A flower's fragrance declares to all the world that it is fertile, available, and desirable, its sex organs oozing with nectar.  
Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, life-force, all the optimism, expectancy, and passionate bloom of youth. 
We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages,
we feel young and nubile in a world aflame with desire.

 


from  Diane Ackerman

 

 From old photo's I rearrange this old and so lovely flowerset.  The slideshow has 23 pictures in it!

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Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals.  Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock. 

~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers