Ames Flower Shop News
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Amato can stock several hundred varieties of flowers at a time in the warehouse, and more than half of those are roses. They come in a rainbow of hues and gaggle of names, many inspired by the flower breeder’s daughter, mother or lover. Some names, such as Hot Nina, Lola and Jessika, call to mind an old flame. Others read like perfume ads tucked in a magazine: Pearl Avalanche, Sweet Unique, Cool Water. And then there are the names that beckon to whom they’re selling: Sweetness, Engagement, Soulmate. Rose breeders trademark these names and can receive royalties from other plantations that grow their variety.Most roses are natives of Ecuador. The year-round sunshine and high-altitude soil in the country’s mild and mountainous north-central provinces breeds big-headed and bright-colored blooms, Weickum said. One of every four roses bought by an American was raised by an Ecuadorian. While Amato curates cut flowers from several countries — including Israel, Thailand, Holland and Costa Rica — most, by far, are from Colombia and Ecuador.America’s love for Ecuador’s flowers bloomed during a favorable trade agreement forged in 1991 between the United States, Ecuador and three other neighboring South American countries. Even after that agreement ended in 2013, the connection burned on: In 2014 the United States imported $186 million worth of flowers from Ecuador, a record high. Ecuador has grown into the third-largest cut flower exporter in the world. (Another top buyer of Ecuadorian flowers is a country unlikely to receive a rose from the U.S. anytime soon: Russia.)Weickum pins the rose’s perennial popularity on its reputation and accessibility.“Roses are a staple, roses are a classic, roses are well-known,” she said. “People who want to express themselves with flowers — they do it with roses.”But for all the rose’s heated reputation and heady symbolism, the cut flower industry behind it is well oiled and labor intensive. Roses are transported from greenhouses and fields to delivery hubs in bunches swaddled by nets. There the blooms bathe in pools of water mixed with concentrated flower food and preservatives, drinking up to...
Dimensional Fund Advisors Lp Opened Huge Ftd Companies, Inc Position - BZ WeeklySunday, February 11, 2018
This is increased by 8432438. 26655537 were owned by these investors. 15 funds opened new Ftd Companies, Inc stakes, 53 increased positions. There were 13 that closed positions and 38 reduced them. James H. Litinsky Jhl Capital Group Llc is an investor bullish on Ftd Companies, Inc, owning 950000 shares as of Q3 2015 for 3.13% of its portfolio. Jamie Zimmerman Litespeed Management Llc owns 1746925 shares or 6.41% of its portfolio. CA First Foundation Advisors have 0.24% of its portfolio for 97104 shares. Further, Keeley Asset Management Corp reported stake worth 1.09% of its portfolio. The X1 Ancora Advisors Llc owns 173001 shares. Ftd Companies, Inc is 0.66% of its portfolio.Business ProfileFTD Companies, Inc. (FTD) is a floral and gifting company. The Company operates through four segments: Consumer, Florist, International and Provide Commerce. Through its Consumer segment, FTD is a direct marketer of floral and gift products for consumers, primarily in the United States and Canada. Through its Florist segment, the Company is a provider of products and services to its floral network members, which include traditional retail florists and other non-florist retail locations, primarily in the United States and Canada. Its International segment consists of Interflora, which operates primarily in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Through its Provide Commerce segment, FTD is a direct marketer of floral and gift products, including specialty foods, personalized gifts and other gifting products for consumers, primarily in the United States. Its portfolio of brands includes ProFlowers, ProPlants, Flying Flowers, Flowers Direct, Ink Cards, Postagram, and Gifts.com.SEC Form 13G.Dimensional Fund Advisors Lp website.Analysts await FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTD) to report earnings on March, 13. They expect $0.07 earnings per share, down 82.50 % or $0.33 from last year’s $0.4 per share. FTD’s profit will be $1.93 million for 20.82 P/E if the $0.07 EPS becomes a reality. After $-0.37 actual earnings per share reported by FTD Companies, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -118.92 % EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.34% or $0.02 during the last trading session, reaching $5.83. About 476,517 shares traded or 55.50% up from the average. FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTD) has declined 26.52% since February 10, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 43.22% the S&P500.FTD Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a floral and gifting firm primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. The company has market cap of $160.60 million. The firm operates through four divisions: Consumer, Provide Commerce, Florist, and International. It currently has negative earnings. It provides floral arrangements and plants, gifts, and related services and products to consumers, retail florists, and other retail locations and companies.FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTD) Ratings CoverageAmong 7 analysts covering FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD), 0 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. FTD Companies has $39 highest and $8 lowest target. $23.60’s average target is 304.80% above currents $5.83 stock price. FTD Companies had 13 analyst reports since August 20, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel...
Mystery flower can be grown outdoors - INFORUMSunday, February 11, 2018
I'm concerned about it hitting the ceiling. - Greg Morgan, Ponsford, Minn.A: Dracaena marginata has several common names including dragon tree, or simply dracaena, or red-margined dracaena. In its tropical native habitat, it grows as a small tree, or shrubby tree, so indoors it eventually becomes tree-like, as it's done for you. The height can easily reach 20 feet or more if light is optimal.The height of dracaenas can be limited or maintained by pruning the growing tips. If a plant has become very tall, with all foliage growing on the tips of bare trunks, cutting the plant back drastically can stimulate new shoots from the lower stems.Before performing a drastic cutback, the top, bushy parts can be propagated by air-layering, which involves wounding the stem, wrapping it with sphagnum moss enclosed in plastic, then cutting this 'new' plant from the mother plant, once it's rooted. The mother plant can then be cut way down, and hopefully branches will sprout from it's lower trunks.Q: I'm writing in response to your column about Epsom salts and tomatoes. I've used them, not in treating blossom end rot, but to affect the tomatoes' flavor. Last year, I forgot and there was definitely a difference. Also, I place crushed egg shells in the soil surrounding the tomato plants to supplement calcium. I have not had a problem since I started doing this. - Dorothy Broste, Bemidji, Minn.A: I hadn't heard of Epsom salts effect on flavor. Previously I quoted North Dakota State University's view on Epsom salts: "Blossom end rot is caused by a deficiency of calcium. Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate - no calcium at all. Adding Epsom salts to the soil may create more rot since magnesium and calcium ions compete for uptake into the plant."Most of our soils have sufficient calcium, but it... http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4396668-mystery-flower-can-be-grown-outdoors
New York City florists bombarded with requests for white roses for the Grammys - WonderwallTuesday, January 30, 2018
Time's Up began after scores of women and men reported sexual assault and harassment at the hands of some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Al Franken.
'Serve others,' King Day speaker urges - The Star DemocratTuesday, January 30, 2018
The Singing Angels performed three songs to entertain the audience. The children first sang James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Negro National Anthem. Everyone stood as the song was sung. The group returned after dinner to sing two more songs: “Army of the Lord” and “The Storm is Passing Over.”Tory Brown on electric keyboard and Kent Island High School ninth-grader Natavia King on trumphet combined to play a powerful rendition of “Yes! God is Real.”L.C. Lawrence, community center board member and former Queen Anne’s County Board of Education member, made some closing comments. In light of racial progress over the years, he said, “The struggle continues.”The meal was provided by the Food Committee, lead by Sylvia Wheeler, who was unable to stay for the program as she was feeling under the weather. Floral arrangements were donated by Murdoch Florist. http://www.stardem.com/spotlight/serve-others-king-day-speaker-urges/article_177ff6ca-26be-589a-b178-a6b2d7bf0028.html
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Evening though chocolates and roses dominated the list, in Wyoming, gummy bears made the top five, while Oreos were big in Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
As Valentine's Day approaches, flower shop owner of 32 years isn't stressing - KSFYSunday, February 11, 2018
We use a lot of the novelty flowers you don't usually see," she said.Right now the fresh flowers come from around the world, but in the summer it's a different story, come June and July an Iowa grower helps out."She comes up in a big trailer, and you can pick out your flowers," Josephine saidFor Valentine's Day, Josephine says she no longer gets stressed out, but she does recommend, "for your florist's sake," to plan ahead when it comes to ordering flowers.Josephine's does offer classes. Check out the attached link for more information. http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/As-Valentines-Day-approaches-flower-shop-owner-of-32-years-isnt-stressing-473409333.html
Florist – “What I Wanted To Hold” - StereogumTuesday, January 16, 2018
Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *10/10 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (Atrium) *10/11 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *10/12 Reno, NV @ The Holland Project *10/14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *10/16 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s *10/17 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records *10/18 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium *10/19 Minneapolis, [email protected] 7th St Entry *10/20 Milwaukee, [email protected] The Back Room at Colectivo *10/21 Madison, WI @ The Rathskeller10/22 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen10/24 Washington, DC @ DC910/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle10/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Upstairs)10/27 Brooklyn, NY @ The Park Church Co-Op* w/ Pinegrove and Lomelda If Blue Could Be Happiness is out 9/29 via Double Double Whammy. Pre-order it here.
Yard and Garden: Construct a homemade Christmas wreath - Newton Daily NewsTuesday, December 12, 2017
One way to make the holiday season memorable is with a wreath, and a fresh, homemade wreath can really brighten a gathering. Making a wreath isn’t as difficult as you might think.Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about creating a fresh Christmas wreath. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or email@example.com.What materials are needed to construct a fresh Christmas wreath?Materials needed to construct a Christmas wreath include a pruning shears, scissors, wreath frame, No. 22 or 24 gauge florist wire, wire cutter and evergreen branches. Decorative materials, such as ribbon (bows), pine cones, holly, various fruits and ornaments may be used to finish the wreath.Box style wire frames, florist wire, bows and other materials can be purchased at craft or hobby stores. Box style wire wreath frames are commonly available in 8- to 24-inch-diameter sizes. A 16-inch-diameter wreath frame is ideal for most home decorations.Evergreen branches (greens) can be obtained from the home landscape. A small amount of judicious pruning won’t harm trees and shrubs. Greens also may be purchased from garden centers, florist shops and Christmas tree lots... http://www.newtondailynews.com/2017/11/21/yard-and-garden-construct-a-homemade-christmas-wreath/ae2da7i/