Arvada Flower Shop News
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
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
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
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...
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