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

But what we never mention
Though all gardeners know it’s true
Is, when he made the goodies
He made the baddies too

All things spray and swattable
Disasters great and small
All things paraquatable
The Lord God made them all

The greenfly on the roses
The maggots in the peas
Manure that fills our noses
He also gave us 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 midges and mosquitoes
The nettles and the weeds
The pigeons in the green stuff
The sparrows in the seeds

The fly that gets the carrots
The wasps that eat the plums
How black the gardener’s outlook
Though green may be their thumbs

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

Sent by a Club member for our enjoyment