... for Homes of Taste
It would be a rather difficult matter to sum up
all the social qualities of flowers.
Do we not always feel welcome when, on entering a room,
we find a display of flowers on the table?
Where there are flowers about, does not the hostess appear glad,
the children pleased, the very parrot garrulous, at our arrival;
the whole scene and all the personages more hearty,
homely, and beautiful, because of those bewitching roses,
and brugmansias, and pavonia and mignonette?
Assuredly, of all simple domestic ornaments flowers must have first place.