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Chasing spring: Beautiful weather, flowers at Mount Judah Loop Trail - Auburn JournalWednesday, August 17, 2016
I would have to tell you about the magnificent views, and the profusion of wildflowers, not to mention the snow I found there.
It was worth the hour drive up Interstate 80 heading east to the Soda Springs exit. Stay right off the freeway up Donner Pass Road. Pass Sugar Bowl Road and a couple hundred yards past the Sugar Bowl parking area you will see a small cluster of buildings that was the Sugar Bowl Academy. Turn right in the parking area and travel to the right down the narrow road that leads to the trailhead to park. At the trailhead you will find a map with several local trails and landmarks. In the bottom right of the map you will find the Mount Judah Loop Trail.
The start of the trail is decomposed granite and was nearly overwhelmed everywhere I turned with spring growth in a variety of rich greens, topped with red, orange, pink, purple, yellow, and white flowers.
The climb begins quickly up switchbacks of granite steps, and is exposed to the sun in many areas.
The trail does level out in a forest of pines, aspen, and alder overlooking Lake Mary. I expected to see plenty of mule’s ear in bloom but I was thrilled to see so much more.
Deeper into the trail I felt transported to a jungle filled with such a variety of thick greenery I found myself taking pictures of every plant as each seeme... http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/8/15/16/chasing-spring-beautiful-weather-flowers-mount-judah-loop-trail
Harvest and Dry Flowers for Year-round EnjoymentTuesday, August 28, 2018
Try laying them face down on a flat surface. Simply cut off the stem and place the flowers face down on newspaper in a warm, dry location. Once dried, you can glue them in place or use florist wire to create stems for arranging.And don’t forget to pick a few seedpods from perennials and ornamental grasses. These have dried, for the most part, on the plants and make great additions to your dried flower arrangements and projects.Consider taking a trip to your local florist or craft store for more ideas and materials for drying delicate flowers. Silica sand works well for delicate blossoms like iris as well as roses, mums and more. Simply fill the bottom inch of a container with silica sand. Remove all but an inch of the flower stem. Place the flower, stem side up or on its side, on the surface of the silica sand. Gently pour silica sand over the flowers until completely covered. Follow label directions. Most flowers dried this way maintain their beauty when dried in the silica sand. Just use a small paint brush to gently remove any remaining sand.Test flowers for dryness before putting them in an arrangement or storing for future use. Carefully rub a piece of the flower between your fingers. If it feels dry it is ready to use. If it still feels moist, continue letting them dry.Store extra dried flowers in a location with low humidity and away from direct sunlight. Consider wrapping with newspaper or kraft paper to prevent crushing and place in a box until needed.Whichever drying method you choose, the result is the same – year-round enjoyment of your garden’s beauty.Melinda Myers is the author of more than 20 gardening books and is the host of The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything DVD series. Her website, www.MelindaMyers.com, offers gardening tips and videos. ... http://rockfordsquire.com/2018/08/23/harvest-and-dry-flowers-for-year-round-enjoyment/
College floristry department in running for national awardsTuesday, August 28, 2018
A college floristry department is celebrating being nominated for two national awards. East Durham College is thrilled that due to an incredible year it has been nominated for two awards in the British Floral Association (BFA) Industry Awards 2018.We really have had an amazing year in the floristry departmentSue LeeThe college, which offers floristry courses at the Houghall campus in Durham, has been nominated as floristry Training Provider of the Year.Rebecca Hough, floristry lecturer at East Durham College, has also been nominated for Floristry Tutor of the Year.Earlier this year, lecturer Rebecca, from Peterlee, won the highly prestigious title of Chelsea Florist of the Year 2018 at the Chelsea Flower Show.The college’s students have also seen great success, with two students also competing for the Chelsea Florist title.Students have attended competitions including NECTA and the Harrogate Show.At NECTA, students achieved three gold, three silver and three bronze medals, w... https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/college-floristry-department-in-running-for-national-awards-1-9294309
Former Robben Florist and Garden Center business owner dies at 90Tuesday, August 28, 2018
DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- George Robben Junior, who owned Robben Florist and Garden Center on Pedretti Road in Delhi Township and served in the Army during the Korean War, died Saturday morning around 3 a.m.He was 90 years old.Robben was the second-generation owner of the garden center after his father, George Robben Sr., built a greenhouse near the corner of Pedretti Road and Delhi Pike in 1931. He and his wife Carroll, who is also very sick, shared a hospital room so they could be spend more time together.Jeff Lefler, secretary of the Delhi Township Veteran's Association, asks that you keep Robben's friends and family in your prayers.Visitation for Robben will be Sunday, August 19, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Vitt, Stermer and Anderson Funeral Home at 4619 Delhi Pike. Mass and burial will be Monday, August 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church at 4551 Delhi Ave. ... https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/delhi/former-robben-florist-and-garden-center-business-owner-dies-at-90
FIORE florist grew business out of grit and hustleTuesday, August 28, 2018
Florist Shannon Pallin, owner of FIORE on Main Street in Pensacola, offers far more than exquisite and unique flowers and arrangements. She also designs, styles and executes chic events including weddings, parties, and other events in Pensacola and across the Gulf Coast. The unexpected journey from scrappy college-aged entrepreneur to New York florist to downtown Pensacola business owner took a lot of drive and persistence. Pallin’s 25 years of experience is comprehensive and hard-earned. She quit college at the age of 19 to open her first floral shop, All Occasions. “I told my dad, ‘I’m going to drop out of college and open a flower shop.’ He said, ‘No, you’re not,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I am.’ And I did. I had some flyers made, got on my bicycle and rode around La Jolla, an affluent community near San Diego where we lived, putting flyers on the windshields of Mercedes Benz and Rolls Royce’s, offering to sell flowers, do home decor design and help with events. My grandparents helped me get my business off the ground,” Pallin said. Her parents met in Pensacola — her mother lived here and her father was a pilot in the U.S. Navy. When Pallin and her brother... https://www.pnj.com/story/life/2018/08/25/pensacola-florist-grew-fiore-business-out-grit-and-hustle/1070517002/
Do You Have a License for That Bouquet?Tuesday, August 28, 2018
But on a more prosaic point of public policy, Louisiana is a less flattering outlier. It’s the only state in the union that requires florists to pass a licensing exam before they can make and sell flower arrangements. And the local florist is but a poster child for Louisiana’s extensive licensing laws, which have proved particularly resistant to reform. On paper at least, outdated licensing rules ought to be easy to repeal. Louisiana these days is a reliably red state, with voters typically skeptical of activist government. The lone Democrat in statewide elective office, Gov. John Bel Edwards, won in 2015 only after an election widely viewed as a fluke. His Republican rival, then- Sen. David Vitter, had previously been linked to a Washington escort service. Since becoming governor, Mr. Edwards has continued to highlight his conservative sympathies, including pro-gun and antiabortion stances. This spring, trying to burnish his free-market credentials, he backed a legislative push to do away with the florist exam. This could have been a first step toward broader reforms of the state’s licensing practices. Groups that usually butt heads with Mr. Edwards, such as the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, cheered the prospect. “Occupational licenses are essentially government permission slips to work in certain professions,” John Kay, a state director of Americans for Prosperity, wrote in a March op-ed. “In Louisiana, it costs an average of $360 in fees and 202 days of education and experience to obtain an occupational license. For many in our state, particularly the least fortunate, those are insurmountable obstacles and therefore act as barriers to enter certain occupations.” Louisiana’s regulation of florists began in 1950, perhaps not coincidentally under the governorship of the flamboyant machine politician ... https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-you-have-a-license-for-that-bouquet-1535147773