"You came when most needed, my winter rose."
I thought I’d close the show today by getting you ready for Valentine’s Day with a few of my favorite garden-inspired verses about love.
Violet has the shortest wavelength of the spectrum.
Behind it, the invisible ultraviolet.
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue.
Poor Violet, violated for a rhyme.
— Derek Jarman, gardener and poet
If apples were pears
And peaches were plums
And the rose had a different name.
If tigers were bears
And fingers were thumbs
I'd love you just the same.
So, timely you came, and well you chose,
You came when most needed, my winter rose.
From the snow, I pluck you, and fondly press
Your leaves 'twixt the leaves of my leaflessness.
— Alfred Austin, English poet Poet Laureate
Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.
— Russell Page, British gardener, garden designer, and architect