One more tidbit from Henry Mitchell before I have to return the book to the library:
When I peer about my little garden, which is sometimes so beautiful, I never admire this plant or that plant without a certain awe that beneath the surface and structural beauty that even the coarsest human eye can see lies a creative dynamic truth at the heart of all life that is still hidden from simple men like me but that will one day be clear to all.
from On Gardening
(the photo was taken at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on an exceptionally hot day in 2012.)
“People like gardening because it differs from the “efficiency” of modern life. People like to dig, and they like to dig with the same spade or fork that their predecessors used a thousand years before them.
They like to tie up grapevines. They like to prune great climbing roses. They like to stake lilies. I once had 2,500 bloom stalks of irises in May and 250 stakes that I moved about as needed. I quite enjoyed staking the irises, because the idea was not to save time but to gaze at each stalk one by one, and of the perhaps 20,000 iris flowers that year, not one opened and not one faded but I noticed it and, while it was in bloom, gazed at it.”
— Henry Mitchell, from Henry Mitchell On Gardening