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A Rose-Colored Life: Hamon Gilley tends his flowers - Martinsville BulletinTuesday, September 12, 2017
I will make it to 104.”The Mrs. doesn’t get involved with gardening, although she agrees that “the roses make everything prettier, I think,” she said.The couple live in Collinsville most of the week and in Sanville, where he keeps his roses, the rest of the time. “We have the best of both worlds,” he said. +5 Veteran's Honor "is one of the fines rose they've ever had," said rose grower Hamon Gilley.Holly KozelskyAmong his collection are:Melody de Perfume, a nearly purple, almost fluffy French rose known for its rich fragrance, “They say the French loved it so much they bottled it,” Gilley said.The lively Sunsprite: “Everybody loves a yellow rose, but yellows are not good keepers. Don’t ask me why.”Taboo, “the closest thing they’ve ever come to a black.”Tropical Sunset, an unusual orange and yellow with colors mixed in splotches;Purple Tiger, which is striped.The iconic Peace Rose, which was bred in France. “This one made the last plane to leave Paris before the Germans took over, to a man in California,” he said. That grower in California reproduced it and got it on the market, and it became one of the top sellers. “That’s how it got its name. It’s a beautiful story, isn’t it?”Veteran’s Honor, “one of the finest roses they’ve ever had.”Pope John Paul II, with white roses which cover the bush so completely that “when the sun was on it it would almost hurt your eyes,” Gilley said.Meanwhile, it’s hard for him to pick a favorite rose. “I love the unusual ones, but I love the regular ones too,” he said.He’s had the Purple Tiger for seven years, but it never did well, he said. Early this season, he moved it to the center of the line. “I said, ‘I’ll give him every chance in the world,’” and indeed, the Purple Tiger began perking up. It is still smaller than the roses around it, but doing well. +5 Dick Clark was the American... http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/a-rose-colored-life-hamon-gilley-tends-his-flowers/article_de8ba824-0e68-5825-8bc3-d1c9171c7627.html
Flowers dominates Granite City Invitational field, Alton, East Alton runners also post solid performances - RiverBender.comTuesday, September 20, 2016
St. Louis University High – 183DeSmet – 186Chatham Glenwood – 247Carbondale – 264Jacksonville – 267Fort Zumwalt West – 269Mascoutah – 329Alton – 357Mount Vernon – 434Piasa Southwestern – 445Collinsville – 462Freeburg – 484Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin – 503Columbia – 524East St. Louis – 532Civic Memorial – 536Herculaneum, Mo. - 542Roxana – 560Belleville West – 579Farmington, Mo. - 609Belleville East – 614Granite City, Jersey, East Alton-Wood River – No ScoreINDIVIDUAL TOP TENWill Formea, Springfield (16:28.52); Eli Ward, Waterloo (16:39.98); Ethan Cherry, Carbondale (16:41.93); Issac Becker, Springfield (16:44.39); Dan Powell, Edwardsville (16:45.65); Kyle Boughter, Springfield, 16:47.29); Jackson McAlister, Waterloo (16:56.63); Casmir Cozzi, Mascoutah (16.57.70); Christian Cazier, Jersey (17:05.65); Brendan Fahey, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (17:10.41)OTHER AREA RUNNERS EDWARDSVILLE: Todd Baxter, 14th (17:15.38); Jacob Davis, 33rd (17:51.81); Jonah Durbin, 42nd (18:12.91); Joseph Brooks, 53rd (18:27.42); Henry Gruben, 64th (18:41.20); Josh Perry, 76th (19:01.81) ALTON: Cassius Havis, 30th (17:47.39); Zak Wilson, 68th (18:48.86); Issac Evans, 93rd (19:52.08) PIASA SOUTHWESTERN: Carden Bohn, 17th (17:22.63); Grant Seniker, 65th (18:42.74) CIVIC MEMORIAL: Drake Stevenson, 66th (18:42.74); Will Davis, 96th (19:56.53) ROXANA: Joel Woodruff, 112nd (20:15.94); William Cotter, 114th (20:19.78); Jarrett Warmack, 115th (20:20.35) GRANITE CITY: Jeremiah Perry, 91st (19:41.97); Jr. Harold, 123rd (20:36.43) JERSEY: Grant Morgan, 82nd (19:13.56) EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER: Andrew Noack, 84th (19:17.65) If you have a EdGlenToday or Riverbender.com news, human interest or sports idea, e-mail Danbrannan@riverbender.com or call or text 618-623-5930. Follow Dan Brannan on Facebook and Danbrannannews on Twitter.Purchase photos from this article Print Version...
Five Things: Fish with Mommy; pick flowers for Mom; shop with Mother - Belleville News-DemocratWednesday, May 11, 2016
Villa Hills Fire Department’s Open House (fire at noon Saturday, open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); or head to the Spring Farm Day at Willoughby Heritage Farm in Collinsville (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday); or bring a kite to Joe Glik Park in Edwardsville to be part of the statewide kite fly (9 a.m. to noon Saturday); or enjoy the Global Brew Spring Beer Festival at Three Springs Park in Shiloh (11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday).You could also let her sleep well past oh-dark-thirty on Sunday. Mom would like that.* Like you, I really started thinking about this weekend sometime last Sunday afternoon. http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article76042727.html
Metro-east florists are part of St. Louis Art Museum's Art in Bloom festival - Belleville News-DemocratFriday, March 18, 2016
Trisha Haislar’s interest in flowers has taken her from Collinsville to the White House, and many places in between.This weekend, one of her floral designs is on display at St. Louis Art Museum’s Art in Bloom. During the annual free festival Friday through Sunday, 37 designers and garden clubs use flowers to imaginatively interpret works of art. Trisha is also part of a team that will decorate galleries. She learned Friday that her piece won Best of Show.“I’ve been involved with Art in Bloom since its inception in 2001,” said Trisha, 65, who owns Elegant Celebrations in Collinsville. She and husband Dennis have two grown children and five grandchildren. “The first year I interpreted one of the pieces of art. It evolved into being invited to be on the design team to come up with ideas on how to decorate Sculpture Hall. Now, we also do Taylor Hall in the new building, completed a couple years ago.”Q: How hard is it to interpret a piece of art with flowers?A: “Some are a lot easier than others. It depends on the piece of art. The Art Museum go... http://www.bnd.com/living/magazine/article65283392.html
Snow didn't stop flower delivery drivers - KSDKThursday, February 18, 2016
Photo: KSDK)Some business couldn't take a snow day, on one of the busiest delivery days of the year.Valentine's Day deliveries continued as scheduled in the Metro East. Cullop-Jennings Florist in Collinsville was open Sunday for the holiday. Owner Mike Ogle said business was moving steadily."We had a lot of last minute guys coming through the door this morning," he said.Ogle said his delivery driver had between 25-30 stops to make Sunday afternoon. Although wary of the weather, the business couldn't take a snow day."We thought the snow would be here and gone by the morning and we wouldn't have to deal with it but sure enough, it's here and it's quite a bit," he said."I do worry about her [my driver.] I tell her to hurry and get back in, but to be as careful as she can and as safe as she can."PHOTOS - Valentine's Day Snow Fall: Show ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: http://www.ksdk.com/story/weather/2016/02/14/snow-didnt-stop-flower-delivery-drivers/80391388/... http://www.ksdk.com/story/weather/2016/02/14/snow-didnt-stop-flower-delivery-drivers/80391388/
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