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Valentine’s Day

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Romantic love wasn’t even mentioned on St. Valentine’s Day until the poem “Parlement of Foules” by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1382, however, the celebration of St. Valentine started in 500AD!

Flowers and chocolate became the “norm” of Valentine gift-giving in the 2nd half of the 20th century.  It all started here in the U.S.  thanks to some clever entrepreneurs!

Growing love

Roses aren’t the only flowers!  There are carnations, aka Dianthus, which stands for love.  The darling below is hardy to zone 5.

Dianthus ‘Coconut Surprise’ from Bluestone Perennials

Daisies and Peruvian Lilies.  Sunflowers and Calla Lilies.  BTW, Calla lilies were used to express sophistication and beauty!

Calla lily ‘Picasso Vermeer’

And, as always, there are Orchids!!


orchid 4

Phalaenopsis Orchid

THE most important thing?  SAY it and MEAN it!  ;-)   Happy Valentine’s Day…



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