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How to Make Trader Joe's Flowers Look Expensive - Alstroemeria Bouquet Tutorial - HouseBeautiful.comTuesday, July 09, 2019
Your Color Palette.A single color is always a safe bet, but for more of a conversation piece—which we were going for here—Robert recommends blending three shades of the same flower. Alstroemeria, or Peruvian Lilies, are a great choice, because they're eye-catching and will look fresh for over a week (ours lasted 10 days!). Plus, the blooms themselves are fairly large, so they'll fill up the space in a low, wide vase without requiring a ton of stems, keeping your overall costs down.Second, Cluster Similar Shades Together.For more of an impact, keep the blooms of each color together. Brad Holland Third, Prune Your Bouquet. Trim all of the stems so they're roughly two inches taller than the vase—at an angle, so they can drink in more water—and remove almost all of the leaves, except for a couple near the bloom itself. You want a few leaves, but not all of them, for a little variety and visual interest. Keeping them all can make your arrangement look cluttered and messy.Fourth, Don't Crowd the Vase.Once you've added the flowers to a water-filled vase, let them settle a bit, then remove a few blooms. If there are any awkward gaps or holes, you can add a bloom or two back to fill the space, but whatever you do, don't try to get your money's worth and smash every single stem in the vase. That will only make your arrangement look JV—and cause your petals to bruise and wilt faster. Fifth, Consider Where You Show it Off.A bouquet like this is perfect for a dining room table or coffee table. "It's low enough that people can easily see over it," Robert explains. Plus, it's big enough to take center stage without looking dinky.div class="embed embed-image embed-image-center embed... https://www.housebeautiful.com/entertaining/flower-arrangements/a27583792/trader-joes-flower-arrangement-tutorial-video/
Cut Flowers Caucus blooms on Capitol Hill - Washington ExaminerTuesday, July 09, 2019
A similar initiative was rolled out in 1991 when Congress offered tax advantages to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru for products such as blooms as an incentive to divest in the illegal drug trade. “As a member of the Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus, Congressman Young is a strong supporter of the American cut flower industry," Young's spokesman Zack Brown told the Washington Examiner in a statement. "Alaska is home to the iconic peony, which is grown by family-owned farms across the state. He introduced this legislation because he is passionate about supporting small businesses, and believes that when the federal government purchases cut flowers, they should be purchasing from American flower farms like the ones in Alaska.” In Young's 46 years in the House, he's received no contributions from PACs linked to florists or nursery services and only small individual donations in 1994, 2006, and 2011 from people working in the sector, according to OpenSecrets data. The Cut Flowers Caucus is just one example of Capitol Hill's more niche collection of lawmakers. Other instances in the 116th Congress focus on areas ranging from political, ideological, regional, ethnic, and economic, including the Candy Caucus, the Civility and Respect Caucus, the Rock Caucus, the Small Brewers Caucus, the Term Limits Caucus, the Wrestling Caucus, and the Zoo and Aquarium Caucus. "I'd never heard of the Cut Flowers Caucus," Georgetown University government professor Michele Swers told the Washington Examiner with a laugh. The organizations serve different purposes, depending on the topic, she explained. "Caucuses allow members to take various public positions and advertise that an issue is important to them, but their profile obviously depends on what group you're talking about," Swers said. "We've seen how the House Freedom Caucus has attracted enough members to shift policy to the right, whereas being a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus makes them look bipartisan and provides them with the opportunity to tell their constituents they are interested in ensuring Washington works." The organizations additionally reflect broader trends, the professor added, citing the new Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus created this year following the election of a host of female lawmakers. George Mason University political science associate professor Jennifer Victor predicted more groups would form in the future. "Caucuses are growing; there are more of them every year. The growth is driven in part by outside industries, like flower growers," Victor said. "Often caucuses don't take up particular bills and opt not to push for legislation because they value bipartisan relatio... https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/cut-flowers-caucus-blooms-on-capitol-hill
83 free things to do this summer in the city of Vancouver - Daily HiveTuesday, June 25, 2019
Artisan Farmers’ MarketWhat: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday from May through October.When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019Time: 9 am to 2 pmWhere: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)Admission: FreeTrout Lake Farmers’ MarketWhat: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all things food.When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019Time: 9 am to 2 pmWhere: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, VancouverAdmission: FreeLonsdale Artisan Farmers’ MarketThe exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019Time: 10 am to 3 pmWhere: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North VancouverAdmission: FreeKitsilano Farmers’ MarketWhat: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019Time: 10 am to 2 pmWhere: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, VancouverAdmission: Fr... https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-free-events-summer-2019
Floral design and gift shop is Colorado Springs native's dream - Colorado Springs GazetteTuesday, May 21, 2019
Online orders are accepted, and an extensive gallery of floral designs and plants is available to peruse at her web site. The shop delivers flowers to Colorado Springs, Falcon, Monument, Woodland Park and Pueblo. It's also in a network that delivers flowers nationwide. Berdon studied floral design, and she relies on part-time designers to pitch in during busy times or on big orders."We offer traditional arrangements as well as creative and unique designs," she said.Berdon also has recycled and upcycled items and reuses materials whenever possible. And she has a "very broad" price range so clients on any budget can find a treasure in her store."I deliver happiness with all of my floral arrangements and want people to have that same sense when they come into the store and when they leave," she said.Customers will find a curated selection of baby headbands, fragrance warmers, toffee, keychains, bath products, notecards, glass-beaded bracelets, knit gloves and boot socks, frames, candlesticks, decorative items and bags."I'm trying to build my reputation on being unique," Berdon said. https://gazette.com/life/floral-design-and-gift-shop-is-colorado-springs-native-s/article_480fe80d-37e6-515c-b78d-de049d4293f6.html
Where to Find Fresh Flowers in Birmingham - StyleBlueprintTuesday, May 21, 2019
With multiple local locations, including a dreamy — and relatively new — storefront on Crosshaven, Leaf & Petal is a local favorite for flowers, plants of all varieties, and home decor items. Peruse the lines of fresh and seasonal blooms, or find the perfect potted plant for your home. Either way, you’ll be impressed by their consistently beautiful and vast selection.p id="caption-attachment... https://styleblueprint.com/birmingham/everyday/where-to-find-fresh-flowers-in-birmingham/
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/