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Arvada flower farmer embraces 'Colorful Colorado' in business - The Denver ChannelTuesday, September 10, 2019
ARVADA, Colo. — In Colorado, there's a deep appreciation for locally made products and locally grown foods. Take, for example, this local up-and-coming urban farmer, who is spreading the love for our state with flowers.Gina Schley opened SheGrows two years ago on three acres in the heart of Arvada. Rows of rare and elegant flowers adorn the property.“You know, they're fragile flowers,” she said. “They're beautiful. But when you buy locally, and it's cut fresh, it's going to last a lot longer in your vase.”Schley is planting more than seeds at her urban farm. She's cultivating a community.She and her husband bought the land near 72nd Avenue and Kipling Street, and revived it from ruins.“So many people have come by and said, 'Thank you for not bulldozing that house. Thank you for keeping the house and farming the land,'" Schley said. She said the flower farm was built to bring people together, and she extends an open invitation for you to experience the peaceful setting.Her unique variet... https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/arvada-flower-farmer-embraces-colorful-colorado-in-business
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
Taos event planner helps make holidays, weddings about you - taosnewsWednesday, December 11, 2019
Palmer.Palmer has worked with wedding parties who come from all over the world for a destination ceremony in Taos. She coordinated weddings for residents from Texas, Colorado and Africa, among other places. Many of her clients favor garden weddings, and Palmer enjoys such events because of the color and texture they provide.An interesting challenge in this realm includes a wedding at Old Martina's Hall in which the couple requested an outdoor garden theme in an indoor setting. "When I receive such a request, I strive to rely on visions of nature, especially the forest, for various types of flowers. I keep in mind whether people have allergies, especially sage," Palmer related.Palmer rightfully earned the name Taos Floral Diva, and under this title one may seek her website. Her business also uses the title Margaret Palmer Floral Design. Some of the brides and grooms become her friends and they invite her to their wedding as a guest.FamilyPalmer experienced some firsts in her genealogical lineage. Her late father Giuseppi Vitulli arrived in this country from Italy, thus making his children first generation Italian American. Her late mother, Evelyn, on the other hand, was a first-generation citizen herself because her parents came to the United States from Calabria, Italy.Her father worked as a Merchant Marine and came to this country with a strong work ethic. He arrived in America illegally, to escape Mussolini's Italy during World War II, and later became a naturalized citizen.Margaret Vitulli married her high school sweetheart, Richard Palmer, 30 years ago. The couple raised two children. Daughter Paisley, 27, received her B.A. from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque and her M.A. at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. She is an archaeologist for an environmental company and plans to marry Matthew De Freese in Hawaii on Dec. 16. The Palmers' son, Allen, 25, completed his bachelor's degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In April, he wed his wife, Serenah. The couple lives in San Antonio, where he serves in the Air Force as a commissioned officer.Personal interestsPalmer prefers to live in the moment, and loves sharing stories. The frequent volunteer helped with hockey, soccer, tennis, drama, fundraising and many activities in the schools, including substitute teaching. She supports the Taos County Chamber of Commerce as a member and an ambassador. "I like to stay involved with town things, and that includes political campaigns," said Palmer.As frequent travelers, the Palmers visited Europe and Russia and have gone American river boat cruising. The couple enjoys traveling with family. Anticipated future vacation spots include Alaska, Machu Picchu and Africa.In this season of Thanksgiving, Palmer said she is grateful. "I give thanks for another day in paradise. I live in a wonderful place. Our children received a good education in the Taos schools and they continue to come to Taos whenever possible. I love to spend time with family and travel the world. The Taos sunsets are the best. I love my life here with my husband - who's my best friend." ... https://www.taosnews.com/stories/know-your-neighbor-margaret-palmer,60914?
Colorado Springs' top 5 florists, ranked - Yahoo NewsWednesday, December 11, 2019
Springs in Bloom Photo: Alisha W./YelpLooking to check out the top florists around?Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top florists in Colorado Springs, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're in the market.Colorado Springs-area shoppers tend to spend more in November at retail and wholesale businesses than in most other months of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of CRM for small business and email marketing for small businesses. The average amount spent per customer transaction at Colorado Springs-area retail and wholesale businesses grew to $74 for the metro area in November of last year, tied with December with an average of $74, and 5% higher than the average for the rest of the year.Hoodline offers data-driven analysis of local happenings and trends across cities. Links included in this article may earn Hoodline a commission on clicks and transactions.1. Dawn's Creations PHOTO: heather H./YELP " src="https://news.yahoo.com/colorado-springs-top-5-florists-110342482.html" data-src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/kXUkZVDrwEKrZtzLvyfQJQ--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNQ--/https://media.zenfs.com/en/hoodline_545/920b8b338e7e7c431b778ac6974d18fd" PHOTO: heather H./YELP " src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/kXUkZVDrwEKrZtzLvyfQJQ--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNQ--/https://media.zenfs.com/en/hoodline_545/920b8b338e7e7c431... https://news.yahoo.com/colorado-springs-top-5-florists-110342482.html
Meet the Florida fans who sent get-well cards to Feleipe Franks - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, November 19, 2019
Hays said.She wasn’t alone.In the days after Franks’ injury, get-well-soon cards poured in from across the country. Gainesville. Jacksonville. The Panhandle. Georgia, Ohio, Colorado. A 77-year-old in Charlotte County and a 9-year-old from a cattle ranch in Kissimmee.All to a quarterback who might never play another snap for the Gators, one whose relationship with the fan base has been mixed, at best.RELATED: Five reasons to care about Florida-Missouri“I know he takes a lot of heat from people thinking that he’s just the worst thing that ever happened to Florida,” said Woody Bass, a 48-year-old Georgia resident who will graduate from UF's online program in May. “I didn’t want him to think that.”Neither did Laurie Bonham.?? Will the #Gators beat the brakes off Missouri? Can #FSU clinch a bowl berth? Will #USF slow down Cincinnati??@MBakerTBTimes gives us his picks against the spread in a brand-new Three & Out ????? https://t.co/rFBtzbVrwd pic.twitter.com/3SNikKXxLD— The Identity Tampa Bay (@TheIdentityTB) November 14, 2019“I just felt so bad for him,” said Bonham, a recently retired 64-year-old in Oldsmar.The physical injury was bad enough. But Franks has been a frequent target from fans for most of the past three seasons.One of the lows came last November against Missouri, who hosts the Franks-less Gators this weekend. Franks was booed in the first half and benched in the second of a 38-17 embarrassing home loss to the Tigers. Franks had won every game since then, but Bonham still saw too many people bashing him, despite the improvements he was making in Year 2 under coach Dan Mullen.“His mom was on this web page, and I felt bad for her, too,” Bonham said. “Nobody needed to be doing that. It was just poor manners.”Laurie Bonham (right, seen here with close friend Christy Fraser) was one of the Florida Gators fans who sent get-well cards to injured quarterback Feleipe Franks. [LAURIE BONHAM Special to the Times]Something good came from all the social media chatter: Bonham saw som... https://www.tampabay.com/sports/gators/2019/11/15/meet-the-florida-fans-who-sent-get-well-cards-to-feleipe-franks/
Flower expert Jo Oliver on seasonal changes - San Francisco ChronicleTuesday, November 19, 2019
Q: I'm hosting an open house in November and need ideas for decorating our front wraparound porch. We live in Colorado, and it's past season for any live flowers or plants. I would like to continue that same fall theme on the inside with flowers or fall arrangements. Do you have any tips? A: I would think about decorations for the porch using small collections of items - three decorative outdoor pots (in varying heights) filled with lots of small gourds, grouped together by the door. Or maybe bundle three bunches of birch branches (in varying heights) bound together with ribbons in fall tones. I also like to take the planters I use year-round and fill them with greenery that will last - boxwood and magnolia - anchored in green foam (you can find sheets of this at craft stores). For fall, you could tuck in some small pumpkins/gourds and maybe include some unexpected touches - like gold spray-painted pods - for a little variety. These arrangements can be done on a smaller scale in pots and vases inside your house and should hold up for a couple of weeks.If you like the look of the bulb, you could do an "arrangement" down your table of potted bulbs, succulents, small bud vases of flowers and maybe some greenery (you could tuck reindeer moss in between for some bright green accents). You can also find bulbs dipped in bright red wax for a different look. Q: Do you have any experience using amaryllis bulbs in holiday arrangements, or tips for growing them? A: You can use the bulbs in arrangements, but I might use the cut-flower variety for an arrangement. The bulbs can get finicky depending on the stage of their life cycle if they are sitting in too much water, which the other flowers in the arrangement will need. Cut amaryllis flowers can be used in the arrangement with other cut flower varieties and can be cut to length for the height of your arrangement. Q: My friends recently moved into their first apartment, and I want to give them a cute plant. However, they have lots of succulents and will be putting this on their balcony. I'm thinking a nice little California poppy because they just moved here from California. Do you have other ideas? A: I always try to keep the person in mind who will be receiving the plant when selecting the variety - where do they live? Where might the plant live? Do they travel a lot and have less time for plant care? For an outdoor plant, you could gift them something that could be planted now to enjoy in the spring. There are beautiful varieties of poppies, and you might also look at hellebore. https://www.sfchronicle.com/lifestyle/article/Flower-expert-Jo-Oliver-on-seasonal-changes-14832264.php