed,

They bleach and dry in the sun.


 The sowers made haste to depart,–

The wind and the birds which sowed it;

Not for fame, nor by rules of art,

Planted these, and tempests flowed it.


 Waters that wash my garden-side

Play not in Nature’s lawful web,

They heed not moon or solar tide,–

Five years elapse from flood to ebb.


 Hither hasted, in old time, Jove,

And every god,–none did refuse;

And be sure at last came Love,

And after Love, the Muse.


Keen ears can catch a syllable,

As if one spake to another,

In the hemlocks tall, untamable,

And what the whispering grasses smother.


Æolian harps in the pine

Ring with the song of the Fates;

Infant Bacchus in the vine,–

Far distant yet his chorus waits.


 Canst thou copy in verse one chime

Of the wood-bell’s peal and cry,

Write in a book the morning’s prime,

Or match with words that tender sky?


Wonderful verse of the gods,

Of one import, of varied tone;

They chant the bliss of their abodes

To man imprisoned in his own.


Ever the words of the gods resound;

But the porches of man’s ear

Seldom in this low life’s round

Are unsealed, that he may hear.


 Wandering voices in the air

And murmurs in the wold 

Speak what I cannot declare,

Yet cannot all withhold.


 When the shadow fell on the lake,

The whirlwind in ripples wrote

Air-bells of fortune that shine and break,

And omens above thought.


But the meanings cleave to the lake,

Cannot be carried in book or urn;

Go thy ways now, come later back,

On waves and hedges still they burn.


 These the fates of men forecast,

Of better men than live to-day;

If who can read them comes at last

He will spell in the sculpture,’Stay.’




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2 thoughts on “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. Such a beautiful poem. I love gardening and I wish more people would get into it. If the whole world garden a single plot, in a years time there would be major changes.

    1. Thanks Shawn. You’re right. It’s possible to find serenity in the simple of task of planting a seed, or a living thing, nurturing it and taking pleasure in its growth. Imagine, if more people gardened?

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