To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
(William Shakespeare King John, IV:2)
(Shakespeare and I visited the garden this morning for a ridiculous excess of lilies. The house is heavy with their fragrance. Saturday August 11th in this quiet corner of paradise.)