Local Flower Shop News
Florists in Waterville, Fairfield, Oakland experience busy May - Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelTuesday, June 13, 2017
May remains a busy month for them, as Mother’s Day and the onset of spring keep customers coming through the doors. Others in the area still see Memorial Day as a major factor in their sales. Harlan Benner, a representative of Sunset Flowerland and Greenhouses in Fairfield, said Memorial Day remains the business’s second-biggest holiday after Mother’s Day. He said that’s generally because May is a busy month for them, beginning May 1 and into the first week of June, as people buy flowers and plants. “It’s a 30-day thing,” he said. A salesperson at Sunset who declined to give her name said that while the company remains busy for Memorial Day, it’s not always cemetery arrangements people are buying. She said many people are buying plants for their gardens, and sales of arrangements for cemeteries have gone down.“I think it’s just been a lost tradition,” she said. Benner said it’s hard to gauge when a customer might be buying an arrangement for a cemetery or for a personal garden, but he thinks many of the arrangements sold around this time do go to cemeteries.Jeff Karter, owner of Waterville Florist and Formal Wear on Main Street, said Memorial Day sales have dwindled over the years. He believes that the likely reason is that fewer people honor the sentiment of Memorial Day, which pays tribute to those who died while in military service. Years ago, he said, people would spend half a day at the cemetery, planting flowers at family grave sites. Now, he said, more people are more interested in spending the long weekend at a lake house.“Now it’s not... http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/05/26/florists-in-waterville-fairfield-and-oakland-experience-busy-may/
Get ready to cover your plants — Omaha's first frost of the season is forecast for this week - Omaha World-HeraldTuesday, October 11, 2016
Falls City, .55; Lincoln, .08; Nebraska City, .27; Offutt Air Force Base, .22; Eppley Airfield, .24; Florence, .21; Millard, .18; Plattsmouth, .08; Valley, .08; Council Bluffs, .09; Clarinda, .72; Harlan, .01; Red Oak, .07; Shenandoah, .22.If you’re a gardener and would like to preserve your plants and flowers a bit longer this season, carve out some time Wednesday evening for a little TLC.The first frost of the season is forecast for early Thursday in the Omaha area, with the overnight low expected to dip into the low to mid-30s, the National Weather Service office in Valley said. Such temperatures could mean the season’s first frost, which could damage or kill tender plants and flowers.“It’s about time, isn’t it?” asked forecaster Cathy Zapotocny.A good way to hang on to your geraniums for a little longer is to round up a few old blankets or sheets and cover your plants and flowers Wednesday night, Zapotocny said. It may be just as easy to pull your potted plants under a tree or an overhang.The plants are worth saving, she said, because conditions are forecast to warm up later Thursday through the weekend.“Sometimes you can extend them a week or two,” she said.Tuesday in the Omaha area look for cloudy skies and a high temperature in the mid-70s. Tuesday night’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. with a low in the upper 40s, the weather service said.The cool down begins Wednesday as a cold front pushes into the region. A 40 percent chance of rain is expected for the Omaha area, mainly before 1 p.m., with a high in the low to mid-50s. North winds could gust as high as 25 mph Wednesday.Forecasters expect a six-hour window for possible patchy frost on Thursday morning, from about 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. The remainder of the day should be sunny, with a high in the upper 50s.Zapotocny said at least one computer model indicates clouds could develop and winds might pick up Wednesday night into early Thursday. That could keep temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s in the Omaha area.Elsewhere, she said, some parts of northeast Nebraska, such as the Wayne and Norfolk areas, could see overnight lows in the mid-20s to low 30s.Lows Thursday night through Sunday night in the Omaha area will be in the low 40s to upper 50s, forecasters said. Highs Friday through Monday are likely to be in the upper 60s to upper 70s.According to the weather service, the average first frost (36 degrees) for the season in the Omaha area is Oct. 4, the average first freeze (32 degrees) is Oct. 12 and the average first hard freeze (28 degrees) is Oct. 26. http://www.omaha.com/weather/get-ready-to-cover-your-plants-omaha-s-first-frost/article_c803c23a-8ecf-11e6-b40f-cf57a840eaa5.html
FTD Companies, Inc., Introduces New Mother's Day Floral, Gourmet Sweets Collections - PR Newswire (press release)Monday, May 07, 2018
Fresh floral arrangements hand-crafted and delivered by an FTD florist make a lasting impression."FTD has a 108-year-old heritage of delighting customers through luxurious, florist-designed flowers and has a deep understanding of how to make Mom feel special through flowers. It's simple for gift givers to say what they mean this Mother's Day in a beautiful and authentic way through FTD's premium bouquets, ProFlowers' farm-fresh flowers and Shari's Berries delectable treats. Bring Color to Her EverydaySeeing or hearing from those closest to us is a sure way to brighten our day. Add a little color to her life, like she repeatedly does for you, with one of these colorful floral gifts from FTD and ProFlowers:Deliver the Ultimate Royal TreatmentThe ones we love deserve only the best—and then some. Shower your "queen" with fresh cut blooms worthy of royal recognition or take inspiration from traditional afternoon teatime. These gifts are sure to have that special someone beaming atop her throne:Reward Those with a Major Sweet ToothMom may have always said that dessert didn't count as dinner, but these delicious treats from Shari's Berries may change her mind: Timeless Display of AffectionThese classic gifts warm her heart year after year and bring joy to her special day. You can also give Mom the gift that keeps on giving through ProFlowers' new Bloom Refresh™ program and receive a second bouquet 12 days after the first bouquet to refill her vase. See these products and more at www.ftd.com, www.proflowers.com, and www.berries.com. About FTD Companies, Inc.FTD Companies, Inc., is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of b...
6 Royal Wedding Bouquets To Use For Your Own Wedding Inspiration - Elite DailyMonday, May 07, 2018
It's tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets, because the flower stands for marriage and love. According to Town & Country, the royal couple-to-be committed to florist Philippa Craddock, and Markle will carry white garden roses and peonies (in addition to some other elegant varieties). I looked to Kate Middleton's stunning flowers for some inspo on these seven wedding bouquets for your big day, as well as the flowers we might see Markle carrying in just a few short weeks. You deserve to look like royalty when you walk down the aisle, am I right?1LiliesPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Guardian, Kate Middleton's bouquet was filled with lily of the valley that was in season at the time. You might want to consider including lilies for your big day, too. The white flower comes across as elegant and graceful, and is often a sweet addition to any wedding bouquet. Your guests will be in awe of how romantic you look walking down the aisle.2White RosesAdam NixonIt doesn't get much more elegant than carrying a bouquet of white roses on your wedding day. Especially when they're in full bloom, this flower radiates beauty and will surely make you look like one of the royals. Your flowers will at least get a very regal moment on your Instagram feed, if they don't make it into a major wedding magazine. I think it's safe to say Meghan Markle might even approve. After all, she's incorporating white garden roses into her bunch, too.3PeoniesAndrew YaremchukPut some peonies in your bouquet if you truly want to channel major princess vibes on your way to your very own happily ever after. These flowers will feel romantic and will be a regal addition to your look y...
Rick Tuttle, the Chicago artist who ran an artful Michigan bookstore, dies at 66 - Chicago TribuneMonday, May 07, 2018
Acorn Theater since 2002, says, “Rick Tuttle was the epicenter of the town. He created spaces that, like Rick, were full of hyphens. His buildings were bookstore-gallery-party space-salon-florist shop-poetry center-whatever. Like a lot of people here, Rick was a man of many talents and none defined by his jobs. He was generous and committed to making Three Oaks the community he envisioned.“He was a wry, cynical optimist who did everything with passion. His anger at injustice was overshadowed by his love for simple pleasures in life. A drink, time with a friend, a dance (and he would dance without shame and with zest), a tight and serious hug, and regular verbal affirmations were regular parts of Rick’s life. He loved his wives and his friends with a sincerity that made us feel more important and loved than anyone could imagine.”Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune
Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created.Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created. (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)Richard Daer Tuttle was born in Chicago on July 1, 1951. His father, Richard, was an artist and designer and his mother, LaVerne, instilled in him a lifelong love of books. He was a free spirit who, after graduating high school, moved to Costa Rica where he married for the first time, had a child and discovered the painting and literature of that area.Back in Chicago, he began his career as a graphic artist, working for some of the city’s large advertising agencies before starting his own firm, RT2 Design, which had clients in the business and cultural worlds, among them Southport Records for which he made its eye-catching logo. He also did design work for the Blue Rider Theater Company.That was the troupe founded by writer/director/a... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-rick-tuttle-memorial-0417-story.html
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 customers calling into its Microsoft customer support telling them they were scammed. That's a 24 percent jump from 2016 to last year. Of those, 15 percent of people lost, ... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
Baraboo florist named trade group's best - Baraboo News RepublicTuesday, May 01, 2018
A regional trade group has recognized what Baraboo customers have known for years: Wild Apples Floral is a treasure.The Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florist Association named Wild Apples owner Missi Blum its Retailer of the Year this month during a convention at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.“I was just honored,” Blum said. “I let out a ‘Get out of here.’”Blum has owned the Eighth Street flower and gift shop for 10 years. The trade group recognized her for service to the organization and to customers. Before handing Blum the award, secretary Diane Schulte said she “puts her heart and soul into each and every design, customer and staff member.”Schulte also praised Wild Apples for cultivating a reputation as a top wedding florist. “Each bride is treated like a sister and they genuinely care about each one so that they represent her in the best way possible,” she said.The corner of Eighth and East streets has housed a flower shop for decades. Last year it expanded by incorporating Michelle Tirrel’s business, Red Shed Garden & Gifts, into the operation.Blum said being recognized by fellow florists carried special meaning, e... http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/baraboo-florist-named-trade-group-s-best/article_fb2403ba-f67e-5420-9582-1d70e0178504.html