Colorado Flower Shop News
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
Herbert Gustav Ludwig - Cadillac NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
Witness for attorneys in Michigan and neighboring states. Herb enjoyed camping, canoeing and golf. He was an avid skier from high school until age 87. He and Bev owned a home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and taught their grandchildren a love of the sport.He and Bev traveled the world with Road Scholar programs, going on over 40 trips. A life member of the Caberfae Ski Club, he also held memberships in the Elks and American Legion. He served as a Scout Master in the Farmington Hills, Michigan.Herb is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beverly; his three children: daughter, Shelly Maifarth of Littleton, Colorado; son, Gunnar (JoAnne) Ludwig of Tucson, Arizona; son, Steven (Donna) Ludwig of Petoskey, Michigan; and six grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, suggested donations — The Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 or the Boy Scouts of America (www.scouting.org). http://www.cadillacnews.com/obituaries/herbert-gustav-ludwig/article_22fe452e-48d5-53f6-a930-d3e54e5ebb12.html
A florist's advice for saving money on flowers - WTSP 10 NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
People are too busy with life and jobs, unlike when the holiday falls on a weekend, Drummond says.When you preorder, especially with a florist in a resort town like where Burns' shop is located in Colorado, you can be more specific in terms of what flowers you want. If you wait for the day before, or day of the holiday or special occasion, you might be limited to what the shop has on hand or the florists' choice, Burns says.For weddings, Heather Cole, owner and designer of Forever Cole Events in Oklahoma City, says it's best for couples to plan six to nine months in advance so she can secure flowers from her farm suppliers. Pictures on the internet can be deceiving.Florists know busy consumers might want to save time by purchasing flowers online or on the phone. But they encourage people to come into their shops to make the best decision when purchasing a gift or arrangements for events, such as weddings."I suggest you stop in and look at them, because pictures on the internet can be deceiving," said Drummond. "It's difficult to tell size."For example, there are hundreds of varieties of roses with unique characteristics including stem length, bud size and how full they bloom, color, petal count and fragrance.This is equally important when picking out wedding flowers and trying to match colors with bridesmaid dresses, for example. "Flowers change throughout the season and throughout different farms," said Cole. "So the color can vary slightly."Orchids and succulents give you more bang for your buck.For those who are looking for options that may last longer for their budget, Drummond says that succulents are popular and trendy - especially among millennial consumers."They last for weeks and weeks. Some of our customers have a green thumb, and they can get them to bloom next year, so there really is a long time they can be enjoyed," Drummond said. "They are easy to take care of and fun." We really want you to give us a budget.For Valentine's Day, if you are on a budget, Drummond says every florist has a value option and suggests that consumers ask what's available at their local shop."It might just be like a really cool little container with a succulent and maybe some decorative stones and maybe an orchid," he said. "Just real simple, but the vase is kind of cool and it's trendy and it has a lot of interest, but it's not very large. So sometimes you can get something very fun, very different, without breaking the bank."For weddings, budgets obviously are bigger. Drummond, who owns Plaza Flowers in the Philadelphia area, says his customers spend about $3,000-$3,500 on wedding florals. Burns says her customers spend about $3,000-$5,000. Burns says she always asks the budget upfront, not to try to maximize a budget, but to offer cost-saving tips, such as using bridesmaid bouquets as centerpieces. She says she can find flowers within anybody's budget."There's always thousands of choices when it comes to flowers," she said.For example, for those ... http://www.wtsp.com/article/money/magnify-money/a-florists-advice-for-saving-money-on-flowers/507-515969923
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Valentine’s Day rush for Amato Wholesale Florist in north Denver. Amato broke into the wholesale business in January 1974. (The company started as a carnation grower in 1958.) It ships flowers across Colorado, but also to Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska.President and CEO Heather Weickum was born in that first year. She grew up roller skating on the warehouse’s concrete floors after hours. Her father was a co-founder and eventually became the sole owner of the business.“This place was my only sibling growing up,” she said.Now Weickum runs the company and employs 70 people. Amato projects it will sell 130,000 stems of flowers over the Valentine’s holiday, tallying up hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit. The most popular varieties of roses can cost a retailer more than $70 a bunch.Amato can stock several hundred varieties of flowers at a time in the warehouse, and more than half of those are roses. They come in a rainbow of hues and gaggle of names, many inspired by the flower breeder’s daughter, mother or lover. Some names, such as Hot Nina, Lola and Jessika, call to mind an old flame. Others read like perfume ads tucked in a magazine: Pearl Avalanche, Sweet Unique, Cool Water. And then there are the names that beckon to whom they’re selling: Sweetness, Engagement, Soulmate. Rose breeders trademark these names and can receive royalties from other plantations that grow their variety.Most roses are n...
Chance meeting between 4-H member and Erickson's Flowers owner leads to special parade float - Greeley TribuneTuesday, January 30, 2018
They do such hard work … it's going to make me cry again."Parade detailsThe Greeley Stampede Independence Day Parade will showcase more than 130 floats, bands and equestrian entries from all over Colorado when it kicks off at 9 a.m. Tuesday and works its way along 10th Avenue from the University of Northern Colorado to 5th Street.It is free.•••Family Pride PicnicPFLAG Greeley will host a free and public Family Pride Picnic at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 929 15th St., immediately following the Greeley Stampede Fourth of July Parade.“We’re inviting people to come watch the parade with us and then have a picnic following the parade,” said PFLAG Greeley President Patricia Kennedy. “We’re going to provide the food and just see how many people show up.”Originally the group — a local chapter of a national organization focused on uniting parents, families and friends and with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer — considered entering a float in the parade, but in the end decided a picnic would work best, she said.