Flowers For George Washington

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

Dead Pokemon Walking

This week’s bunch of freshly cut bloomers are bright yellow and orange Marigolds. Regarded as the flower of the dead in pre-Hispanic Mexico, they are still widely used in Day of the Dead celebrations, which seems somewhat appropriate as we say goodbye to the oddly contentious yet eternally hopeful Herman Cain presidential campaign.

“Party disputes and personal quarrels are the great business of the day while the great and accumulated debt, ruined finances, depreciated money, and want of credit were postponed from day to day, from week to week, as if our affairs wore the most promising aspect.” George Washington, circa 1778.

November 20, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

Feed Your Hunger

This week’s bunch of fresh cut flowers are orange Safflowers, which is not only one of humanities oldest species, but is also known as Bastard Saffron because of its use as a cheaper version of Saffron. The oil from its seeds also forms the base of the white gook my father lovingly lathered on his sunday tuna fish sandwiches. Which just goes to prove that this herbacious flower serves a greater purpose than merely being a prickly, yet attractive accoutrement to suburban living, something to keep in mind as we enter this holiday season.

“Let the hospitality of the house with respect to the poor be kept up.” “Let no one go hungry away… provided it does not encourage them in idleness.” George Washington circa 1762

November 13, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

Are you prepared to change in order to live a better life?

This week’s bunch of fresh cut flowers are Cardinal and Gold Fall Mums (apologies to the troops hunkering down in the fields of Westwood). Their rich autumnal colors signal the natural order of change that surrounds us. It also makes me wonder at how hard we humans fight change of any sort and what we are willing to compromise in order to avoid it.

“Is the paltry consideration of a little dirty pelf to individuals to be placed in competition with the essential rights and liberties of the present generation and of millions yet unborn?” George Washington, 1778

November 5, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

Occupy Renew

This week’s bunch of fresh flowers are pink Asiatic Lillies. Their lush openness encourages me to renew my faith and stand up strong for what is right and fair. Greed and fear are the opponents in this fight and apathy is the narcotic that diminishes us. So breathe deep, take hope, and challenge yourself to renew your investment in our collective future with whatever you have to give; time, money, thought, energy, rabble rousing or simple consideration.

“Providence has done much for us in this contest but we must do something for ourselves, if we expect to go triumphantly through with it.” George Washington 1782

October 29, 2011 Playa Vista Farmers Market

I’m Having A Debtor’s Ball

This week’s bunch of fresh flowers are Lime Green Chrysanthemums, which embody mixed meanings; in the east they are a symbol for longevity, wealth and happiness, while in the west they signify decadence and death. Perhaps interpretation depends on your success rate with put options.

“there is no practice more dangerous than that of borrowing money… for when money can be had in this way, repayment is seldom thought of in time… Exertions to raise it by dint of industry ceases. It comes easy and is spent freely and many things indulged in that would never be thought of, if to be purchased by the sweat of the brow. In the meantime, the debt is accumulating like a snowball in rolling.” George Washington, circa 1760.

October 22, 2011 Playa Vista Farmers Market

One Nation, Under God

This week’s fresh cut flowers are lavender white, Alstroemerias, which offer slender comfort to me during these fitful times.

“We have abundant reason to rejoice that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition.” January 1793.

And yet…

Are you ready for some football?

October 1, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

A Beautiful Crown

This week’s fresh cut flowers are a bunch of beautiful Purple and Gold, Matsumoto Asters, which brighten up any room they find themselves in, even one populated with a collection of self-absorbed politicians and an increasingly longer list of overstimulated media prognosticators and rabble rousing everymen who seem to enjoy the feeling of free fall.

“Nothing I more sincerely wish than a union to the colonies in this time of eminent danger.” April 1756

September 3, 2011 from Westchester Bristol Farms

Sorry. That date doesn’t work for me

The intense fragrance of the White Oriental Lillies is the perfect antidote to the stench coming out of Washington this summer. Is it poor advice that this President is given or does he lack a certain fortitude? “Beware of Surprise.” … “errors once discovered are more than half amended.”

August 27, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

How’s Your Summer Recess Going?

This week’s bouquet of fresh cut flowers are red and white Sweet William or Dianthus barbatus, which have long attracted birds, bees and butterflies and more recently the bride of a young english prince. The tight cluster of red petals incites in me an urgency to attend to matters of state that I wish transferred to our country’s current caretakers who seem oblivious to the late hour of the day – regardless if they are on recess or not.

August 20, 2011 Westchester Bristol Farms

Dignity before Foursquare

The White Chrysanthemums and Blue Gerbera Daisies paint a pastoral vision of elegance and simplicity. I occasionally like to take in a little fresh air as it clears the mind and allows one some time to reflect on past and future actions. Such as, can one be a “man of the people” and remain Presidential. This latest act of social relevance concerns me.

August 13, 2011 Playa Vista Farmers Market

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