Local Flower Shop News
Endangered Brodiaea plant produces 'super bloom' in hills above Glendora - The San Gabriel Valley TribuneTuesday, May 30, 2017
When the Conservancy began buying land to preserve plant and animal species in the hills above Glendora and Azusa, it purchased property known as the Colby Trail at the top of Loraine Avenue in eastern Glendora. On a meadow badly damaged by agricultural activity, botanists counted 900 plants in 1993. That grew to 6,900 plants in 2012 and about 8,500 today, Croissant estimates.“They are spectacular. It’s just incredible what’s going on even in the lower level of the Colby Trail,” she said. “This is the best bloom I’ve ever seen.”The debutantes of the bloom ball being celebrated in Southern California this spring don’t display a blanket-like palette like the state flower, the orange-hued California poppy, as seen in record numbers in Hemet, Lancaster and Chino Hills.Instead, the thread-leafed Brodiaea, as they are more commonly known, bunch in clusters of eight to 10, standing tall on thin, spindly, green stems, unfurling their star-like purple-striped flowers under the shade of an oak or amidst the shelter of the taller, beige-colored wild oat plants.AdvertisementOn Thursday, Croissant walked the lower meadow, explaining how the unusual plant deposits its seeds, known as corms, in the volcanic, clay soil during the winter unique to the Glendora hills. A bounty of rainfall grew the green leaves and stems, producing flowers three days before Earth Day, on April 19, she said.“Here they come!” she exclaimed, pointing to a bunch in the middle of the tall wild oats. “They sneak up on you.”Toward the south end of the 4-acre meadow, the bunches appeared more frequently.“They look for a place to hide, like finding a companion plant,” she explained. That way they can be protected from ravenous deer. “They are survivors.”Even the Colby Fire of January 2014 did not stop them. In fact, the ash from the fire helped enhance the soil, which helped the Brodiaea to germinate.These Brodiaea filifolia in Glendora are the purest of the species, she said. They are pollinated by a bee fly, which keeps their DNA the same.About 20,000 plants are thriving along the ridgeline above the Colby Trail. In Bluebird Canyon exist another 5,000 and about another 10,000 in another hillside canyon, she said.The Colby Trail is o... http://www.sgvtribune.com/environment-and-nature/20170507/endangered-brodiaea-plant-produces-super-bloom-in-hills-above-glendora
Sacramento's landmark Relles Florist celebrates 70 years of sweet success - Sacramento BeeTuesday, April 04, 2017
Tom Relles, Jim’s older brother and a partner in the shop for almost 40 years, retired in 2008. JoAnn Relles Bradley, his sister, is the company’s secretary and treasurer. Alicia and Colby Relles, Jim’s children, both work at the shop, too. The company has 17 year-round employees, many of them who have been there for more than a decade.“I like the freedom to be creative,” said design manager Carolyn Salmon, a 23-year Relles employee. “We have a very diverse clientele. (Arrangements) don’t have to all be traditional. Every piece is different.”With its midtown location and longevity, Relles Florist has created countless arrangements for its Sacramento clientele.“They’ve always done wonderful arrangements, plus their location makes them really convenient,” said Dell Richards, one of many longtime customers. The shop remains busy year-round. During the “slow” summer season, Relles averages about 50 orders a day. On peak holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, the shop makes 1,000 deliveries plus another 500 in-store arrangements for walk-up sales. Prom season and fall formals bring avalanches of corsage, boutonniere and wristlet orders. Bridal bouquets dominate June.“Nowadays, brides come in with 500 Instagram photos,” Jim Relles said. “That’s different.”A keystone to the company’s longevity has been its adaptability. Relles Florist has kept pace with consumer tastes and vast changes within the cut flower industry. Orders now are more likely to come in via computer than telephone.“Our whole world has changed,” Jim Relles said. “We used to have four or five competitors in the phone book. Now, we have 100,000 online.”When Ross Relles Sr. opened his flower shop, the inventory likely was all California grown. He bought most of his stock from San Francisco’s flower market.Now, long-stemmed roses most likely grew in Ecuador or Colombia. Many cut flowers come from Asia or Europe, too. But the diversity of available flowers has never been greater.“I really love all of them,” said Jim Relles, who still brings a bouquet home to his wife, Marilyn, every week. “The new varieties of roses are just unbelievable. We used to have 10 colors; now, w... http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/home-garden/article107380177.html
Enderby florist pick of B.C.'s crop - Princeton Similkameen Spotlight - Similkameen SpotlightTuesday, January 08, 2019
An Enderby florist is again blooming as one of B.C.’s best.Crocus Floral Design has picked up the award for Best Wedding Florist- Overall, for the second year in a row at the B.C. Professional Wedding Awards.See: Enderby florist wins Best in B.C. Owner Janice Robillard“So honoured to be chosen as B.C.’s Best Wedding Florist Overall,” said owner Janice Robillard.The winning design came from a wedding with Kelowna’s Vintage Origami Weddings, a finalist in the awards.“This was the best wedding ever with the most amazing team of people involved,” said Robillard. “We are all winners.”From the photographer, “who captured the hearts of the judges I am sure,” to the, “fantastic bride and groom,” and Vintage Origami’s decor. “who’s dreams and visions are always a pleasure to create.”Crocus Floral Design opened five years ago in the North Okanagan and has since been recognized locally and provincially.See:... https://www.similkameenspotlight.com/business/enderby-florist-pick-of-b-c-s-crop/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Team flower power | News, Sports, Jobs - The Adirondack Daily EnterpriseTuesday, January 08, 2019
SHOW ARTICLE -- A Canna plant stands out with striking color on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. These subtropical plants are wintered carefully by Scott’s Florist co-owners Kathy and Roger Steinbrueck.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) Petunias bloom in a barrel in downtown Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) Flowers brighten Broadway, Saranac Lake, in front of the village parking lot beside Berkeley Green.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) A Canna plant stands out with striking color on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. These subtropical plants are wintered carefully by Scott’s Florist co-owners Kathy and Roger Steinbrueck.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) SARANAC LAKE — They fill the downtown streets with vibrant life, hanging off of buildings, sitting on the corners, on sidewalks and in parks. Flowers — you can’t go anywhere in the village without running into them. Filling the streets with flowers is no small feat, and it takes a dedicated group of volunteers and village employees to organize the beautification project, plant t... http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2018/09/team-flower-power/
Detectives Seek Man Who Shot, Killed Woman At Lennox Flower Shop - MyNewsLA.comTuesday, January 08, 2019
Maria Ventura, a grandmother who had sold flowers in the area for more than 20 years before recently opening her own shop. They told ABC7 that they had no idea who killed the florist, or why. Friends described her as a hard worker who opened her shop several months ago and was doing well.The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, last seen fleeing on foot northbound on Inglewood Avenue toward westbound 104th Street, Koerner said. No weapon was recovered.Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.Detectives Seek Man Who Shot, Killed Woman At Lennox Flower Shop was last modified: August 7th, 2018 by Contributing Editor>> Want to read more stories like this? Get our Free Daily Newsletters Here!Follow us: ... https://mynewsla.com/crime/2018/08/07/detectives-seek-man-who-shot-killed-woman-at-lennox-flower-shop/
Roots in Bloom entrepreneur returns to her roots - The GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
ION — Cassie Hammarmeister’s new business is rooted in her pursuit of wellness.Long Para:1 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- On Aug. 1, Hammarmeister opened Roots in Bloom, a florist and wellness business in a historic Marion home.Long Para:2 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “It’s all very personal,” Hammarmeister said of the path that led her to the new business. “It’s scary to put it out there, but maybe it will help set someone else free.”Long Para:3 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- After Hammarmeister completed a floriculture program at Kirkwood Community College, she worked at a couple smaller flower shops before taking a manager position at a large florist in the Corridor.Long Para:4 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “I was running a business and dealing with personal stuff in my 20s,” she said. “I didn’t appreciate working with nature.”Long Para:5 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- It was those personal issues, including chronic back pain and struggles with anxiety and depression, that drew her to a new career as a wellness practitioner. In 2011, she attended Carlson College to become a licensed massage therapist.Long Para:6 Long Pra Tota... http://thegazette.com/subject/news/business/roots-in-bloom-marion-iowa-florist-wellness-corridor-cbd-yoga-20180827