Poems & Short Stories: 3,123
Forum Members: 68,569
Forum Posts: 995,314
Though it is an exaggeration to say that there are no flowers in Italian gardens, yet to enjoy and appreciate the Italian garden-craft one must always bear in mind that it is independent of floriculture.
The Italian garden does not exist for its flowers;
its flowers exist for it: they are a late and infrequent
adjunct to its beauties, a parenthetical grace counting
only as one more touch in the general effect of enchantment.
This is no doubt partly explained by the
difficulty of cultivating any but spring flowers in so hot
and dry a climate, and the result has been a wonderful
development of the more permanent effects to be obtained
from the three other factors in garden-composition—marble,
water and perennial verdure—and the
achievement, by their skilful blending, of a charm independent
of the seasons.
No quizzes available to take yet.
Please submit a quiz here.
|Art of Worldly Wisdom Daily|
In the 1600s, Balthasar Gracian, a jesuit priest wrote 300 aphorisms on living life called "The Art of Worldly Wisdom." Join our newsletter below and read them all, one at a time.
Shakespeare wrote over 150 sonnets! Join our Sonnet-A-Day Newsletter and read them all, one at a time.