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JANUARY

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“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior 
striding a shadowy steed of snow.” 
–  Edgar Fawcett

 

“Nature has undoubtedly mastered the art of winter gardening and even the most experienced gardener can learn from the unrestrained beauty around them.”
–  Vincent A. Simeone  

 

“Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.”  
–  Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening 

 

“The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change.  It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a 
twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”
–  Vita Sackville-West

 

“January is the quietest month in the garden.  …  But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.  The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants.  The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come.”
–  Rosalie Muller Wright, Editor of Sunset Magazine, 1/99

 

“There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.  One is the January thaw.  The other is the seed catalogues.”
–  Hal Borland

 

“Here’s to thee, old apple tree 
Whence thou mayest bud 
Whence thou mayest blow 
Whence thou mayest bear apples enow.”
–  Wassailing Songs, England, January 5th

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