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Freeze warning issued during blooming season, gardeners concerned - WBRZTuesday, March 05, 2019
BATON ROUGE – It’s hard to tell with Monday’s low temperatures, but a little more than two weeks from now it will be spring. This is the time of year where many trees are getting ready to bloom. But a freeze warning has many people worried.“People are concerned about their citrus tree this year because the last two years, in January, we've had terrible freezes that affected the harvest,” said Scott Ricca, the owner of Clegg's Nursery.The cold is not coming at a good time. If flowers are destroyed now, no fruit will grow. Ricca says the good news is that freezing weather won't last as long as previous years.“It will cause some of the fruit to drop. It will maybe mess up some of the flowers so they can't set fruit. But that doesn't mean that the tree will not have fruit,” said Ricca.Ricca says not all of the flowers on citrus trees are expected to survive even in warmer weather. So if some die Monday night, the tree should still be okay. http://www.wbrz.com/news/freeze-warning-issued-during-blooming-season-gardeners-concerned/
Effort to eliminate florist licenses in Louisiana becomes a thorny issue - Fox NewsTuesday, January 08, 2019
BATON ROUGE, La. – In Louisiana, florists must know the proper storage temperature for plants, wiring methods for various flowers and how to construct a cascade bouquet. They pay $100 a year.The Pelican state is the only state in the country that requires a license to sell flowers, a distinction that has become a point of contention among florists who say it legitimizes their trade and state lawmakers who feel Louisiana is too overwhelmed with a dizzying number of professional license requirements.State lawmakers wanted to cut back on the number of licenses by eliminating the floral one. That has drawn the ire of florists who take pride in regulating their profession – by weeding out people who know little about floral arrangements. Orchids sit on display at Red Onion in Baton Rouge. Several florists throughout the state say they want to keep a licensing and testing requirement in place. Louisiana is the only state in the country that requires florists to be licensed. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/effort-to-eliminate-florist-licenses-in-louisiana-becomes-a-thorny-issue
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
Longtime Waco florist dies at 97 - KWTXTuesday, March 19, 2019
Reed’s father Bert Reed, his mother Blanche Reed and his brother Tom Reed had been in the flower business in Waco since Tom learned the florist trade in 1912 while he was working for the Wolfe family at Wolfe’s Nursery. It was his uncle Tom who opened Reed’s Flowers in 1930 at 1025 Austin, just two doors down from the current location. Reed was a young man when he began working in the family business where he started by potting plants at the greenhouse just off the old Dallas Highway (U.S. Highway 81). It was his father Bert Reed who was in charge of the growing operations so it was a natural for Reed to pick up the trade just following his father around at the greenhouses in what is now Lacy Lakeview. His mother was in charge at the flower shop and at times he worked there building arrangements or delivering orders. Reed’s, though perhaps not intentionally, ended up doing business in the perfect location for a flower shop; within four or five blocks of the six largest churches in town at the time and two blocks from the two major funeral homes. Plus, back then, all the business being done in Waco, pretty much, was being done between 12th Street and the Brazos river, so the shop was right in the middle of the best traffic in town. Reed said as a young man his main job was “whatever was necessary.” Times were hard and business was tough to find but the shop survived the stock market crash and the years afterwards during the Great Depression. “We just had to get through some pretty tough years.” Reed would say in an oral history interview compiled by the Baylor University Oral History Project in 1990, the same year both his parents died. Reed said times were tough o... https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Well-known-downtown-businessman-Harry-Reed-passes-away-at-97-505939331.html
Every Ranunculus Lover Needs to Visit These Fields at Carlsbad Ranch - HouseBeautiful.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Move over, tulips. These ranunculus fields in Carlsbad, California are about to steal your thunder. Back in the 1920s, a Dutch florist named Luther Gage settled in this area north just north of San Diego and planted tons of ranunculus seeds he brought over with him. After several decades, the beauty of these more than 50 acres of vibrant flowers speaks for itself.And to make matters even more impressive, the variety found in The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are giant Tecolote ranunculuses, which are known as one of the finest strains of ranunculuses. That's part of the reason these flowers, also known as a Persian buttercups or Ranunculus asiaticus, are so unique and the fields are worth putting on your bucket list.If you want to see this stunning display for yourself, they're currently in peak bloom (which runs from early March through early May). But you'll have to act fast, since the ranch closes for the season on May 14. When you visit, you can explore the fields by foot or take a ride on a wagon pulled by an antique tractor. It's quite picturesque. Take a look: Getty ... https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/news/a8722/carlsbad-california-flower-fields/
Bloomex Partners with ALS Canada - MENAFN.COMTuesday, March 19, 2019
Canada on Bloomex.ca during ALS Awareness Month in June 2019. Fifteen percent of each bouquet purchase will be donated to ALS Canada. Bloomex is also proud to be the Official Florist of this year's ALS Canada Research Forum in Toronto. Hosted by ALS Canada, this invitation-only event is an opportunity to hear about the promise that scientific advancement holds for ALS. It will be attended by over 300 passionate and engaged leaders including researchers, clinicians, partners, donors, advocates and people and families living with ALS. Bloomex will be providing centerpieces, as well as $10 gift cards for all attendees. "We are delighted to partner with ALS Canada," says Sue McDonald, Director of PR and Corporate Sponsorship at Bloomex Canada. "ALS can take a devastating toll on both patient and family. Bloomex is proud to help the effort in providing support for those diagnosed and in funding research to find new treatments, or even a cure." "It's so exciting to see this partnership with a company like Bloomex," said Denis Blais, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015. "It means a lot to the ALS community as well as the many people who have connections with the disease. With a partnership like this, people can donate to the cause all through the year, just by offering flowers, or gift baskets to their loved ones. Everybody wins, it's fabulous! Thank you Bloomex for stepping up and supporting people living with ALS." About Bloomex Canada Bloomex is the largest florist in Canada. Orders are taken and processed through the company's site at Bloomex.ca or by phone, and then delivered to customers via local courier. In addition to flowers, Bloomex offers a variety of other gift items including plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, sweets and treats, balloons and other items. The company serves Canada, the US, and Australia. To learn more about other Bloomex campaigns click here . About ALS Canada Founded in 1977, the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS. We are a registered charity that receives no government funding – all of our services and research are funded through the generosity of our donors. Through the ALS Canada Research Program, we fund peer-reviewed research grants, foster collaboration and build capacity within Canada's ALS research community and participate in new areas of research where we are well-positioned to have an impact. Within Ontario, ALS Canada has a role similar to that of the provincial ALS societies providing services and support to help meet the needs of people living with ALS. Through advocacy federally and provincially within Ontario, ALS Canad... https://menafn.com/1098275350/Bloomex-Partners-with-ALS-Canada
New ixia Flowers outlet at Booths Park - Knutsford GuardianTuesday, March 19, 2019
BRUNTWOOD Works is set to welcome international florist Jonathan Moseley on Wednesday (March 13) as he officially opens ixia Flowers’ outlet at Booths Park. The outlet opened on March 4, and is run by qualified florist Holly Beresford. It is the company’s second launch in 12 months, and offers fresh flower deliveries across Knutsford and Alderley Edge It follows a stand-out year for the ixia Flowers Ltd after its initial launch last year, and later being awarded a silver medal at RHS Tatton for its ‘Floral Royalty’ exhibit. The team is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the business community hub at Booths Park, which includes start-ups and established brands. Andrew Lomas, director at ixia Flowers Ltd, said: “We’re extremely proud to join the Bruntwood community. “The setting at Booths Park is absolutely beautiful, and is the perfect backdrop to showcase our fabulous fresh flowers and plants, and the welcome from our new neighbours has been second to none. “The las... https://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/17492774.new-ixia-flowers-outlet-at-booths-park/