Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
- Gerard De Nerval
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
- Abraham Lincoln
flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.
- John Ruskin
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