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Do Gardening Proverbs Still Relate To Todays World?

Most gardening proverbs are lost in the mists of time, probably when man first began cultivating the soil. Many,like the Chinese proverb "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come", probably harks back to the time when ancient man experienced emotion, for the first time. But do these wise and wonderful sayings have any relevance in today's world?

Of course proverbs aren't exclusive to gardening, nearly all activities have some sayings or proverbs related to them. Garden proverbs however, seem to relate not just to the gardener, but to nature and emotions as well. Take "you reap what you sow" for example, surely no-one has missed this ancient gem in their youth. But for ancient man, it was obviously meant literally,referring to nature, in today's modern world it is often quoted as a warning for some kind of inappropriate act or comment.

A wonderful Greek proverb, states that "A society is great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit". If only a few world leaders would sit under the trees together, and contemplate this saying, perhaps our world would be a much better place.

Equally, they should also remember to "stop digging holes for themselves", this might save not only our politicians, but many other people, from making things far worse. They could do no better than listen to the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". How many of us really can't stop digging once we've started the hole?

Is "the grass always greener on the other side"? I can remember being told this as a child, when I wanted something that someone else had. Whilst at the time, I probably couldn't really understand it, as I grew older,I began to see exactly what it meant. It definitely still holds true today, and is one gardening proverb that should be explained to every child, before they go out into the real world.

Perhaps it was when man began to be envious of his neighbour, that the French gardening proverb "A hedge between keeps friendship green"? Many disputes, whether between neighbours or friend and families, would do well to remember this one.

In fact, it seems that many, if not all gardening proverbs,certainly do have relevance in today's world. There are lots to choose from, and are wonderful things to put up in garden arbours, or perhaps in your conservatory, just to make sure you "keep your feet on the ground", and take the time to "stop and smell the roses".

Do you have any old gardening proverbs, that you'd care to share? Is there one particular proverb, that's got a special meaning for you? Would you like to tell us about your garden or anything else? If so, why not log into Perennial Flower Garden Ideas and share them with us.

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