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Entrepreneur forages for wild flowers - Vermont BizTuesday, July 09, 2019
Danny MonahanSmall Business AdministrationPhoto: Erin Ostreicher, Owner and Founder of Nectar and Root. Photo by Danny Monahan.To her it’s a treasure hunt. Roaming the countryside and walking through the woods turning over rocks and pulling back tree limbs, all to find the perfect gem. Many times, she doesn’t know what she's after. She will know it when she sees it.Erin Ostreicher, a 33-year-old florist, is looking for wild plants, flowers and whatever else is blossoming to decorate an upcoming wedding. She has about six nurseries and a few flower shops she frequents, she grows her own as well, but foraging is her favorite method for arranging flowers.“We spend a great deal of time foraging through Vermont’s fields, farmers markets, plant nurseries, and flower farms for the best, most genuine products for our clients, oftentimes incorporating rare materials that can’t be sourced anywhere else,” said Ostreicher.Photo: Erin Ostreicher, Owner and Founder of Nectar and Root. Photo by Danny Monahan.Ostreicher is the owner and founder of Nectar and Root, a wedding floral design business in Winooski. She never thought she would be an entrepreneur... https://vermontbiz.com/news/2019/july/04/entrepreneur-forages-wild-flowers
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
It’s a far better thing to say, ‘You know, I want to get some flowers for my mum. She loves Italy, she goes to Tuscany all the time – I want something that looks like it came out of the Italian countryside,” she says.Origin storiesGiven the challenges, logistical demands and skill levels needed across the supply chain, it’s no wonder flowers cost as m... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Could There Be A Spectacular Wildflower Season At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area? - National Parks TravelerTuesday, March 05, 2019
Black mustard (Brassica nigra) is also back, but it’s not welcome in the region. The pretty yellow flowers of this plant make the hillsides of Los Angeles look like a postcard-perfect countryside, but biologists warn the public not to be deceived by its good looks. The plant is not on the favorites list for several reasons: it’s an invasive species known for displacing native plants, and it’s also notorious for helping wildfires spread. Flowers that the public might see in coming weeks include several species in the lupine, phacelia, poppy, popcorn-flower, lily, snapdragon, and sunflower groups, as well as virtual carpets of morning glory and wild cucumber. One example of a fire follower is the aptly named fire poppy, which can be a variation between orange and red; it grows below 2,500 feet in recently burned chaparral and woodland.Woodlands and shrublands were hit hard by the fire; in some cases, all above-ground plant matter was consumed. While some trees were lost and will take many years to recover from seed, shrubs will rebound quicker. In regards to oak trees, both valley and coast live, biologists say that if they don’t resprout this spring, they most likely died after being ravaged from the Woolsey Fire. “We should see some kind of response from them,” said John Tiszler, a supervisory plant biologist who has worked at the NRA for more than two decades. “Even if we see resprouting, it doesn’t necessarily mean the tree will recover. They don’t always make it in the long run. After the Springs Fire, a number of oak trees initially resprouted but then they ultimately didn’t make it.” Good spots for that Instagram selfie that could break your record for most “likes” include Paramount Ranch, Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. But for that crème de la crème display of flowers, check out Malibu Creek State Park, which saw its share of destruction from the Woolsey Fire, but is expected to rebound quite nicely. Staff ask that visitors stay on trails and not tread on vegetation so that everyone can enjoy the flowers. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a national park. Regulations prohibit picking of wildflowers, so that they may produce seed for the next wildflower season. https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2019/02/could-there-be-spectacular-wildflower-season-santa-monica-mountains-national-recreation-area
Why Was A Flower Named After Meghan Markle? - The Cheat SheetTuesday, March 05, 2019
Andrée Davies and Adam White for a stunning “Back to Nature Garden” theme.According to the Kensington Palace Instagram account, the aim of the garden is to celebrate the countryside and encourage families and communities to rediscover nature in its raw form and feel the mental and physical health benefits it has to offer. Taking a closer look at the sketches — the garden will be woodland inspired, capturing the whimsy and magic of the great outdoors that we adored as children. Middleton is an avid gardener and an advocate for mental health. Her garden will combine both of her passions.Will there be a flower named after Baby Sussex?Since Baby Sussex is expected to make his or her debut in late April or early May, just around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show, we think that it’s very likely Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bundle of joy will also get a flower named after them. Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!... https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/why-was-a-flower-named-after-meghan-markle.html/
Forget Flower Girls Chic “Flower Grannies” Led the Way Down the Aisle at this WeddingTuesday, October 16, 2018
For Chelsea Blair and Joseph Garrity, the decision to include their grandmas in lieu of the conventional flower girls was a no-brainer. Their reception afterwards was inspired by the Tuscan countryside, with the party tent decorated like a Italian villa complete with ivy-covered tent poles designed to look like trees, with moss, blooms, and olive branches floating above. Follow along with the couple’s wedding day below, courtesy of Manda Weaver Photography.Like B&G on Facebook Follow B&G on InstagramAs a college Freshman at Frostburg University, Chelsea time and time again would keep bumping in to the same player on the Frostburg baseball team. A longtime baseball fan and someone who had friends on the team, Chelsea frequently attended University games. What she didn’t know was that while she sat on the bleachers, Joseph Garrity, a junior on the baseball team, had noticed her from the dugout. However, Chelsea transferred schools after her freshman year, switching to a college in Alabama. Even though Chelsea and Joseph were now at two different schools in two different states, they exchanged numbers over Twitter. For the next year they spoke to one another non-stop. Chelsea’s mysterious instinct about Joseph deepened: it felt meant to be.Though they had been talking for months, it had been a while since their first mutual year at Frostburg. For the couple’s first official date they settled on a restaurant neighboring the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace, Maryland, called the Tidewater Grill. Chelsea ... https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/09/26/wedding-flower-grannies-not-flower-girls/
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