Local flower shops and growers do their part to conserve water

Happy Valentine's Day!  Whether you've gotten a lovely bouquet for the lovely person in your life already, or you're making a dash over to the florist before they notice, it may make you feel better to know that florists themselves are drought conscious.  Check out the measures some California florists are taking to reduce their cost and conserve water in this article in the San Jose Mercury News by Jasmine Leyva and Victoria Kezra.  From capturing rainwater, to changing when they cycle their bunches, to increased monitoring to ensure accurate watering, this drought is changing how florists act.  And while the recent rains mean more potential for a fresh water source, they can also mean botrytis, a plant pathogen that can cause some serious damage.  Read about all this and more in the article.