|The Koroki homestead in Japan, in full bloom.|
The wife had diabetes, and that diseased caused her to become depressed and withdrawn. Mrs. Kuroki stayed in the house all the time and didn't want to do anything.
Mr. Kuroki worried and wondered how to help his wife feel better about himself.
His wife lost her sight, but didn't lose her sense of smell, he reasoned, so he spent two years planting fragrant pink flowers around the dairy farm and house where the couple lived.
It worked! Mrs Kuroki came out of her shell and outside, where she could smell all the flowers.
The flowers also became a local tourist attraction, so all that activity helped raise her spirits, too.
I guess what the Kurokis did is why so many of us plant flowers around our houses. I don't think I have the energy to plant several acres of flowers, but I'll sure as hell keep adding more as soon as spring weather comes.
Here's a quick video of the couple in their pink garden: