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Wine, Roses and Cards

Valentines Day, February 14th, is just around the corner and you don't want to be caught without a gift for the love of your life. This romantic horticultural and confectionery holiday has a history and that history has not always been filled with hugs and kisses. Valentine's Day can be traced back to the ancient pagan feast of Lupercalia, at least one martyr and the Roman custom of creating couples by lottery. Today's custom of presenting wine, roses and cards seems pretty ho hum, but here is a way to really make a valentine statement: Give the gift of a leaf in the shape of a heart

These leaves come from a plant called hoya. Hoyas are twining houseplants with shiny, succulent leaves that can be dark green or variegated. Hoyas are also called porcelain plant or wax plant and some will produce clusters of white, waxy flowers.

The leaves we have are actually living, growing plants that can be treated like a houseplant. They prefer a bright-light location and water when the soil gets dry. What's nice about this valentine gift is that, if taken care of properly, it will be around a lot longer than that bottle of wine, box of chocolates or bunch of roses.

Come in to see our selection of "living valentine" plants. We

also have traditional hoyas in hanging baskets. Leaves on

these plants are more typical in shape and vary in color from

green to reddish or variegated.

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