It’s the day after Valentine’s, and the long-stemmed red roses that were £1.99 at the greengrocer’s yesterday are now reduced to 49p. He has a lot left.

I’m a regular visitor these days and notice such things. Down at the allotment, you see, all the plants (except the weeds) have now either been withered by the frost, drowned by the flood, or eaten by creatures with various numbers of legs. Everything in the vegetable compartment of the Reluctant Gardener’s fridge today, therefore, has come from the greengrocer’s.

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