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Review: Florist – Emily Alone - SLUG MagazineTuesday, August 13, 2019
This transcendence keeps Emily Alone immune from categorization and true comparison.“M,” the album’s seventh offering, features piano and is reminiscent of Chan Marshall when she’s at her most quiet and reflective moments. Sprague’s voice here is airy yet deliberate. As quiet as Florist’s offerings are, the space that this quietude provides creates deep emotional fields—not exactly chasms, but more like flurries of seedlings from blown-asunder dandelions.“Shadow Boom” is the album’s first single and second-to-last track. Upon many repeated listens, it’s easily one of Sprague’s best songwriting moments. It leads us to surmise that Emily Alone really is an acceptance of the present as Sprague sings: “Light comes from a time already gone / If I could see the future, I would lay down, eat a tangerine and make a cup of tea / Watch it all happen the same way, watch it all happen slow. “Cryptic yet highly personal, Emily Alone is an endearing and curious album. It’s almost a cross between the Holdly EP and If Blue, as it encompasses all of the emotions, moments and feelings that have forged Florist a permanent space in my heart. Sprague has crafted a perfect 12-song project here—they’re the type of songs that blossom and never wilt. –Ryan SanfordMore on SLUGMag.com:Review: Florist – If Blue Could Be HappinessReview: Florist – Holdly... https://www.slugmag.com/national-music-reviews/florist-emily-alone/
Royer's Flowers and Gifts CEO talks about returning to the family business - Reading EagleTuesday, August 13, 2019
Why did you decide to come back to Royer's? TR: "When I got out of school I lived in Houston and I was in the restaurant business. I always thought that working here was long hours. There was no comparison when I lived in Texas; we were working 100-hour weeks. That's when the oil boom was going on, and Houston was growing by leaps and bounds so there wasn't enough people for all the jobs and we couldn't keep people at our restaurant. It fell back on the manager and assistant manager to open and close."BW: Valentine's Day is just around the corner. How much business does Royer's do this time of year? TR: "Dollar wise, we do more sales at Valentine's Day than any other time. Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are the two big ones. The thing about Valentine's Day is it's such a short timeframe because most people don't want to buy it too far ahead of time. We do so much business in three days. The 12th, 13th and 14th are the three busiest days of the year for us, and we do about 8 percent of our business on those three days. Mother's Day, we do the same number of units of arrangements and plants, it's just that our dollars in sales aren't as high, because on Valentine's Day, the rose is king, and roses are expensive. It's gotten to the point where it's so large that it can hurt the industry. There could be a freeze where we buy our flowers. So it's a very tense, stressful holiday because of all the things that can go wrong."BW: How many of your flowers come from other countries? TR: "Most of the production of flowers in the U.S. is gone. It's a little known fact. When you have a growing region where they really have no heating costs, like in Bogota (Colombia), and they have a year-round consistent light level because they're at the Equator, their days of sunlight are the same year-round and it's not too hot, not too cold. It's a perfect environment to grow flowers. You can't compete because they can grow a lot better product than you can, and on top of that, the cost to grow flowers there versus here is a lot less. The only thing I buy from the U.S. is some of our greens that we use to make arrangements. We get stuff from the west coast, the northwest of the United States, and we get some stuff from Florida. In the summer, we use a lot of locally grown flowers, like sunflowers. There's an Amish family that we've worked with for like 15 years that grows a lot of our sunflowers that we use during the summer. We don't get any greenhouse-grown flowers anymore."BW: How often do you or someone from Royer's travel out of the country to inspect flowers? TR: "At least two or three times a year. I go to all the farms that I buy roses from to go inspect them. While they're in the process of cutting them, harvesting them, I'm there seeing what they're doing to make sure that the cut point on the rose is right: it's not too far open, it's not too tight, I check on the head size to make sure the size of the ... https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/royers-flowers-and-gifts-ceo-talks-about-returning-to-the-family-business
Mary E. Allgor, 90 - Coastal PointTuesday, July 23, 2019
Flower World in Morrisville, Pa., and Allgor’s Village Florist in Pipersville, Pa., before their retirement.She was a devout and faithful Catholic. Allgor loved her parish at St. Michael the Archangel/Mary Mother of Peace, where she was involved in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In her free time, she enjoyed painting and spending time with her cats.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford C. Allgor, in 2012. She is survived by two sons, Christian B. Allgor and his wife, Corrie, of Doylestown, Pa., and Patrick A. Allgor and his girlfriend, Sandy Fairchild, of Point Pleasant, N.J.; two daughters, Elizabeth A. Allgor of Ridley Park, Pa., and Catherine Allgor and her husband, Andrew Jacobs, of Marblehead, Mass.; four grandchildren, Danielle Allgor and her fiancé, Justin Ernst, Casey Allgor, Kiley Allgor and Jackson Allgor; and two close friends who helped take care of her, Peggy Avanzato and Fran Penn, both of Millsboro, Del.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., on Monday, July 8, 2019, at Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church, 30839 Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro, Del., 19966. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Mary’s House, c/o St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church/Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church; 202 Edward St.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online a... http://www.coastalpoint.com/45951/feature/mary-e-allgor-90
6 Instagram florists to inspire your summer wedding - VOGUE ParisTuesday, July 23, 2019
Une Maison dans les ArbresDriven by a passion for floral Japanese art and Ikabena, Miyoka Yasumoto has crystallized its reputation as one of Paris's favorite florists, best known for creations that dance on the line between visual art and floristry. Evolving ever more towards the dry flower market, Une Maison dans les Arbres has carved itself a niche in the capital's chic summer ceremonies.TulipinaLike living rainbows, Kiana Underwood's bouquets are dreamed up to mirror oil paintings. Armed with a love of color, the New Yorker shared her wisdom in Color Me Floral: Stunning Monochromatic Arrangements for Every Season.Ariel Dearie FlowersA regular collaborator with New York fashion labels, Ariel Dearie takes inspiration from her New Orleans roots and the city's love of all things green. Thanks to her choice of the freshest plants and brightest colors, the hallucinatory arrangements seem to literally move on screen.Natural Art FlowersCalling Perth, Australia home, Natural Art Flowers offers deft floral arrangements at the knowing fingertips of Rebecca Grace. Her creations are nothing short of fairytale-like.BergamotteFrance's darling florist, Bergamotte is a surefire solution to beautiful arrangements in next to no time. The young label places seasonal flowers at the heart of its ethos, dreaming up impressive floral creations and hair accessories to match.Translated by Ashe de Sousa... https://www.vogue.fr/wedding/article/6-instagram-florists-to-inspire-your-summer-wedding
Community deaths - Washington PostTuesday, July 23, 2019
Dorothy Gould in Boston and grew up in Long Branch, N.J. With the Choral Arts Society, she sang in performances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington and at venues in Moscow, Paris and Spoleto, Italy.Helene Au, volunteer, property managerHelene Au, 105, who managed inherited property on Capitol Hill and volunteered at the Audubon Society bookstore in Georgetown, died May 18 at a care center in Fredericksburg, Va. The cause was thyroid cancer, said Johanna Humphrey, a goddaughter and family spokeswoman.Miss Au was born on Capitol Hill and lived in a townhouse there until 2018 when she was incapacitated in an accidental fall and moved to Fredericksburg.Daniel Espejel, floristDaniel Espejel, 56, a Washington florist and designer who since 2002 had owned and operated Flowers by Daniel, died May 20 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was a heart attack, said his husband, Anthony Purcell.Mr. Espejel, who lived in the District, was born in Mexico City and moved to the Washington area in 1981. Before opening Flowers by Daniel, he was store manager of Dove Flowers. He had done floral arranging for foreign embassies in Washington and for special occasions, including Washington visits by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.Lynette Montalvo, lawyerLynette Montalvo, 57, a former Washington lawyer who worked for the Social Security Administration in Atlanta from 1996 to 2011, died May 17 at a care center in Bowie, Md. The cause was a brain tumor, said a sister, Laverne Dickens.Ms. Montalvo, a resident of Bowie, was born Lynette Dickens in Washington. She was diagnosed with a brai... https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/community-deaths/2019/07/15/68a915b4-a74b-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.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