For Valentine's Day 2015, the buzz is already about American grown flowers. You want to know the farmer who grew your veggies, the vintner who made your wine and now, the flower farmer who grew the romantic blooms that will be the centerpiece of your Valentine's Day ritual.
Anyone working with lilies or enjoying them in their home or office will know the sad moment when you accidentally brush against a big Oriental lily and end up with a swath of bright orange pollen on your shirt, blouse or worse, your white slacks.
Now that it is officially autumn, it's time to dig into the hot colors of fall flowers. The fashion world dictates the color schemes we will see from the runways in New York and Paris, right down to the colors a bride requests for her fall wedding.
As Ann's garden became my own, I began to understand the passion that we humans have for transforming the earth with our bare hands, not to grow food, but to hold our memories. This is our way of putting ourselves into the earth.