“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”  John Lubbock


I am the biggest fan of being outside in nature, to me fresh air can cure anything and everything! Feeling sad, go outside! Feeling happy, go outside! Feeling anything go outside! Literally, my answer for everything is going outside! I’m surprised that I am ever indoors to be fair!

And if you ever want to know what heaven feels like go to an English rose garden in the summer! Because I am 100% sure if there is a heaven that’s exactly what it will be! You would lie in the grass all day, reading your favorite books, the air filled with the sweet smell of a hundred different roses with only the sound of bees and birds to distract you. So heaven might not be real (sorry Jesus if you are real, totally your biggest fan!) but there is definitely little bits of it all over the place. Last weekend while on a lazy Sunday afternoon walk I stumbled into such a place.


Ok, so this is mainly pictures of pretty roses, sorry not sorry! But it was such a pretty day and I am sure not enough people in the world realize just what a beautiful world we live in. But because I have literally told you all I know about roses in this post already, which is nothing! I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes and poems and let beautifully talented people put into words something I would never be able to!


“A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.”
Rumer Godden found in Power of Simple Living by Ellyn Sanna

“When you increase the number of gardens, you increase the number of heavens too!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan


“I love your uneven soul,
you bloom uniquely in my gardens
giving me the most extraordinary view
and upon tasting the edges of your temple
you do remind me of ice cream.”
― Evelyn Leilou Colon


Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating. -Wendell Berry


“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.”  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


“You’ve got to be one that, wherever you are, like a flower, you’ve got to blossom where you’re planted. You cannot eliminate darkness. You cannot banish it by cursing darkness. The only way to get rid of darkness is light and to be the light yourself”. Cory Booker


“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” Helen Keller


“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Dale Carnegie


“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses”. Alphonse Karr


“Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it”. Bruce Lipton


“Clearly, any well-kept garden will be a source of pleasure in the summer months; in the bleak urban midwinter, however, there are few activities more likely to energise the spirit than a botanical walk”. John Burnside


“On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there’s no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden.” Maya Angelou


“The madness of spring is so enticing. I love it when things are opening up and emerging from the ground. I also love the middle of summer when fruit is bursting forth, but I even love the garden in the winter when everything is resting.” Ross Gay


“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage”. Thomas Kincade


“I love the sunrise, as I am definitely a morning person! It’s a great time to get up and have a coffee in the garden by myself before everybody wakes up”. Bianca Balti


“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” Rumi


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