“Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”
From Memories of Sherlock Holmes, "The Naval Treaty"
During our recent visit to Belgium our son drove us (grandmother and the grandsons, John and Andrew) to the south of Holland to visit the world’s largest flower garden at Keukenhof. Approximately 7,000,000 (seven million) flower bulbs are planted annually in the park.
The temptation to take pictures easily gives way to the no-cost digital camera snapshot. Here is just one of the many tulip pictures I clicked off.
Even though it was mid-March when we visited, the park was already signaling that Spring was on its way. Bundled up against the cold wind, grandmother and the boys occupy the single chair on an island deck.