Forsyth Flower Shop News
Flowers and shapesTuesday, August 28, 2018
Middle Eastern heritage.Fakhoury’s trunk show takes place Saturday, Aug. 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mansion on Forsyth’s gallery. click to enlarge We caught up with Fakhoury last week.Have you always been interested in jewelry making?I’ve always done jewelry as a hobby, even as a little girl. I made little beaded bracelets, but it was nothing I took seriously—just something I did for fun to give to people. I ended up getting an online degree from NC State University and even there I tried a lot of different mediums, woodworking and sculptural things and larger scale. It wasn’t until after I graduated that I decided to pursue a line of jewelry because I wanted something that was more manageable, something on a smaller scale I could start at home and started from there. That was in 2010.What’s your process for jewelry making?It really varies. I use a lot of gemstones; I let the gemstones be the focal point. I start with a stone and know I want to use it, and I wok off the vibe and shape... https://www.connectsavannah.com/savannah/flowers-and-shapes/Content?oid=9328129
Faux flowers are the real deal in home decorTuesday, August 28, 2018
Stewart loves the look of faux air plants and succulents placed on driftwood. Just one or two philodendron or elephant ear leaves in a tall, sturdy vase can add drama or stems of faux yellow forsythia in tall vases work in a space that needs something with height. “Because I tend to design more modern than some, bringing something organic into a room is how you make a modern room feel more comfortable,” Stewart said. “It’s important to bring something organic in.” Michael Segura, a floral designer at Craftex in Houston, said Craftex has aisles of single stem flowers and foliage, but they also have lovely bundles of flowers already tied together. all you have to do is put them in a vase or pot. Succulents are popular there, too. “They are a pretty hot item for us. It seems like we don’t have enough in stock at times. I don’t think they’ll go out of style for a while. They’re a timeless classic,” Segura said. “The trend of using a lot of greenery in your home had... https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/home/design/article/Faux-flowers-are-the-real-deal-in-home-decor-13185048.php
How to persuade cut flowers to last twice as longTuesday, June 19, 2018
AY.The moment that water turns cloudy, you know bacteria is present and is having a field day in that vase.WOODY-STEMMED FLOWERS.Some flowers like lilacs, dogwood, crab apples, azaleas, camellias and forsythia have woody stems. They appear to be more like branches than stems and require a specific treatment to help them draw water. Split the last 2 inches of the stem with a sharp knife.Next, pound that part of the woody stem with a hammer until it is well-frayed. The stem will allow water to be drawn all the way to the blooms.STEMS WITH NODES.Certain types of flowers require specific stem treatments. For example, when cutting carnations and similar flowers, make your cut between the nodes of the stalk so they can more easily draw the water they need .LILIES AND THEIR STAMENS.Lilies, particularly the stargazer variety, have orange pollen that will leave a permanent stain on anything they touch, especially clothing and table linens. Remove the stamens with small scissors before conditioning the stems for placement in the vase. This will lengthen bloom time and protect your hands, clothes and linens.THORNY STEMS.When you purchase roses from a florist, the thorns have most likely been removed. When you purchase flowers in bulk from a flower mart or another bulk source (sometimes called a “growers bunch”) or cut them from your own garden, you will need to remove the thorns from the stems with a sharp knife, working from the top down to put less stress on the stems.There’s nothing quite so lovely as a bouquet of beautiful spring flowers. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be able to display them with confidence and pride for much longer than just a few days. Enjoy.Would you like to send a tip to Mary? You can email her at email@example.com, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Ste. B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. https://www.redbluffdailynews.com/2018/06/01/how-to-persuade-cut-flowers-to-last-twice-as-long/
Late with the flowers - The Telegraph (blog)Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Zell: The Governor Who Gave Georgia HOPE.”Richard asked if I could help with some research. To show his appreciation, he later took me to lunch at The Grey Goose Players Club on Forsyth Road.Over a Gooseburger and fries, I picked Richard’s brain about the world of book writing. I told him I aspired to be a published author. I dreamed of having my name on the spine of a book. I wanted a Dewey Decimal number at the library.He leaned across the table.“Well, what are you waiting for?” he asked.Things then began happening so quickly my head was spinning. That afternoon, John Mitchell Sr., who was vice president at Mercer, contacted me to tell me to expect a call from Cecil Staton, the publisher at Mercer Press.By the end of the week, I was in Staton’s office discussing a book contract.Not long after that, Gov. Miller sent me a copy of his book, “Corps Values,” a collection of principles he had learned as a young recruit in the Marine Corps.At the front of the book, he inscribed these words: “To Ed Grisamore – A ‘Real’ Writer. I wish I could weave words like you do. Good luck with your book. Your friend, Zell Miller.”I now have published nine books, and maybe one day I will write another. But I might never have gotten the kick-start I needed had it not been for those kind words of affirmation.Another turning point came when I heard Miller speak at a Georgia Press Association luncheon in Atlanta during the General Assembly.He spoke about the importance of being punctual. He said in all his years as governor he had never been late to a meeting.That made a tremendous impression on me, since I always seemed to be running a step or two behind where I needed to be and when I needed to be there. Miller was probably the busiest man in the state, yet his trains were always running on time. I remember thinking if he could be early, I should discipline myself to do the same.At Miller’s mem... http://www.macon.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/ed-grisamore/article208186804.html
'It's devastating,' Forsyth mayor says of business fire on the Monroe County square - The TelegraphWednesday, April 11, 2018
A truck driver passing through Forsyth noticed an early morning blaze Tuesday on the Monroe County Courthouse square.Just after 2:30 a.m., fire was reported at Flowers by Helen at 9 West Johnston St.Mayor Eric Wilson said he was called about 3 a.m. and headed downtown."It was still burning pretty well at the time," Wilson said by phone from the scene.Although Lee Street also was blocked initially, by 7:30 a.m. crews were able to reopen all but the one block of West Johnston Street between Jackson and Lee streets. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Perry said the flower shop sustained heavy damage. The fire —apparently electrical — appeared to have started in the back of the store back by the coolers"I got fried flowers," owner Angie Ellis told The Telegraph.When she arrived on the square, smoke was pouring out of the roof, and flames shot out the back of the building.Six years ago, she lost everything to smoke and water damage from another fire that burned Grits Cafe.Fire Chief David Herndon, wh... http://www.macon.com/news/local/article208431714.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
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
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/