The Apotheosis of Flowers

The Apotheosis of Flowers

OK, here’s a chance to get more people to read about Larry Rose, and fold in another great San Francisco tip.  Recently psychologist Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger and, most recently, Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up, praised Geography of the Heart:  A Memoir on All Things Considered.  The full text of her review may be found / listened to on this site on the page for Geography, but herewith, a particular sentence she quoted:  “He brought flowers — not your garden-variety carnations and mums, but fabulous arrangements of tropical flora with unpronounceable names and big hair.”

That sentence took me back to those arrangements, which I can see, oh, how I can see them here and now, more real than the real.

But there’s also the real thing, still in business, and here is a link to their homepage:

This is the shop where Larry bought those “fabulous arrangements,” and they are the greatest, the apotheosis of flowers.


  • Connie

    Regarding flowers…beautiful. Regarding Geography of the Heart…heard about it on NPR, read it, loved it. As an expat southerner confilicted on many issues related to my upbringing (race, religion, poverty, gender, sexuality), I searched for a saner, gentler way of life. Your book reminded me of the beauty and tradition I left behind. Thank you for a lovely journey.

    April 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm
  • Rachael

    I’m loving your book. Thanks for sharing this story.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm
  • Becky

    Just wanted to say how much I adore Geography of the Heart. I used to read it all the time whenever I would go to William Paterson’s campus library to study. Things from this beautiful book often pop into my head at random moments, like Larry’s affinity for desserts, or his use of strong cologne. It’s wonderful that this place is still in business.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm
  • Well that was a charming adventure. Thank you for the tip. At the risk of cliche, the ixia tour is kind of a metaphor for your writing: A series of striking vignettes, familiar yet surprising, balanced, reflective, and from a unique perspective.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm