by George Eliot
I think I am quite wicked with roses.
I like to gather them, and smell them till they have no scent left.
Note: Today is the 200th birthday of the English Victorian author George Eliot, who was born on this day in 1819.
George Eliot was the pen name for a woman named Mary Ann Evans, and her many works like Silas Marner and Middlemarch are packed with images from the garden.
To Mary Ann, plants were the perfect representation of faith - both required care and feeding to grow and flourish.
My favorite quotes from Eliot are about her love of roses.