Mason City Flower Shop News
Mason City florist thanks teachers, school staff with roses - Mason City Globe GazetteTuesday, September 06, 2016
MASON CITY — Otto’s Oasis will give 580 roses to Mason City teachers Thursday morning.“We want these teachers to know that they’re appreciated,” manager Cheryl Lewis said. “It’s a little pick-me-up.”Janet Miller, Sue Frelund and Lewis individually wrapped each rose with a water tube Wednesday afternoon.“Sometimes teachers don’t get the praise they deserve,” Lewis said.Teachers, staff and administration from Mason City School District and Newman Catholic School all will receive roses.“Everyone who works in the building will get one,” Frelund said.Each rose will be accompanied by a handwritten note.“As a new school year begins we want you to know that we appreciate your dedication to student education. Have a great year!,” the notes read.The shop wanted to take the roses in on the first day all schools would be in session.“They do so much beyond what’s normally expected of them and deserve our thanks,” Frelund said. “The more we talked about it, the more we realized we need to do this.”... http://globegazette.com/news/local/mason-city-florist-thanks-teachers-school-staff-with-roses/article_498ff155-0877-5604-a7e9-fb3dd851f56c.html
Ambrose Rooney - Mason City Globe GazetteMonday, October 12, 2015
Ambrose described the farm as a circus.Ambrose was a member of Dougherty St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Holy Name in Rockford and Epiphany Parish Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason City. Ambrose was a 70 year member of the American Legion Post #354, also a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and was involved in the National Farmer Organization for several years.Ambrose was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He passed on to his family his devout Christian values, and he had great faith in God. He was willing to lend a hand to both friend and stranger. He enjoyed playing cards (with a lot of table talk), loved going out to eat, watching the Minnesota Twins, praying the rosary and enjoyed a good seven-7.Ambrose is survived by his children, Gary (Angie Harper) Rooney of Sheffield, Marlene (Merlyn) Traux of Sheffield, Jane (John) McKee of Sheffield, Barb (Doyle) Butkiewicz of Madison Wis., Jim (Vickie) Rooney of Sheffield, Karen (Steve Hirsch) Rooney of Sheffield, Tom (Jennifer) Rooney of Hampton, Larry (Barb) Rooney of Rockford, Pat (Gwen) Rooney of Rockford, Dan (Stacy) Rooney of Rudd, Anne (Mark) Chambers of Marble Rock, Matt Rooney of Rockford, son-in-law, Carl Eckenrod of Mason City; 34 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; sister, Ann Rooney of Rockwell; two brothers, Joe Rooney of Dougherty and John (Maxine) Rooney of Algona; sister-in-law, Darla Yeager of Bellevue; numerous nieces and nephews.Ambrose was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elvira Rooney; daughter, Sue Eckenrod; son, Ronald Rooney; two sisters, Mary Bottolfson and Marjorie Grombka; four brothers-in-law; two sisters-in- law.Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapels, 126 Third St. N.E., Mason City, IA: 641-423-2372.ColonialChapels.com... http://globegazette.com/news/local/obituaries/ambrose-rooney/article_3268c4de-ff9f-5ed8-9886-c2c08bdfa795.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 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