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May 15, 2007
The flowers were magnificent. Large red blooms that could be as big as a womanís face. If she got a whole dozen she could get lost forever.

They didnít have thorns anymore either. Thorns were bad, they could cut and maim and that wasnít something anyone wanted to do to their sweetheart.

In order to get the huge thornless blooms a price had to be paid. Nurseries didnít sell their souls, but they did sacrifice the roses sweet smell.

Therefore Joe's business philosophy was "Before you can stop and sell the roses, you've got to spread a lot of perfume.Ē