Wasco Flower Shop News
Rose growers prepare for months for Valentines Day - KERO 23ABC NewsTuesday, August 13, 2019
Kaehler. "Pretty much the only place you can grow these is in Ecuador." Unfortunately, Valentines Day falls in the winter months making it almost impossible to source locally. The City of Wasco is known for 40% of the roses grown in the United States. However, a representative from Weeks Roses in Wasco says their roses are considered garden roses, which are much different from the fresh cut flowers used in a flower arrangement. Amanda Barter is a florist at Bakersfield Flower Market and she says there's more than meets the eye into the big day. "When you come in and see those roses that are half as tall as you.. 9 times out of 10 those come from across the world," says Barter. She says there is a science to the perfect quality rose. "When it comes to roses, you want to look for deep color, rich color, a nice large head, a tight spiral in the center, and a thick stem," says Barter. https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/rose-growers-prepare-for-months-for-valentines-day
PARISH TOURNAMENT | Lady Eagles hop on Flowers' coait tails, rally past Lady Cats for 5th place - The Livingston Parish News (press release) (subscription)Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Lady Wildcats, while Ellis, Victoria Smith and Raven Barze grabbed two boards each.No other Live Oak players scored in double digits, with Harmony Johnson and Presley Wascom scoring 9 each. Johnson also had 8 rebounds and Wascom had 6.Yawn said several of her players weren’t feeling well but she told them they can’t use that as an excuse.“I told them we have to guard and if we play defense we will be OK,” Yawn said. “Every game we play we can learn from. We can’t start soft like we did (Saturday) when we get to district or we won’t win.”-----------------------LIVE OAK 48, WALKER 35Walker 15 7 8 5 -- 35Live Oak 7 9 15 17 -- 48Walker (35) -- Krystal Hutchinson 14, Candace Ellis 11, Breanna Zeringue 10. Totals 11-31 10-14 35.Live Oak (48) -- Dijone Flowers 20, Harmony Johnson 9, Presley Wascom3 9, Zyriah Pink 5, Sophia Foster 3, Jamie Elenbaas 2. Totals 16-41 13-17 48.3-point goals -- Walker 3 (Zeringue 2, Hutchinson 1), Live Oak 3 (Flowers 2, Wascom 1). Records: Walker 10-6, Live Oak 8-4. Up next: Live Oak at Woodlawn, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Walker Tournament –Lafayette Christian at Walker, 4:20 p.m. ThursdayWALKER 60, FRENCH SETTLMENT 52Earlier Saturday, Walker won a consolation-bracket game over French Settlement behind Hutchinson’s 27 points to advance to face Live Oak.Ellis had 19 points, Zeringue had 9.French Settlement was led by Laurel Smiley’s 21 points and 13 from Dannah Martin 13. http://www.livingstonparishnews.com/sports/parish-tournament-lady-eagles-hop-on-flowers-coait-tails-rally/article_6d5665ea-bf21-11e6-bcbe-d74505077890.html
Auburn-area businesses adjust to timing, wintry weekend for Valentine's Day - Auburn CitizenThursday, February 18, 2016
Auburn-area businesses contending with a Valentine's Day holiday that fell on a Sunday this year — and after a day of winter weather and dangerously cold temperatures.The flower and gift shop in Owasco had quite a few deliveries over the course of the weekend, according to Manager Jodi Stone. Stone said many patrons requested for Thursday deliveries with the holiday falling on a weekend."It kind of went into a four-day holiday this year, which is easier for us because usually it's a one-day slam," she said of the workload.After starting the day a few hours earlier than usual, Stone said Smiley's needed a few more delivery drivers and more staff to meet the needs. Stone said there were less orders this year than past Valentine's Day — one of Smiley's busiest occasions — due to timing.Stone, who has been with Smiley's for around five years, stated that the Sunday effect has been historically the case — especially considering the winter break week that follows immediately after, she said."A Valentine's Day on a Sunday is not a good day for a florist," Stone said.This year's holiday was preceded by low temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills through Saturday.Nevertheless, Lasca's Restaurant in Auburn served a full house on Saturday through the subzero conditions — and planned for much of the same on Sunday, according to Jim DeSocio, co-owne... http://auburnpub.com/news/local/auburn-area-businesses-adjust-to-timing-wintry-weekend-for-valentine/article_4fdeb6a9-0953-5fa7-a930-f9ce23b31e54.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 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
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