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Quote of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

May 16th, 2010

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

~Henry David Thoreau

I try to make sure I’m aware of things when I’m working out in the garden. When I am I often see some of the most beautiful things. I’m particularly fond of seeing spiderwebs around the gardens, quite beautiful and beneficial!

Are there any simple things you find beautiful?

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  2. Sense of Home on May 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Yes, but not spiders. I work hard to avoid the instant “kill the spider” reaction, I know how beneficial they are for the garden.
    .-= Sense of Home´s last blog ..Sunday Stills =-.

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    • Susy on May 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

      It is a hard thing to get over, but once you do you enjoy seeing them in the gardens. We had a near infestation of big wolf spiders when we first moved in here, along with a slug & earwig infestation. Once we went organic and quit using chemicals & pesticides things started to balance out. I see spiders here and there, but I see greater variety of insects and birds now. I know the birds are eating the spiders as are the toads and other beneficial creatures around. It’s an amazing transformation to watch, although tough in the beginning when slugs devour things and there are spiders everywhere.

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  3. sarah on May 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Just yesterday we killed 4 black widows in our yard :( they were huge and they made home in our kids dome climber. I am not a huge spider fan but they do serve a purpose. The garden spiders stay alive and do their thing. The black widow on the other hand….
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Make Sure You Do Some Research First =-.

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    • Susy on May 17, 2010 at 7:58 am

      Oh yes, I’d probably kill black widows as well. We grew up with brown recluses in the house/garden. Our dog always did a great job of catching them, none of us ever got bit by them.

      We don’t have any poisonous spiders here in Ohio, at least not any that I’ve ever seen here in the gardens. I’m glad that spiders are more scared of me than I am of them.

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  4. Amy on May 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    “Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

    Albert Einstein quotes

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  5. MAYBELLINE on May 17, 2010 at 12:46 am

    The fragrances of the garden.

    By the way – one of those spiders looks like it could take a chunk out of you.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Breakfast of Champions =-.

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  6. Marcia on May 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I can`t resist the sight of moss growing on rocks, I just have to touch. Maybe its the contrast between the hardness of the rock and moss` velvety softness but I always pause to run my hand over it. I once found moss near a peak ( 2800 meters) that had minute blue star-shaped flowers, It was absolutetly beautiful.

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  7. Tammy/psmflowerlady on May 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Red Tail Hawks in flight and at rest. I’ve been known to stop traffic to watch – can’t help myself.

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