There is an old story of a Japanese emperor whose work took up all his time. Sound familiar?

He was in love with a sweet maiden who missed him dreadfully when he had no time to spend with her.

Now, the emperor was truthfully terribly busy, but his heart was still with his love. So he sent her a flower to apologize for his absence, and the flower he chose was a beautiful hydrangea.

Today in Japan the hydrangea is a symbol of apology and love.

When is your next shopping trip?

Hydrangeas, anyone?

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