Montecito Flower Shop News
Thousands attend vigil for California mudslide victims - The TelegraphTuesday, January 16, 2018
Brown said. "And we know that the suffering of those who knew and loved all of the victims is immense."The list of those still missing in the mudslides has shrunk to four.Because most churches in Montecito are in an evacuation area, many worshippers attended services in nearby towns on Sunday. At a church in Santa Barbara, they carried flowers, lit candles and prayed for the families who have lost loved ones. The victims were their friends and neighbors, they said."Our whole community is devastated," Hannah Miller said at the Trinity Episcopal Church. "There isn't anyone who doesn't know someone who has been affected by this disaster. It is truly awful. We can just pray they find those poor missing people."In the disaster area, firefighters went door to door to check the structural stability of the houses damaged by a powerful rainstorm that preceded the mudslides and scoured what's left of toppled homes and mangled cars as they searched for the missing."I don't know about you, but I'm scared of Mother Nature right now," Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo told the attendees at the vigil.Search and rescue operations ended Sunday and authorities transitioned to a search and recovery phase, Brown announced. The move allows officials to release resources that are no longer needed and allow search operations to slow to a safer pace, he said.The storm sent flash floods cascading through mountain slopes that were burned bare by a huge wildfire in December. Workers used backhoes, jackhammers and chain saws to clear away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees.Crews have made it a priority to clear out debris basins and creek canals before another rainstorm. Long-range forecasts gave the crews about a week before the next chance of rain — and potential new mudslides — although the precipitation was expected to be disorganized and light. Another system was possible two days later.The mudslides on Jan. 9 ravaged the tony community, destroying at least 65 homes and damaging more than 460 others, officials said. They also forced the indefinite shutdown of U.S. 101, the only major freeway between Santa Barbara and points east.The rest of the community's infrastructure also was damaged. S... http://www.macon.com/news/business/article194628964.html
Hope Blooms at Dream Foundation's Annual Flower Empower Luncheon - NoozhawkMonday, May 23, 2016
Peony Sponsors Kate and Arthur Coppola, Robin and Roger Himovitz (on behalf of El Capitan Canyon), and Elizabeth and Kenny Slaught; Rose Sponsors Colleen Barnett-Taylor and Michael Taylor, Montecito Bank & Trust, and Roxanna and Randy Solakian; Orchid Sponsors Monica and David Fishman, Roberta and Stan Fishman, Diane and Wells Hughes, Arlington Financial Advisors, Hollye and Jeff Jacobs, Amie Parrish, Bette and Bill Pattis, Justine Roddick and Christina Schlieske, and Daryl and John Stegall; Daisy Sponsors Sally and Clay Dickens, Casa Dorinda, Kimi Matar, Jodi Fishman-Osti and Darren Osti, Christina Rottman, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Melinda Werner; Event Sponsors Bates Ranch House, Behind the S...
This D.C. florist secret to surviving 114 years and four generations - The Washington PostWednesday, March 06, 2019
The florist’s all-time customer list has featured Washington Post cartoonist Herblock, the late Mayor Marion Barry, the Washington Nationals, television/radio host Larry King, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, astrologer Jeanne Dixon, civil rights and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height and half the hotels in town.Florist shops in the United States average about $350,000 in revenue a year and pocket about $50,000 in profit, according to the Society of American Florists. With $2 million in revenue, Caruso must be raking in profit.Cheryl Diaz MeyerFor The Washington PostRob Mittemeyer of Caruso Florist loads flowers into the van for delivery within a 25-mile radius of downtown Washington.“The business supports a lot of people,” said Mike Caruso, 59, Phil’s son who runs the day-to-day operations at the florist. Four Carusos work there; three brothers and father Phil, who is the president. There are 23 full-time employees and five trucks delivering flowers seven days a week. The big expenses are labor and flowers. [Here’s how rich you have to be not to worry about getting dragged from a plane]The five trucks together typically make more than 100 deliveries a day, dropping off fruit baskets at hospitals, flowers at churches and a dozen roses at a Potomac home. Ninety-five percent of orders arrive by phone and Internet. The business has computer files on thousands of its regular customers. About 40 deliveries are standing weekly orders for drop-offs at the University Club, a dentist’s office, the hotels and a law office — anything within a 25-mile radius of downtown. Caruso Florist is known for higher-end pricing and service, with orders from $35 for a basic arrangement to $30,000 to decorate the Hay-Adams for an over-the-top wedding. Mike Caruso arrives before sunrise every Monday. He spends the morning organizing the day, which may mean unloading 1,000 roses flown in from Ecuador or checking on the Gerbera daisies that just arrived from Canada’s eastern provinces at 6:30 a.m. “We have five trucks out on the road today,” Mike said last Monday. “Probably close to 100 deliveries. August is the slowest month of the year. Once Congress goes out, things kind of calm down.”December, February and May make up half the business. There are three weeks of heavy traffic leading up to Christmas. Mother’s Day is bustling. And then, of course, Valentine’s Day.It’s do-or-die day. The truck fleet grows to 30 just for Valentine’s Day, and the staff doubles.[My conv... https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/this-dc-florists-secret-to-surviving-114-years-and-four-generations/2017/08/18/ee1a0152-836e-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html
Flower power: Eden Floral utilizes local growers for bouquets, floral crowns, and other engaging arrangements - New Times SLOTuesday, March 05, 2019
Born in Missouri, Manuele moved to California while still a child, but old enough to remember and miss the rolling green hills. She spent her youth and early adulthood admiring and foraging for the indigenous plant life that surrounded her. In her early 20s, Manuele took up both gardening and hiking as hobbies and found herself combining the two passions through floral art, coming home from a hike with a sprig of mountain sage and plopping it into a jar with some lavender and roses from her garden. "I was foraging long before I even knew what the word 'foraging' meant," Manuele said. "I would bring bouquets to friends made up of my latest hiking adventure and whatever was blooming in my garden." click to enlarge
Photos Courtesy Of Alexandra Wallace
GARDEN OF EDEN Rachael Manuele (pictured) turned her passion for nature into a career with the creation of her fine art floral design company, Eden Floral.
This era in Manuele's life rolled into friends asking her to design their flower arrangements for bridal showers and weddings. Before long, friends of those friends, who had attended the showers and weddings, were contacting Manuele to seek her services. It wasn't until she began getting inquiries from people she didn't know that Manuele decided to start an official floral design company. She wound up choosing a name synonymous with paradise. "The name Eden translates my love of the natural world as it is. It's my tribute to this Earth and all that it gives to us," Manuele said. "The resilience of our Earth is an inspiration to me." click to enlarge ... https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/flower-power-eden-floral-utilizes-local-growers-for-bouquets-floral-crowns-and-other-engaging-arrangements/Content?oid=7641365
Could There Be A Spectacular Wildflower Season At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area? - National Parks TravelerTuesday, March 05, 2019
If the weather cooperates, in terms of rainfall, they can lead to spectacular floral displays, which is something that could be coming soon to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.The NRA was badly burned last fall by the Woolsey Fire, but recent steady rains could prove to be the perfect additive to spour a promising display of spring wildflowers in the Santa Monica Mountains during the peak flowering season that typically occurs in March and April.“We are expecting a very good showing because of the fire,” said Mark Mendelsohn, a National Park Service biologist at Santa Monica Mountains. The team of biologists is vigilantly keeping an eye out for new sprouts during #WildflowerWatch2019.Mendelsohn said one specific aftereffect of the destructive Woolsey Fire will be the blooming of “fire follower” herbaceous plants. These species normally bloom only after a fire, and there are more than 100 of these types of plants. The rain storms - in some cases multiple storms that pounded the area in the span of one week - began in October and came at just the right time and in just the right amount. Biologists say these rains will also play an important role in the predicted bloom. At a weather recording station in Cheeseboro, Ranch, 14.17 inches of precipitation has been recorded for this season, thus far. Last year, 1.95 inches of rain had fallen by this time - a marked difference!... https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2019/02/could-there-be-spectacular-wildflower-season-santa-monica-mountains-national-recreation-area
Heavy rains prompt super bloom of poppies in California - Euronews EnglishTuesday, March 05, 2019
Spring has arrived early in southern California.After weeks of heavy rains, a super bloom of wild poppies has covered the hills around Lake Elsinore, southeast of Los Angeles.The super bloom has left hillsides in the area carpeted with golden and orange flowers, something which Lake Elsinore's Mayor Steve Manos hopes will bring tourists to the area."Thanks to the rains, 2019 happens to promise a super bloom event like we haven't seen in several years," he said. "This should attract thousands of people out to observe the flowers... it will go on for roughly about a month and we are excited to get the visitors out here in Lake Elsinore."... https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/28/heavy-rains-prompt-super-bloom-of-poppies-in-california