“It started with that most ancient of romantic gestures: a bouquet of roses.”

'We met in 1986,' Kathy Hsing said, giving husband Michael a look. 'Well, it is OK to tell the real story?' she asked him with a laugh. 'OK, well, we met in 1986, in June, and my birthday falls in July. So he sent me a dozen roses. For my birthday. I was so happy.'

A year later, the couple were married and had both said goodbyes to their jobs. It was August 1987, and the Hsings were now enmeshed in the petal business, after having bought a florist friend's Van Nuys flower shop that May. It wasn't the nicest spot, but it was a start, and as soon the couple gained enough clientele to afford a better location, they moved in 1995 to Granada Hills...

... Those early years were about starting all over again for the young couple, who had to learn from scratch not only the cold, hard facts of running their first business but the delicate art of floral arrangement.

They took courses at night, attended workshops, networked with others in the florists' community - the Society of American Florist and the Master Florists Association are among many floral trade associations - and learned by hiring good designers to work with them...

'I think I have an instinct for floral design. Design has always been my passion,' she said. 'I love beautiful things'"

-Hector Gonzales, Granada Hills Life, 2013