Aurora Flower Shop News
Elaine's Flower Shoppe in North Tonawanda will move to Amherst - Buffalo NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Green Zone Hydroponics has a location at 2928 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park.The North Tonawanda building is currently listed for sale at $159,900. Elaine's has two more locations, in East Aurora and Depew. ... https://buffalonews.com/2019/01/14/elaines-flower-shoppe-in-north-tonawanda-will-move/
From exquisite Orchids to lush Fuchsia, let the shades of ‘Awakening’ inspire your home garden - Architectural Digest IndiaTuesday, April 16, 2019
Also, known as the Red Edged Madagascar Dragon Tree, the staggered cane is a great alternative to the silk bamboo as an indoor plant with similar Feng Shui benefits.LIPSTICK PLANT Aglaonema Siam AuroraThis stunner has leaves has that show off dark green leaves elegantly flushed with bright pink veins that makes it look like a woman’s painted lips. A relatively new addition to the houseplant world, the stylish shrub grows best in mild, indirect light which is why it is best suited for coffee tables and office desks. The plant needs minimal care and its attractive features make it the perfect hostess gift! Place it in an ivory white planter alongside a pink polka dot plant (listed below) and you have a sureshot conversation starter!PINK POLKA DOT PLANT Hypoestes PhyllostachyaThe polka dot plant’s hot pink foliage would announce a pop of colour in even a plain jane living room! Get the most from the polka dot plant’s bright color by growing it a pot that contrasts or complements the colorful foliage. Mix it with other polka dot plant varieties that have white or red leaves to create a peppered look! The plant looks best short, so keep pruning and pinching it often and since it is an annual, do remember that it has a short shelf life.RED AMARANTH Amaranthus CruentusThis superfood looks superb when grown in the kitchen. Even if you do not have a green thumb, the salad leaf can be grown using soil-less gardening techniques, in a plant gel or hydroponically. Having a steady supply of the nutritious plant growing on the window sill also means you could save some grocery shopping money! Many small, tropical, songbirds draw nectar from the amaranth flower so expect pleasant surprises at the kitchen window, when this one blossoms!DWARF LILY Nymphaea RubraThis emerse plant comes from the same genus as the water lily and is a big hit with aquarium keepers! While you won’t be able to find one at a plant nursery, it is easily available at most tropical fish shops! It is fairly easy to grow even in low light plant which is why it is recommended even to amateur aquascapers. It grows from a bulb and has both leaves underwater and lily pads on top of the water. Even if you don’t keep fish as pets, this makes an attractive spectacle when grown in a glass vase or decanter! All you have to do is top up the water levels from time to time.ALSO READ:Kunal Maniar’s inspired design for this garden fuses nature with decor... https://www.architecturaldigest.in/content/asian-paints-awakening-colour-of-the-year-indoor-plants/
Gardening: Enjoying the flowering rebirth of perennials while they bloom - OCRegisterTuesday, April 16, 2019
Blooming dahlias should be available now in most nurseries and garden centers.Tip of the Week: A special sale of orchids to readers is being held by Art and Aurora Mendoza on March 22, 23, and 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 16057 Nordhoff St., North Hills, 91343. Refreshments will be served. The Mendozas specialize in growing dozens of cymbidium orchid varieties, available in 8-inch and one-gallon containers for $5-10 dollars. Dendrobium and Cattleya orchids will also be on sale. Cymbidiums are nearly always grown in containers but they may also be planted in the ground in suitably amended soil. Just the other day in West Los Angeles, I saw the most glorious cymbidium growing in the protective shadow of a bronze Codyline. https://www.ocregister.com/2019/03/21/gardening-enjoying-the-flowering-rebirth-of-perennials-while-they-bloom/
Elaine's Flower Shoppe and Gifts expanding to East Aurora - Buffalo NewsSunday, February 10, 2019
Elaine's Flower Shoppe and Gifts is getting ready to grow again.The florist will open its third location at 201 Main St. in East Aurora on April 2 in a former metal fabrication shop.Longtime Elaine's employees and sisters Dona Kurkowiak and Emma Patti, along with their partner Dale McCormick, bought the company's Depew store from its original owner, Elaine Bialecki, when she retired in 2015.Bialecki had the store in two different locations on George Urban Boulevard over a period of 36 years. The new owners moved the store to 5100 Transit Road in Depew in May. Shortly after buying Elaine's, the trio purchased Hock's in 2015. That flower shop, which opened as a greenhouse operation in 1922, was preparing to close.All three stores will now do business under the Elaine's banner.Elaine's also has partnered with Noco Express to sell affordable bouquets in 11 of its locations. ... https://buffalonews.com/2018/03/23/elaines-flower-shoppe-and-gifts-is-still-growing/
Kids plant flowers in TroyTuesday, July 17, 2018
Sets of Hands Cleaning Service, Brunswick Esthetics, Brasi Media, Lewis Lawn Care & Masonry, Hewitt’s Garden Center, Bickford Landscaping, The Aurora Foundation, Corey Jamison Consulting and XperienceU Training and Leadership Development helped supply the program with materials for the project. “I really wanted to do something fun and hands on with the kids at the center,” said Domenica Hotte, who initiated the project. “Ray [Piscitelli, executive director] and the Catholic Youth Organization do so much for the kids in the community and I felt like this was a small way of giving back and at the same time beautifying downtown Troy.” In the future, Troy Youth Association plans to use the new flower bed each year, and possibly even add another one. More information about Troy Youth Association and its programs is available online at troycyo.com or by calling the center at (518) 274-2630. http://www.troyrecord.com/article/TR/20180620/NEWS/180629976
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
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 ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html