If there were nothing else to trouble us, the fate of the flowers would make us sad.
- John Lancaster Spalding
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
- Jean Giraudoux
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
- Ernest Dowson
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with elgantine.
- William Shakespeare