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Rare beach flower returns if nibbling mice lose cover - Futurity: Research NewsTuesday, February 27, 2018
European beachgrass, initially planted in the early- to mid-1900s to stabilize dunes, spreads rapidly and can re-sprout even from centimeter-long fragments. Coastal communities from Vancouver to Los Angeles have tried to fight the invader for decades by spraying it with herbicide, digging it out by hand, or burying it with heavy construction machinery.The opportunity to frame a dramatic before-and-after comparison came in 2010, when Point Reyes park managers went all-in on a restoration effort of the coastal dune community along the Great Beach. With excavators and bulldozers, they used a “flip and bury” technique: They unearthed 32 hectares of the invasive beachgrass from more than 77 hectares of sand dunes, buried it, and capped it with clean sand.Purple flowers returnWhere once almost 80 percent of the lupine seed pods were consumed before they even ripened, researchers now estimate that mice are getting less than 3 percent of the pods.“What’s really new here is, we’re demonstrating that a large-scale restoration can produce a significant and sustained reduction in seed predation pressure,” Pardini says.The strong link between removal of invasive plants and improvement in reproductive success ultimately means new life for a species that Pardini and her colleagues once worried might become extinct within the park.At Point Reyes, the low, purple lupine flowers are coming back in abundance—the number of plants in the remnant dune area has hovered around 160,000 to 187,000 plants, but several hundred thousand new plants have been recruited to the restored areas.Life on the dunes needs wind-blown sand“A lot of the early successional native plants respond very well to large-scale restoration,” Pardini says.“They are highly adapted to open areas with lots of bare sand, to wind disturbance and salt spray,” she says. “Their seeds are in the seed bank or blow in, and they just start popping up.”External funding for this research came from the National Science Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.Source: Washington University in St. Louis... http://www.futurity.org/tidestroms-lupine-mice-1678882-2/
High school notebook: Vaughn Flowers stepping in larger role for Rolling Hills Prep boys basketball team - The Daily BreezeTuesday, February 27, 2018
The semifinals for both the L.A. City Section and Southern Section Open Divisions are on Saturday.The L.A. City Section semifinals start at 1 p.m. at Roybal Learning Center (1200 Colton St., Los Angeles) with the two girls games, El Camino Real-Granada Hills Charter and Fairfax-Westchester, at 3 p.m.The boys games start at 5 p.m. with Taft taking on Fairfax, followed by Westchester-Granada Hills Charter.The Southern Section semifinals will take place at California Baptist University. The first girls game is at 2 p.m. (Mater Dei-Windward, followed by Etiwanda-Harvard-Westlake). Bishop Montgomery opens the boys schedule at 6:30 p.m. against Sierra Canyon, followed by Etiwanda-Mater Dei.San Pedro’s Barrios heading to stateSan Pedro sophomore Sydney Barrios finished second at 143 pounds at the L.A. City Section wrestling finals on Saturday to qualify for CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday in Visalia.Barrios will join Mira Costa’s trio of Sasha Medvidovic (150), Allysa Nocum (121) and Viviana Ramirez (189) as South Bay wrestlers competing. Wrestling begins Friday at 9 a.m.Mira Costa water polo moving onThe Mira Costa girls water polo team advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs with Saturday’s 8-4 win over Rosary.The fourth-seeded Mustangs (20-10) will take on top-seeded Harvard-Westlake (23-4) in the semifinals on Wednesday at the William Woollett Aquatics Center (4601 Walnut Ave., Irvine). http://www.dailybreeze.com/2018/02/20/high-school-notebook-vaughn-flowers-stepping-in-larger-role-for-rolling-hills-prep-boys-basketball-team/
Free Flower Friday spreads cheer across Greater Cincinnati - WLWT CincinnatiWednesday, March 14, 2018
Do you roll over and go back to sleep, or do you write down the idea to later bring it to life? Advertisement. Matt Hiatt of Hiatt's Florist and Gifts ... http://www.wlwt.com/article/free-flower-friday-spreads-cheer-across-greater-cincinnati/19378303
Oklahoma City florist fuses flowers and art to redefine floral experience - NewsOK.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Each order goes through a design and planning process, and on the big day, the production team is on site to bring the vision to life.Williams and master florist George Catechis moved to Oklahoma in 2011 from Las Vegas where they were in the same line of work.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.Catechis has been in the flower business since he was a boy.“It’s safe to say he has his doctorate in ‘Over-the-top Floral Design’ and the ‘More is More’ theory,” Williams joked.Williams worked in high-end guest services at Caesars Palace and Bellagio and, in her own words, minored in “creativity” at the prestigious School of Life.The concept that the two brought to Oklahoma has worked.“A year in the life of The Fleuriste is adorned with roughly 500,000 stems of flowers, over 500 client meetings and site visits in as many as 22 cities,” Williams said.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.They design wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients.“Our focus leans mostly toward weddings, events, galas, corporate functions and installations,” Williams said. “We also have flower school once a month at The Fleuriste where we have a blast with our guests teaching them to make their own floral designs.”Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.The team at The Fleuriste is passionate about their work and believes in the significance of creating stunning bouquets and breathtaking environments with respect for clients’ style and preferences, but also the flowers themselves.“Flowers bring another level of dimension through texture and color to any space. They’re the life of the party,” Williams said.Their designs continue to evolve, but their approach remains consistent. Williams and her team believe flowers are not simply colors and varieties but also an interpretation of personalities and lifestyles, especially of those they represent. Whether designing for individuals, events or corporate environments, the focus remains dedicated to the translation of clients’ personal style and vision.“Being able to translate people’s vision into an experience is wonderful. The creative aspect for sure is rewarding, but the absolute best is people’s reaction when they see what we’ve created,” Williams said.The Fleuriste is located 1020 NW 82nd Street in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit thefleuriste.com. alert('start 3'); Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. The Fleuriste team designs wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients. Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. Photo court... http://newsok.com/article/5583554
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape - The Boston GlobeWednesday, March 14, 2018
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape Globe Correspondent Brattle Square Florist owner Randy Ricker extols flowers, not gushy love notes. By Natasha Mascarenhas 20180213231513-- By Natasha Mascarenhas Globe Correspondent February 13, 2018CAMBRIDGE — Surrounded by thousands of roses and dozens of other bouquets, Randy Ricker doesn’t want to hear your love story.The owner of Brattle Square Florist spent Tuesday preparing for Valentine’s Day, a florist’s version of New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and a royal wedding tied together with a frilly ribbon. But Ricker declared his disdain for lengthy love notes and insisted that “flowers should do the heavy lifting” when declaring one’s devotion.Step inside the Harvard Square shop, though, and you’ll find the work of romance in the making. Advertisement The sweet aromas of hydrangeas, alstroemerias, lilies, and orchids waft up from the basement, where the flowers are cut and arranged. Step over the scrapped leaves...
Frank Kreutzer, florist for 47 years, trades roses for retirement - WCPOWednesday, March 14, 2018
NEWPORT, Ky. - It's the end of the line at Kreutzer & Dorl Florist.After more than 65 years, the family-owned busiess is closing its doors for good.The owner, 73-year-old Frank Kreutzer, says he's trading in roses for retirement. Kreutzer has been working six days a week for the past 47 years."My parents started it in 1953. I grew up in it,” Kreutzer said.He's seen the highs and lows."I have a lady who was a customer for 50 years. Customer for my parents. She did all her daughter's weddings." But times have changed, he said."When you think about it and look around, you don't see many of them any more. There's just not a lot of floral shops here," he noted.Kreutzer said he's no match for big businesses like amazon. And it's a shame. He says local businesses provide an opportunity to know your community. "I think that's what's missing when you get them from a mass marketer - that's just shipping them in a box,” he said. “That's all it is. Flowers shipped in a box. I think the end of an era is coming from that standpoin...
Portland Flower Market coping with flower shortage after semi crash - kgw.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Saturday.“Normally, our coolers are just at this point overflowing with flowers, you rarely see any space at all like this,” explained Angie Lopez.Lopez is a buyer with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, one of several wholesalers inside the Portland Flower Market running low on supplies.Lopez got a call Saturday that the semi full of flowers crashed south of Redding, California. One of the truck drivers died.Lopez says her heart goes out to the family during this difficult time, and at the same time she’s hard at work, even working together with others at the Portland Flower Market, piecing together flowers from various parts of the country to make up for the lack of flowers.“Everyone was very understanding, had really kind words for us to get through everything. What can we do? Maybe we take a collection for the driver’s family,” Lopez said. “Then, just keep going. It’s all wheels going at all times. We just have to push forward.”Lopez says while there was a shortage of flowers Monday and Tuesday, she expects it to be business as usual by Wednesday. © 2018 KGW... http://www.kgw.com/article/news/portland-flower-market-coping-with-flower-shortage-after-semi-crash/283-523796760