Last night Sparky from Kentucky delivered another load of flowers to my neighbor Mike’s shop. My favorite thing to watch but this time I was out on a buying trip and missed the arrival of the long blue and yellow truck with the narrow doors all along the sides. Behind each door are compartments with different kinds of flowers. Never seen anything like it. When the doors go up all you can do is gasp and covet. Mike chooses and Sparky unloads. This time Mike picked so many plants he had to line them up along both sides of the sidewalk all the way past my shop. Beautiful and fragrant. Late summer perennials: fragile-looking but hardy roses, red hibiscus with huge blooms, rudbeckia in yellow, orange, and red. I’m a girl who lived in New York City for 26 and three-quarter years and expected the sidewalks to always be edged by big piles of black bags containing designer garbage. This is a completely different story.