Just finished reading Flower Fables, by Louisa May Alcott. Published in1854...her first book. These stories were written when she was a teenager, very moralistic fables (a genre popular at the time), but with beautiful language and fanciful, imaginative descriptions of the fairy folk.
Gardenia. There is a Spanish song that references this flower. The lyrics go something like this: The perfume of gardenias is in your mouth and beautiful rays of light emanate from your eyes. (I believe something got lost in the translation.)
Cream on Top of the Spring Garden by Mary Sedivy. The beauty of an Iris flower inspires artists and poets, and transcends time. Irises faithfully return each May to add their burst of color to the garden and brighten our lives. I hate weird time travel loops, but I love Irises!