19 February 2017

Shakespeare in the Garden

I've been trying to come up with new ways to keep my crew at work motivated and to convey the daily task list in a less monotonous form (because, let's face it, gardening isn't all glamorous work, sometimes we have to get our hands dirty).

This week I'm going to try a Shakespearean approach and see how it goes:

GARDENER [to the first man]
       Go, bind thou up young dangling apricots
Which, like unruly children, make their sire
Stoop with oppression of their prodigal weight.
Give some supportance to the bending twigs.
[to second man] Go thou, and, like an executioner, 
Cut off the heads of too fast-growing sprays
That look too lofty in our commonwealth.
All must be even in our government.
You thus employed, I will go root away
The noisome weeds which without profit suck
The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers.

[The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, Act III, Scene IV]

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