Local Flower Shop News
New flower in the cosmos - The Register-GuardTuesday, September 20, 2016
Chinese lantern.Now imagine this creation was a flower. You’d be looking at cosmos ‘Cupcakes,’ an unusual cultivar developed by gardening enthusiast Diane Schell-Engdahl of Dexter.Unlike most cosmos, which are polypetalous (has petals that are not joined), the petals on cosmos ‘Cupcakes’ are fused together. The result is a flower that really does look like something you’d peel off a bakery sweet.‘Cupcakes’ was borne of old-fashioned plant breeding, not genetic engineering. Schell-Engdahl hopes her tale will inspire others to watch for new plant varieties.“I encourage people to keep their eyes open for any unusual plants, because they’re often present,” she says. “It’s just training your eye to see them.”Petal powerSchell-Engdahl was living in Santa Rosa, Calif., and growing flowers to sell at farmers’ markets when she first noticed a cosmos with a “monstrous-looking mutation.” Some of the petals on the bright-pink flowers were fused, which she’d never seen before.“I wasn’t sure if it was the alkaline soil or the power lines overhead or what,” says Schell-Engdahl with a laugh. She was uncertain she’d be able to reproduce the mutation, especially since she moved to her parents’ Napa Valley ranch the following year. But when she planted the seeds she’d saved, she still got cosmos flowers with some fused petals.Schell-Engdahl nurtured her find for nearly 10 years. She cu... http://registerguard.com/rg/life/homeandgarden/34706786-72/new-flower-in-the-cosmos.html.csp
Oscars supporting role: The floral designer to the stars - WLS-TVWednesday, March 14, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, California -- Meet floral designer to the stars, Eric Buterbaugh. When Hollywood needs the most upscale floral arrangements, Buterbaugh is the go-to guy.As a highly sought-after florist, Buterbaugh has a long client list of A-list celebrities, a few of them being Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Naomi Campbell.Awards season is one of Buterbaugh's busiest times of the year. Not only does he work on the floral arrangements for the Oscar parties, but everyone uses Buterbaugh's designs to send as a "thank you" or "congratulations" gift. http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/oscars-supporting-role-the-florist-to-the-stars/3170684/
Alicia Vikander wanted to become a florist - Cleveland AmericanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Alicia Vikander dreamed of being a florist as a child.The Academy Award-winning actress - who stars as Lara Croft in the new 'Tomb Raider' movie - has admitted to harbouring a number of professional ambitions during her youth, saying that at one stage she wanted to sell flowers for a living.Asked what she wanted to do as a child, Alicia shared: "My God, I wanted to be everything, from a florist to a dancer and an actress. I wanted to be a singer or a dancer, and it was not until ... it was actually a clip that was found of me on Swedish television not long ago that I don't have any memory of. But apparently in this interview at seven years old, I said that I wanted to be an actress. I actually had no clue I wanted to do that."The Swedish actress was a huge fan of adventure movies, such as 'The Mummy' and the 'Indiana Jones' franchise, during her younger years.And Alicia, 29 - who is married to fellow Hollywood star Michael Fassbender - has admitted that Bruce Willis was her "first crush".Quizzed about her obsession with... http://www.theclevelandamerican.com/lifestyles/entertainment/alicia-vikander-wanted-to-become-a-florist/article_2303a68f-6cbb-5cb1-bec9-25d51a379264.html
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Joseph Bancroft, his wife Elizabeth, and other memorabilia.At 144 years old, Bancroft’s Flowers & Greenhouses is the oldest flower shop in Iowa, according to the Florist’s Review magazine, a trade publication. It is the second oldest florist west of the Mississippi and the 11th oldest in the United States.The shop was established in 1874 at 416 W. 12th St., in Cedar Falls. That also makes it the oldest business still at the same location in Cedar Falls, says current owner Batchelder. It was owned by three generations of the Bancroft family until 1988.“It’s an amazing history,” says Batchelder, who has owned the business for 20 years. “It’s impressive to think that in the 1870s, this was really the middle of nowhere for a successful floral business.”He expressed surprise that only two Iowa flower shops appear on the list of floral companies in business for 100 years or more. Decorah Greenhouses Inc., was founded in 1876.In the late 19th century, Bancroft’s operated as a wholesale florist, shipping flowers across the country. Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half block of property, making it the “largest and b... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html
Rosewater adds floral twist to brownies - Victoria AdvocateWednesday, March 14, 2018
I can now honestly say what was once a stressful, daunting task became a relaxing delight.Without a doubt, the best days to work at a florist are flower delivery days. I loved it when the big boxes came in filled to the brim with beautiful blooms. As I unwrapped each bundle, I wondered what exotic climate they grew in before they made their way to little Ganado. It was amazing to me to see the transformation in the flowers after they got a fresh cut and a long drink of water. It was as though they were springing back to life - bursting open after hibernation.After a little more than a year, my time at the flower shop came to an end when Kayla found someone more permanent to take over my days. I was a little sad but happy for her and grateful for the opportunity to learn so much during my time at the shop.Last week, I was especially pleased to be invited back to lend a hand during the Valentine's Day rush. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I would have to take some flowers home and decided on a fabulous, lush arrangement of roses.They are still in full bloom, and to celebrate, I decided to make these rosewater brownies. They are an interesting, fresh twist on a baking basic. The hint of rose adds another dimension to their rich chocolatey goodness.I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.Katherine Pope is a wife, mother and Realtor. She loves cooking almost as much as she loves living in Jackson County Texas. Katherine can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Florist refused to deliver flowers to grieving mum who lost her baby because they were 'too scared to go to her ... - The SunWednesday, March 14, 2018
AN online flower delivery service failed to send out an order to a grieving mum whose baby had died — because the florist did not want to go to a travellers' site.Online retailer eFlorist told Lindsey Roberts, 36, that her £50 order to a close friend had been refused because because staff "did not feel comfortable" visiting the address.SWNS:South West News Service eFlorist customer Lindsey Roberts said her £50 order for a grieving friend could not be delivered because they lived in a travellers' siteLindsey, a mum of five, believes that the act is discriminatory against people from travelling backgrounds.She said: “I placed the order on February 22 as a small gesture to my friend.“It included some flowers and a teddy, and I never thought that there would be any issues when I submitted the order and entered the address, part of a permanent site near Bicester, Oxfordshire.“I was shocked and disappointed when I was told that I would have to go and collect my money because the local florist didn’t want to carry out the order."SWNS:South West News Service Lindsey, 36, said eFlorist had shown discrimina...