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Quotation by Shakespeare
Our sea-walled garden, the whole land, Is full of weeds, her fairest flowers choked up, Her fruit-trees all unpruned, her hedges ruined, Her knots disordered, and her wholesome herbs Swarming with caterpillars.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Gardener's Man, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 4, l. 43-7.
Recalling the image of King Richard's favorites as "caterpillars of the commonwealth"; "knots" were patterned beds of flowers.
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