Robinson Flower Shop News
Elaine's Flower Shoppe in North Tonawanda will move to Amherst - Buffalo NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Elaine's Flower Shoppe and Gifts will move its long-established North Tonawanda location to Niagara Falls Boulevard.The shop at 700 E. Robinson Road was operated as Hock's Flower Shop for 43 years before being bought by Elaine's about three years ago. In March, it will move down the street and around the corner to 2850 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst.It will take over the former Green Zone Hydroponics building. Green Zone Hydroponics has a location at 2928 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park.The North Tonawanda building is currently listed for sale at $159,900. Elaine's has two more locations, in East Aurora and Depew. ... https://buffalonews.com/2019/01/14/elaines-flower-shoppe-in-north-tonawanda-will-move/
Faux flowers are the real deal in home decorTuesday, August 28, 2018
Styrofoam and acted like they were decent substitutes. Some of today’s faux flowers really do look real. A long wooden bowl in Cathy Robinson Hutton’s Renovate home decor store and interior design firm holds an assortment of air plants. Some are fake and some are real, and you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart. “My mom loves pink, and she has a fake pink orchid on a side table. One of her friends has tried to water it twice,” Robinson Hutton said, giggling at the story. Her Houston store has a good inventory of ready-made faux plants, orchids of all sizes, peonies, preserved boxwood topiaries and even a tall fiddle leaf fig tree whose knobby branches and irregular leaves look remarkably lifelike. Even its fake dirt doesn’t look very fake. Robinson Hutton picked up a glass vase with fake water — another decor advancement — and a few magnolia blossoms. “Computer imaging has changed the game. The material is thicker and better, and the petals and leaves even have veining. They’re so pliable you can shape them however you want,” she said, rubbing one petal between her finger and thumb. “And our orchids — we almost cannot keep up with the demand,” she said. “A woman came in one day and said ‘I have killed three real orchids. Here’s my pot, please give me fake ones in it.’” Makers of artificial flowers have embraced Mother Nature’s perfect imperfections. No longer are petals or leaves a flat, solid color; they exist in gradations of colors. Branches and stems are as knobby as they ought to be. And the pliable nature of the materials means you can bend stems to look like a natural droop or fold petals to look irregular. Some leaves might even have a slightly browned edge. All of this contributes to the faux plants looking more authentic and realistic. After all, if you picked a bouquet from your garden, would every flower and stem look identical? Of course not. Interior designer Missy Stewart ... https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/home/design/article/Faux-flowers-are-the-real-deal-in-home-decor-13185048.php
So LA: La Fleur Bouquets Are Hollywood's New Favorite Long-Lasting FlowersTuesday, August 14, 2018
That box sells for $2,000."Prices range from $40 to $2,000. Aside from its website, the brand can also be purchased at Nordstrom and Ron Robinson, who recently commissioned Elaziz to create a 2,000-rose wall installment for his home. Personalized design options include a velvet keepsake box with calligraphed engraving, or diamond-dusted roses. Each order is sprayed with an original scent developed by the young inventor herself — fragrance is something she says is next on her company's radar, in addition to trying to tap the male celebrity market: "Men don't typically get flowers and we have masculine colors that would be perfect," she noted.In addition to Drake, Elaziz has created designs for Elton John (red and gold roses in the shape of an "E"), 50 Cent, Tracy Morgan and George Lopez, but she says most orders have been primarily for women. Still, as Elaziz's impressive list of clientele continues to grow ("You think it can't get better and it does every time"), she still has a few Hollywood icons that she's hoping will one day put in an order."Drew Barrymore would be at the top of the list, and I really want to send to Ellen [DeGeneres]. I freakin' love her," admits Elaziz. "Cardi B would be really cool, too, just because she's so crazy and her reaction would probably be priceless!"... https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/la-fleur-bouquets-year-long-roses-hollywood-loves-1132565
Fundraising is a snip for mum and daughterTuesday, July 17, 2018
The pair were cheered on by family and friends – raising over £1,000 towards the cause on the day itself.They were joined in the hairdresser’s chair by Jane’s colleague, June Robinson, and her son Charlie Robinson, and Mark Woodruff, a friend and colleague of Stuart’s, also from Clayton-le-Moors.Stuart (66), was diagnosed with lung cancer at the beginning of 2017 and, following surgery, underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He was later diagnosed with secondary cancer and taken into hospital again in January 2018. He spent a week in the hospice before he died and Jane said the care her stepfather was given was invaluable.“He went to the hospice for the last week of his life and it made a huge difference,” she said. “ Jane has fundraised for the hospice before through her workplace, the Co-op in Clayton-le-Moors, and said the idea of having her head shaved just came to her one day.She has smashed her £2,000 target, which includes £118 from donations instead of flowers at Stuart’s funeral. The grandmother-of-one is also receiving support from daughter Kealey Exell (23), and her ten-year-old son, Korbyn Aspin.Jane said: “It was fantastic. I had a good turnout on the day and raised over £1,000 on the day and over £2,000 in total. It feels fantastic – I feel liberated with my new skin head.” Jane’s nieces Aimee and Hannah are also raising funds for the hospice.Aimee recently took part in a 3-legged pub crawl and Hannah will be jumping from a plane for a sponsored sky dive in August. To sponsor Jane, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jane-tweddle... https://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/fundraising-is-a-snip-for-mum-and-daughter-1-9255332
Friends of faux: Designers embrace fake ?owersTuesday, June 05, 2018
White House. No longer the pariahs of decor, fake flowers are showing up at some of the best addresses.“There is a place for faux flowers today,” says Whitney Robinson, editor in chief of Elle Decor. “They are essentially copies of what you would buy fresh.”Although beautiful arrangements such as the bowl of 400 fresh lavender roses at a Zurich restaurant star in his Instagram feed (@whowhatwhit), Robinson recognizes that “not everyone has the time or budget to be able to buy fresh consistently. We are entering a new era in faux flowers as well, toward a new generation of paper flowers that takes the artistry to the next level.”In the past few years, consumers have embraced artificial flowers, unapologetically welcoming the silk, polyester or poly-blend version of succulents, orchid plants and hydrangea bouquets into their homes. Although they might have once carried a stigma, perhaps harking back to a dusty arrangement on a grandmother’s coffee table, the tide has turned, thanks to modern materials and more sophisticated designs. Decorators and design bloggers feature faux flowers in their projects and on social media. Retailers are selling individual faux blooms as well as prearranged mixed bouquets and planters. On Etsy, roses and poppies spring forth in polyester and in tissue paper.Monica Bhargava, Pottery Barn... http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/jun/02/friends-of-faux-designers-embrace-fake-flowers/
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