Flowers For George Washington

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A New Year Is Upon Us

This week’s bunch of fresh cut flowers honor those who won’t be with us to shepherd in the new year. As 2011 ends I think of all those who departed; some too early, others right on time. And here we are – left to carry on without them. So what do we do with the ever shortening time we have left? Do we spend it on frivolous tidings or do we start to impact those around us in some positive fashion. This is what we as a culture did in 2011. What will you do in 2012?

“My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do and more than could be reasonably expected.  But your country is at stake, your wives, your houses and all you hold dear. If you will consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty and to your country which you probably can never do under any other circumstances.”

George Washington, January 1777

December 30, 2011 Marina del Rey Gelsons

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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

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