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 Wit and Wisdom 
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I occasionally run into quotes that have some value or insight to them. Please post your favorites as they pertain to gardening etc.

Here's one that I have seen for years:

"A community without fruit trees, though they would flourish there, indicates lazy or ignorant inhabitants unworthy of respect."
-- Christian Cajus Lorenz Hirschfeld, 1788 (Liberal Arts Professor)


Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:36 am
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Plumfun,

I can’t think of a quote right off, at least accurately, but my response to yours is how sad it’s been to see communities in which fruit trees were planted but neglected and their fruit going to waste.

There’s a ‘town place’ I walked by all summer that had a continuously ripening set of ‘parking strip’ fruit trees totally going to waste. Once caught admiring them, a neighbor came out when he recognized me.. He’d taken the local Master Gardener’s pruning class I’d led, specifically to prune his neighbor’s trees – now breaking down with fruit and going to waste.

The neighbor said the previous owners had planted them but the new owners have no idea how to care for them, thus the massive waste - a large old house on a corner lot with approximately a dozen fruit trees that were definitely planted and originally cared for by a knowledgeable person. They had all the best stuff – from Persian mulberries to persimmons -- pollinators, too! …but the waste was hard to take.

A community I can’t get out of my head has been Klamath Falls… I was down there four years ago, during the three hottest days of the year, and was so impressed with the multitude of fruit trees! Apparently their water table is quite high and personal irrigation wells appeared common. But everyone seemed to cherish their fruit trees as they were obviously cared for and admired. The Gravenstein apples were just coming on.. as I plucked one while looking over a home for sale …with several fruit trees (and around a third the cost of a comparable place in my hometown, Portland ..but don’t tell).

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Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:22 pm
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"Are you going to plant a garden this year?"

"Oh, my garden has been planted for years now. It just has to wake up!"
John S
PDX OR


Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:17 pm
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Live as if you are going to die tomorrow. Garden as if you are going to live forever. -- J. Kipling


Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:46 pm
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It isn't always what we know that affects our results so much, as what we know that ain't so! -- Dr. Melvin Westwood


Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:50 pm
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Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. -- Groucho Marx


Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:52 pm
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The land that had nourished him and had borne him fruit now turned against him and called him a fruit. Man, I hate land like that. -- Jack Handy


Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:54 pm
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This donut has purple in the middle, purple is a fruit. -- Homer Simpson


Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:56 pm
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The apple tree is as harmless as a dove, as beautiful as a rose, and as valuable as flocks and herds. - Thoreau


Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:31 pm
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"You can solve all the world's problems in a garden".

"We must get the gardeners to think like farmers and the farmers to think like gardeners".

Geoff Lawton
permaculture guru


Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:05 pm
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"If you love me, if you love, love, love me,
Plant a rose for me.
And if you think you'll love me for a long, long time,
Plant an apple tree."
Malvina Reynolds


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Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:42 pm
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"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
&
"Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do."
Coach John Wooden.

"If I plant one more plant in this yard, something is going to fall off the edge."
I don't know who coined that but I say it all the time and it depresses me.


Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:25 pm
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“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:07 pm
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"Happiness is a state of apple." -- Unknown, December,2014

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Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:24 pm
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...workin toward this one: “tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener” Thomas Jefferson, Aug 20th, 1811 ~

On August 20, 1811 Thomas Jefferson wrote to Charles Willson Peale, “I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position & calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden. “no occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, & no culture comparable to that of the garden. such a variety of subjects, some one always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, & instead of one harvest a continued one thro’ the year. under a total want of demand except for our family table I am still devoted to the garden. but tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener.”

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