Oregon Flower Shop News
BBB consumer warning: Graduation gifts that never arrive - KTVZTuesday, August 13, 2019
BBB consumer complaints indicate they were billed for flowers that never arrived.Emily Keizer of Florence, Oregon filed a complaint with BBB after ordering flowers for her grandparents' anniversary."I was rushing to get something sent and made the mistake of clicking on the first mobile link that looked okay," she said.Keizer adds that as a millennial, she should be savvy to online scams, so if she was tricked, "there are probably lots of people out there who didn't even realize their flowers were never delivered."BBB has received 191 complaints against Troys Florist, reporting the company delivered incorrect arrangements, charged for flowers that never arrived and did not honor refunds. The company has failed to respond to BBB."It's always a good idea to use bbb.org to research online companies before doing business with them," advises Dawn Johnson, Better Business Bureau Northwest +Pacific Spokesperson.Here are a few additional steps you can take to help protect yourself online. Shop with a credit card. In case of fraud, a credit card provides additional protections. Keep documentation of your order. Save confirmation email until item is received. Keep a clean machine. Install a firewall and anti-virus software. Run virus scans regularly on smart devices. About BBB: For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has helped people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on mo... https://www.ktvz.com/news/bbb-consumer-warning-graduation-gifts-that-never-arrive/1083986113
These 12 Wedding Bouquets Are So Pretty, You'll Wanna Get Married ASAP - Elite DailyTuesday, July 23, 2019
This would work as great wedding inspo if you really want your bouquet to reflect all the colors in your wedding palette. 7. A desert vibe for a desert weddingPortland, Oregon-based Sea of Roses does floral design (as well as styling and creative direction) for weddings. On her blog, Heather from Sea of Roses breaks down this "Muted Desert" bouquet as composed of bridesmaid rose, mother of pearl, eryngium, sea star fern, "cafe latte" rose, "quicksand" rose, picotee ranunculus. The dramatic ribbon in this arrangement brings a new meaning to "cascade bouquet" and makes it more dynamic. A ribbon is a perfect opportunity to play with with color palette, texture, or embellishment.8. A bouquet for truly be-leaf-ing in loveThis compact, posy bouquet still manages to have some greenery that branches out. It's a good mix of refined with a bit of natural edge. This shot comes from Cody and Allison Harris, a Nashville, Tennessee-based couple who run Cody and Allison Photo.9. A tropical touch10. A blush-inspired bouquet paletteSince 2009, Alicia and Adam Rico (aka Bows and Arrows Flowers) have done floral design for weddings, photoshoots, and other occasions. While based in Texas, Bows and Arrows has created floral arrangements for events in Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Canada, and France.This dreamy bouquet is serving all shades of orange, purple, and pink — in its apricot-colored leaves, pale pink roses, and deep magenta ranunculuses and carnations. 11. A rugged bouquet for a rugged wedding12. An airy, whimsical bouquetIf you're looking to celebrate a match made in heaven, this angelic bouquet from Ryan Norville of New York City- and Los Angeles-based Oat Cinnamon does just that. The flowers are all variations of a light pink color palette and would work well... https://www.elitedaily.com/p/12-photos-of-wedding-bouquets-that-are-so-pretty-youll-wanna-walk-down-the-aisle-asap-18166461
Year-round habitat for pollinators - Newport News TimesTuesday, June 25, 2019
Early spring flowers in western Oregon provide more than just a colorful relief from the otherwise gray and rainy end of winter. Most native pollinators hibernate during the winter, and they need an easily accessible source of pollen and nectar to feed on after a long slumber. Not many flowers are blooming early in the spring, which can make being a bee difficult. One group of Oregon State University Master Gardener apprentices in Lincoln County designed a garden to provide food for pollinators — and beautiful flowers for humans — throughout the spring, summer and fall.One of the requirements to earn an OSU Master Gardener badge in Lincoln County is to create an educational project in one of the demonstration gardens managed by the Master Gardener program. Rebecca Hooper, Diane Bryan, and Greg Kurtz, three apprentices in the 2017 Master Gardener program, chose to collaborate on one project: a year-round pollinator garden at the Oregon Coast Community College central county campus in South Beach.The goal of the pollin... https://newportnewstimes.com/article/year-round-habitat-for-pollinators
Oregon woman welcomes people to area by giving gift baskets, showing best go-to spots - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Oregon woman welcomes people to area by giving gift baskets, showing best go-to spots More Headlines OREGON, Wis. - For the past 11 years, Cathy Grender has been welcoming people to the village of Oregon in a special, personal way. Grender will often schedule a meeting with newcomers, or even people who have lived in the area but just never got around to exploring their surroundings. Grender said she typically meets people at the Firefly Coffeehouse in Oregon and presents them with a gift basket filled with freebies. Grender partners with local businesses who donate items for the gift basket including gift certificates for free oil changes, free gym memberships, discounts on massages, gift cards to local restaurants, etc. She also throws in contact information for resources including doctors, dentists, rehab clinics, animal hospitals, travel agents, insurance agents, etc. Grender said she's met with about 1,000 people... https://www.channel3000.com/news/oregon-woman-welcomes-people-to-area-by-giving-gift-baskets-showing-best-go-to-spots/1077721261
Katy Dalton Acquires Fairfield Floral Business, Launches Blossoms & Blooms - Fairfield Sun TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Fairfield High School in 1998. She has an associate degree in Interior Design from MSU-COT and she received her certificate in floral design from The Floral Design Institute in Portland, Oregon. Over the years Katy has worked at several different floral shops in the area: Electric City Conservatory, Kranz Flower and Gifts, and Great Falls Floral. She also worked at Bitterroot Floral in Missoula. When Joan Myrhe, at In The Garden Floral, needed extra help during the holidays or while she was on vacation Katy was there to step in.Katy plans to serve the same broad area as Joan did, making deliveries within Fairfield, as well as Augusta, Choteau, Power and the Sun River Valley.Asked what flowers were most popular, based on her experience, Katy told the Sun Times that roses and lilies are always popular. Some flowers are tied to the seasons, with tulips and daffodils being popular in the spring while sunflowers are a big seller during the summer months.For those who are clueless as to what flowers are appropriate for an occasion, Katy says there are easy solutions. “Anyone can go to a florist’s website and find an arrangement they like and just send me the website address, or just tell me what they like – the type of flowers and the colors.” Katy said that she can take her cues for a great floral design just by being told what colors a person enjoys most. More from this section... https://www.fairfieldsuntimes.com/news/local/katy-dalton-acquires-fairfield-floral-business-launches-blossoms-blooms/article_a355a62e-57db-11e9-8b38-7fe643195f52.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
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/