Flowers For George Washington

First in War, First in Peace, First in the Garden

Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Happy Birthday, George!

February 15, 2012 Santa Monica Farmers Market

This week’s bunch of freshly cut flowers are deep purple Lisianthus. Their vibrancy and long life are a perfect symbol to celebrate yesterday’s anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Sure we have President’s Day, but is it fair to lump the likes of 41, 43 and 21 together with the hall of famers like Lincoln, FDR and Number 1. Born on February 22, 1732 near Pope’s Creek, Virginia, Washington was arguably the greatest among the founding fathers of our country. Not that he was the most intellectual or sophisticated or even the most astute politically, as those honors might go to Franklin, Jefferson or Madison. No, Washington’s greatest strength was his judgment, his ability to make the right call in times of crisis. To rise above partisan bickering and individual interests and to act in the best interests of his country. Those qualities are sorely missed today.

“There are four things, which I humbly conceive, are essential to the … existence of the United States as an Independent Power:

1st. An indissoluble Union of the States under one Federal Head.

2dly. A sacred regard to Public Justice.

3dly. The adoption of a proper Peace Establishment, and

4thly. The prevalence of that pacific and friendly disposition among the People of the United States which will induce them to forget their local prejudices and policies, to make those mutual concessions which are requisite to the general prosperity, and in some instances, to sacrifice their individual advantages to the interest of the community.

These are the Pillars on which the glorious fabric of our Independency and National Character must be supported; Liberty is the basis, and whoever would dare to sap the foundation, or overturn the structure, under whatever specious pretexts he may attempt it, will merit the bitterest execration, and the severest punishment which can be inflicted by his injured Country.”

George Washington 1783

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What’s in a name?

This week’s bunch of freshly cut flowers are virginal white CallaLilys, which are neither Callas nor Lilys but something entirely different: Zantedeschia aethiopica. A genus native to South Africa roughly translating to “Pig’s Ear,” the CallaLily has found popularity in Anglican countries where it is sometimes known as the Easter Lily, celebrating the resurrection of the rabble rousing rabbi. Of course, Easter (or Pesah in Hebrew), is also etymologically linked to Passover and the Exodus from Egypt.  To further complicate matters, the Easter Lily is also a badge that is worn by Irish Republicans as symbol of remembrance for those who died or were executed during the 1916 Easter Rising.

Which just makes me wonder, why can’t we all just get along?

“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.”

George Washington circa 1765

January 19, 2012 Santa Monica Farmers Market

Red, White and George!

This week’s fresh cut flowers are Red and White Gerber Daisies whose electric vibrancy elicits a certain patriotism in me as we begin the new year. I’m reminded that during the Vietnam Era, a certain phrase “America, Love It or Leave It” was a popular retort when anyone criticized what the government was doing. In fact, songs were even recorded that served up this mighty fine travel option. While it’s a bit sophmoric, I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be appropriate (and somewhat ironic) to jumpstart this lovely jingle whenever the Right starts to claim ownership of the moral center of the country and a desire to take the country back.

“I am really mortified beyond expression that, in the moment of our acknowledged independence, we should by our conduct verify the predictions of our transatlantic foe and render ourselves ridiculous and contemptible in the eyes of all Europe. It is but the other day we were shedding our blood to obtain the constitutions under which we now live – constitutions of our own choice and framing – and now we are unsheathing the sword to overturn them.

George Washington 1786

January 12, 2012 Playa Vista Farmers Market

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