Recently I posted an item sent by Leo about a flower parade in Holland, specifically in a village known as Zundert, a parade that is amazing and beautiful.
Here are some emails received . . .
Just loved the images and information about the bloemencorso. They are exquisite works of imagination and art and all the more worthy for being a communal effort and not corrupted by the millions of dollars on offer in the international art markets
From Diane, a friend who lives in Holland:
1st, Congratulations Australia for your beautiful Chelsea Flower Show win of 1st prize.
What a lovely email from Leo on the "bloemencorso" in Zundert.
Certain villages in the north of Holland have them too and when you see the flower display from close by you see the special work and hours put in to achieve that.
As Diane notes, looking at the finished product makes it easy to forget the thousands of hours put in by thousands of ordinary people, without recognition or reward, just for community spirit and camaraderie. Some pics of the preparations and construction:
Some thoughts about flowers . . .
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck."
- Emma Goldman
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."
- Iris Murdoch
"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other."
- Chinese Proverb
"Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed."
- Walt Whitman
Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions, they're killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? "Sweetheart, let's make up. Have this deceased squirrel."
- The Washington Post
"Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful."
- Jim Carrey
"I hope some day to meet God, because I want to thank Him for the flowers." - Robert Brault