Thursday, May 14, 2009

Resisting Temptation or Flowers I Didn't Buy

There are many temptations in the Boston flower market, many, many temptations. Sometimes I succumb, and sometimes I am able to resist. Yesterday I resisted.

One of the things I was able to tear myself away from was this gorgeous, tiny edelweiss above. You know, like the song in "The Sound of Music"?! This petite (the stems were maybe 5" long, tops) alpine flower is regarded as the national flower of Austria. They must have gotten some goatherd to pick it in the Alps, because it was a small fortune. So I resisted, with no orders for edelweiss, I couldn't justify getting it.

I was tempted to just carry it around for a while in the market and pet the fuzzy leaves.

I didn't though.

The other pretty little thing this week that I had to turn my back on, was lily of the valley. It's May so it's in season, which means it's at the most reasonable price it will be all year, about $40 a bunch. These bunches came from New Jersey and are not much taller than the edelweiss, about 5" - 6" tall. You probably can't tell, but there are 4 bunches in that little 3" jam jar, so that little clump of lily of the valley would retail for $150-160. Turn those bunches into a bridal bouquet, and you're well over $200. In season.

So I passed on the lily of the valley.

But I did inhale. :-)
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