Another date for our diaries - at least those of us who can get to London between mid-February and the end of April next year - the exhibition Floriculture: Flowers, Love and Money will be on at the Garden Museum, telling the story of the cut flower trade from the 17th. century to the present day, "exploring the inspiration of cut flowers to painters, and to the art of floristry, and their symbolism in rites of passage such as marriage, funerals, and memory".
Here's an astonishing fact from the exhibition's summary page: in 1940, 4 million bulbs were shipped to America as payment for arms.
(By the way, as a great example of having the right name for one's job, the chef at the Garden Museum's café is called Sorrel!).