Flower is My Life Sat, 21 Mar 2020 10:20:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Algae in the Water garden Sat, 21 Mar 2020 10:20:31 +0000

Continue reading]]> In the spring months, a water garden can actually look pretty gross until the water balances out for the new summer growing season. Algae is a major problem in the spring water garden and in the new water garden. While you may realize that the water does need to balance out every spring season, the water garden may need a little help occasionally in getting algae under control.

Algae in the water garden can be difficult to control if you don’t realize that it is algae upsetting your pond. Here we are going to teach you about floating algae and how to control floating algae so it stops growing in your water garden leaving you with clearer water so you can see your fish.

green water algae ideas

green water algae ideas

Floating algae does turn the water green. How can you get floating algae under control and balance the water garden? The main cause for algae is that you are overfeeding the fish in the water garden. Another reason that floating algae occurs is that you have too many fish. Sometimes you have to get rid of a few fish to control the algae. Overfeeding of the fish happens during the warmest seasons when fish eat less. Only feed your fish about once a week and allow them to live off the pond environment during the rest of the week.
green pond algae with fish

green pond algae with fish

How can you control the number of fish that are living in your pond? You need to realize that for every square foot of water on your pond, you can have a one-inch fish. If you are putting a fish in that is four inches long, subtract four square feet of water from your total to realize how many more fish you can have in the water garden.

Another way that you can control the algae growing in your pond is to put additional oxygenating plants in the water. Keep in mind that just over half of your water garden should be covered with oxygenating plants to support cleaner and clearer water. If you don’t want to cover this much of your water garden, at least seek out plants that will be submerged in the water garden to add oxygen to the water keeping algae under control.

Blue-Green algae

Blue Green algae

Movements in the water will disturb the sediment and the waste at the bottom of the pond. A still water garden that you occasionally clean out the sediment in the bottom of the water will keep the algae under control. Too many fish can also cause too much waste to accumulate at the bottom of the water garden creating the perfect environment for algae to grow. A filtration system will aid in the cleansing of the water.

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Invite Spring Early – Grow in Your Basement Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:56:25 +0000

Continue reading]]> Now’s the time to get ready to grow your seedlings! It’s not difficult and can extend your growing season for many weeks. For example, by planting brassica’s (cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower) in February in your basement under grow-lights, you can put large, sturdy transplants into your garden by the end of March or early April, and be eating them when others are just seeing them come up! However, remembering that photosynthesis, using light, heat, and moisture causes plant growth, you must follow a few key natural principles very carefully, or you will be disappointed.

First, seeds must have moisture to germinate and grow. And the soil mix must be moist, but not soggy, or you’ll drown the new plant since it must also have oxygen!

Second, while heat is essential, temperatures must be maintained in a narrow range for ideal germination to occur. Most vegetable seeds germinate quickly between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. After plants are up, many of them will grow in cooler temperatures, but almost all will become dormant (stop growing) at temperatures below 50 degrees.

Grow Your Basement garden

Grow Your Basement garden

Third, light is not necessary for seed germination, but as soon as your seedlings begin to emerge from the soil, maximum light is required immediately for proper development. Therefore, to grow in your house, make sure your plants have a strong (but not hot!) light source directly on the plants, for up to 16 hours per day. Pictures of two grow-light shelves can be seen in the Photos section of the free gardening group at [MittleiderMethodGardening@yaho…]. The metal one is 6-shelf Commercial Chrome Shelving, from Sam’s Club costing only $70, and will hold 20 flats of plants. Suspend shop lights with 2 cool and 2 warm 40-watt tubes 2 to 4″ above the plants.

The fourth principle relates to feeding. A balanced nutrient mix of 13 minerals is essential to plants immediately after germination. Those nutrients are mineral salts and must be very dilute in the soil moisture, otherwise, osmosis will cause the salt to draw the life-giving moisture out of the plants, and they will die. To ensure you never burn your plants, water seedlings daily using the “Constant Feed Solution” of one ounce (2 level tablespoons) of Weekly Feed dissolved in 3 gallons of water. For the free Weekly Feed formula, go to the Gardening Techniques section at, and look on the Fertilizer page.

Next, it is important to separate your small plants before their leaves begin to overlap with others’, or the tiny stems will become very weak and spindly as the plants all stretch – looking for more light. By the time the plants have their first or second true leaf, this step should be completed. Failure to wait even a few hours can result in spindly, weak plants, which never recover. Transplanting seedlings into 2″ 6-paks or pots will provide adequate space for them to grow an additional 2-3 weeks, depending on the variety. If it’s still too early to put them out into the garden by the time plant leaves are again beginning to overlap, prune the leaves, transplant again into larger pots, or separate pots, so the plant leaves always have maximum light.

turn a basement into greenhouse

turn a basement into greenhouse

Before transplanting into the garden, “harden off” your plants outside, off the ground for 2 to 3 days, to acclimate them to direct sunlight, temperature, wind, etc. This is important so the plant doesn’t have the shock of a new environment added to the shock to its root system caused by transplanting. If the weather turns cold at night, bring the plants back in the house. The temperature adjustment needs to be gradual.

For many of your plants, the pruning process does double duty. In addition to assuring maximum light, it shocks the plant mildly, causing it to pause in its growth and produce a thicker, sturdier stem. This process makes the plant much better able to endure the vicissitudes of the outside environment, such as cutworms, ants, etc. that often quickly decimate plants with weak, spindly stems.

For tall-growing plants, like tomatoes, by the time they are 12″ tall, provide small stakes tied to the plant stem to prevent them from falling over. And with tomatoes, begin immediately to remove all sucker stems as soon as they appear, to assure a single, strong stem and maximum production from your plant.

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Tips for Vegetable Container Gardening Fri, 20 Mar 2020 14:10:55 +0000

Continue reading]]> Urbanites are proving that space limitations will not confine a gardener from pursuing his or her interests. From windowsills to patios, to balconies, to rooftops, productive small space or mini-gardens are taking root in metropolitan areas across the country.

Nothing tastes better than vegetables picked fresh from your own garden, and Bonnie Plant Farm, the nation’s largest grower of container vegetable plants, offers some advice for a successful small space garden.

Fundamentals – Plant care, including a sufficient space or a container with adequate drainage, plenty of sunlight and water, and fertilizer should result in a productive and easy to maintain small space garden.

vegetable container gardening

vegetable container gardening

A Little Help – Some vegetable plants are available with a biodegradable peat container. These containers simplify the gardening process, as the container can be planted and with the plant. Peat containers also reduce transplant shock and encourage root growth.

What to Plant – Peppers and eggplant are ideally suited for small space gardens. With hundreds of varieties to choose from, tomatoes are also a favorite. Some varieties, such as the Bonnie Original, can produce up to 50 pounds of tomatoes per plant. Herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, and oregano grow well in containers and are perfect for home cooking.

vegetable container gardening ideas

vegetable container gardening ideas

Potager – This form of gardening mixes different varieties of flowers, herb, and vegetable plants in an ornamental fashion to ensure both aesthetic appeal and functionality.

Timing – Once the threat of frost is over, warm-season vegetable plants may be planted. You may wish to continually plant small amounts of short-season vegetables throughout the spring and summer. This helps you to avoid having all vegetables come to maturity at the same time.

Ornamental Vegetables – Some varieties of vegetable plants are both edible and attractive. Plants, including red cabbage, sweet peas, and green beans will add some color to your mini-garden.

vegetable container gardening picture

vegetable container gardening picture

Bonnie Plant Farm’s General Manager, Dennis Thomas, says that the benefits of gardening are the same, whether you live in the city or in the country. “Gardening is great for stress reduction, eating fresh vegetables daily is an excellent way to maintain healthy eating habits, gardening can be less expensive than purchasing produce at the grocery store level and nothing tastes better than vegetables picked fresh from your own garden.”

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House Plant Tips for Winter Fri, 20 Mar 2020 07:28:21 +0000

Continue reading]]> Many people do not realize that house plants need extra care in the winter. Some plants may go dormant for a short while but others just need a little TLC.

DIY House Plant Tips for Winter

DIY House Plant Tips for Winter

If your house plant lives in a sunny window, you may want to move it 6″ from the window. One-touch of your fingers to that window glass will tell you just how cold it is outside. Any leaves in constant contact with that cold will not do well at all. Your house plants can be decimated by a cold draft as well.

House Plant Tips for Winter picture

House Plant Tips for Winter picture

The air in your house becomes dry in the winter from running your heater. Doesn’t your skin feel a little dry? The answer is not to water more often although you may need to do that also. The real answer is to mist the plant at least once a day.

Your house plant leaves must be clean.

Before you start misting those plants, be sure you gently dust the leaves. Smooth leaves can be dusted with a soft cloth – no furniture polish, please. Fuzzy leaves such as the African Violet can be dusted with a small paintbrush.

House Plant Tips for Winter in hilton

House Plant Tips for Winter in hilton

Plants breathe through their leaves and a layer of dust can be suffocating. Plants really should have their leaves dusted at least once a week. Hanging plants like the beautiful Spider do well with a monthly shower to clean their leaves. Make sure you use a gentle spray of water. Philodendron leaves can be cleaned with a solution of milk and water – very light on the milk. It will make the leaves shine.

If you have space try putting a layer of rock in a pan – an old cake pan or pizza pan – fill the pan with water and set your house plants on top of the rocks. Instant humidity. If you don’t have space for a pan, set out some decorative vases filled with water.

House Plant Tips for Winter

House Plant Tips for Winter

You may just find that your skin is feeling a little less dry.

Check the light your house plant is receiving. Days are shorter and you may need to supplement with artificial light if your plants are looking a little SAD.

All plants need a resting period so stop the fertilizer for a couple of months. Trim off any yellowing leaves.

house plants in winter windowsill

house plants in winter windowsill

Now is also a good time to start thinking about new pots for the spring. You don’t want a root-bound plant. Without the natural interaction that outside plants get, house plants can become impacted in the dirt.

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Cactus Garden & Flowers Thu, 19 Mar 2020 01:52:01 +0000

Continue reading]]> Many people think Cactus plants are quite ugly… sometimes even alien looking. And many don’t seem to know that these plants actually flower. Well, they do… and those flowers can be gorgeous.

prickly pear cactus for sale

prickly pear cactus for sale

Prickly Pear cactus flowers

This first picture is a close up of some partially opened flowers on a cactus called a “Prickly Pear”. The Prickly Pear cactus has a very flat, elephant ear type… what? branches? I don’t think they’re called that. But they’re fleshy, flat, paddle-like things with sharp spikes and thorns coming out of them.

The flowers are quite beautiful, but if I remember correctly – around here at least – cactus plants only bloom a few weeks out of each year.

prickly pear cactus flowers sedona picture

prickly pear cactus flowers sedona picture

Prickly Pear cactus garden

As you can see here though, these make excellent little garden bed plants. They can be used to create general cactus gardens, or rock gardens, or a mix of both. They create an unusual and striking display throughout the year, but right before blooming time, these Prickly Pear cactus turn pink.

And of course, being a cactus plant, they require very little water, upkeep, or care. So if you’re xeriscaping – which is the act of gardening or landscaping using native and drought-tolerant plants – these might be excellent additions to your mix.

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How To Brighten Up Your Home With These Flower Arrangement Ideas Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:36:09 +0000

Continue reading]]> A beautiful flower arrangement piece can become the focal point of the room you choose to decorate. It’s truly fascinating how we can combine different flowers to create a mesmerizing bouquet.

With the vast selection of colors, fragrances, and shapes, you can create or readily buy a flower arrangement piece that will speak to you and others walking in the room what you want to communicate.

The first thing to do is decide where you will be placing your flower arrangement. Will it is placed o­n the floor in your hall, o­n top of a piece of furniture?

What about the space where your arrangement will sit? Will you need a finished piece that is tall, round, wide or full? What is the decor of the room you’ve selected that will contrast powerfully with your flowers?

diy flower arrangements ideas

diy flower arrangements ideas

Don’t limit your creativity!

There are several design styles you can choose from and we have included a variety of design here for you to get those creative juices flowing.

Use these as a guide to creating your own flower arrangement style. Pictures of the flower arrangements below can be found at our site.

Bud Vases

A bud vase with a single stem or several stems of your favorite flower(s) is a simple but elegant flower arrangement piece. Cut your flower stems to about twice the height of your vase. To enhance the beauty of your flowers, also include some linear foliage.

One tip I will give you with bud vases is to be imaginative. If you don’t have a bud vase, recycle any beautiful glass containers you have lying around the house such as perfume bottles or any other.

DIY flower arrangment ideas

DIY flower arrangment ideas

Basket Arrangement

A basket flower arrangement brightens up your favorite room very well. They make perfect gifts for a housewarming occasion, birthday, or to send and cheer a loved o­ne who is sick.

Baskets come in all sizes and shapes and if you are designing your own basket arrangement, you can find the o­ne that will be perfect for you. It is so much you can do with flower baskets – let your creativity run wild!

everyday easy flower arrangements ideas

everyday easy flower arrangements ideas

Garden Arrangements

Don’t these flower arrangements look like you’ve picked them from your garden?

After years of living in the city in an apartment block, I have now the great fortune of living in the suburbs and I’ve taken great pains to create a heavenly garden filled with white and red roses, carnations and lilies. With greenery surrounding their flower beds, my little garden looks like a little paradise.

flower arrangement ideas dahlias

flower arrangement ideas dahlias

Centerpieces And Table Arrangements

The trick for a successful centerpiece or table arrangement is not to make them too tall as to obstruct views across your dining table.

Choose or create the piece to generate the mood you want to achieve. Flowers at your table will enhance the dining experience.

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Preserved Flower Candles Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:07:39 +0000

Continue reading]]> Putting flowers in your candle will add a unique look while preserving your favorite flower. We have been asked many times, how to put flowers and other objects on the outside of a candle. So, we’ll be showing you how it is done. The most important thing to remember is to be safe. Putting anything on your candles such as paint, dried flowers, ribbon, and other objects, poses a fire risk.

While this is unlikely to happen with this project, we need to warn you. We do not recommend burning any candle that has flammable material o­n it.

To start with, you will need a few supplies. First and the most important is a big pillar candle, at least 3″ in diameter. This will help keep the flame out of reach of anything you put o­n the candle. You will also need to have a small white votive, or the same color votive as your pillar, an old pan to melt wax in, a paintbrush, dried flowers or herbs, and ribbon.

Candle making is an art and requires exact precision in the melting process of the wax. Luckily you do not have to be exact in this project. Place the votive in your old pot; you will not be able to use this pot for food ever again. Next place the heat o­n Low Medium to Medium heat, DO NOT HEAT o­n HIGH. The o­nly thing we want to accomplish here is to melt the wax down to a liquid. As soon as the last solid piece melts, it is when you turn the heat down to low.

Next, select what you will want to put o­n your candle. If you are using flowers and leaves, make sure they have been pressed. Take the paintbrush and paint some melted wax o­nto the candle where you wish to place the flower. Place the flower o­n the wax before it hardens. The wax will harden quickly, securing the flower in place. Repeat this step for the leaves as well.

Another great idea is to place a picture o­n the candle using the method of painting the wax o­nto the candle. You can use many different things, but they must be flat.

After placing all your flowers and leaves o­nto the candle, we will need to seal the. The wax in your pot may have hardened some, so heat it o­n Medium Low to get the wax melted again. Brush the entire candle with wax. This will seal the flowers in place and give it a smooth finish. You might have to apply several coats. But if you use a picture, do not brush over it, this will ruin the picture and you will not be able to see the picture.

Last you can tie a ribbon around your candle to top it off. Another idea is to use the melted wax and paint small metal beads o­nto the candle for further embellishment.

This project can be done in many different ways, using anything from flowers, herbs, pictures to beads and glitter. But keep in mind the safety of your candle. We recommend not burning candles with flammable materials o­n them. If you do decide to burn these candles, use large pillars, as the sides of the candle tend not to burn down. Have fun and enjoy it.

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How to Make Money at Home Growing Small Landscape Plants on 1/20 Acre or Less Wed, 18 Mar 2020 08:24:56 +0000

Continue reading]]> Small town, big town, it doesn’t matter, if you have a small area in your backyard that you can use for planting, then you can make money growing small plants at home. Actually you can make pretty good money on 1/40 of one acre. That’s an area about 30 feet by 40 feet.

You will be amazed at how many plants you can fit in an area that small, and at how much money you can make. Even apartment dwellers can do this! If you live in an apartment, just to get a feel for how fun and rewarding a tiny nursery can be, find somebody with a little piece of ground that they will either let you use, let you rent it, or do a joint venture with you.

Is there really a market for small plants? The market is huge, something like 4 billion dollars last year alone, and the demand is tremendous. As a small grower, you have a tremendous advantage over the larger nurseries, their overhead is very high. As a backyard grower, yours will be almost nothing.

You might be asking; “I live in a small town in a rural area, how many plants can I really sell?”

Tens of thousands if you want to. Most people don’t realize it, but large wholesale growers are the largest buyers of small plants in the country. They sell so many plants that they just can not produce them fast enough themselves, so they buy them from where ever they can find them. Just pack them up in a cardboard box and ship them anywhere you want.

I routinely buy large quantities of small plants and have them shipped thousands of miles to my house. Why do I buy plants if I know how to grow them myself? There are a lot of reasons, but o­ne is because I am impatient and don’t like to grow Japanese Maples from seed. I can buy Japanese Maple seedlings for as little as 75¢ and all I have to do is pot them up and watch them grow.

I also buy large quantities of flowering shrubs that I would like to start propagating myself. I buy them for 50¢, pot them up, and often sell them the next year for $4.97. But in the meantime, I take cuttings from them to propagate for next year’s crop. Then I never have to buy that variety again. Those are the same reasons that many wholesale nurseries are always looking for great deals o­n small plants. When they find someone like you, growing in their backyard they are delighted, because they know they can buy what they need for less money from a small backyard grower than they can if they buy from a large nursery.

It o­nly stands to reason, your overhead is almost nothing, you don’t have to raise the price of your plants to pay for buildings, hundreds of acres of land, trucks, tractors, and dozens of employees.

How much money do you need to get started?

Almost none. All you have to do is root some cuttings, and you’re o­n your way! There are dozens of easy plant propagation techniques that are so easy to learn that young children can do them, and with great success, I might add. This propagation information is available to you free of charge at

The size of the area you need to get started is really up to you, but an area about the size of a picnic table is a start. I’m serious. I root my cuttings in flats that are about 12” by 15”, and can get between 100 and 150 cuttings per flat. In an area about the size of a picnic table, you should be able to root several thousand cuttings at a time.

And guess what?

As soon as they are well rooted, they have a value and can be sold immediately! Isn’t that cool?

Typically a rooted cutting is worth about 50¢. Let’s see now, 1500 cuttings at 50¢ each, that’s $750.!!! Wow!!! The wheels should be turning now.

But you don’t have to sell 50¢ plants, you can grow them until they’re bigger and get more money for them. That’s what I do, I pot them up in small pots and they sell like crazy right from my driveway at $4.97 each. This spring we sold over $25,000. worth of $4.97 plants right from our driveway. o­ne the people that bought my Backyard Nursery E-book held a sale this spring and sold $2,800. worth of plants her first weekend. She was ecstatic!

Of course we also sold plants for much more than that. I used to grow Japanese Red Maples and we sold those for $45. each, and they sold like hotcakes!

This is o­ne of the most fun and rewarding home businesses you could ever get involved in. My kids have learned work ethics, the value of a dollar, and skills that will last them a lifetime. Anytime they needed a little extra money all they had to do was step out the back door and earn the money they need.

It costs very little to get started, and the rewards can be quite high. It’s certainly not a get rich quick plan (because there is no such thing!), but plenty of people have done very well in the nursery business. All it takes is determination and hard work. You can learn it as you go along. It’s much easier than you think.

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Flower Bouquets: Soft Sculpture Calla Lilies Wed, 18 Mar 2020 08:01:14 +0000

Continue reading]]> These beautiful blooms can be yours all year long with our easy fabric sculpture. Calla lilies are one of the most elegant, colorful flowers in the garden. They come in flame red, bright yellow, vivid purple, pale cream or delicate pink. Please read all directions thoroughly before beginning this project.


Scraps of flat fleece for blooms
Scraps of fabric for blooms
Various green fabrics for stems and leaves
Matching thread for flowers.
Florist wire for stems and leaves
Fabric glue that dries clear
Short jar
Marbles or shiny stones


Velvet, taffeta, satin or even polished cotton.
Once you have made a few of these, you will come up with your own beautiful combinations.


There are two sizes of flowers in this project. The larger o­ne is a shape 5″ high and 4″ wide approx. The smaller o­ne is a shape 4″ high and 3″ wide approx. The shape is rather oval with a tapered top. There is no hard, fast rules or measurements for this. Mother Nature doesn’t make two exactly alike.

For each flower cut two pieces of fabric and o­ne piece of fleece the size you wish to make. Our illustration shows o­ne large and two smaller flowers.


Leaves are cut from various dark and light solid co or fabrics. Large leaves are 10″ long and 3″ wide at the bottom. Small leaves are about 7″ long and 2″ wide at the bottom. See picture for shape.


Sew o­ne large fleece shape to the wrong side of o­ne large flower fabric shape.
With right sides together, sew to another large fabric shape, leaving the bottom edge open to turn.
Trim seal allowances to 1/4″ and turn right side out.
Turn seam allowance in along opening and finger press.
Do NOT stitch the bottom closed.
Repeat these steps for all flowers.


Stems can be any length from 8″ to 4″. The choice is yours.
Cut two pieces of florist wire for each stem and twist together.
Wrap 1″ strip of green fabric very tightly around wires for each stem.
Secure each end of stems with fabric glue and let dry.


With right sides together stitch leaf pieces.
Trim seam allowances and turn right side out.
Do NOT stitch bottom edge closed.
Repeat these steps for all leaves.

Cut floral wire twice the length of each leaf.
Fold in half, twist together and insert into each leaf.
Cut off excess wire if need be.
Do NOT stitch bottom edge closed.
Set aside

Insert wrapped stems into flowers thru open edge.
Pinch flower around stem and stitch together using tiny stitches and matching thread.
Repeat this with each flower.


Find a short vase or jar to arrange your soft sculpture bouquet.
Mine was o­nly about 4″ tall.
Fill the bottom half with shiny stones or marbles.
Arrange your bouquet to suit your taste.
You can glue the blooms and leaves to the bottom of the jar if you prefer.

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The Sentimental Meaning Of Flowers Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:08:11 +0000

Continue reading]]> For me certain types of flowers bring back a flood of memories. I remember in my early teens visiting my best friend who had moved to the country. We would spend hours in the field next to her property, talking and picking the petals of daisies in a game played by many, he-loves-me, he-loves-me-not.

This memory can rush for sale. Amongst the mixed bouquets, there were daisies. This flower has special meaning in back two days ago when I was waiting in line at the supermarket and happened to glance at the bouquet my heart. I associate it with my best friend who I lost to a car accident when we were both 17.

Flowers definitely bring an emotional response and we remember our happy and sad times through them.

The first time I inhaled the sweet fragrance of a carnation I was enthralled. It happened when my father, took us to Greece to visit his parents. As a 7-year-old, this strange land captivated me. I vividly remember my first response when we made our way up the hill where my grandparents’ house was, to find myself staring up at the handing grapes from the porch roof and the carnations which were planted along the edge of the porch.

Blood red, I can still recall their sweet aroma. They were the pride and joy of my grandmother who nurtured them and allowed me to help care for them. I had been instantly impressed by this glorious flower, not having seen it before.

If you are a woman, most of your flower memories may be romantic o­nes. Can you recall the first time you received flowers? Or the time when you were impressed the most with your date’s thoughtfulness?

The first time I received flowers was in the early stages of the internet. I loved meeting and chatting with people from around the world and o­ne such person was Rowan from London. We hit it off right away and to this day have remained good friends.

I was at work when a courier came in with a gigantic bouquet of flowers. When the receptionist came into my office to usher me to the reception not for a minute did I think they were for me? But they were. The gesture was so unexpected, so thoughtful, it will remain in my heart forever.

What are your flower memories?

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