The foliage in the bouquet turned out to be very interesting. At the time, I decided to keep it in a vase and then Retired Mountain Man and I noticed that something was growing on the back of each leaf. The foliage was not even in water. He decided that it was trying to bloom. Four months later, I have another bouquet of roses, this time from Retired Mountain Man. I decided to add the foliage to this bouquet.
Here's a close-up. So cool.
My Valentine's Day roses. They are so pretty.
And finally, a quote from Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit----
“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'
'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.
'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'
'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'
'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
Happy Valentine's Day