Ottawa Flower Shop News
'Butteryfly boy' tribute among locally crafted mannequin displays at Ottawa florist competition - Nation Valley NewsTuesday, August 13, 2019
Local participants hail from Winchester, Finch, InglesideOTTAWA — A Finch florist’s flowery tribute to the late Jonathan Pitre stands among the entries in this week’s Fleurs De Villes at Bayshore Shopping Centre.Kelly Coleman of Sweet Clover Flowers and Gifts in Finch. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley NewsThe winged creation by Kelly Coleman of Sweet Clover Flowers and Gifts (formerly Kelly’s Flowers) is one of three talented entries by Stormont-Dundas florists participating in the decorated mannequin competition.Kelly Windle of The Planted Arrow Flowers & Gifts in Winchester paired with Look Good Feel Better to make an Amazon Warrior. Wanting to represent their female mannequin as fierce and strong, the piece exudes a bold statement of “true girl power” with a combination orchids, protea and air plants.The owner of the Village Green Flower Shop in Ingleside created a stunning wedding gown on her mannequin “Lily” (named by the previous Montreal florist). Elise Francis paired up with Wedding Bells Magazine at just the right time... https://nationvalleynews.com/2018/04/20/butteryfly-boy-tribute-among-locally-crafted-mannequin-displays-ottawa-florist-competition/
Ordering flowers online and funeral home upselling: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet - CBC NewsTuesday, July 23, 2019
Friday. Testing 'Canada's official florist' After hearing from Marketplace viewers, we tested one of the biggest online florists to see if what we bought would match what we got. Ottawa-based Bloomex advertises "fast, fresh and fair service," but Pat Hodnett told us the bouquet she ordered for her sister-in-law's funeral was ruined when it arrived as a handful of "cheap" carnations. After Bloomex refused a discount off her next order, it took a complaint to Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services for her to receive a refund. Pat Hodnett says the bouquet she ordered last year from Bloomex for her sister-in-law's funeral was incredibly different than what was advertised on the site. (David MacIntosh/CBC) WTF happened to romaine lettuce? You might want to order the fries and skip the salad. The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning Canadians in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to avoid romaine lettuce, but still hasn't issued a formal recall. Grocery chains across the country moved quickly to take the product — which could be contaminated with E. coli — off their shelves. If there's some in your fridge at home, experts warn there is no point in trying to wash the bacteria away. A similar outbreak last year sickened people and it also wasn't met with an immediate recall. The outbreak has mad... https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketplace-cheat-sheet-1.4917466
Bloomex Named Official Florist of the Canadian Tulip Festival - PR.comTuesday, May 21, 2019
Ottawa, Canada, April 25, 2019 --(PR.com)-- Bloomex is proud to announce that it has again been named the Official Florist of the Canadian Tulip Festival for 2019. The festival takes place May 10- 20 in Ottawa with events and attractions throughout the city. Bloomex will be providing 500 tulips as a sponsor for the Veterans Day ceremony on May 14, along with gift cards and special discounts for Festival attendees. Bloomex will also be adding a free festival pass to every Ottawa Capital Region order during this year’s event.In addition, Bloomex will also be designing and delivering special tulip bouquets to each of Canada’s premiers along with the Mayor of Ottawa, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Dutch Embassy, and the Governor General’s residence to help celebrate the opening of the 66th annual Festival.Bloomex will also be showcasing a special tulip bouquet on bloomex.ca to help raise funds for the Royal Canadian Legion. A portion of the sale of each bouquet will go to help programs ... https://www.pr.com/press-release/783332
Florists offer a flowery take on fashion as Fleurs de Villes makes stop at CrossIron Mills - Calgary HeraldTuesday, May 21, 2019
Last year, more than a million people took in shows in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Ottawa.Visitors look at a flower display inspited by an Indian wedding during Fleurs de Villes at CrossIron Mills north of Calgary on Thursday, May 31, 2018. CanadaÃs premiere Floral Mannequin Series, is on display for the first time in the Calgary area for its final stop on the eventÃs cross-Canada tour at CrossIron Mills. More than a dozen floral-dressed mannequins clothed in one-of-a-kind designs made up of hundreds of fresh blooms. The unique, five-day exhibition is the first of its kind to combine fashion and flowers in Canada. Jim Wells/Postmedia“People just love it,” said Barkley. “Flowers make us happy — they put you in a good mood instantly. All day today, while people have been setting up their mannequins, people have been taking pictures and stopping and you can even smell it as you approach it because it’s so fresh.”Calgarians can vote on their pick for best floral mannequin to determine which florist receives a fan-favourite award.Barkley noted the exhibition is a fun experience for the florists taking part.“They can do something totally wild and creative,” she said. “These people are really artists in a completely different way … They love the challenge of coming up with something.”A headdress bouquet is shown on display during Fleurs de Villes at CrossIron Mills north of Calgary on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Canadaâ??s premiere Floral Mannequin Series, comes to Calgary for the first time for its final stop on the eventâ??s cross-Canada tour at CrossIron Mills. more than a dozen floral-dressed mannequins clothed in one-of-a-kind designs made up of hundreds of fresh blooms. The unique, five-day exhibition is the first of its kind to combine fashion and flowers in Canada. Jim Wells/Postmedia Court order... https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/fleurs-de-villes-makes-calgary-stop-at-crossiron-mills
'A handful of little carnations': Customers complain Bloomex's bouquets don't always arrive as advertised - CBC.caTuesday, April 16, 2019
Billing itself "Canada's official florist," Bloomex advertises that it purchases flowers directly from growers and suppliers in order to deliver a fresh product to customers for a better price.The Ottawa-based company also claims to be Canada's largest florist and operates nationally, shipping products from eight warehouses across the country. Bloomex also sells other products, like gourmet gift baskets and balloons. To test the quality of Bloomex's products, Marketplace ordered five different bouquets from the online retailer to be delivered within the Toronto area.None arrived within the selected delivery window, even though Marketplace had paid extra for them to be delivered at that time. Delivery confirmation emails for each bouquet also arrived prior to any of the bouquets being delivered.Marketplace also showed all five bouquets to Don Waltho, a longtime florist and founder of the Canadian Institute of Floral Design (CIFD), a private career college registered with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, asking him to compare the delivered products with the flowers that were advertised on Bloomex's website.Overall, Waltho graded all five bouquets as a "fail" due to the poor quality and condition of the flowers; he also identified many flowers that were missing or where others were substituted in. ?Bloomex's substitution policy states that "due to our order volume fluctuation, we reserve the right to substitute with similar product of equal or greater value." But with the bouquets Marketplace received, Waltho said that wasn't always the case. He noted all of the greenery in the bouquets was leather fern, for example, what he described as a cheap substitute for the greenery shown in the images."If I was your husband [and] I gave these to you ... you'd say don't send me flowers ... let's just go out for our anniversary, let's go to dinner," he said. "I'm ashamed of people in my industry sending this kind of material out to consumers."Waltho said he worries that the quality of the Bloo... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/online-florist-delivery-marketplace-1.4913560
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