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2019 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade and Ho'olaule'a - Maui NowTuesday, June 25, 2019
Many of the women were in flowing riding-dresses of pure white, over which their unbound hair, and wreaths of carmine-tinted flowers fell most picturesquely.This is one of the best early descriptions of the beautiful tradition of pa?u riding, carried on today in pageants and parades throughout the state. Yards and yards of brilliant fabric, usually of an islands particular color, go into long skirts and saddle decorations. And, thousands of flower blossoms are strung and woven into lei for horses as well as riders.But how did such an elaborate custom begin?From the beginning, Hawaiian people loved horses, and the women had no interest in riding side-saddle, in spite of the missionaries disapproval. The wahine hitched up their long dresses from the back, tucked them in around their legs and rode astride, letting their skirts pa?u flag out behind as they paraded through town in their finery. If they had to travel any distance, they might wrap a long sheet of muslin around themselves to keep dust and mud off their good clothes. Special occasions of course demanded special costumes and lei, for horse as well as rider.Like a kind of hula on horseback the pa?u riding unit grew into an essential element of parades and other festive gatherings. From 1965-1983, Auntie Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske hosted fully scripted and choreographed Hawaiian history pageants in her Waimea front yard. The Old Hawai?i on Horseback celebration was one of the social events of the season, always led by Anna herself as queen for the d... https://mauinow.com/2019/06/13/2019-na-kamehameha-commemorative-pau-parade-and-hoolaulea/
Shop owner returns to doing what she loves - Albuquerque JournalMonday, December 17, 2018
Pink Ribbon Nail Salon, which the Journal featured earlier this year, will open before Christmas, according to manager Tina Carmichael.ADVERTISEMENTSkipCarmichael, who has been battling breast cancer for over a year, said starting the business was her way of having a purpose while going through cancer treatment.“I remember when the doctor called me and told me I had cancer,” she said. “I hung up the phone and rolled up on the floor for, like, 30 minutes. It took a while for me to wrap my head around the idea I was going to die.”Since her diagnosis, Carmichael has found new strength with her husband and business partner, Joe Nguyen, helping her every step of the way.“Now I am busy living and want to help other women who have similar situations,” she said. “I want Pink Ribbon to be a place where other women can offer advice, laugh and most importantly cry because it is healing to be surrounded by those who understand this journey.”The 1,800-square-foot space at 10301 Cottonwood Drive, will offer manicures, pedicures, waxing and artificial nails. Carmichael said she estimates hiring five employees when the store is fully open.Carmichael said 5 percent of the company’s proceeds will go to help with her cancer treatment.ADVERTISEMENTSkip“I have the energy to be the boss, but I do have to take time to fight daily, too,” Carmichael said.Birds of a featherThe Grey Heron, 9132 Montgomery NE, offers refurbished old products that have been distressed and repainted. (Stephen Montoya/Albuquerque Journal )A new store with refurbished old products that have been distressed and repainted with a modern aesthetic is making a mark in the Northeast Heights.Grey Heron, 9132 Montgomery NE, sells Farmhouse, Modern Farmhouse, French Country and a little Boho Chic style housewares, furniture, clothing and chalk paint supplies.Owner Kayla Miller, who opened the store in September, said she was apprehensive about starting her own store after many told her how hard it would be.“Many people told me to be patient because it can take up to a year to get a good clientele,” Miller said. “But since I’ve opened the doors, we’ve haven’t had that problem.”ADVERTISEMENTSkipMiller said she and her husband look for items to refurbish and put in the store. Miller said she has two storage containers full of product, with many of the floor items already sold.img class="wp-image-1258250 size-large" src="https://d3el53au0d7w62.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/16/mb03_jd_17dec_5retail-630x473.jpg" alt width="630" height="473... https://www.abqjournal.com/1258191/new-heights-store-makes-old-stuff-new-again.html
Gardening: Pink powder puffs are not always that particular color - San Bernardino County SunTuesday, February 27, 2018
In the process, they produce a rich scarlet pigment known as carminic acid. This metabolite is stored in the gut of the female scales, to be used in defending themselves from attacking ants.Scale eggs are especially rich in carminic acid and the indigenous peoples who still produce traditional cochineal dye are astute in collecting the pregnant scales for maximum dye production.Prior to the export of cochineal dye from Mexico to Europe, the main source of European red dye was the kermes scale, which had been utilized as a textile dye since biblical times. In the book of Exodus, the materials utilized in construction and furnishing of the desert Tabernacle included tola’at shani, literally translated as “scarlet worm,” since it was thought that the dye used in coloring the Tabernacle tapestries and other fabrics was derived from a worm.Recent investigations of this subject by Israeli researchers proved that the scarlet worm was in fact a scale insect that feeds on the Mediterranean kermes oak (Quercus coccifera).However, the scarlet dye produced by the Mexican cactus scale was eight times brighter than that produced by the Mediterranean oak tree scale, and so all red dye used in Europe was soon manufactured from the cactus scale.A number of years ago, Nick Kurek from Granada Hills sent me simple instructions for readying prickly pear fruit (tunas) and pads (nopales) for eating.“The flesh of cactus pears,” he wrote, “is sweet and flavorful but full of seeds. Needles come off the fruit by rolling them in the dirt, and then they are peeled.”As for the pads, “cut the young ones only, slice off the spines, dice them and then boil them with onions. Serve either hot or cold.”For more information about area plants and gardens, go to Joshua Siskin’s website at www.thesmartergardener.com. Send questions and photos to Joshua@perfectplants.com.Tip of the weekFragrant Nobile Dendrobium orchid (Photo by Lois Siskin)One of the real pleasures of living in the world of plants is that you are constantly learning new things.I have been closely watching and studying plants for almost 40 years and never knew until a few days ago that fragrant orchids existed. But then my ever helpful and vigilant wife was at the supermarket and encountered some fragrant Dendrobium orchids on display in the floral department and even photographed them for me.So of course I had to investigate the subject. And wouldn’t you know it? At orchidsmadeeasy.com, there is a list of 11 fragrant orchids, not including the supermarket Dendrobium.Perhaps the most famous among the list of fragrant orchids is Vanilla planifolia, the same plant from whose pods and seeds vanilla extract is made. Vanilla is a vining orchid that grows up to 30 feet tall in its homeland of tropical Mexico and Central America. In that habitat, vanilla is pollinated by hummingbirds and bees, but not very efficiently. Production costs are high because flowers last one day and must be hand pollinated so that daily flower inspection and pollination is necessary.Also, the vanilla extract must be aged for up to two years before its flavor is fully expressed. Know you know why, after saffron, vanilla is the most labor-intensive and expensive spice.You can grow a vanilla orchid as an indoor plant. It’s a challenge but can be done. It requires constant fertilization and is often a target of spider mites and mealybugs. It also needs soil that is consistently moist so roots must be inspected frequently for root rot. Vanilla orchids are readily available on eBay for $10-$50, depending on the size of the plant.a href="http...
'Serve others,' King Day speaker urges - The Star DemocratTuesday, January 30, 2018
This year’s keynote speaker was Bishop Anthony Dickerson, pastor of Greater Mount Olive Full Gospel Baptist Church in Cambridge.Master of Ceremonies Rev. Clarence Wayman, pastor of Grasonville/Carmichael United Methodist Charge; Jim Brown, community center board member and event chairman; and Christina Rochester, community center vice president; welcomed the crowd, and Rochester introduced Dickerson.She noted, “At the age of 12, he was ordained a deacon of the former Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Salisbury. At the age of 18, he was ordained a minister on April 11, 1982. After many years experience, he was ordained a Bishop on August 1, 2014. He has a great deal of experience working with young men in the community with employment and training opportunities as a job readiness instructor.”Dickerson’s message was related to this year’s King Day theme, “Wake Up and Stay Connected.”“I’m just a servant,” he said, echoing those who spoke before him in that the word “servant” was a word Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often used in his messages — that Jesus was a servant and to follow Jesus was to follow his example of serving others.“We can, we must, we will,” Dickerson said. He used those words to involve the audience in his message of hope. He asked them to repeat the words several times with him.He said, “The whole truth needs to be told. United we stand, divided we fall.”Dickerson said issues created by the cul... http://www.stardem.com/spotlight/serve-others-king-day-speaker-urges/article_177ff6ca-26be-589a-b178-a6b2d7bf0028.html
BloomNet, Floral Industry Spearhead Relief Efforts For Hurricane-Impacted Florists - PerishableNews (press release) (registration)Tuesday, September 26, 2017
It is a beautiful testament to our industry and to the amazing people who enable our floral industry to thrive,” said Lisa Carmichael, Vice President of Marketing & New Business Development, BloomNet. Lynn Lary McLean, AAF AIFD PFCI TMF, Chief Executive Officer of The AIFD Foundation, stated: “The AIFD Foundation is primarily dedicated to the education of floral designers worldwide. Through the catastrophic component within the structure of the Foundation, we extend our commitment to the floral industry through two hurricane relief funds, calling upon the entire florist community nationwide to do what they can in helping to rebuild the floral industry in both Texas and Florida.” Dianna Nordman, AAF, Executive Director of the Texas State Florists’ Association, stated: “We thank BloomNet, The AIFD Foundation and retail florists all over the United States for their energy, resources and generous financial support. TSFA is very grateful for all you are doing to help the florists of Texas in this time of need.” Angela Tully, AIFD FSMD, President of the Florida State Florists’ Association, stated: “On behalf of our Association and the florists throughout Florida, we want to express our thanks to BloomNet, The AIFD Foundation, and to our fellow florists and industry companies in other states far and near. Your tremendous kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated during this difficult time in the Sunshine State.” To donate to the Hurricane Harvey Florist Fund and the Hurricane Irma Florist Fund or to apply for a Hurricane Florist Fund Grant, go to: aifdfoundation.org/ About BloomNet® As the leading floral industry service provider, BloomNet, Inc. (www.bloomnet.net), a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., is focused on continually exceeding the expectations of its select community of Florists. Retail Florists across the nation and around the globe rely upon BloomNet as their trusted source for unique personalized service, comprehensive florist care, innovative programs, and quality products designed to increase their viability. BloomNet is committed to working side by side with our Florists to foster industry education, build community, and develop long term relationships built on trust, commitment, and dependability. About AIFD and The AIFD Foundation Established in 1965, the American Institute of Floral Designers is, today, the floral industry’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design. The mission of AIFD is to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership, and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form. The AIFD Foundation was established as an umbrella organization for all future funds and projects, with a single group of trustees having responsibility for all activities. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support for educational purposes, scholarships, projects and programs that facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of floral design and related fields. About TSFA The Texas State Florists’ Association, founded in 1914, is a professional trade association for all branches of the floral industry including retailers, wholesalers, growers, manufacturers of floral products and supplies, brokers, shippers, importers, interior plantscapers, and others who service the floral industry. TSFA’s mission is to cultivate Member Success and a Strong Floral Community. The varied member... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0063153
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 email@example.com 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