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Florists urge placing Valentine's Day orders early - KMVTTuesday, February 05, 2019
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Valentine's Day is just about two weeks away, and some florists are hoping shoppers get their orders in early by offering an incentive. For Canyon Floral, they start prepping for Valentine's Day right after Christmas. Manager Elizabeth Lehmann said many of their wholesale companies and flower growers will start sending pre-book orders between Christmas Day and New Years Day. "The earlier they order, the better. That way I can staff better, and I can make sure I have enough drivers and try and get extra designers so we can take those last minute orders," Lehmann said. Another florist, Fox Floral, is giving out a discount to those who do order early, hoping to help the crowd and be prepared for what they need to order before the big day. "I think it's a good opportunity to be prepared and... https://www.kmvt.com/content/news/Florists-urge-making-Valentines-Day-orders-in-early-505001951.html
The sugar year: While beet crop flourishes, massive sugar plant preps for harvest - Idaho Press-TribuneTuesday, October 11, 2016
It took several months to process the entire crop, then the factory would all but shut down until the next harvest.The Paul plant and its smaller counterparts in Twin Falls and Nampa used to employ many seasonal workers — especially farmers who planted and grew sugar beets in the spring and summer, then worked the slicing campaign after harvest.“It gave the farmers a winter job,” Hepworth said.In the past decade, an expanding factory schedule increased opportunities for full-time, year-round employees.The Paul factory still processes the crop as quickly as possible — the slicing campaign now lasts 200 days — but the plant holds back 40 percent of the nonperishable sucrose “juice” to be crystallized after the slicing campaign ends.The factory now operates 24 hours a day with no breaks; the movement of product through the plant is choreographed to last 11 months, so the last of the 2015 crop is made into sugar shortly before the first of the 2016 crop hits the factory.The sugar-making process takes a huge toll on equipment. Every summer, the factory is filled with workers who maintain, repair and upgrade the facility.“Beets are abrasive. Sugar is very abrasive. Juice is corrosive,” Lloyd said.Thousands of valves and miles of piping are inspected and repaired or replaced so the plant can run the next slicing campaign without breakdowns. Such work is called “prediction maintenance.”“We have to predict what could go wrong” in order to prevent a breakdown, said Jeremy Smith, facility manager. “We can’t afford the downtime.”Amalgamated Sugar’s three plants employ a total of about 1,600 workers, while an additional 400 seasonal workers man the 74 sugar beet receiving stations during harvest and the slicing campaign. As the Paul factory becomes more efficient, fewer employees are needed to work the slicing campaign and more are needed for maintenance and repair.“But the maintenance and repair season is crunched down now,” Lloyd said. “And that’s the challenge.”IDEAL GROWING SEASONWhile the Paul plant crystallizes juice held back from the 2015 crop, Mother Nature is being kind to most Magic Valley sugar beet growers so far this year.“No catastophes,” Hepworth said. Unlike some years.In the first two months after sowing seeds, Hepworth made only three passes through the field: two applications of Roundup to kill emerging weeds and one cultivation to break up a hard layer of soil between the rows.“No tractor has been in my beets since June,” he said.The few exceptions to the near-perfect growing season include a narrow band of damage from a July hailstorm, a small infestation of the black bean aphid in some of the beet crop, and a few fields that show symptoms of rhizomania — called “crazy root” because of the deformed and shriveled root that results from the disease.“We don’t worry about rhizomania too much any more,” Hepworth said. “There’s rhizomania in all the soil here, so most of us grow rhizomania-resistant beets now.”The hailstorm set back affected sugar beets about four weeks, so growers expect a 4-ton-per-acre loss of yields in those fields. The aphid’s effect on the crop is not yet known, but damage was enough to warrant some growers near Kimberly spraying for the insect, which sucks the life out of new foliage.Growing a crop is all about balance — paying close attention to economic thresholds, Hepworth said. It’s costly to treat a crop for pests and diseases, and crop losses in early stages are often less than the cost of treating the pest.“It doesn’t make much sense to spend money to kill them unless they are doing a lot of damage,” he said.NATURE'S TRIGGERWith the 2016 sugar beet crop heading into the homestretch, growers are hoping for temperatures to drop to increase its sugar content.How does that work?The sugar beet is a biennial: In... http://www.idahopress.com/monday/long_read/the-sugar-year-while-beet-crop-flourishes-massive-sugar-plant/article_2f6a0207-924c-5046-b95c-389d5d6fe52a.html
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICPF program.
This program is designed to give ICPF graduates the opportunity to develop and broaden their knowledge of the floral industry and enhance the professionalism of Illinois florists.
Leanne and her husband, Bruce, own Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton. They are a full-service florist serving Brighton, Alton, Godfrey, Jerseyville, Bethalto, Medora, Shipman, Piasa and Bunker Hill. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Floral Association.
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Mesa's top 5 florists, ranked - HoodlineThursday, May 02, 2019
Looking to explore the best florists in town?Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top florists in Mesa, 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 for florists. [embedded content] 1. Lighthouse Flower ShopPhoto: Lighthouse Flower Shop/YelpTopping the list is Lighthouse Flower Shop. Located at 1007 E. Southern Ave. in Sherwood Manor, the florist is the highest rated florist in Mesa, boasting 4.5 stars out of 46 reviews on Yelp.2. Karen's FlowersPhoto: Terri F./YelpNext up is Karen's Flowers, situated at 2048 E. Baseline Road, Suite 9. With 4.5 stars out of 26 reviews on Yelp, the florist has proven to be a local favorite.3. Watson Flower ShopsPhoto: Watson Flower Shops/YelpWatson Flower Shops, located at 2525 W. Main St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the florist 4.5 stars out of 23 reviews.4. Razzle Dazzle Flowers and GiftsPhoto: Rick H./YelpRazzle Dazzle Flowers and Gifts, a florist, is another much... https://hoodline.com/2019/05/mesa-s-top-5-florists-ranked
Buying flowers for Mother's Day? Florists say do your research - WHECThursday, May 02, 2019
Here's how it works.You find a florist online that you think is local but they take a fee. Then they send your order to a middle man who also takes a cut. The florist you thought you were contacting in the first place then finally receives your order. However, because both parties take fees, the big bouquet you thought you were sending winds up not being so big."They spend $100, they get a $50 arrangement," said Melanie Longhitano, florist. "They're literally just there to take your order and after that, they have nothing to do with it." Flower shop owners say if you want to order online, make sure it's from a reputable site or go to the florists' actual website. ... https://www.whec.com/news/buying-flowers-for-mothers-day-florists-say-do-your-research/5334311/
This is how the Easter lily became the holiday's flower - NOLA.comThursday, May 02, 2019
The Easter lily, Lilium longiflorum, is native to the Ryukyu Islands off the southern end of Japan. In the 1880's this lily was widely cultivated in Bermuda, and bulbs were shipped from there to the florist industry in this country. Around 1900, the Japanese took over the annual growing and exportation of Easter lily bulbs to the United States, and continued to dominate the U. S. import market until the start of World War II. Current U. S. production of Easter lily bulbs for the florist market began with a World War I soldier, Louis Houghton, who brought bulbs to the south coast of Oregon in 1919. Houghton freely distributed bulbs to his horticultural friends and neighbors.When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Japanese source of bulbs was abruptly cut off. As a result, the value of lily bulbs sky-rocketed and many who were growing the lilies as a hobby decided to go into business. By 1945, there were about 1,200 growers producing bulbs up and down the Pacific coast, from Vancouver, Canada to Long Beach, California. And, believe it or not, right here in southeast Louisiana.The following information is quoted from Louisiana – A Guide to the State compiled by Workers of the Writer’s Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Louisiana, first printed in 1941.“Between Junior and Venice, interspersed by orange groves, are small farms devoted to a new and interesting industry – the cultivation of the Creole li... https://www.nola.com/homegarden/2019/04/this-is-how-the-easter-lily-became-the-holidays-flower.html
Brinkley, Cynthia Ann "Cindy" - The ChattanooganThursday, May 02, 2019
National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org/support. Arrangements are under the care of the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com ... https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/4/22/388822/Brinkley-Cynthia-Ann-Cindy.aspx