Hope you’re enjoying your virtual experience of the Royal Sydney Easter Show. So far, we’ve boarded the rollercoaster, battled it out on the dodgems, toured the dog pavillion where we checked out the Best in Show and went on to see a sheep dog round up some sheep. How we’ve managed to jam so much into one day, I don’t know but it isn’t over yet.
Now, we’re off to the flowers. They were absolutely stunning and I can assure you that nothing like this is growing in our desiccated garden.
“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
Gerard De Nerval
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet (2.2.45-7)
“If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?”
“But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies;
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,
Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,
And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.”
John Keats: Ode To Melancholy
“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”
“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”
D. H. Lawrence
“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”
“When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole.”
William Makepeace Thackeray
“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.”
So, I hope you enjoyed our journey through the Flower Exhibit at the show. It really was beautiful!