One of the best nurseries in this region is Daffodil nursery. I first started visiting this place in the mid 90s when it was a place that looked like it had all the makings of success. Next to a busy highway connecting several states, and plenty of space, it's a bustling place with many customers. Many smaller nurseries depend on Daffodil for huge supplies; no wonder they advertise themselves as suppliers of all things horticultural. We set off in the morning. It's a beautifully warm day. My brother is sporting enough to drive over 40 kms to Daffodil. As we leave the city behind, the road goes uphill and in the distance the tree-covered hills look so green. Thunderclouds loom large over this range of blue hills and for a few seconds, with the sun behind the thick curtain, it feels like late afternoon. How peaceful the whole scene looks! The sight of azaleas greet us as we reach... Wide open spaces, rows and rows of plants! I'm so glad I've come here! This gazebo-like structure near the entrance is the cash- counter. There was so much to drink in... gaze..... admire....and then select... One of the rough and ready contraptions used to cart plants to waiting cars. This boot can only hold so much!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau