Palestine Flower Shop News
Why are private delivery firms so terrible? - CityMetricTuesday, December 06, 2016
But at others, it very clearly hasn't, and tis the season where to topic becomes suddenly, frustratingly relevant once again. So...Last summer, a friend living in Palestine wanted to send us a wedding present. She placed an order on a florist’s website, the florist gave the flowers to a private delivery firm, the delivery firm gave them to a driver, and the driver got them as far as our front door.No one was in. So he put them back in his van and took them back to the depot, where they promptly died. Three days later, after waiting in specially, I took delivery of a large and expensive box of compost. Thanks to the magic of the internet, it is now possible to send flowers in London all the way from Gaza, yet delivery companies remain flummoxed by the impenetrable barrier of a locked front door.Earlier this year, a different delivery firm was bringing me a new phone and, not wanting to go through this rigmarole again, I asked for it to be delivered to my office. It wasn’t. At the appointed hour, the whizzy online tracking service unilaterally decided I’d rejected the delivery. That evening found me in a windswept industrial estate car park wearing a high visibility jacket, attempting to explain that the reason I didn’t have a utility bill proving I lived at the delivery address was because ... http://www.citymetric.com/business/why-are-private-delivery-firms-so-terrible-2626
Thelma J. (Hall) Flowers - Greenfield Daily ReporterTuesday, October 04, 2016
New Castle. She spent much of her life as a homemaker and was also a nurse’s aide for many years at the Marion County Home.Thelma was a member of Community Christian Church of New Palestine. She enjoyed playing euchre, cooking, doing crafts and spending time with her family.She is survived by her children, Mary (John) Grissom of Leesburg, Fla., James Martin (Margaret) Flowers of Chandler, Ariz. and Myla (Roger) Scott of New Palestine; sister, Lula Haynes of New Castle; brother, Russell Hall of New Castle; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Crystal Hall; husband, Raymond Flowers; son, Marvin Flowers; and brothers, John and Wilmer Hall.Visitation will be held from Noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 16, at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A funeral service will immediately follow visitation, beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor W. Todd Beale will be officiating. Burial will follow at New Palestine Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be sent directly to Community Christian Church, 3123 S. 500 W., New Palestine, IN, 46163 or envelopes will be available at the mortuary.Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to email@example.com. http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/2016/09/14/thelma_j_hall_flowers/
Editorial: Roses and Raspberries for Friday, May 20 - Corvallis Gazette TimesMonday, May 23, 2016
East Barracks, a surviving structure from the Camp Adair days that is being renovated for use as a historical interpretive center. Another building with a history, the old Palestine Church, will be open to the public as well.The event also includes uniformed World War II re-enactors who will be on hand with informational displays and a variety of other activities as well — not to mention free barbecue from noon to 2 p.m.Adair residents have been doing a terrific job lately in reclaiming the area's vibrant history. Saturday's activities offer a great opportunity for the rest of us to catch up. • ROSES to Crescent Valley High School Principal Cherie Stroud, who announced this week that she will be leaving Crescent Valley at the end of the school year to accept a job with the North Marion School District in Arizona. Stroud has been principal at the school since 2005; she is the longest-serving principal in the Corvallis School District.In an email to Crescent Valley parents, Stroud said that she has loved the job dearly. But she noted that being a high school principal is an around-the-clock job, and said the time had come for her to readjust her work-life balance, to spend more time with her family, especially her aging parents. Many of us can sympathize.Stroud has served students, teachers and parents well over the years. She'll be missed. We wish her the best. • RASPBERRIES, as always, to scam artists. A lot of these con artists, as you know, operate devilishly clever schemes designed to prey on both our worst fears and our aspirations to offer help.And then there's this one, which probably fails to qualify as "devilishly clever," but which landed in our email inbox this week. See if you can pick out the subtle clues that let us know this was a scam:Here's how the email started:"On behalf and authorized right of Mr. President Barrack Hussein Obama"I'm Mrs. Michelle Obama and the content of bellow message is signed and approved by United Bank of America."Moreover, in respect of fact the sum of $10 million united dollars was instructed to transfer on your favor through check draft, And i wish to let you know that every necessary things has been done by united nation economic recovery progr... http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-roses-and-raspberries-for-friday-may/article_1b78a716-754d-5a28-8e3d-ca8180263fae.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 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/