in Thoreau’s Journal
Butter cups now densely spot the church yard.
June 15, 1852 in Thoreau’s Journal:
How rapidly new flowers unfold! as if Nature would get through her work too soon. One has as much as he can do to observe how flowers successively unfold. It is a flowery revolution, to which but few attend. Hardly too much attention can be bestowed on flowers. We follow we march after, the highest color; that is our flag, our standard, our “color.” Flowers were made to be seen, not overlooked. Their bright colours imply eyes, spectators.