Waterloo Flower Shop News
Your flowers have had an easy April - KCRGMonday, May 08, 2017
On average, Cedar Rapids has seven days each April with a low temperature of 32 degrees or colder. Dubuque has seven or eight, while Iowa City has five. Waterloo has an average of nine or 10 such mornings. Of course, it does vary from year to year, and 2017 will go down on the low end of the range.Through April 24, Cedar Rapids has had just two mornings with a freezing temperature. That’s the fewest since 1999! Dubuque and Iowa City have also had just two freezing mornings. Waterloo has had three.The average last 32-degree low of the season comes in the last week of April, but it sometimes holds off until early May. While the next several days ought to remain above freezing, we’re not out of the woods just yet. http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/WWC-Your-flowers-have-had-an-easy-April-420282553.html
Sending Mother's Day flowers? Take caution - Sunrise Senior Living Blog (blog)Tuesday, April 25, 2017
People living with these conditions may struggle to remember which objects are food and which aren't, possibly leading them to reach for decorative house plants, according to the University of Waterloo. "Eating non-edible items is a symptom of Alzheimer's."That doesn't mean you have to forego a lovely floral gift for your loved one this Mother's Day, however. Instead, focus on building floral arrangements or sending house plants that are edible. This way, if your loved one does try to eat something she shouldn't, you won't have to worry that your gift will make her sick. There are several edible flowers that also make great decorations. Here are a few to try out:Marshmallow plantAll parts of the marshmallow plant are safe to eat, from the flowers down to the roots. These delicate white or pink flowers have heart-shaped petals and an earthy taste, which are sometimes used to brew medicinal teas. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that marshmallow plants have no known side effects, though it may make the body take longer to absorb diabetes medications. So if your loved one takes an oral drug to treat her diabetes, this plant may not be the right match for her. Otherwise, this is a pretty and safe plant that would make a lovely addition to a Mother's Day bouquet. ChrysanthemumIf you're looking to wow mom or grandma with some brightly-colored buds this year, try opting for the chrysanthemum. According to Better Homes and Gardens, these flowers can come in pink, white, red, orange, and even shades of blue and green. They're also completely safe to eat, so there's no need to worry that they'll pose a threat to your loved one.The bright hue of the sunflower makes it a cheery Mother's Day gift.Sunflowe...
Hy-Vee Waterloo florists decorate Iowa governor's mansion - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierTuesday, December 13, 2016
WATERLOO — Fran Newsom arrived at Terrace Hill carrying her bright orchid-purple tool box filled with florist’s wire, wire cutters, hot glue gun and other supplies she might need.After all, this wasn’t her first time helping to decorate the Iowa governor’s historic Des Moines residence for the holidays, and she came prepared.“I’ve volunteered to do Christmas decorations at the mansion for my entire 40-year career as a florist. It’s a real honor and privilege to be able to do this for the governor’s mansion. Any chance we get to do our civic duty in a design way is just icing on the Christmas cookie,” said Iowa Master Florist Fran Newsom, who also has decorated for five inaugural celebrations.Newsom, a Waterloo Hy-Vee Crossroads florist, and Casey Allen, the store’s floral shop manager, were among about 40 members of the Iowa Florists Association, Questers and Kirkwood Community College horticulture/floral career students who volunteered to deck out the mansion’s first and second floors... http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/hy-vee-waterloo-florists-decorate-iowa-governor-s-mansion/article_0106d814-1576-5a9f-9e2f-6f390ae52e10.html
Flowers make birthday and anniversary gift-giving... - Waterloo RecordTuesday, October 04, 2016
I.C. Flowers in Waterloo, Ontario, can help you find the perfect birthday or anniversary gift. Family owned and operated since 1987, I.C. Flowers’ friendly and dedicated team of floral professionals take pride in helping customers find just the right gift for any occasion.Not sure what to give for the birthday of someone you don’t know well, or that friend or loved one who seems to have everything? Beautiful flowers, arranged, presented and delivered with care, are a welcome and special way to convey birthday wishes, especially over long distances.Sending a floral gift is also a wonderful way to celebrate a wedding anniversary! Surprise your spouse on your anniversary with an arrangement of flowers just like the ones you had on your wedding day. Or, have a beautiful arrangement sent to your parents on their anniversary in tribute and gratitude for the years of love they have shared.From beautifully simple freshly cut flowers, a cheerful arrangement in a memorable gift container, or a thoughtful dish g... http://www.therecord.com/shopping-story/6761946-flowers-make-birthday-and-anniversary-gift-giving-simple/
PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Jersey's Flowers repeats at Granite Invite - Alton TelegraphTuesday, September 27, 2016
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/