Saturday, March 15, 2008
Roses and Dandelions
Rev. Samuel Reynolds Hole was a really dedicated preacher and rose enthusiast, who grew 5,000 roses in England, in Victorian times, and preached in 500 churches in his lifetime.
The man had a poetic vision for gardening, and wrote, in 1899 “What is a garden for? For the soul, sir, for the soul of the poet!”.
Our gardens do stir our souls and lift our spirits; even the lowly dandelion can cause me to admire its sun yellow color, and we all have adored picking dandelions when they ceased blooming and have the round white fluffy seed puffs we can blow into the breeze.
Once, while walking to elementary school, I dawdled to pick a fabulous dandelion bouquet for my much loved teacher. I arrived late, and was marked tardy by her. When I explained why I was late, the tardy mark was erased. Never underestimate the power of a flower gift.