Do not think it a waste of time to cultivate a few flowers, or to let the children have a flower-bed.
It is judicious for parents to cultivate a love of flowers in their children from earliest years, as flowers have a refining influence, and never lead astray, but always upward to what is purer and better.
If one's time and strength are limited, a bed one yard square, with a geranium and a few nasturtiums, for instance, can give pleasure to the whole household;
and these flowers will bloom all the season, until the frost blights them.
A few flowers in pots are better than none.
From the 1893 Almanac