This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 10 July 2017, 10 July 2018, 10 July 2020 The first blog post introduces the writer as “testesso,” meaning “yourself” in english (we will be referring to them as the florist in these summaries). The florist announces their plan to open the Flower Smeraldo shop in mid september, in 2018 the shops opening date changes to late august which corresponds to the release of Love Yourself: Answer on august 24, the latest rendition (2020) also has late august as the opening date. The florist came to know of the Smeraldo flower from attending a conference on the origin of playing cards in the United States after the florist miswrote the date for the Flower 2012 conference, in later uploads this is called the Annual Flower Conference. We are also introduced to “The Smeraldo Academy” (TSA) and learn the meaning of the Smeraldo in flower language, non potevo dire la verrita or the truth untold, this is also the name of a song in BTS’ album Love Yourself: Tear.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 12 July 2017, 12 July 2018, 12 July 2020 The florist says they hope the smeraldo may bring people happiness and explains the idea of a flower being what makes a day special not the other way around. There are images of Flower Smeraldo in construction, as well as the van the florist will use to deliver Smeraldos. We learn the florist plans to have an all white interior to bring out the colors of the smeraldo flower, and that those wanting the flower should order 2 weeks in advance as it may take time to supply smeraldos to customers. It is mentioned that the flower originated in Northern Italy.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 17 July 2017, 17 July 2018, 15 July 2020 The florist says the smeraldo flower was thought to be a myth until a travel photographer, amtest(amare_0), posted a photo of the flower on instagram. Amare means love in italian, amtest combines the words amare and testesso to mean love yourself, the name of BTS’ album series. The image of the smeraldo was posted on June 12, 2013, BTS’ debut date. The image was taken in la citta di smeraldo, the city of smeraldos in english, the smeraldo flower only exists in this city and all attempts to grow it elsewhere failed. (Smeraldo means emeraldo so this directly translates to the emerald city) The third blog post that was uploaded in 2020 tells a different story from the ones uploaded in 2017 and 2018. It says there was a large typhoon and as a result construction was stopped. While sitting in the shop the florist noticed someone holding an umbrella walk up to the shop outside and stare into the interior for a few minutes. (Most likely this person staring into the store is Seokjin as he was the only one who knew of the smeraldo at that time.)
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 20 July 2017, 20 July 2018, 17 July 2020 In this blog post the florist details the story behind the smeraldo flower. In the 15th or 16th century there was a man who lived in a lonely castle in la citta di smeraldo, he was born illegitimately to a duke and a gardener's daughter who died in childbirth, after he was sent into hiding after the duke’s family threatened him. He lived a lonesome life and his only joy was growing flowers. One day a women snuck into his garden and stole some flowers, this continued for a several nights, one day the man followed her and discovered she was selling the flowers to survive. The man is the castle wanted to teach her how to grow flowers but was afraid he would scare her due to his ugly appearance. He decided to make an entirely new flower had hadn’t existed before so she could make a lot of profit. One day the women stopped coming to his garden, he went to find out what had happened only to discover she had passed away. The florist notes at the end of this blog that this story reminds him of the unrequited love he had with a friend. The version of the Forth Story uploaded in 2020 is the contents of the Third Story uploaded in 2017 and 2018.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 26 July 2017, 26 July 2018, 20 July 2020 The florist goes into more detail regarding how playing cards relate to the smeraldo flower. He tells the story of William Ashbless, an aristocrat and a well known manufacturer of playing cards, who went to Northern Italy to rest and ended up finding a smeraldo flower, after finding it he came to hear of the story depicted in “The Fourth Story” and created the name, smeraldo flower, and the meaning, the truth untold, for the flower. He also created the Flower Card, a playing card with two meanings, blooming, fruit, and fruition when viewed in the correct position, and fall, end, and new beginning, when viewed upside down. The version of the Fifth Story uploaded in 2020 is the contents of the Fourth Story uploaded in 2017 and 2018.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 31 July 2017, 31 July 2018, 26 July 2020 This blog post discusses the only surviving image of The Flower Card. The image originally came from the larger portrait “Madame Lenormand Sitting at the Salon” painted by Jean-Francois Rolland, which depicts the astrologist Madame Lenormand. The painting caught fire and the section showing The Flower Card became the only surviving portion of the painting. The version of the Sixth Story uploaded in 2020 is the contents of the Fifth Story uploaded in 2017 and 2018.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 3 August 2017, 3 August 2018, 31 July 2020 The florist tells the story of the friend mentioned in “The Fourth Story”. He and the friend had promised to go to Italy together to see the smeraldo flowers. On the day they were to leave the florist saw her get off a bus with a guy, assuming the worst he decided to not meet up with her and instead went to the plane and boarded by himself, secretly hoping that she would search the plane for him. A few days passed until one morning when he gets a call, he learns the guy he saw at the airport was her brother and that she had gotten into a car accident and passed away. When he arrived back from Italy he learned that smeraldo flowers were not allowed to be shipped to korean flower shops. The version of the Seventh Story uploaded in 2020 is the contents of the Sixth Story uploaded in 2017 and 2018.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog and @cafe_armyUploaded on 7 August 2018 The smeraldo is a very rare, after it was discovered the Smeraldo Academy was founded to regulate its movement and experiment on the flower.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 15 August 2017, 15 August 2018, 3 August 2020 The florist is busy planning the opening of Flower Smeraldo. Although he wasn’t supposed to go to the construction site on this day he went anyways as he had an instinctive feeling someone would arrive wanting smeraldos, in the 2018 version no one came. However, in the original 2017 upload Seokjin went to the store and became the florist’s first order. The florist wanted Seokjin to write something on a card, he did but didn’t tell the florist what he wrote. When asked why he wanted the smeraldo flowers he replied that he wanted to be a good person. The version of the Eighth Story uploaded in 2020 is the contents of the Seventh Story uploaded in 2017 and 2018.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 30 August 2017, 22 August 2018, 12 August 2020 In the 2017 upload the florist announces the smeraldos have passed through customs. In the 2018 version, the florist announces the completion of Flower Smeraldo’s construction, and says it will open on August 25 in Jamsil, Seoul. He recounts that many troubles have happened to get to this point but is excited to bring smeraldo to many people. (This “Flower Smeraldo” did exist in a sense, at the start of BTS’ Love Yourself: Speak Yourself stadium tour starting in Jamsil Stadium there was a merchandise booth for Flower Smeraldo!) In the 2020 version, the florist tells an addition to the origin story of the smeraldo flower. That the man went back to his castle and burnt his garden to the ground, by the time the fire was put out he had disappeared. He had been all but forgotten when a villager went to see relatives in Florence and saw a man with severe burns and an unreadable expression. The florist than says this story reminds him of someone he saw in the news is an equally unreadable expression.
This summary of the Smeraldo Flower Blog relies on translations from Testesso English Blog, @cafe_army, and @BOMHARU1230Uploaded on 24 August 2018 The Flower Smeraldo opens tomorrow, the florist makes final preparations and notes there he is worried because of a recent typhoon.
Seokjin recounts how he first met the girl , one month ago (July 11th) by the railroad tracks after visiting Jungkook at the hospital. As he contemplates how lonely he feels, he sees the girl crossing the tracks towards him. She drops her diary which contained her wish list, and one of the things in it was a clipping of the Smeraldo Flower and a paragraph from The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm. Seokjin tries to do a lot of things from the book with her for the following month. He also finds the Smeraldo Flower Shop and arranges for their delivery on August 30. Although he knows that he is doing the wrong thing, he is unable to come clean because he is afraid the girl might leave him. He says he wants to make her happy and confess his love for her. He decides to confess on August 30 during the Firework display at the Yangji River because it's her favorite time and her favorite place.
Seokjin waits for the florist to deliver the Smeraldos. The florist arrives in a truck with the Flower Smeraldo logo and delivers the bouquet and tells Seokjin he was late because of the Fireworks Festival. Seokjin realizes the card he asked for was missing, so he calls the driver who says he can make a U-turn and come right back. Just then the girl appears across the intersection and walks towards Seokjin.
Seokjin watches as the Smeraldo truck, which had made a U-turn, hits the girl. He freezes for a moment till he drops the bouquet of Smeraldos and comes back to reality. He watches helplessly as the girl bleeds on the pavement as the first fireworks burst into the sky. He hears a mirror crack.