Hillside Flower Shop News
Super Bloom 2019: People Go Wild Over Flowers In Elsinore - Lake Elsinore, CA PatchTuesday, July 09, 2019
Lake Elsinore area. Super bloom 2.0 is here. Back in 2017, the region went gaga over the beautiful flowers that seemingly appeared along Interstate 15 overnight, transforming the hillside into a golden tourist attraction. The Walker Canyon area, which is located next to Intersate 15 between Lake Street and Nichols Road, is a hot spot for viewing wildflowers in Southwest Riverside County. However, city officials say that for the last two years, some visitors were less than respectful when it came to tossing trash, impeding traffic and venturing into the flowers in search of that perfect selfie. This year, the city is launching a campaign to "preserve while you observe." "The Super Bloom is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature with friends and family," the city said in a news release. "However, help us preserve these beautiful hillsides for many years to come by staying on established trails and avoiding walking, laying or standing on the flowers. Further, please help keep the area clean for by throwing trash away properly into the designated receptacles in the parking area." Parking is only allowed on Walker Canyon Road and a community services officer will be on patrol in the area over the weekends to assist with traffic control. If you're looking to head out to see these gorgeous flowers, here's some info from the city regarding viewing ar... https://patch.com/california/lakeelsinore-wildomar/super-bloom-2019-people-go-wild-over-flowers-elsinore
Could There Be A Spectacular Wildflower Season At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area? - National Parks TravelerTuesday, March 05, 2019
Big-pod ceanothus (Ceanothus megacarpus), one of our most common shrub species, has also been turning entire hillsides white with their flowers. 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
FlowerSuper Bloom turns hillsides into a sea of orange - WPXI PittsburghTuesday, March 05, 2019
Flower 'Super Bloom' turns hillsides into a sea of orange LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The hills and valleys of southern California are celebrating spring and it's gorgeous. It's called a "super bloom." It happens when fields of golden poppies cover green hillsides with waves of orange highlights. The phenomenon is especially pronounced this year because of a wet winter in Riverside County. TRENDING NOW: A similar bloom two years ago turned some areas into instant tourist attractions. City officials in Lake Elsinore expect a wave of visitors again, but the o... https://www.wpxi.com/news/flower-super-bloom-turns-hillsides-into-a-sea-of-orange/925697604
Heavy rains prompt super bloom of poppies in California - Euronews EnglishTuesday, March 05, 2019
Spring has arrived early in southern California.After weeks of heavy rains, a super bloom of wild poppies has covered the hills around Lake Elsinore, southeast of Los Angeles.The super bloom has left hillsides in the area carpeted with golden and orange flowers, something which Lake Elsinore's Mayor Steve Manos hopes will bring tourists to the area."Thanks to the rains, 2019 happens to promise a super bloom event like we haven't seen in several years," he said. "This should attract thousands of people out to observe the flowers... it will go on for roughly about a month and we are excited to get the visitors out here in Lake Elsinore."... https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/28/heavy-rains-prompt-super-bloom-of-poppies-in-california
The incredible flower fields of San Diego is an item to add to the bucket listTuesday, June 05, 2018
Mexican food. This is food truck heaven. But it perhaps doesn’t conjure an image of a hillside filled with an explosion of colourful flowers, ranging from deep red to orange and pink. But just out of the city, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The iconic Flower Fields in Carlsbad are currently in full bloom, and those visiting are jumping to the chance to share the natural beauty on their social media. It’s Instagram gold, and a closer alternative to the cascading tulip fields of Amsterdam.Each year, kicking off in March, around 165,000 visitors, generally locals from California, descend upon the 50-acres of fields blooming with giant tecolote ranunculus, a variety of the buttercup flower. And it’s an annual pretty pilgrimage that’s been happening for just under 60 years, when the owners of the site opened the spectacular display, with its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, to the public.Back then in the '60s, visitors would walk around the flowers and simply take some snaps. But with each passing year, the experience has got bigger and better.These days, there’s outdoor concerts and arts... http://travel.nine.com.au/2018/06/03/09/59/flower-fields-san-diego
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
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/