How Valentine's Day got started, quotes, rose growing

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, February 14, 2019

one red rose

True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900–44)

Thursday, February 14, 2019
45th day of the year

Gregory Hines (dancer & actor) was born on this day in 1946.
Louie Bellson (big band & jazz drummer) died on this day in 2009.

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How Valentine's Day Started

Valentine's Day 2020
How exactly did Valentine’s Day get started? Here’s the short history. (It starts out rather dark!) If you’re celebrating loved ones, we have great Valentine’s Day quotes for cards—plus, mouthwatering recipes and beautiful flower ideas!


This is What a Single Diet Soda Drink Does

If you consume soda or know anyone who does, then this is affecting you directly. These foods may be harming you from the inside, and they could be the reason why you are not losing weight, no matter what you have tried. Watch the video to learn more about how these diet foods may be harming you or your loved ones.
Our Roses Guide

Ready to plant and grow roses in your garden? Our Growing Guide for Roses will get you started—with advice on how to take care of roses and prune roses, too. We also share our recommendations on the best types of roses to grow, as well as tips on controlling rose pests such as Japanese beetles.
Try the Weed Spinner!

All you need is a drill and weeds and their roots are gone in one quick spin! The action is fun, fast, and satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Expect your neighbors to get curious and want to try the Weed Spinner, too. This back-saving drill bit was invented by retired school teacher Vern Ader and we thank him. 
Symbolism of Flowers

Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
Before you select a bouquet, check out the flower meanings from The Old Farmer’s Almanac!  While most of us know that red roses symbolize love, did you realize that most plants, herbs, and flowers have centuries-old symbolic meanings? Some flowers mean friendship; others symbolize love; yet others represent loss. Here’s our full list of flower meanings.
Farmers' Market Cotton Tote Bag

This sturdy cotton canvas bag features The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792 logo on one side and the message “Support Your Local Farmers” on the other. Made in the USA. Buy 2 or more and save $3 each automatically! No promo code needed.
Toll House Pie

Toll House Pie

This Toll House Pie recipe is an easy one that everyone loves. It tastes like a giant chocolate chip cookie. Go all the way and serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream.

The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Features original, full-color illustrations.
"Surefire" Mating Tips

How to Find Your Perfect Mate
Herewith, from science and folklore, are more than 20 “surefire” techniques for finding, attracting, and wedding the person you will love forever. Yes, indeed, this is the way to get the guy or girl of your dreams!
Large Wooden Matches

Choose from 22 stunning designs! Each matchbox is about the size of a deck of playing cards and contains 50 wooden matches with color-coordinated tips.