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Blooming good flowers head to ChelseaTuesday, June 05, 2018
Mrs Umbels, Sutton-on-Trent, brought along three bucket full of Viburnum Opulus sterile.Emma Parrott from Country Cut Flowers in Brant Broughton gave Allium Mount Everest, Sweet Rocket, Euphorbia oblong garter, Allium cowanii, Irish Langport Wren, Cornflower Blue Ball and Geum Totally Tangerine. Advertisement Newark is represented by the Eton Avenue Growers Association where Gillie Wilkinson selected Allium schoenoprasum, Carex pendula, Aquilegia vulgaris, Elymus repens and Briza maxima.Kerryn Marriot and Tracy Manders of Old Farmhouse Flowers at Beckingham provided Leucantheum vulgaris, Shirley Dee from S & A Bespoke Flowers and Event Styling brought along 50 Allium Christophii.They met up with the co-chairman of Flower from the Farm Linda Clark who runs Spotted Dog Flowers at Blyton. She was accompanied by Sandra Bright from Peacock Flowers in Ulceby. "They arrived with a car half full of flowers from Lincolnshire growers and drove on to a layby on the A46 on the way to Leicester to pick up those from the rest of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire," said Gillie Wilkinson.The Flowers from the Farm display can be found in the centre of the Great Pavilion at the show which continues until Sunday. ... http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/2018/05/22/blooming-good-flowers-head-to-chelsea
The smell of citrus flowers is intensely divine! - Moultrie ObserverTuesday, August 01, 2017
F. The small orange-like fruit is about one inch in diameter and can be eaten fresh (peel and all) or used in making jellies, marmalade and candies. Cultivars include Nagami (oblong to pear-shaped fruit with acid pulp), Marumi (round and sweet) and Meiwa (round and sweet).The calamondins have small, round fruits with acid pulp and look like a tangerine. These can be grown as a container planting, either indoors or outdoors, and have good cold tolerance (low 20’s degrees F). The fruits are yellow to orange in color and can be used as lemon or lime substitutes.The lemon is another good choice of citrus for the landscape and will tolerate temperatures in the mid 20’s degrees F. Meyer is a good cold-tolerant cultivar. The limequat is a very cold tolerant (low 20’s degrees F) lime-kumquat hybrid which makes a very attractive container plant. They produce fruit resembling the lime in looks and quality. Eustis, Lakeland and Tavares are cultivars of the limequat.The Thomasville citrangequat is a cold hardy citrus tree with good fruit and makes a great lime substitute with a kumquat/orange flavor. The tree is named for Thomasville, Georgia where it first fruited and is will tolerate temperatures to 5 degrees F once established.Citrus trees are self-fruitful and do not require cross-pollination, excepting Clementine tangerines and Orlando tangelos. The self-fruitful types of citrus may be grown as single trees in the landscape for aesthetics and fruit. They produce fruit best when grown in full sun, but large tree canopies can provide some degree of winter protection. Do not plant these trees near septic tanks or drain fields. Citrus trees do best in sandy loam soils with good drainage.Blossom, fruit, and leaf drop can be noticed in citrus and happens naturally. Such natural shedding of flowers and fruits prevents citrus from overproducing which minimizes stress to the plant. Citrus leaves remain intact for about two years and then drop. However, some leaf drop occurs throughout the year as is the case with most evergreens. Also, be aware of other causes for leaf drop and poor plant health such as environmental conditions, cultural practices, disorders, insects or diseases.If you elect to grow citrus in your home landscape, research your choice before purchasing in order to fully understand what is needed to keep the plants healthy and attractive. Look for citrus that are cold tolerant and do well in the south Georgia environment.Think in terms of native and sustainable plants in the landscape. Keep your hanging baskets and potted plants refreshed with water and food. Remember to feed and water the songbirds, and give your pets the care they need (protect them from this summer heat and humidity). Also, be on lookout for children playing and bicyclists riding along the streets and roadways throughout our communities. And remember to safely share the road with motorcycles. Drive alert and arrive alive. Don’t drive distracted or impaired, and don’t text while driving. Help the homeless every chanc... http://www.moultrieobserver.com/opinion/columns/the-smell-of-citrus-flowers-is-intensely-divine/article_aaacb9d8-69b4-11e7-8f6c-e35de16b27de.html
Do it yourself: Florist shows how to make holiday arrangement in 10 easy steps - Columbia Daily TribuneTuesday, December 20, 2016
Florist.Sarah BellIn 10 steps, you can make your own floral arrangement. Water it twice a day and you’ll have an arrangement to enjoy through year’s end.What you’ll need:Floral foam, tape and clippersOblong designer dishTwo 15-inch candles and taper holdersThree types of greenery — Port Orford Cedar, Douglas Fir and Noble FirThree types of flowersOrnamental objects of your choiceStep 1: After soaking floral foam in water for five minutes, push it firmly into the designer dish and secure foam to dish with floral tape. Avoid taping across the middle of the foam so that flowers can be inserted there later.+11 Step 1: After soaking floral foam in water for five minutes, push it firmly into the designer dish and secure foam to dish with floral tape. Avoid taping across the middle of the foam so that flowers can be inserted there later.Sarah BellStep 2: Use floral clippers to cut the woody greenery. Strip off the ends of the greenery so they can be cleanly inserted into the floral foam. Insert the most attractive side of the greenery up.+11 Step 2: Use floral clippers to cut the woody greenery. Strip off the ends of the greenery so they can be cleanly inserted into the floral foam. Insert the most attractive side of the greenery up. You’ll be using layers of Port Orford Cedar, Douglas Fir and Noble Fir.Sarah BellStep 3: Using floral clippers, cut pieces of Port Orford Cedar for the ends and four corners.+11 Step 3: Using floral clippers, cut pieces of Port Orford Cedar for the ends and four corners.Sarah BellStep 4: The first layer of Port Orford Cedar will have longer pieces on the ends that taper in length — get shorter — toward the middle of the centerpiece. This layer establishes the overall dimension of your centerpiece. On top of the Port Orford Cedar, repeat with layers of of Douglas Fir and Noble Fir.+11 Step 4: The first layer of Port Orford Ceda... http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/pulse/do-it-yourself-florist-shows-how-to-make-holiday-arrangement/article_28f2e8c9-5026-5a04-8ed2-48f1fef54cc6.html
Re-Leaf: Late summer flowers in bloom - Odessa AmericanMonday, October 12, 2015
Flowers occur in late summer and persist into fall.The orange color looks great with Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia luecantha) or Fall Aster (Aster oblongifolius) which bloom in the late growing season. Leaves are long and narrow, fragrant and form on square-shaped stems. Plants can get big and spread or even break as plants enlarge and flower.Stick twiggy branches in the ground around the plant before new growth begins to help support heavy stems later in the season. Another Lion’s Tail, (Leonotis menthifolia), is very similar but has roundish, scalloped leaves. Both are South African plant species that are well adapted to area gardens.Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) looks super cool with its broad leaf blades and stems that droop over with the increasing weight of the maturing seed head. Inland Sea Oats is a great plant because it is easy to grow and propagate, but it’s best asset is its ability to grow in shady conditions. Fact is, it grows best in shade but will tolerate full sun if the soil is moist. This dependable ornamental grass is warm season and benefits from a good pruning back in February to make way for the chartreuse new growth in spring. Plants bloom and set seed in about mid-summer, bearing attractive chevron-like patterned seed heads. Plants can be faulted for producing abundant seed which will germinate with gusto in wet or rainy conditions. Plenty of mulch can keep that habit at bay.These are just two of the lovely plants you’ll n... http://www.oaoa.com/people/lifestyle/article_465fe3e6-64d5-11e5-a295-eb25d06457b7.html
ORRIN MORRIS: Camphorweed a pretty wildflower with no medicinal, nutritional value - Rockdale CitizenMonday, October 12, 2015
Each flower perches at the top of one of the many branches. The branches appear only a foot or so from the top of the single tall stem.The hairy stem is covered with sticky hairy oblong leaves that smell like camphor when crushed.Camphorweed is in the composite family, along with ironweed, aster, fleabane, daisy and sunflower. The yellow of the blooms are rays and the center is a cluster of many very tiny flowers, each with pistil and stamens. These 1 1/2-inch blooms may be found as early as July and extend until frost. However, most years the full flush of blooms begins in mid-September.Many wildflowers are herbs with medicinal benefits. Such information was recorded during colonial days and during the settling of the territory beyond the Appalachian Mountains. However, no documents have been found acknowledging the benefits of this wildflower. The camphorweed is pretty but it isn’t even useful for feeding goats.This wildflower may seem useless, but is still a blessing from God. It is not rich in medicinal qualities as many other wildflowers are. It is not valued as a feed for livestock as many other wildflowers are, but it blesses us with its generous beauty each fall.May you join with others at church this weekend and express the spirit portrayed in Psalm 103:1-2. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”Orrin Morris is a retired Baptist minister, local artist and art teacher. To purchase a two-volume set of books featuring his wildflower columns, visit the Nature Seen Gallery & Frame Shop, 914 Center Street in Olde Town Conyers, or call 770-929-3697 or text 404-824-3697. Email him at email@example.com. http://www.rockdalecitizen.com/news/2015/oct/08/orrin-morris-camphorweed-a-pretty-wildflower-with/
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/