Gardens can be sharp and spiky as well as rose-embowered and honeysuckle-twined: there are corners and settings where thistles are not such an asinine taste after all.
Alexander was not the first Greek to be honoured as a god for political favour.
Gardeners work with an ever-receding ideal of perfection; no sooner is something growing well than they see how to place it better or give it a better neighbor. To other's eyes, all may look as well as could be expected, but a good gardener's eye sees more to be improved.
Among the conservative Greek opinion there would be no regrets that Alexander the Greek leader was invading the barbarians.
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