Why do people put a geranium, or a lily, in the window instead of a book, or a photograph, or an article of clothing? Why do people plant morning glories and lilac bushes and rosebushes in their meager yards? Why do men who have achieved a degree of independence and a competence buy a place in the country? What is there about the country which draws the majority of mankind like a magnet, even if all their days have been spent in the roar and dust and smoke of a great city?
The answer is found in the first book of the Bible. "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." (Gen. 2:8.) Man has never been able to throw off the influence of that early environment.
Were I, O God, in churchless lands remaining,
Far from the voice of teachers and divines,
My soul would find in flowers of thy ordaining,
Priest, sermon, shrines.—Horace Smith
Lulu was watching her mother working among the flowers. "Mama, I know why flowers grow," she said; "they want to get out of the dirt."