Okay, we’re just going to mush this month’s Garden Blogger Bloom Day together with Valentine’s Day, okay? Only one day off~! And yesterday I happened upon these lovely offerings at my favorite indie garden center – a heather on the left and a lavender on the right. Both look awfully romantic to me – at least as romantic as cut flowers and much more sensible because they can be popped in the ground as soon as it thaws.
I’ve never grown them myself, though, and wonder how well they do here in the Mid-Atlantic Humidity Belt (when it’s not the Mid-Atlantic Blizzard Belt). Let me guess – the secret is good drainage, right?
The Skinny on Cut Roses isn’t Pretty
On the other hand, here’s what most guys bought for their sweethearts. And it isn’t just Amy who’s spreading the word about all the chemicals and worker abuse that go into the growing of these fragrance-free items. Global-food-justice expert Raj Patel posted an expose yesterday called O Rose, Thou Art Sick, and here’s a killer excerpt:
The question is whether locking rural people into producing fripperies
for the rich is the best way of doing it. And that’s precisely what one
does when one promotes the pesticide-soaked jet-sent cut flowers
industry, whether in its rapacious Dole-shaped form, or its more
guilt-friendly ‘VeriFlora’ form.
He goes on to bash our guilt-assuaging notions of “fair trade” and ends with this:
This Valentines, remember to say it with potted plants.
Photos taken at Homestead Gardens.