Staunton Flower Shop News
Tiny Fields Farm offers bouquets of happinessTuesday, July 17, 2018
Laura Peters Staunton News Leader Published 1:19 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 CHURCHVILLE - Laura Beth Dawson stands on the back porch of her family's log cabin in Churchville. You can tell she'... https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2018/07/12/tiny-fields-farm-offers-bouquets-happiness/778356002/
Giant Hogweed, a plant that can cause burns and blindness, found in VirginiaTuesday, July 17, 2018
Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated the location of the Staunton district and in which county the plant was sighted. A huge weed that can cause third-degree burns and even blindness has been found in Virginia. Officials in Isle of Wight County, in eastern Virginia near Norfolk and Newport News, posted a warning on Facebook about the invasive plant, which can grow to almost 15 feet. The Virginia Department of Transportation also reported sightings of the Giant Hogweed in nearby Middlesex County and in Frederick County, which is part of the department's Staunton region, according to Richmond TV station WRIC. Meanwhile, researchers at the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech last week said that the weed, which originated in Asia, had been seen in Clarke County, in the far north of the state, reported another Richmond TV station, WTVR. According to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the plant can grow anywhere between 8 to 14 feet tall when it's flowering. If the plant is in bloom, the numerous white flowers will cluster into a flat-topped "umbrella." ... https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/06/18/giant-hogweed-burns-blindness-found-virginia/709415002/
Staunton Florist to close; area tourism grants — The buzz - Staunton News LeaderTuesday, March 27, 2018
Buy PhotoStaunton Florist on Central Avenue in downtown Staunton will close at the end of March.(Photo: Laura Peters/The News Leader)Buy PhotoSTAUNTON - Staunton Florist will close after more than 50 years of business and four tourism projects have received funding — here's the buzz.FloristMargaret Straw starting working at Staunton Florist when she was in high school. Her father started the store 54 years ago, and she has worked there for more than 40 years. At the end of March, she and her husband, Tedd, will be closing the store."The best thing really is the customers," she said. "That's what really rips my heart out, telling them I won't be here."Buy PhotoMargaret and Tedd Straw, owners of Staunton Florist. (Photo: Laura Peters/The News Leader)Straw said she has to close due to health issues. The hardest part has been saying goodbye to her customers, she said. It was a sudden decision to close, when she learned about some health issues."It's really upsetting to say goodbye," she s...
The flower lady of Staunton honored in Newtown - Staunton News LeaderTuesday, February 27, 2018
Street in honor of Myrtle Cason, who decorated her Newtown home with hundreds of fake flowers. She recently had to move into an assisted living facility.(Photo: Laura Peters/The News Leader)Buy PhotoSTAUNTON - There's a house on Staunton's West Beverley Street that is always in bloom.The house stands out. It's something everyone talks about, looks at and loves. Now, the flowers are slowly disappearing and the house is up for sale — and the flower lady of Staunton has moved out. Myrtle Cason, who's 89 years old, has lived in Staunton for more than 40 years.She's called 502 W. Beverley St. home for quite some time. It's well known for the overabundance of faux flowers inside and out. The home even became a tourist destination, according to RoadsideAmerica.com. Buy PhotoFrom 2015: With ice still melting on the streets outside, Myrtle Cason sits for a portrait inside her kitchen where artificial flowers give off a sense of spring's approach. (Photo: File/The News Leader)"Sometime along the way she began decorating her home in her own special way. Although we can agree that we do not all share her eclectic taste, neighbors have seen people stop to take pictures at the home or selfies&nb...
Will snow affect our spring crops? - Staunton News LeaderTuesday, March 14, 2017
Buy PhotoIce and snow cling to the blossoms and branches of an almond tree in Staunton on Monday, March 14, 2017.(Photo: Mike Tripp/The News Leader)Buy PhotoSTAUNTON - The snow in the Valley wasn't as substantial as forecasts predicted, either way our spring crops won't see much of an effect.Although many trees have bloomed, experts say this wacky weather we've been seeing won't damper the upcoming season.David Wenger, who runs Wenger Grapes with his wife Mim, said the sap isn't flowing in his grapes vines yet — so the snow and cold snaps we've been experiencing isn't a bad thing for their operation."We're in fine shape," he said.The grape vines haven't budded out, either.Jason Cooper, commercial horticultural agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension, said he isn't too sure of where the buds are for many farmers, but he said there is no real cause to worry this early."I think we're still a little bit too early to cause too much damage," he said. "But there is always that chance that it could."He said the grapes in the area should be fine. But, many of the ea... http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2017/03/14/snow-affect-our-spring-crops/99157252/
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/