Daffodil Sayings



Friendship is a shiny thing, a steady beam of light
A lantern on a lonely street, a song far in the night
A smile, a touch of a loving hand, a quiet moment on a hill
And, oh, what a happy little child bringing home a daffodil



... as virginal as the first daffodil of spring.


flower arrangement:
just two yellow daffodils,
the first to bloom

L.A. Davidson,
The Shape of the Tree


i was those seeds
i am this meat
this meat hates pain
this meat must eat
this meat must sleep
this meat must dream
this meat must laugh
this meat must scream
but when, as meat
it's had its fill
please plant it as
a daffodil 

~  Kurt Vonnegut



they wore their hair long like a poet who hopes that romatically flowing locks will makeup for a wretched inability to find a rhyme for "daffodil."

~  Carpe Jugulum



A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up, 
whether or no the sun be shining outside. 

~ A.A. Milne


He that has two cakes of bread, 
let him sell one of them for some flowers 
of the Narcissus, 
for bread is food for the body, 
but Narcissus is food of the soul.

~ Mohammed (c. 570-632 AD)


Daffodils in a green bowl 
- and let it snow if it will."

~  A.A. Milne


Daffodowndilly has come to town, 
in a yellow petticoat and a green gown.

~  Traditional Rhyme


A Collection of Favorite Gardening Quotes:

"A garden is a friend you can visit any time."

"A garden is a grand teacher.
 It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; 
it teaches industry and thrift; 
above all it teaches entire trust."
~ Gertrude Jekyll

"A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul."
~ Sadi

"A garden is a lovesome thing!"
~ Thomas Edward Brown

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
~ John Keats

"Always remember the beauty of the garden, 
for there is peace."

"An addiction to gardening is not all bad 
when you consider all the other choices in life."

"All art is but imitation of nature."
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"All that in this delightful garden grows,
Should happy be, and have immortal bliss."
~ Edmond Spencer

"An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision."
~ James McNeil Whistler

"And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with daffodils."
~ William Wordsworth

"As the Garden Grows, so does the Gardener."

"As the gardener, such is the garden."
~ Hebrew Proverb

"Bloom where you are planted."
~ Mary Engelbreit 

"Bread feeds the body, indeed, 
but flowers feed also the soul."
~ The Koran

"But each spring~ a gardening instinct, 
sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. 
We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground."
~ Lewis Gantt

"Cares melt when you kneel in your garden."

"Carpe rutila" (Seize the spade)
~ David Hobson 

"Come and visit me sometime. 
My flowers would like to meet you."

"Come forth into the light of things,
Let nature be your teacher."
~ William Wordsworth

"Cultivate the garden within."

"Earth laughs in flower"
 ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Each garden has its own surprise."
~ Susan Allen Toth

"Earth knows no desolation. 
She smells regeneration in the moist breath of decay."
~ George Meredith

"Every garden is a chore sometimes, 
but no real garden is nothing but a chore."
~ Nancy Grasby

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle.""Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul."
~ Luther Burbank

"Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, 
with which she indicates how much she loves us."
~ Wolfgang von Goethe

"Flowers are love's truest language."
~ Park Benjamin

"Flowers are my music."
~ Sir Thomas Arnold

"Flowers are words which even a baby can understand."
~ Arthur C. Coxe

"Gardening has a magical quality when you are a child."
~ Barbara Damrosch

"Gardening is a mirror of the heart."

"Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow."

"Gardening is an exercise in optimism."

"Gardening is not a rational act."
~ Margaret Atwood

"Gardening is the purest of human pleasures."
~ Francis Bacon

"Gardens cannot be considered in detachment 
from the people who made them."
~ Derek Clifford

"Happiness held is a seed. Happiness shared is the flower."
~ Anonymous

"Hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening."*

"How lovely is the silence of growing things."

"I garden, therefore I am."

"I have never had so many good ideas day after day 
as when I worked in the garden."
~ John Erskine

"I live in the garden; I just sleep in the house."
~ Jim Long

"I've always thought my flowers had souls."
~ Myrtle Reed

"If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk;
happy for a long time, fall in love;
happy forever, take up gardening."
~ Arthur Smith

"If you would have a mind at peace, 
a heart that cannot harden, 
go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden."

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous"
~ Aristotle

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

"Kiss of the sun for pardon. 
Song of the birds for mirth. 
You're closer to God's heart in a garden 
Than any place else on earth."
~ Dorothy Frances Gurney

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
~ Marcel Proust

"Let us give nature a chance; 
she knows her business better than we do."
~ Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

"More in a garden grows than what the gardener sows."
~ Spanish Proverb

"My only desire is an intimate infusion with nature, 
and the only fate I wish is to have worked 
and lived in harmony with her laws."
~ Claude Monet

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, 
committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." 
~ Margaret Mead

"No winter lasts forever. 
No spring skips its turn. 
April is a promise that May is bound to keep. 
And we know it."
~ Hal Borland

"Nothing is more the child of art than a garden."
~ Sir Walter Scott

"Once we become interested in the progress 
of the plants in our care,
 their development becomes a part of the rhythm 
of our own lives and we are refreshed by it."
~ Thalassa Cruso

"One who plants a garden, plants happiness."
~ Chinese Proverb

"Plants teach us about the human condition, 
what it means to be fully human. 
Pets do the same thing."
~ Judith Handelsman

"Hope never dies within a true gardener's heart"
~ Anonymous

"If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden"
~ Chinese Proverb

"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends."
~ Kozuko Okakura

"In the garden, my soul is sunshine."

"Show me your garden and I shall tell you who you are."
~ Alfred Austin 

"Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world."
~ Virgil A. Kraft

Take care of your garden
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine
Kind words and kind deeds.
~ Longfellow

"The best fertilizer for a piece of land is the footprints of its owner."
~ Lyndon B. Johnson 

"The best thing that can come out of a garden are gifts for other people."
~ Jamie Jobb

The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
 ~ Ecouchard Le Brun

"The earth is as wonderful as we are willing to make it. It's about choices." 
~ Celia 

"The flower is the poetry of reproduction.
It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life."
~ Jean Giraudoux

"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature."
~ Zeno

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
~ Gertrude Jekyll

"The man who has planted a garden feels 
that he has done something for the good of the world." 
~ Vita Sackville-West

"The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation.
 It becomes an obsession."
~ Phyllis McGinley

"The wise gardener anticipates June in January."

"There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments."
~ Janet Kilburn Phillips

"There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
~ Dave Barry

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others 
cannot keep it from themselves."

"Though an old man, I am but a young gardener."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Tickle the earth with a hoe, it will laugh a harvest."

"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal 
is our only legitimate hope of survival."
~ Wendell Berry

"To boldly grow where no one has groan before."
 ~ David Hobson

"To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, 
to plant seeds and watch their renewal of life - 
this is the commonest delight of the race, 
the most satisfactory thing a man can do."
~ Charles Dudley Warner  

"True gardeners cannot bear a glove
Between the sure touch and the tender root."
~ Mary Sarton

"We come from the earth, 
we return to the earth, 
and in between we garden."

"What a man needs in gardening 
is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it."
~ Charles Dudley Warner

"What is paradise, but, a garden, 
an orchard of trees and herbs, 
full of pleasure and nothing there but delights."
~ William Lawson

"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, 
there is always the garden."
~ Minnie Aumonier

"When you take a flower in your hand 
and really look at it, 
it's your world for the moment."
~ Georgia O'Keefe

"Whoever makes a garden
Has, oh so many friends!
The glory of the morning,
The dew when daylight ends.
 ~ Douglas Malloch

"You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt."

"You don't have to garden just for yourself. 
You have to share it."
~ Augusta Carter



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