i just want to put this piece of information on the table: i don't dig roses. never have. sure, the smelly ones are pleasant, but they're predictable. if red, cliche. and there are so many blooms that are far superior to the thorned-stemmed flower. however, i will concede that they do rank higher than carnations. carnations hurt my feelings. they are the hoochie heels of the floral world. so this is me encouraging everyone to choose wisely. and should i ever acquire an admirer, i certainly hope he'd know me well enough to take the garden path toward lilies and lilac and peonies, si vou ples.