Flowers can display a huge range of emotions. An “I love you” rose, an “I’m sorry I broke your favorite record” bouquet. They are really versatile, but most often flowers are a declaration of love. They are most often given on anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, and birthdays. But, this husband had a different idea after his wife went blind. Because flowers not only look beautiful, but they smell amazing, too.
Mr and Mrs Kuroki got married in 1956. They lived an incredible life, raising two children and running a successful dairy farm in Shintomi, Japan. However, everything suddenly changed. Their plans to retire and travel Japan were dashed when Mrs Kuroki went blind. A complication from her diabetes, this meant they couldn’t go traveling any more.
Her husband knew she was thoroughly depressed, and he decided to do something to cheer her up. He knew that she loved the smell of her favorite flower, the shibazakura, or moss phlox, flower. He already had a few in the garden, so he decided to grow some more.
Over the course of two years, he planted thousands of the flower, all to cheer up his wife. Not only did the aroma of her favorite flower cheer her up, but thousands of visitors to the garden also give her people to chat to. A decade after it was planted, the dairy farm is still a major tourist attraction. The couple’s cowshed is now home to the story of their love, and the farm expects around 7,000 visitors a day when the flowers are in bloom.
What do you make of this beautiful tale of love? Does your other half go to these lengths for you? Let us know in the comments, and share with your family and friends.