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Camellias bloom, compete for judges favor in annual Kenner flower show - NOLA.com (blog)Tuesday, February 07, 2017
It was a day to showcase the garden jewel of winter, the Camellia.The 77th annual Camellia Club of New Orleans flower show and competition was held recently at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Kenner. Over 830 blooms from more than 25 exhibitors from across the Gulf South competed.American Camellia Society-certified judges selected the blue, red and yellow award winners in classifications based on variety, species, size and protected or unprotected growing conditions. The flowers were judged on their size, color, freshness and foliage. The judges look for a flower that is true to the form for the variety standards.The best of the blue award winners advanced to the contention table where awards were given for the top blooms in each class. John Grimm was the sweepstakes winner, earning 82 blue awards.Often called the Queen of Winter, the Camellia generally blooms between November and March, bringing color to the garden."I enjoy them because in the winter they produce beautiful flowers and we are limited as to what we can produce in the winter," show chairman and club treasurer Nick Piazza said.Freeze impacts the flowers but the plant is freeze-resistant and is still attractive in the landscape when not blooming, he added.Hunter Charbonnet harvested 40 blooms for the show from the 550 Camellia plants that he has on his North Shore property. In 1992 he start... http://blog.nola.com/eastjefferson/2017/02/north_kenner_notebook_10.html
'Garden on Mars' replaces blight with flowers, vegetables - The New Orleans AdvocateMonday, March 28, 2016
Although many of the flowers and other plants grown by Garden on Mars begin with seeds, others start with plugs purchased from Sunrise Trading Company, a large wholesale greenhouse in Kenner. “Sunrise starts the plugs. We buy them from Sunrise and grow them until they are big enough. Then when we harvest them, we sell the flowers to a florist or make bouquets to sell to the public,” said Bell. “It’s a web of relationships.” The mission of Garden on Mars is to inspire others to forge the same kind of relationships, after gaining a little know-how from the garden team. “It isn’t that complicated to turn a blighted lot into a garden, but it takes a lot of hard work,” She said. “I’m 71, so if I can do it, anyone who really wants to can do it, too.” ... http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/features/15210096-55/garden-on-mars-replaces-blight-with-flowers-vegetables
The Coolest Wedding Flower Inspo from New York Fashion Week FW18 - Brides.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
C-O-V-E-R-E-D. Whenever a fashion week comes around, there's something besides the new collections that we're falling over ourselves to see. Season after season, the genius set designers and florists manage to amaze and inspire us with their over-the-top, fantastical runway designs (see: the iconic Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 Couture show). And of course, all we can see when we look at said runways are ways you could take these whimsical ideas and turn them into something unique for your wedding! From floral pillars to "rambling rose hedges," prepare to get inspired.They've done it again. The Putnam's never cease to amaze us with their crazy-creative, lush, modern designs and this is no exception. Try using simple square pillars as aisle markers and having your florist create much smaller versions of these down the aisle. Bonus points for color-blocking as shown here.Absolutely dreamy, this runway was created by Miranda Brooks (a contributing editor at Vogue), using thousands of pink carnations. We don't want to say we told you so...but...we told y'all carnations are cool now! Not only that, they're one of the most cost-effective flowers you can use, and make an impact when used en masse. Translate this to your wedding by having your florist create a mini garden of carnations (not by planting, but by placing in foam) as a ceremony "structure," with an empty circle in the middle for ...
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape - The Boston GlobeWednesday, March 14, 2018
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape Globe Correspondent Brattle Square Florist owner Randy Ricker extols flowers, not gushy love notes. By Natasha Mascarenhas 20180213231513-- By Natasha Mascarenhas Globe Correspondent February 13, 2018CAMBRIDGE — Surrounded by thousands of roses and dozens of other bouquets, Randy Ricker doesn’t want to hear your love story.The owner of Brattle Square Florist spent Tuesday preparing for Valentine’s Day, a florist’s version of New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and a royal wedding tied together with a frilly ribbon. But Ricker declared his disdain for lengthy love notes and insisted that “flowers should do the heavy lifting” when declaring one’s devotion.Step inside the Harvard Square shop, though, and you’ll find the work of romance in the making. Advertisement The sweet aromas of hydrangeas, alstroemerias, lilies, and orchids waft up from the basement, where the flowers are cut and arranged. Step over the scrapped leaves...
5 Great Places to Get Flowers - WLKY LouisvilleWednesday, March 14, 2018
WLKY Louisville5 Great Places to Get FlowersWLKY LouisvilleWith three locations in Louisville (St. Matthews, East End and Dixie Highway), Nanz & Kraft is a full-service florist. They are also one of Louisville's oldest businesses, dating back to 1850. There are many options here for flowers. You can walk in a ...and more »... http://www.wlky.com/article/5-great-places-to-get-flowers/16758231
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...
Free Flower Friday spreads cheer across Greater Cincinnati - WLWT CincinnatiWednesday, March 14, 2018
Do you roll over and go back to sleep, or do you write down the idea to later bring it to life? Advertisement. Matt Hiatt of Hiatt's Florist and Gifts ... http://www.wlwt.com/article/free-flower-friday-spreads-cheer-across-greater-cincinnati/19378303