Forty years ago, it was contrary to the “orders” which governed our lives to cultivate useless flowers, but, fortunately for those of us who loved them, there are many plants which are beautiful as well as useful. We always had extensive poppy beds and early in the morning, before the sun had risen, the white-capped sisters could be seen stopping among the scarlet blossoms to slit those pods from which the petals had just fallen… The rose bushes were planted along the sides of the road… but it was strongly impressed upon us that a rose was useful, not ornamental. – Sister Marcia Bullard, 1906

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