Manito Flower Shop News
The bride wore green: Eco-friendly weddings are a budding business in Manitoba - CBC.caTuesday, June 25, 2019
She said she currently has about a hectare of healthy plants at different growth stages, rotating newly planted flowers with those that are ready to cut.The flowers are not necessarily native to Manitoba, but they are grown outside like any other crop after an early start in the greenhouse."It's surprising what we can grow here sustainably," said Tellier. "We don't grow varieties that have to be sprayed, like gladiolas. To protect our blossoms, we put little organza bags on their heads."figure class="imageMedia image ful... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-green-weddings-1.5185994
Manitoba flood forecaster Alf Warkentin dies at age 77 - CTV NewsTuesday, June 25, 2019
The man who steered Manitobans through some of the worst flooding in the province's history, including the flood of the century in 1997 has passed away. An obituary for Alf Warkentin says he worked as a meteorologist in Winnipeg and Churchill and was flood forecaster for the province of Manitoba for 41 years. In 2009, Warkentin told CTV News he takes his work very seriously because after the floods in the 1950's and 1997, he wants to warn people who need it. Warkentin is survived by his wife, two daughters and son. A memorial is planned for July 6th at the Westwood Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to agape table. He will be sadly missed by his friends and family. Warkentin was 77. READ MORE ABOUT ALF: The science behind predicting floods in Manitoba Province, former flood forecaster at odds over deliberate dike breach... https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/manitoba-flood-forecaster-alf-warkentin-dies-at-age-77-1.4478926
Petal to the metal: Man steals Kittelberger Florist van while employee delivers flowers - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleTuesday, January 22, 2019
Culver Road. OGDEN Grand larceny: On Jan. 3, a Manitou Road resident said two pistols were missing. There were no signs of forced entry at the home. Petit larceny: On Jan. 5, a Whittier Road resident said someone stole the keys for a vehicle he is currently selling. He said two people showed up to look at the car. Once the people left, the victim realized the keys were gone. Grand larceny: On Jan. 7, someone stole a check out of a mailbox on Black Forest Drive and cashed it. https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/01/19/monroe-county-ny-crime-rochester-suburbs-brighton-chili-greece-ogden-irondequoit-victor/2599141002/
Manitowoc Roorbach Flowers offers full-service FTD shop | Chamber Notebook - Herald Times ReporterTuesday, December 04, 2018
The Chamber of Manitowoc County For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 6:54 AM EST Nov 8, 2018 Since 1952 when Harry and Julia Roorbach moved from Illinois to buy the former Hamilton greenhouse and establish Roorbach Flowers, the Roorbach family has been active in Manitowoc's retail scene. Jim and Claire Olson joined Claire's parents in the business in the late 1960s and took ownership in the early 1990s. This coincided with an extensive remodel that created a new retail store, greenhouses and parking on Custer Street. The store is at 961 S. 2... https://www.htrnews.com/story/money/2018/11/08/manitowoc-roorbach-flowers-offers-full-service-ftd-shop-wisconsin/1923898002/
Sunflower selfies damaging crops, farmers warnTuesday, August 28, 2018
Updated Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:06PM EDT As alluring as a picturesque sunflower field may be to a dedicated selfie seeker, farmers in Manitoba are asking visitors to respect their property when they’re trying to snap that perfect shot. Bruce Stewart owns a large, eye-catching field filled with yellow sunflowers on the edge of Winnipeg. Recently, his property has seen an uptick in visitors stopping on the side of the road to take photos in front – and sometimes inside – of his field. “Everything has a saturation point,” he told CTV Winnipeg. “Sunday there was like 40 cars here.” On Monday, there was a steady stream of people taking photos at the edge of Stewart’s sunflower field. He said he’s concerned about the impact these visitors are having on his crops. “They’re raking [sunflower] heads. They’re taking heads,” he explained. “There was a trailer here cutting heads off.” James Battershill, the general manager of Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba’s largest general farm policy organization, says other farmers across the province are dealing with the same problem as Stewart. “We know that a lot of people, especially from urban areas, have really lost a connection to a primary producer and... https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/sunflower-selfies-damaging-crops-farmers-warn-1.4034519
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