Stopping by the Valley Flower Company this time of year is like stumbling into a farmer's market for flowers: cone flowers from Bethel, cottage yarrow from Plainfield, sedum from Woodstock and garlic scapes from Cornish.
How does this magic happen?
"A lot of times it's the grower coming in here and saying, 'I'm a grower, do you want my stuff?' " said Morgan Perrone, who owns the shop. Her answer is yes, as often as it can be.
"It lasts longer," she said, "and I like to support the local grower as much as I can."
Here's something else I learned on my visit: Morgan Perrone does not like having her picture taken. The best deal I could negotiate was a photo of her hand placing those lovely local flowers on a table.
It's okay, I'm patient. Next time I'm going for her forearm.