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Here are dozens of garden plants that deer and rabbits will turn up their noses at - The Denver PostTuesday, January 30, 2018
He says the products come in the form of both spray and granules. Certain types also discourage deer.Harriett McMillan, horticulture specialist at Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center, in Arvada, says the nursery gets a lot of customers looking for a remedy for the rabbit invasion.“(Rabbits are) especially in the western suburbs, even down in Littleton,” she says. “All over the city, there are lots of rabbits.”McMillan also recommends repellents as a tool.“One of the very popular ones is based on fox-urine granules,” she says. “The predator scent of a fox can be a deterrent. (Others are) herbal oils, clove oil, blood meal, garlic. Once they taste it, they’re not going to go back.”Plants that rabbits hateAnother strategy is to plant perennials and some annuals, such as Zinnias, that rabbits don’t like. As you may have gathered from the discussion on repellents, rabbits have sensitive noses. Plants with a strong scent, especially those that have an earthy, herbaceous aroma often don’t pass the rabbit smell test.Echter’s has available several handouts that describe strategies for dealing with rabbits and other pests. For those choosing plants for the garden, one tip is doing plant-by-plant tryouts — planting one of a plant variety and checking it the next couple of mornings. If it hasn’t been unearthed and eaten, it’s probably safe to plant more of the same.Another handout runs down plants that rabbits love and hate.Some of the plants it calls “salad-bar specials for rabbits.” Those include tulips, pansies, irises, petunias and fennel. Plants that rabbits dislike include lavender, penstemon, artemesia, hyssop, sages, shasta daisy, gaillardia, common butterfly bush, blue mist spirea and columbine.“A lot of them I find are going to have gray, fuzzy foliage,” McMillan says.An Echter’s handout also lists plants that deer tend to avoid. Trees include Douglas fir, Colorado blue spruce, lodgepole pine, piñon pine and common hackberry. Other plants include lavender, echinops, delphinium, goldenrod, chokecherry, chocolate flower and Apache plume.“The caveat on all that,” McMillan says, “is that if deer are hungry, they’re going to eat.”Another thin...
Summit County Garden Tour offers a feast of flowers - Summit Daily NewsMonday, July 18, 2016
Each summer, Barbara creates a new garden or expands on a previous year’s garden. The Calvins have traveled all over the world and like to incorporate flowers from Switzerland, England, Arvada and Fort Collins into their Breckenridge garden.Barbara has been gardening from the time she was little. She never enjoyed indoor chores, so she chose to work outdoors instead. Most of her garden is perennial, however she has a few annual flowers such as foxglove, violas, orange zinnias and lobelia that she loves to plant seasonally.Barabara’s favorite garden is at the back of the home, which includes a waterfall pond, statue and dozens of beds of colorful flowers. She also has numerous flower baskets and planters.Barbara also uses fresh herbs in her cooking. The herb garden includes everything from oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, parsley, mint, along with edible flowers, which she loves adding to salads to give them more color and beauty.MEANING AMONG THE BLOSSOMSEach piece of the Calvins’ garden is symbolic in some way. Columbines are spread throughout because Barbara taught at Columbine High School. Daisies lie in front to pay homage to Barbara’s mother’s favorite flower. There is also lambs ear — which had covered her garden in Switzerland — and day lily, from her gardens in Fort Collins. Barbara has organized her gardens to be English-styled instead of French, which are very formally planted.Barbara says, “In England, I was able to learn more about English gardens, where the flowers are mixed. You don’t need specific flower beds, but instead lead with one kind of flower that weaves a trail from one garden to another.”Another highlight is the garden Barbara has created for her husband Jim. It is a mix of various shades of orange and blue flowers to support the Denver Broncos and also includes a Nike swoosh symbol. This garden was brought to life last summer and is still being expanded upon, along with Barbara’s current initiative of covering her front bank with wildflower growth.A VARIETY OF BLOOMSMake sure not to miss out on this and many other beautiful gardens featured on the tour. Alpine gardens are not easy, but these gardeners have done amazing things to keep the summer blooming in the mountains.The self-guided tour consists of seven gardens that are avai... http://www.summitdaily.com/news/22941031-113/summit-county-garden-tour-offers-a-feast-of
Top Flower Shops Near Woodland Hills - Woodland Hills MagazineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Woodland Hills and surrounding areas, remaining committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts backed by friendly and prompt service. Branding itself a “local family florist,” Woodland Warner Flowers goes out of its way to make every experience a pleasant one with hand-arranged flowers that are fresh and expertly handled by professional florists to give each gift that special, personal touch. Amongst the top flower shops near Woodland Hills, Woodland Warner Flowers boasts an assortment of lovely plants and dazzling gift baskets for any occasion. The store is located at 21212 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.Any of the shops mentioned above will definitely redefine “flower power” when you’re looking for that perfect bouquet this year, no matter the occasion. http://woodlandhillsmagazine.com/top-flower-shops-near-woodland-hills/
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
CATLIN — What happens when you want to congratulate someone with flowers, but that person is your go-to florist?"Starbucks gift cards work just as well," Cheri Welsh said, breaking into a grin.The longtime Catlin resident and business owner was selected as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. She'll be honored at a banquet today, which is also her birthday."Cheri is an integral part of this community," said Mark Stutsman, president of the Catlin Lions Club, which has put on the banquet every year but once since 1954.He nominated her for her "tireless" volunteerism in the village and throughout Vermilion County.That's included serving on the Catlin Sesquicentennial Committee; helping to launch and put on the annual Christmas Tree Celebration; hanging red, white and blue buntings on downtown buildings for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July; planting the village's flower pots and serving as a class and prom sponsor for several years; sponsoring Little League teams; serving on the Catlin Historical Society; sponsoring the Georgetown Fair Princess Tea and directing the talent contest; and decorating for the Danville Symphony Orchestra gala, among other things.Welsh is also a member of the Catlin Church of Christ and helped establish its backpack program, which provided Salt Fork North Elementary students from low-income families with snacks on the weekend. The program is on hiatus this year, but Welsh hopes to restart it soon."She's always willing to help out," Stutsman said. "She does a lot of behind-the-scene things that people don't even realize she does."Because Welsh is so involved in the community, most assume she's always been there. Actually, she grew up in Lockport and came... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
Narcotics professor, florist found faith - Arlington Catholic HeraldTuesday, January 08, 2019
A few years ago, she took a class on floraldesign. By happenstance, her teacher was a social worker who donated flowers towomen’s shelters. Sale fell in love with floristry and spent three years offand on at a floral design school in Manhattan. She also volunteered arrangingflowers at women’s shelters. “It was the first time (the women) ever hadflowers. Can you imagine?” she said. “They would come up to me and cry. I wouldteach them and I would say, ‘Put them next to your bedside because you deserveflowers — always remember that.’ ” Now she has her own small business — Sandi’sFloral Creations. A few years ago, Sale took her flowersand retired to the beach. But after six months, she found she was miserable. Soher brother invited her to stay with his family for a while. One Sunday, shejoined them for Mass at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax. “Everybody seemed so peaceful, and thewelcoming was amazing,” she said. “I said, ‘What planet is this?’ And mybrother goes, ‘That’s our faith.’ I said, ‘How do I get that?’ ” So Sale wasback in the classroom again, this time attending RCIA. In 2017, she wasreceived into the church. Sale’s Catholic faith is “the best giftI’ve ever had,” and so she uses her talents to give back to the church. Sale arrangesthe flowers for the altar at St. Leo Church and occasionally at diocesanevents. She likes to volunteer with the youth group and is a member of the Legionof Mary. “It is finally a place where I feel Ibelong. I was meant to be here, and the joy I have every day from belonging andfinding my path is more than I can ever say,” said Sale. Her hope is to bringpeople the light of Christ through all she does. “I waited 60-some years to getthis gift — I want to shout it from the treetops.” ... https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Narcotics_professor,_florist_found_faith/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Tropical Gardening: Protea flowers are a rare treat from Down Under - Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)Tuesday, January 08, 2019
This latter method is especially suited to types that have a tendency to bend over as they lose their freshness.If you are not familiar with Protea, ask your local florist to show you the various types now being produced, what each is called and how long they will last. If you’re looking for something special, Proteas are worth checking out.Other long-lasting floral gifts include dendrobium, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, birds of paradise, heliconias and other flowering Hawaii exotics.ADVERTISING For more information about the Protea family, contact your local UH College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service office in Hilo or Kona.Several books also are available, such as Sunset’s “Western Garden Book,” to give you tips for growing these amazing plants. Share this story... https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/10/21/features/tropical-gardening-protea-flowers-are-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/