Litchfield Flower Shop News
Graceful peony has super colors for the bedroomTuesday, July 17, 2018
There are even yellow-crown peonies.If you have a northern garden, one purveyor should be on your list. White Flower Farm in Litchfield, Conn., is family owned and offers all the newest varieties.When decorating a master bedroom and bath — as our office is doing for clients at the Palm Beach Biltmore — you might take inspiration from the peony, especially when selecting fabric for draperies or an upholstered headboard. In my experience, both genders find soft peony pinks and corals — as well as the flower’s deeper magenta tones — to be super colors for a happy and bright bedroom. You can find a range of peony colors in a mixed bouquet.Begin by painting your bedroom walls a soft peony pink — perhaps in a two-tone stripe or a marbleized pattern — with white woodwork.Choose a second shade of peony pink, a deeper tone, for the interiors of closets or the walls in an adjoining bathroom. A lighter peony tone can be used on the ceiling. For the carpeting, select a raspberry peony shade, for a jolt of color that is also practical.If you have a decorator in your life, he or she can shop for peony fabrics from which you can choose. If you’re shopping yourself, there are plenty of fabric-by-the-yard retailers across the bridges from Palm Beach, where you’ll likely find patterns with blooming peonies that will suit your style. Consider Mac Fabrics at 426 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. I often visit Boca Bargoons at 910 U.S. 1 in Lake Park for a look through the racks — and I always appreciate the very helpful staff there.A trip to Boca Bargoons also means a stop for lunch nearby at The Carving Station, 720 U.S. 1, a popular and casual buffet-style restaurant. It isn’t fancy, but it sure is fun — and perfect for summertime, I think.*Palm Beacher Carleton Varney is president of Dorothy Draper & Co., an international design firm with offices in New York, West Palm Beach, London and White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Visit CarletonVarney.com or email him at email@example.com. https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/lifestyles/graceful-peony-has-super-colors-for-the-bedroom/sj1WgQkp2elj7sNH7FUQFM/
Ex-delivery driver opens her own florist company, Elise Floral, in Cheshire - Middletown PressTuesday, September 27, 2016
CHESHIRE >> Elise Samson got her start in the floral industry as a delivery driver.“I needed a job while I was in high school,” said Samson, 36.“So, I went to this floral shop in Litchfield and ask the owner at the time if they hiring,” she said.“The owner said they were looking for a delivery driver and they hired me.” Flowers of Distinction was her first job and the shop is still in business.AdvertisementNow, after years of hands-on experience, education and building self-confidence, Samson launched Elise Floral, a statewide full service wedding and event florist company.But unbeknownst to Samson, while working as a delivery driver, she thought the job would be easy.“I had to clean and process the flowers, there is a whole procedure that I didn’t know,” she said. “But in my mind during that time, I was thinking I can rock tunes in my car and deliver pretty flowers; it didn’t work that way.”Over the course of the next couple of months, according to Samson, she wasn’t allowed to arrange any of the flowers initially.She said she had to learn how to clean the buckets properly, learn the names of flowers and learn how to process them.“I had to learn a lot of thing... http://www.middletownpress.com/business/20160911/ex-delivery-driver-opens-her-own-florist-company-elise-floral-in-cheshire
Schwartz, Flowers post wins at Edwardsville Invitational - Belleville News-DemocratTuesday, September 20, 2016
Abby Schrobilgen (seventh) and Jaycie Huson (ninth). Highland freshman Samantha Hengehold was the only other local athlete placing in the top 10. Hengehold was eighth overall.Mascoutah (116 points), Litchfield (127) and Carbondale (142) rounded out the top five teams.Flowers continues to bloomTwo-time Class 2A all-state runner Ben Flowers of Jerseyville continued his domination of local competition by winning the boys championship. Considered one of the favorites to win the state title in a little over six weeks in Peoria, Flowers finished the 5K course in just over 16 minutes 24 seconds to defeat Kevin Koester of Hillsboro by a full 13 seconds.Frankie Romano of Edwardsville and Jake Schwartz of Waterloo rounded out the top four runners while Roland Prenzler of Edwardsville placed sixth and Ethan Price of Mascoutah placed ninth. Price is the reigning Belleville News-Democrat Class 2A Runner of the Year.Edwardsville, which had five runners in the top 15, finished with 51 points. Hillsboro (100), Mascoutah (174), Alton (187) and Champaign Central (194) rounded out the top five teams. http://www.bnd.com/sports/high-school/article102712897.html
Ex-delivery driver opens her own florist company, Elise Floral, in Cheshire - New Haven RegisterTuesday, September 13, 2016
CHESHIRE >> Elise Samson got her start in the floral industry as a delivery driver.“I needed a job while I was in high school,” said Samson, 36.“So, I went to this floral shop in Litchfield and ask the owner at the time if they hiring,” she said.“The owner said they were looking for a delivery driver and they hired me.” Flowers of Distinction was her first job and the shop is still in business.AdvertisementNow, after years of hands-on experience, education and building self-confidence, Samson launched Elise Floral, a statewide full service wedding and event florist company.But unbeknownst to Samson, while working as a delivery driver, she thought the job would be easy.“I had to clean and process the flowers, there is a whole procedure that I didn’t know,” she said. “But in my mind during that time, I was thinking I can rock tunes in my car and deliver pretty flowers; it didn’t work that way.”Over the course of the next couple of months, according to Samson, she wasn’t allowed to arrange any of the flowers initially.She said she had to learn how to clean the buckets properly, learn the names of flowers and learn how to process them.“I had to learn a lot of thing... http://www.nhregister.com/business/20160911/ex-delivery-driver-opens-her-own-florist-company-elise-floral-in-cheshire
Annual flower, garden show Feb. 18-21; Italian classes begin soon at senior center - Torrington Register CitizenThursday, January 14, 2016
Ciao!, fifth edition, by Federici and Riga. There will be no class on March 25. The fee for each course is $85 for seniors, $100 for others.St. Michael Episcopal Church, South St., Litchfield, is offering an Italian class beginning in January.Advanced Beginner Italian will begin on Friday, January 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. The 12-week course is designed for those with a knowledge of basic Italian grammar and basic vocabulary. It will include conversation, grammar, readings, and culture. The required text is Prego! An Invitation to Italian, third edition, by Graziana Lazzarino. There will be no class on March 25. The fee for the course is $90 for seniors, $105 for others.The instructor for all of the classes is Dona Frauenhofer. For more information or to preregister, call 860-496-8041. http://www.registercitizen.com/article/RC/20160106/NEWS/160109890
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