Ornate

“Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity.”

Christian Nestell Bovee

It’s Christmas time again so, I thought time to go to garden centers to see their special decorations. Most shops have dedicated spaces for their holiday decorations. Sort of Disney-like theme park where you can walk for hours.

I started with the one closes to where I live. It’s a walking distance from my place and ideal for a Sunday walk. Besides, they won an award for the best garden center in the country two years in a row.

When I came in, this scene greeted me at the door. I was perplexed.  I thought:  What it got something to do with Christmas? I know every year the decorations for the season are getting further and further away from the traditional ones we all know and grew up with and I appreciate some of the changes though they are not my style. A little bit of creativity won’t hurt anyone. But lately… I simply have no word for it but it reminds me of what Milton said a long time ago:

“But who is this, what thing of sea or land, Female of sex it seems, That so bedeck’d, ornate, and gay, Comes this way sailing Like a stately ship Of Tarsus, bound for th’ isles Of Javan or Gadire, With all her bravery on, and tackle trim, Sails fill’d, and streamers waving, Courted by all the winds that hold them play, An amber scent of odorous perfume Her harbinger.”

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