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A Gardener's Prayer

Gardener's Prayer

O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day,
Say from about midnight until three o'clock in the morning,

But, You see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in;
Grant that at the same time it would not rain on campion, alyssum, 

helianthus, lavendar, and others which You in Your infinite wisdome know are drought-loving plants-
I will write their names on a bit of paper, if you like-

And grant that the sun may shine the whole day long,
But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron) and not too much;

That there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms, no lice and snails, or mildew, 

and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano may fall from heaven.
   "by Karel Capek"

My mother read this poem to me over the phone the other day...I wish you could hear her voice. She's the only one I can imagine being able to read it 'properly'. Thanks Mom!  

(She takes care of other people lawns and flower beds...for a living.) The pictures are all by my husband, Tim, while working on a trip in New Zealand.

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Diana Ferguson said...


meg said...

Lovely pictures-- I would like to go there someday! Funny you wrote about gardening... I started working on my backyard today. I've got great plans but little money so we'll see how that goes!
Thank you for the kind notes you leave. They're truly a day brightener! (Even when I don't get to see 'em each day... ;) )

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! I especially like the request about no snails or bugs...I know that it is alright to make request unto the Lord.



antmee said...

Nice pic of the Sydney Opera House. Must be getting some rain over in New South Wales. Wish we could get some here in South Aussie. lol

Ann Made Studio said...

WOW what beautiful gardens!

Unknown said...

I'm glad you like all like the pictures! By the way, I meant Sydney, Australia...not New Zealand. My hubby went to both places and I was in a hurry when I posted this. :o)

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