This morning I woke to the perfume of cactus flowers wafting through the open window and the sound of birdsong.
"Philosophy in the Garden" by Damon Young. It is interesting to read of the effect and influence of gardens on some of the writers that I've enjoyed, but I don't think that Mr Young has ever read Epicurus. He describes the ancient philosopher as "retiring to his backyard in suburban Athens for a life of grumbling austerity." While he did go to live in his Athenian garden with a group of friends, growing food and living simply, his writings don't suggest any kind of grumbling at all.
"The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity." Epicurus