If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom,
maybe your soul has never been in bloom.
I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness,
as that one which I have had always,
that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.
~Abraham Cowley (The Garden, 1666)
People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.- Iris Murdoch (A Fairly Honourable Defeat)