How to be truly thoughtful for your valentine
Roses are red. I am feeling blue. It’s Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, when more men (and women) buy cut flowers than on any other day. Most are unsustainably grown. All are madly overpriced. Millions of red roses are shipped in from Kenya and other poorly paid countries. Once-fragrant garden flowers bred straight without scent to last ever longer, though many won’t make it till morning. I had thought we might grow out of this: buying thoughtless flowers for a thoughtful day. Same old blooms for someone special.
It is time to think of something different. Go to a flower shop or stall and not just to Tesco or some other superstore. Talk to them beforehand, ask what’s good in the market. Make it meaningful, not a service-station afterthought.