Sycamore Flower Shop News
Typical June gloom provides ideal conditions for garden growthTuesday, June 05, 2018
A water-efficient landscape can include such drought-tolerant trees and shrubs as bougainvillea, California sycamore, California wax myrtle, acacia, manzanita, Catalina cherry or western redbud (with its magenta flowers).Lawn Care: Spring and fall are ideal times for patching or replacing lawns. Grass types that are best suited for southern California include Fescue (absorbs water well), Bermuda (drought resistant) and St. Augustine (durable). Proper soil preparation with the correct compost mix (based on soil type) is crucial to lawn success. Once established, add a layer of top dressing especially designed for lawns.For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.This article was released by Agromin. http://www.oc-breeze.com/2018/05/30/122007_typical-june-gloom-provides-ideal-conditions-for-garden-growth/
Sycamore bar and flower shop temporarily shut down by health dept. - amNYTuesday, July 18, 2017
The Brooklyn-based Sycamore bar was forced to shut down by the health department on June 26 for violations including failing to vermin-proof the establishment and the presence of fruit flies near food. And while it's been cleaned up and permitted to reopen since then, its owners have said the flower shop cannot reopen in its current layout.Normally, bars do not fall under the health department's jurisdiction (they are instead regulated by the State Liquor Authority), but Sycamore had been running its Flatbush Food Court, a daily pop-up program for independent food vendors, out of its garden. The food court is now discontinued until further notice.The boutique flower shop Stems has also been selling flowers by the stem out of the same location as Sycamore bar since the business opened at 1118 Courtelyou Rd. in 2008, according to management. Health inspectors registered concerns about the cross-contamination of food and flowers on the premises, DOH spokeswoman Stephanie Buhle said in a statement.Inspectors discovered flowers and food stored in the... http://www.amny.com/eat-and-drink/sycamore-bar-and-flower-shop-temporarily-shut-down-by-health-dept-1.13775101
Green scene - The MidWeekTuesday, July 18, 2017
July 15.This year’s event highlights seven gardens with locations throughout DeKalb County. Featured gardens include the Christensen-Cowley and Barnes gardens in DeKalb, the Singer garden in Sycamore, the Anderson, Hood and Fett gardens in Kirkland. 2017’s Educational Spotlight Garden is the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm in Kirkland.Garden walk tickets are $10 apiece and are available during business hours at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore, or the day of the Garden Walk. Other locations to purchase tickets include Blumen Gardens and The Garden Market in Sycamore, Glidden Florist in DeKalb and Lloyd’s Landscaping and Everything Floral in Genoa.Chowdhury-Woodstrup spoke to MidWeek’s Katrina Milton about the Garden Walk and this year’s featured gardens.Milton: What is the University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk?JCW: The Garden Walk showcases different styles throughout DeKalb County. It is a day-long event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some people turn it into an annual outing, coming every year. Event attendees can see new plant varieties and see how other gardeners place their plants and design their garden. The Garden Walk can also become a networking event. You can meet people with similar ideas and mindsets. Gardening, by its very nature, can be an isolationist hobby. What the Garden Walk affords is an exchange of ideas and conversation to anyone interested in gardens and gardening.Milton: Can you tell me more about the featured gardens?JCW: We continually strive to highlight different types and styles of gardens, and this year is no different. This year, we have seven gardens on the Garden Walk, ... http://www.midweeknews.com/articles/2017/07/10/cbc45c2d62614ccda7e4976aca06ee18/index.xml
Nipped in the bud: Combo bar and florist forced to quit the plant biz by city - Brooklyn PaperWednesday, July 05, 2017
Choice to lose the stems in order to save the bar, according to a representative.“The whole situation has been a very disturbing and emotionally difficult one for the staff and patrons,” said the Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop rep, who did not provide a name and communicated with this paper via e-mail. “It is still very unsettling without the flower shop, as we were all like family.”But Sycamore’s owners remain very perplexed by a ruling that cited the business for storing food with flowers in the bar’s kitchen — which the rep claimed does not exist.“The whole situation is confusing,” the rep said. “We have no food, and absolutely no kitchen or anything that resembles a kitchen.”The Department of Health slapped the bar and flower shop at 1118 Courtelyou Road between Stratford and Westminster roads with a temporary shutdown following a Monday inspection, largely due to conditions that left food open to contamination by plants, according to an agency spokeswoman.The health department’s definition of “food” includes beverages as well as edibles, she said, suggesting that storing blooms with booze might be what got Sycamore in trouble.The city’s definition of “kitchen,” meanwhile, could not be clarified.It is also unclear exactly what danger flowers pose to either food or beer.“Bugs tend to be on flowers,” said spokeswoman Stephanie Buhle, without providing further clarification.The business also received a citation for its backyard outdoor bar, which contained a tap system and sink that were not permitted by the Department of Buildings.The tap system has since been removed, and a pop-up foo... http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/40/27/dtg-ditmas-park-sycamore-flower-shop-closed-2017-07-07-bk.html
Community Spotlight - The Macomb DailyWednesday, July 05, 2017
July 3). Cost is $118 for Authority members; $123 for non members. All abilities welcome. For more information, call 586-445-5480. • The Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, 18185 Sycamore, Roseville, offers a variety of fitness classes including POUND, MIXXEDFIT, Basic Yoga, Barre Toning, Zumba Gold and Line Dancing. New class sessions starting mid-March. For additional class information and pricing, call 586-445-5480. Senior Connection• Warren/Center Line Senior Connection invites adults age 55 and older to... http://www.macombdaily.com/article/MD/20170629/NEWS/170629592
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