Lemonade everything was so infinite. is a series of seven volumes commissioned by publisher LemonMelon. ‘Limonade es war alles so grenzenlos.’ was one of Franz Kafka’s last sentences in his Aus den Gesprächsblättern published in Briefe 1902–1924. Hélène Cixous, who repeatedly wrote about this sentence, translated it as ‘Limonade tout était si infini.’. This is translated in the English version of the Hélène Cixous Reader as ‘Lemonade everything was so infinite’.

The seven writers and artists each contributing a volume to project are David Berridge, Julia Calver, Emma Cocker, Rachel Lois Clapham, Marit Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood and Mary Paterson. Each contributor explores one of the seven segments of this sentence – ‘Lemonade’, ‘ __’, ‘everything’, ‘was’, ‘so’, ‘infinite’, ‘.’. The titles will be published in succession every three months starting in July / August 2011. See the LemonMelon website for further information or to buy copies.

My volume takes the form of a series of interviews with local florists and is subtitled “Advice on the palliative care of cut flowers”. An extract is opposite:

The nursery people will cut the flowers when they feel they’re the right ripeness. After the flowers have been picked in the nursery and packed, some are given gases for their journey.

And if you don’t it is really a waste.

You must strip all the foliage that’s going to be in the water.

If you don’t you get bacteria, the botulism form —

After you’ve stripped your leaves you must then cut the stem. In a flower shop we quite often use knives. You need to use sharp knives or a sharp pair of scissors.

If you cut them with a blunt cut, quite often that will cause it to rest on the bottom of the vase and then it will take up less water.

No, no that’s quite separate.

Yes, no.

After you’ve done that you need to put them straight into water within a very short space of time, because it’s like the reverse of us. When you cut your skin you want it to heal and scab over. When you cut a flower stem you want to expose it so it continues to take in nutrients.