A Shelf in my Garden Shed

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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A shelf in my garden shed (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) where I keep my collection of Terracotta pots and watering cans, seedling trays, egg shells to plant seedlings, tools, hats and all else a gardener needs to make her life easy!
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Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.
- Lindley Karstens
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I think the true gardener is a lover of her flowers, not a critic of them.  I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master.  I think the true gardener, the older she grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit. One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides and my green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view! When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too. On every stem, on every leaf,… and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part. Despite any gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise. It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience.  It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn’t a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong?  Maybe nothing.
- Compiled from some of the thousands of quotes I have on my MAC


18th March 2011 – FEATURED in “The Best of Anything & Everything”
3rd April 2011 – FEATURED in “All Glorious Gardens”
10th October 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Your Gardening Tools” in ‘Live, Love, Dream’
25th June 2012 – FEATURED in “Decorative and Traditional Art”
26th June 2012 – FEATURED in “Tuesday Afternoon”

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