The Best Thing That Happened This Week

The Flower Show opened.

Just when we absolutely, positively cannot stand ONE MORE MINUTE of winter, the Flower Show hits town, bringing with it warmth and light and blazons of color. How lucky are we that for 186 years, we’ve been treated to this early spring? The show’s arrival always makes us think how strange and disconcerting winter must have been in prehistoric times, when our ancestors had to wonder: Will the sun return? It always has before, sure, but … really, who knows? Only a city as tormented by self-doubt as Philly could need an annual springtime guarantee as glorious as this one. But hey, those acres of lilies and roses and hydrangeas make all our anguish worthwhile.

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