Brighton Flower Shop News
Growing roses not the thorn once thought - The ColumbianTuesday, May 21, 2019
Michael Marriott, technical manager and senior rosarian for David Austin Limited of Albrighton, England, about the many emerging shrub rose varieties.Shrub roses, also labeled landscaping or groundcover roses, blend a diverse mix of old-rose varieties with modern roses to capture the best qualities of each, including fragrance, flowering styles, colors and growth habits.They’re bred for garden performance rather than plant perfection, converting many rose contrarians into vocal rosarians, Marriott said.“There are certainly plenty of hesitant gardeners who mistakenly think all roses will be finicky and hard to grow — but I’d say they’re decreasing in number,” Marriott said.Early landscape designers frequently recommended that roses be concentrated only in rose gardens, in the process creating a monoculture conducive to pests and diseases. Now they’re integrating roses into mixed borders where companion plants surround roses to the benefit of all, Marriott said.Despite longstanding perceptions, rose growing isn’t a specialty particular to older or more affluent gardeners, said Chris VanCleave, a banker and rose advocate from Helena, Ala., who has a wide following on the garden lecture circuit and his “Redneck Rosarian” website.Regardless of where you are or who you are, there’s a rose just for you, he said.“Baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennial generations ... https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/may/21/growing-roses-not-the-thorn-once-thought/
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or ... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
David Austin, whose new varieties returned fragrance and romance to the rose, dies - Texarkana GazetteTuesday, January 22, 2019
David Austin, a plant breeder who defiantly reinvented the rose flower to the delight of gardeners, florists and brides around the world, died Dec. 18 at his home in Albrighton, in Shropshire, England. He was 92.His family announced his death but did not disclose the cause.In his 30s, Austin began a life's work breeding new rose varieties that captured the romance, character and, most of all, the fragrance of old garden roses immortalized in art and literature through the ages and across the globe. Few shared his vision.At the time, breeders, plant nurseries and consumers were drawn to stiff, tightly furled and resolutely unscented hybrid tea and floribunda roses that embodied the prevailing ideal of a rosebud on a stick."He had gone around to other rose nurseries [in England] and tried to get them to grow them for him," said Michael Marriott, his longtime colleague and company rosarian. "They all rejected him out of hand."Today, Austin's creations, which he called English Roses, are the gold standard in the vast contemporary rose market. Chalice-shaped, multi-petaled, richly hued and perfumed, they are widely celebrated for having restored the charm... http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/national/story/2018/dec/24/david-austin-whose-new-varieties-returned-fragrance-and-romance-rose-dies/758030/
Petal to the metal: Man steals Kittelberger Florist van while employee delivers flowers - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleTuesday, January 22, 2019
BRIGHTON Criminal mischief: On Jan. 16, a 65-year-old Brighton man was arrested after putting a large scratch on the trunk of a vehicle on South Clinton Avenue. Grand larceny: In a delayed report, a Browncroft Boulevard resident wired money to a suspect after the suspect listed a vacation rental on Craigslist. After completing the transfer, the victim was unable to reach the suspect. Suspicious incident: On Jan. 15, a Buffard Drive resident saw a dark-colored vehicle in front of his house. He said the two occupants of the car appeared to be looking into houses. When the resident went outside, the men drove away. BROCKPORT Trespassing: On Jan. 6, a 17-year-old Brockport girl was arrested for trespassing. Officers didn't reveal where the alleged incident occurred. CHILI Petit larceny: Between Jan. 10 and 11, three vehicles parked on West Ham Circle were rummaged through. All of the vehicles were unlocked. Prescription medicines, an HP gold laptop, Bose headphones and loose change were taken. Grand larcen... https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/01/19/monroe-county-ny-crime-rochester-suburbs-brighton-chili-greece-ogden-irondequoit-victor/2599141002/
Cake and flowers: Rockcastle in Greece adds a bakery - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleMonday, December 17, 2018
MacGregor's open in Brighton MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room is now open at Tops Plaza in Brighton. It's the restaurant's sixth bar and grill in the Rochester region, with other locations in Gates, Penfield, Greece, Henrietta and Buffalo. MacGregor's takes the place of the former Zebb's at 1890 S. Clinton Ave. in an out parcel in front of the plaza. It is known for its beer flights, beer specials as well as its signature sandwiches such as roast beef and hot pastrami. Bargain of the Week A trip to Greece meant an opportunity to explore businesses there. Across the street from Rockcastle Florist and Special T Cakes is Dell's Market and Deli... https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/11/21/rockcastle-greece-joins-special-t-cakes-bakery-gates-macgregors-brighton/2068786002/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Day. But if they don’t sell them all, the leftovers quickly die and become worthless. Part of what consumers are paying for is that risk.”Pinch and zoom on mobile to expand. Source: UN Comtrade via Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Labour surgesHitting those peaks requires precision and skill. The flowers must be grown in such a way that they don’t develop diseases or funguses, which could potentially spread through entire crops.Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overt... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
A Budding Romance: 'Art in Bloom' Brings Flowers to the MFA | Arts - Harvard CrimsonTuesday, May 21, 2019
By Iris M. Lewis, Crimson Staff Writer May 10, 2019 Massachusetts garden clubs created floral designs to match artwork at the MFA's Art in Bloom weekend. Each year, as spring descends upon Massachusetts and the cherry trees burst into blossom, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston brings a touch of flora inside the museum, too. The 2019 Art in Bloom event brightened up the MFA from April 27 to April 29 — and during the weekend-long flower show, the museum paired works of art with floral arrangements in what one museum patron called “a rite of spring.”Art in Bloom begins each year in February, when the MFA assigns 50 different works of art to 50 local garden clubs. After each club received their subject, they had several months to create a matching floral design. The selected topics are wide-ranging: The clubs crafted bouquets to match furniture, sculptures, portraits, and glassware. To increase variety, no one piece of art can be repeated within five years.“We want to keep it interesting,” Art in Bloom Chair Connie Page said. “We even know what we’ve assigned the garden clubs. If they’re returning clubs, we try to mix it up for them as well.”The Art in Bloom event began in 1976 to increase foot traffic in the museum, an initiative that has since proven successful. In addition to the floral designs spread throughout the museum, the 2019 Art in Bloom also featured a marketplace with local vendors and a special cafe. On Saturday and Sunday, Metropolitan Mus... https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/5/10/art-in-bloom-2019/
It Seems Ftd Companies Inc (NASDAQ:FTD) Will Go Down. Just Reported More Shorted Shares - Invest TribuneThursday, May 02, 2019
Macquarie Group Ltd owns 5,200 shares. Teton Advsr stated it has 25,000 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Goldman Sachs Group Inc holds 0% or 19,134 shares. Gamco Et Al owns 20,000 shares. The Massachusetts-based State Street Corporation has invested 0% in FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTD). Fil invested in 0% or 1.11 million shares. Teachers Retirement Sys Of The State Of Kentucky owns 4,740 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Federated Investors Pa invested in 0% or 3,902 shares. Fifth Third Financial Bank has invested 0% of its portfolio in FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTD). San Francisco Sentry Investment (Ca) holds 0% or 500 shares. D E Shaw & Inc holds 203,052 shares. Dimensional Fund Advisors Limited Partnership invested in 2.19M shares or 0% of the stock. The stock of Ftd Companies Inc (NASDAQ:FTD) registered an increase of 7.06% in short interest. FTD’s total short interest was 2.50 million shares in April as published by FINRA. Its up 7.06% from 2.33M shares, reported previously. With 187,000 shares average volume, it will take short sellers 13 days to cover their FTD’s short positions. The short interest to Ftd Companies Inc’s float is 24.43%. The stock increased 16.96% or $0.1044 during the last trading session, reaching $0.7199. About 527,028 shares traded or 83.48% up from the average. FTD Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTD) has declined 70.82% since April 30, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 75.19% 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 ca... https://investtribune.com/it-seems-ftd-companies-inc-nasdaqftd-will-go-down-just-reported-more-shorted-shares/
Ask the Gardener: Flower, bulb shows will put spring in your step - Boston.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
The Boston Flower & Garden Show opens at 10 a.m. daily from March 13 through 17 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Boston’s oldest garden tradition began in 1829. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society runs the wonderful competitions, including floral design, photography, and ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Be sure to look behind the curtains in the rear of the hall. This is my favorite part of the show, but some people miss it.“The Beauty of Balance’’ is this year’s theme because “balance is a key factor in design decisions,’’ said show director Carolyn Weston. Trends in gardening reflected by the show include incorporating attractive edibles (like grape vines) into the landscape and creating outdoor entertaining spaces. Paragon Group Exhibitions & Services oversees the big display gardens on the main floor and the lectures and demonstrations, which give me a chance to sit down while I learn about selecting new peony hybrids, cold weather roses, and offbeat perennials. I also shop the commercial booths. Every year I buy a new flexible plastic garden tub trug to haul the hand tools, dahlia bulbs, and books I buy back home, where its also handy for dumping compost. Admission to the show is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $15 after 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday. Children under 6 are free. For more information and e-tickets, visit bostonflowershow.com or call 800-258-8912.Another fantastic local resource is Arnold Arboretum. Visit my.arboretum.harvard.edu for a cornucopia of courses. My choice is “Cultivating Legacies... https://realestate.boston.com/ask-the-expert/2019/02/28/flower-bulb-shows-will-put-spring-in-your-step/