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For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.

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Peacock and the eye of man!

Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.

William Blake’s  [The Marriage of Heaven and Hell , published 1793]

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Friday: Flower decoration

The earliest known flower arranging dates back to ancient Egypt. Egyptians were decorating with flowers as early as 2,500 BCE. They regularly placed cut flowers in vases, and highly stylized arrangements were used during burials, for processions, and simply as table decorations. Illustrations of arranged flowers have been found on Egyptian carved stone reliefs and painted wall decorations.

Egyptian wall paintings depicting roses have been found in tombs dating from the fifth century B.C. to Cleopatra’s time.

These images of floral decorations were taken during my visit to Keukenhof a couple of years ago. Keukenhof, the best day out among the flowers! Over 7 million bulbs bloom in the spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. A unique, unforgettable experience!

Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers one can enjoy the spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique art and wonderful events.

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Keukenhof is the international and independent showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, with a special emphasis on flower bulbs. In the space of eight weeks Keukenhof shows what the Dutch floricultural sector has to offer. The park’s focus is on the 7 million spring-flowering bulbs, which allow the 100 participating companies to show their living catalogue. 500 flower growers present an enormous variety of cut flowers and pot plants at the over 20 flower shows.Keukenhof is the international and independent showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, with a special emphasis on flower bulbs. In the space of eight weeks Keukenhof shows what the Dutch floricultural sector has to offer. The park’s focus is on the 7 million spring-flowering bulbs, which allow the 100 participating companies to show their living catalogue. 500 flower growers present an enormous variety of cut flowers and pot plants at the over 20 flower shows.

Keukenhof is closed now.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_flower_arrangement

https://www.britannica.com/art/floral-decoration/Historical-and-stylistic-developments

https://keukenhof.nl