The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
- Thomas Jefferson
Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to.
But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough.
Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing,
inhibits and embarrasses them.
- Victoria Glendinning
Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.
- Edmund Spenser
Lowly, with a broken neck,
The crocus lays her cheek to mire.
- George Meredith