Dear Friends,Recently a friend on our Flower List passed away unexpectedly. This is a note to his family. Through the years I feel like "We" are family.I met Fred at one of our Class of '58 Reunions several years ago. When we were in school I remember him as a basketball player driving to the hoop and shooting or passing to Whitey but our paths did not cross. Fred soughtme out at the reunion because he knew that I was a Head and Neck surgeon and hoped that I might be able to suggest something to treat his dry mouth. Through several years I did make several suggestions, some even slightly novel, but I don't think they were of much help.But out of that interplay we developed an e-mail relationship. For the last 9 years I have been sending images and sometimes poems about flowers as they bloom in my garden. (www.donsessions.blogspot.com) Fred was a friend on my Flower List for many years. He regularly sent notes in response to my blogs and I feel like I got to know him well.He would recognize some of the flowers that he and I and even Rebecca had in common.Who couldn't love a guy who would dictate a note for the e-mail and then disclaim any responsibility for what he had dictated.I found his most endearing feature to be an intense kindness. This came through in everything he wrote and in the actions that he talked about.In his honor I send some images from last year's garden. My favorite flower is a perennial called Rose Campion. The flower head is small but the color is dynamite.