In flower today in my garden are
white crocuses and the first forget-me-nots,
daffodils and the last of the white and purple cyclamen,
white hellebore and deep pink viola,
blue periwinkle and mini daffodils with orange trumpets,
the light blue flowers of the rosemary,
very unusual shaped, yellow mini daffodils,
purple wallflowers and ditto crocuses,
lungwort with pink and blue flowers, tete a tete daffodils,
deep pink hellebore and march violet,
pink and white violets,
blue anemone blanda,
white Arabis caucasica and pink bergenia,
blue muscari and pink Arabis caucasica.
Gardening is about nothing if not sex and death. But in our culture, it has been denuded, denatured, deracinated; robbed of its very essence.
Simon Busch, The Guardian, 23 May 2003