Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Gardener’s Hymn

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
Al things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.

But what we never mention
Though gardeners know it’s true
Is when he made the ‘goodies;
He make the ‘baddies’ too.

The greenfly on the roses
The maggots in the peas
Manure that fills our noses
He gave us all of these.

The fungus on the goose-gogs
The club root on the greens
The slugs that eat the lettuce
And chew the aubergines.

The drought that kills the fuchsias
The frost that nips the buds
The rain that drowns the seedlings
The blight that hits the spuds.

The fly that gets the carrots
The wasp that eats the plums
Now black the gardener’s outlook
Though green may be his thumbs.

But still we gardeners labour
Midst vegetables and flowers
And pray what hits our neighbours
Will somehow bypass ours!


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