Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

Seasons Tiles at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Gardeners work in harmony with the seasons. Just walking through countryside, as I did in the snow yesterday, helps me feel in harmony with myself and the world. 

This design made from colourful tiles is one of several at the Tucson Botanical Gardens that celebrate gardening.

The lines at the top of the design are from Thoughts in a Garden, by Yorkshireman, Andrew Marvell, published in the 17th Century:

How could such sweet and wholesome hours
Be reckon’d but with herbs and flowers!

Poetry lovers can read the full text on bartleby.com. I like Marvell’s rebuke in the same poem to those who carve their sweethearts’ names on trees:

Fond lovers, cruel as their flame,
Cut in these trees their mistress’ name;
Little, alas, they know or heed
How far these beauties hers exceed!
Fair trees! wheres’e’er your barks I wound,
No name shall but your own be found.

and these lines that nature lovers may not be able to explain, but can recognise:

Annihilating all that’s made
To a green thought in a green shade.

The Tucson Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit if you’re in the area: Reader’s Digest named them as the Best Secret Garden in America. I took this picture in their sunny butterfly garden.

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