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Janet Gillespie

  • ... the garden was absolutely enormous. It had no design or plan, and there wasn't a straight line in it; it was like a blossoming meadow; from the house it suggested a many-colored sea of petals floating above the ground. Over the surface of this sea there were always butterflies dancing, rather like flowers detached from their stems.

  • The gardening bug is, I believe, rather like malaria: it may lie dormant for years and then suddenly break out in full force.

  • In our part of the world winter is the normal state of affairs and seems to last about five years. This is fine for the skiers, but by the end of March all gardeners and mothers of small children have begun to go mad.

  • The world seems to be divided into two groups of people: those who say you can never get something for nothing, and those muddled but happy creatures who maintain that the best things in life are free.

  • Of all babies, plant babies give the least trouble.

Janet Gillespie, U.S. gardener, writer