Basalt Flower Shop News
Home Front: fountain class, flower arranging - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, March 28, 2017
Are you curious about how a rock can become a bubbling fountain? It's easier than you may think. This presentation will guide you through creating a pondless water feature, using a natural basalt column as an example. Lyngso's water feature specialist, Jake Persichetty, will demonstrate each step from start to finish. Learn how to choose the right pump and basin, get installation tips, and take away some fresh design ideas. Go to lyngsogarden.com to register. Lyngso is located at 345 Shoreway Drive, San Carlos.
FLOWER ARRANGING ... Learn how to create a flower arrangement for your next special occasion meal, from intimate and formal to festive and free--wheeling, with the right display of flowers and table settings. On Saturday, April 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. instructor Wendy Morck will demonstrate creating arrangements and then matching them with beautiful table settings. Then create your own arrangement to take home and enjoy. To register go to filoli.org. The fee is
$130 for members and $155 for non-members. Fee includes all plant materials and containers.
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Gardening: Spring flowers all about one thing - New Zealand HeraldMonday, September 28, 2015
Prune Fijian hibiscus now that the risk of frost has gone, as flowering happens on new growth. Sprinkle basalt rock dust around their roots for a mineral boost, and they'll be away. Every couple of years I prune our hibiscus hedge hard back to thick stems to encourage lush new foliage. Flowering will occur later in the season, but the hedge will be much easier to clip the following year. The trimmings are spread underneath the hibiscus, helping feed the soil as the leaves break down. Prune straggly tall salvias if you haven't already, down by at least of the previous year's growth. Cut out spindly stems and old wood entirely. Prune mophead hydrangeas if you didn't in autumn. Cut last year's flowering stems hard back to fat buds. Cut new stems back a third - these will produce this year's flowers. Retaining Water Soil moisture levels are already low for this time of year, so take measures now to prevent the "big dry" in summer at your place. Start by mulching well around fruit trees, shrubs, perennials and flower gardens to keep the soil moist as we head towards summer, reducing the need to water. As mulch is broken down, it keeps the soil ecosystem kicking and your plants healthy. Arborists can supply bulk truck loads of mulch, so it makes sense to share with a neighbour. Now is also a perfect time to put in some rainbarrels or a tank. One year's seeding makes seven years weeding Tackle weeding now, as it is much less tiresome when the soil is soft and they're easy to dig out. You'll also be removing the weeds before they seed. Weeds are a good addition to the compost. If yours are seeding already, put noxious weeds in a garden refuse bin. Put less troublesome weeds in a barrel of rainwater and allow to rot instead. The resulting slurry can be poured on the soil as a fertiliser in around 6 months. Use this technique for Kahili ginger. Rampant grass weeds such as kikuyu and couch are best allowed to dry completely. Fill a large bag (old wool bales are good) and leave in a dry spot under trees, then use the resulting "hay" as a dry, carbonous layer in the... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id%3D6%26objectid%3D11519755
US Supreme Court sends case of WA florist back to Olympia - KVI-RadioTuesday, January 08, 2019
Washington florist, Baronelle Stutzman, back to the Supreme Court of Washington, declining to hear the appeal but remanding it for new review in light of the High Court's recent decision involving a Colorado baker.Both cases revolve around a business owner declining to serve a customer regarding a gay wedding ceremony. In Stutzman's case, she declined to serve a gay customer who wanted her to present and arrange flowers at a gay wedding. Stutzman said her religious beliefs prevented her from participating in such an event. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson ultimately sued Stutzman for discrimination. Stutzman lost both a lower court ruling and a Supreme Court of Washington appeal. That's when she and her legal team appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the Associated Press, the justices' order Monday means the court is passing for now on the chance to decide whether business owners can refuse on religious grounds to comply with anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.That's the same issue they confronted, but ultimately passed over, in the recent ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who also objected to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.It's not clear from the record that the Washington Supreme Court w... http://kvi.com/news/local/us-supreme-court-sends-case-of-wa-florist-back-to-olympia
Appletons Memorial Florists to diversify by growing hemp - Appleton Post CrescentMonday, December 17, 2018
It will be the first time Front Range Biosciences, a leading agricultural biotech company in cannabis, based in Lafayette, Colorado, has put a hemp nursery outside Colorado or California. "We will be the first 'Clean Stock' nursery east of Colorado," said Bob Aykens, co-owner and president of Memorial Florists, referring to Front Range's genetics and root-cutting program. "I approached them. It’s something I’ve been looking at for three years. A way to diversify." It's also a way for the nearly 100-year-old florist to recover revenues lost over the last decade to low-cost big box nurseries. "It adds another revenue stream to offset the change in demand," Aykens said. Industrial hemp is a high-fiber relative of marijuana used for textiles, rope, paper, clothing and cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It has l... https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/2018/12/04/appletons-memorial-florists-greenhouses-signs-deal-grow-hemp/2201857002/
Can the season's plentiful poinsettia displays be harmful to you or your pets? - Colorado Springs GazetteMonday, December 17, 2018
They can be toxic if they’re consumed. But they’re very bitter to taste, so the risk is low,” said Dixie Schneider, designer with Springs In Bloom florist, 318 E. Colorado Ave. Quite a number of the bad-tasting leaves would have to be consumed to sicken someone. An Ohio State University study showed that a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 500 poinsettia leaves to have any side effects.“Those beautiful flowers you’ve been so wary of keeping in your home during the holidays (lest they poison pets or children) are not toxic,” reports Live Science, citing a study that looked at nearly 23,000 cases of poinsettia exposure reported to poison control centers. None was fatal, and the most severe responses were stomach aches. The poinsettia fears probably were sparked, Live Science writes, by a 1919 case in which a child was said to have died after eating parts of a poinsettia, but neither the death nor the poinsettia connection was confirmed.The milky white sap inside the plant’s stem can cause an allergic reaction — especially among those with latex (rubber) ... https://gazette.com/life/can-the-season-s-plentiful-poinsettia-displays-be-harmful-to/article_5a5f17ec-f4d6-11e8-8399-cbea3dc81409.html
NW florist-gay wedding case before top court - Oregon Faith ReportMonday, December 17, 2018
Washington court to reconsider the case in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.In the Masterpiece case, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Colorado’s ruling against cake artist Jack Phillips for living and working consistently with his religious beliefs about marriage, According to ADF, Stutzman tried to do the same, but has been opposed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the American Civil Liberties Union.Ferguson and the ACLU sued Stutzman after she declined, because of her Christian faith, to personally participate in, or design custom floral arrangements celebrating, the same-sex wedding of a customer she had served for nearly 10 years.“Barronelle serves all customers; she simply declines to celebrate or participate in sacred events that violate her deeply held beliefs,” said ADF Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner, who argued on Stutzman’s behalf before the Washington Supreme Court in 2016. Waggoner also argued for Phillips before the U.S. Supreme Court.“Despite that, the state of Washington has been openly hostile toward Barronelle’s religious beliefs about marriage,” Waggoner explained. “It not only went after her business but also sued her in her personal capacity —putting all her personal assets, including her life savings, at risk. Rather than respecting her right to peacefully live out her faith, the government has targeted her be... http://oregonfaithreport.com/2018/12/nw-florist-gay-wedding-case-before-top-court/