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How to make a flower garland - Real HomesTuesday, August 13, 2019
DIY projects you can do this weekend, just head over to our hub page. You will need:FIND MORE DIY WEDDING PROJECTSThis project was taken from Handmade Wedding published by CICO Books, available on Amazon.(Image credit: CICO Books)Step one: plan the design of your flower garland Measure how long you want the garland to be with some ribbon or string. Add an extra 8in (20cm) on each end to use as hanging loops. Lay out the foliage along the ribbon.(Image credit: CICO Books)Step two: secure the foliage in place Hold the florist’s wire tightly and, starting at one end of the line, carefully wrap it up and around the foliage and ribbon to bind them together. Secure the wire at the other end.(Image credit: CICO Books)Step three: arrange the flowersFeed in the hydrangea, rhododendron, and rosemary along the garland wherever you want them. Depending on where the garland is to be displayed, it may be easier to hang up the line of foliage first and then add the flowers along its length. In this way, less of the garland is likely to come adrift when you hang it in position.Top tip: When laying out the foliage, think of it as like a long, fat sausage, and the fatter you can make it the better – but there are no hard-and-fast rules for making this project.More crafty ideas:... https://www.realhomes.com/features/how-to-make-a-flower-garland
Akron Ohio News - City Gardener & Florist offering flowers, gifts, more - Akron Leader PublicationsTuesday, August 13, 2019
Delivery is available to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and funeral homes in various parts of Akron, with a full listing of those areas provided at citygardener.com.“We offer creative and quality designs and exceptional service that brings customers back to us,” said Thomas. “We are customer driven, and our relationship with our clients is important. We take care of families, from the birth of a child, to graduations, to weddings and in death.”The business also includes the Potting Shed, a shop housed in an old barn that offers a wide variety of gardening accessories and furniture, decorative planters, urns, statuary, benches and birdbaths. Also sold are gift items such as jewelry, photography, soy candles, artisan wind chimes and fairy gardens. Some items are displayed throughout a picturesque courtyard.The Potting Shed is open through late fall. For more details, visit gardenerpottingshed.com.In addition, the grounds include an outdoor space like a secret garden, according to Thomas. She added City Gardener & Florist has become a destination site, offering an opportunity to explore the unique 122-year-old home. Thomas added Mendenhall’s great, great, great granddaughter is using the site to make a documentary film.Thomas stated City Gardener is a community-oriented business and hosts a Porch Party for the City of Ravenna Memorial Day parade and luncheons for civic and community organizations.Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information, visit the website or call 330-296-8681 or 800-867-4783. The business also includes the Potting Shed, which offers gardening accessories and furniture, decorative planters, statuary, benches and more, as pictured above. Staff photos Editor’s note: Advertiser features appearing in the West Side Leader are provided as a service to the advertiser and our readers. They do not serve as an endorsement of any company, person, p... http://akron.com/akron-ohio-business-news.asp?aID=41216
Woman gives up 20 year career - and her home - to fulfil lifelong passion - Plymouth LiveTuesday, August 13, 2019
Claire says, so she feel it's the right time to open one. Claire said: "I love Modbury, I love the town, it's very pretty. When one of the shops became available I jumped at the chance." Claire is opening her new flower shop Claire Kenyon Floral Designs on Brownston Street on 10 August. Claire Kenyon (Image: Penny Cross / Plymouth Live) Family support When Claire finished her Level 2 Diploma, her mum sadly died from a bleed to the brain. Claire achieved a Distinction and is really proud of her achievements, but is... https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/womans-tough-decision-give-up-3175039
A Day in the Life of a Planoite: Tom Cao, Florist - planomagazine.comTuesday, August 13, 2019
There’s never really a break in their day during this hectic season. 12 30 p.m. Ideally the next few hours are spent creating arrangements alongside his staff, but Tom makes himself available for whatever may pop up: checking that employees are keeping up with demand, ringing up customers and touching up arrangements that need it.6 p.m. Tom fits in time to take care of some of the day’s accounting.7 p.m. It’s back to the sales floor for cleaning and designing. He checks on staff and looks at the next deliveries. Flowerama groups deliveries by zip code and they make sure each order has everything needed — chocolate, teddy bears, etc.9 p.m. The staff leaves and Tom sticks around to take a quick inventory and make a final check of what’s been accomplished for the day. Then he starts a checklist for the next day and puts flowers away.11 30 p.m. He (hopefully) arrives home in McKinney, but of course, some nights are longer. 12 a.m. Time for a nice glass of wine and some respite before bed. Flowerama Plano > Flowerama1151 West Parker Rd Ste 200 a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/1151+W+Parker+Rd+%23200,+Plano,+TXemail@example.com,-96.7191032,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x864c185087485685:0xd6f3db6316c44e54!8m2!3d33.0416142!4d-96.716914... http://planomagazine.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-planoite-tom-cao-florist/
Dancing Boys and a Bloodthirsty Plant Sidle Up to Shakespeare - The New York TimesTuesday, August 13, 2019
Which is why I didn’t recognize Mr. Chameroy. In miner’s drag and a thatchy hairpiece, he looked 25 years older as Jackie Elliot than he had as Frank N. Furter; the bravado and joy of that “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania” were replaced by Jackie’s sense of loss (his wife has died) and anger (his industry is dying). When his 11-year-old son, Billy (Nolen Dubuc), reveals a talent for ballet, a third element complicates the others: bewilderment.I was moved by “Billy Elliot” on Broadway; there are certainly some things that the director Stephen Daldry was able to do in that production that Donna Feore, the director and choreographer of this one, cannot. On the festival’s deep-thrust stage, the aerial scene in which Billy is partnered by a future vision of himself comes off a bit flat. The social class satire of Billy’s audition for the Royal Ballet is way overplayed, as if trying to bank cheap laughs in a family show. Perhaps for the same reason, the treatment of Billy’s nascent sexuality, and especially that of his cross-dressing best friend, seems hasty and avoidant.But in most other ways, Ms. Feore’s thrilling version finds new doors into the material and strides confidently through them. The political story is especially rich here, perhaps because the catastrophic job loss facing Easington in “Billy Elliot” as Margaret Thatcher privatizes the coal mines closely resembles what the city of Stratford faced in the early 1950s when the collapse of steam power destroyed its railroad industry. The festival was devised to promote economic recovery; out of hard times came theater.Ms. Feore introduces this idea in a brilliant, low-tech gesture, having Billy “fly” about the stage the way all children do, running with his head forward and arms outstretched. The image is made larger than life when it is projected gloriously onto the set by another boy, playing with the light on a miner’s helmet.In that moment, we see two of the show’s stories joined, and we also spy the origins of Billy’s self-expression through movement.But another theme the Stratford production draws out, often in angry, bravura dancing, is how the heritage of toxic masculinity works against Billy — and everyone else. It robs boys, women and men alike of the means of expression, a calamity dramatized with great pathos in the otherwise jolly second-act opener set at the town Christmas pageant. When Jackie, drunk enough to sing one of Elton John and Lee Hall’s lovely faux-folk songs for the crowd, gets to the verse that begins, “Oh, once I loved a woman,” Mr. Chameroy stops dead. For what seems like an eternity, he cannot go on.Imageimg alt="Gabi Epstein, left, as Audrey and André Morin as Seymour Krelborn with Audrey II, the plant ... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/29/theater/stratford-festival-musicals.html
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more firstname.lastname@example.org 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
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