The guy selling garden roses at the farmers market this morning would like me and you and you too, sir, and also that lady over there, to know that these roses may look small, they really might, but they are special roses and worth every penny of their asking price, probably more, if you ask him. These roses, they are not deli roses, amazing that the two can even have the same name, really, because they are so different. People think all roses are the same but they really aren’t. These roses, he grew them himself, cut them this morning, drove them in from the country. These are garden roses. Do you smell that? Exquisite. When they grow a little taller, long stem, they are $3.50 each if you can believe it! And yes people pay it! They’d pay more! That’s how special they are. But these ones, these short-stemmed ones, don’t call them little or tiny, don’t judge a flower by its stem length, please, these are spectacular, just really special, well these are, brace yourself, not going to cost what you think they’re going to cost. It’s a common misconception, don’t feel bad. You think that because this is a farmer’s market that everything should be cheap! The shortness of the short-stemmed garden roses probably also have you assuming a low, low price. It’s all very understandable. But they are special, and their price reflects that. But how much do they cost? Okay. He will tell you. He will look you in the eye and tell you. They are $10 a bunch. Please don’t be shocked. You looked shocked. Don’t be shocked. Like he said, he grew them himself, they are very special, just take a whiff. Now you want to know the cost of those hydrangeas? They’re $5 a stem. Are you shocked? Don’t be shocked. You need to hear about those hydrangeas. These aren’t garden variety hydrangeas. Well, not a normal garden. They’re from his garden. He grew them himself.
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