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Carolyn Singer: Gathering winter greens for a natural holiday season - The Union of Grass ValleyMonday, December 17, 2018
In my own garden, I now have a wealth of plant material from which to choose.Douglas fir is, of course, still my favorite for the wreaths. It's tradition. Incense cedar has a strong fragrance too, and is my first choice for the sprays on the mantle. But this is only the beginning. The accents for the wreath take shape as I wander through my garden.My favorite cones are the small ones found on my Tanyosho pine (Pinus densiflora "Umbraculifera"), now 40 years old and about eighteeen feet tall. It is a small pine with multiple trunks branching at about three feet from the main trunk. Beautiful shades of rust and golden brown accent the bark, especially when it is damp. This is a rare and handsome tree with a rounded crown, lovely for small gardens. The long needles are in closely spaced clusters, making the foliage appear dense.Broadleaf evergreens provide a beautiful array of leaf color, size, shape and berries to add bright touches of color. I usually wire a section of florist foam on to the wreath. Moistened, it will keep accents fresh for a couple of weeks or longer. Sweet bay (Laurus nobilis), holly (Ilex species), Cotoneaster, and Pyracantha may be used as accents.Small sprigs of variegated foliage from Daphne, Pieris and Ilex "Variegata" are like winter flowers as they contrast with the rich greens of the conifers.I once gave a winter presentation to the Lake Wildwood garden club, creating a bouquet that included the new growth of Choisya ternata "Sundance" (Mexican orange). Some members thought it was a flower, the glowing golden leaves the focal point of the winter arrangement.Silverberry with gold and silver-green foliage, Elaeagnus pungens "Maculata" adds a bright touch of foliage to wreaths or arrangements. You can even turn the leaves over to expose the very silvery underside.Try sprays of Viburnum davidii or leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum). At this time of the year, the leatherleaf viburnum has interesting buds for next spring's bloom. They are a bit fuzzy, adding a nice texture to the wreath.My favorite native to use in a natural winter creation is snowberry (Symphoricarpos), its round white berries adding an unusual touch. The California native. Rhus ovata is another winter favorite, and usually ends up as a winter bouquet on my kitchen counter.Our gardens and natives enrich our lives all year. Bringing a bit of foliage... https://www.theunion.com/entertainment/carolyn-singer-gathering-winter-greens-for-a-natural-holiday-season/
California Bountiful Magazine: Pomegranate Perfection - Sierra Sun TimesMonday, December 17, 2018
For a more rustic look, Kasparian-Cleveland suggests combining the fruit with greenery such as cedar or Douglas fir, and adding pine cones and berries. It's a design that will last all winter.Pomegranates can even be preserved by drying. To dry, place whole pomegranates in a single layer on a rack and keep in a cool place a few weeks. Rotate the fruit periodically to prevent flattening on one side. Once dried, pomegranates can be used as décor for many years.Adding pomegranates and other fruits and foliage of the season to holiday décor helps "bring a little bit of the outside in, in a very charming way," Kasparian-Cleveland said.Fresno County farmer Jeff Simonian, right, checks on pomegranates prior to harvest. The fruit is known for its arils, or seeds, left, and sweet-tart juice. A Simonian family favorite is pomegranate jelly, top left, which is given to friends and customers during the holidays. Photos: © 2018 Tomas OvalleA holiday jewelOf course, pomegranates are equally at home adorning dishes on the table as they are adorning the table itself."Pomegranates are unique and can set your presentation apart from your neighbors' and friends'," said Pomegranate Council Manager Tom Tjerandsen.The fruit, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is high in antioxidants, makes a versatile ingredient. California farmers grow about 150 million tons of fresh pomegranates annually. Roughly half of the crop is sold fresh and the remainder is processed into juices, flavored teas and marinades, or used in dyes and cosmetics. The arils are also sold in popular ready-to-eat cups.Pomegranate arils pair nicely with turkey and work well with lamb, Tjerandsen said, and the juice can be used to make a flavorful marinade. Another way to enjoy pomegranate arils is "sprinkled over green salads, which provide much color and flavor," he said.For holiday beverages and spirits, Tjerandsen suggests dropping a few arils into a glass of champagne, which adds flavor and visual appeal."The bubbles attach to the arils and they float to the top of the glass. When the bubble pops, the arils sink down to the bottom, like a lava lamp," he explained.Some bartenders also freeze pomegranate juice in an ice cube tray and place the red cubes into a clear drink."It is really fascinating to watch those tendrils of color as it starts to thaw," Tjerandsen said.Pomegranate harvest in California typically begins in September and continues through January. Photo: © 2018 Tomas OvalleFamily traditionsPomegranate farmer Jeff Simonian, co-owner of the family business Simonian Fruit Co., a grower, packer and shipper of fresh fruit in Fowler, is also an enthusiastic consumer of the fruit."A pomegranate is sweet, yet tart, with a burst of flavor," he said. "Each aril contains a fibrous seed and some people spit that out, but I eat the whole thing—just down the hatch. That's where a lot of the nutrients are."Holiday demand for pomegranates revs up almost immediately after harvest begins in September, said Simonian, who grows about 200 acres of fresh pomegranates and packs fruit for other growers. For example, customers purchase pomegranates to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which falls between early September... https://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/16606-california-bountiful-magazine-pomegranate-perfection
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Society of American Florists Past President Mel Schwanke Dies at 92 - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, January 08, 2019
Posted by Brian SparksDecember 19, 2018 Mel Schwanke, Past President of the Society of American Florists and a recipient of the SAF Floriculture Hall of Fame Honor, passed away at his home in Fremont, NE, on Dec. 17, 2018, at the age of 92.Schwanke served as the executive director of the Nebraska Florist Society for more than 50 years and was also the Executive Director of NeMoKan — the Nebraska Missouri and Kansas Florist Association Convention, held annually for many years. He served on numerous committees, including the Retail Florists Council for SAF, and helped to create the American Floral Endowment for research and education in the flower industry.AdvertisementMel and Joey, his surviving wife of 70 years, were known throughout the floral industry for many years for their passion and dedication. They were also known as the famous matching couple, having dressed in coordinating outfits at industry events and everyday in Joey’s family business, Greens Greenhouses Inc.Schwanke served as a Marine in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He i... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/saf-past-president-mel-schwanke-dies-at-92/
Century-Old Nunziato Florists Closes, Building Sells for $3.6 M - Sunnyside PostTuesday, January 08, 2019
Nunzato Florists at 51-28 Roosevelt Ave. (Queens Post)Dec. 26, 2018 By Nathaly PesantezWoodside’s Nunziato Florists has closed, with the Roosevelt Avenue building it called home recently selling and marking the end of an era for the neighborhood.The florist, located at 51-28 Roosevelt Ave., closed up shop in recent months after operating out of the one-story building on the busy corridor for nearly a century.Property records show that the shop, along with the two-story home next door at 51-24 Roosevelt Ave., were sold for about $3.68 million in late November.The property at 51-24 Roosevelt Ave., next to the flower shop, which sold as part of the same transaction. (Google Maps)The buyer is listed simply as “52 Roosevelt Ave Inc,” but shares an address with AA Realty First, a Flushing-based real estate management company.The developer has yet to file new building or demolition plans, and did not immediately respond to questions about its plans for the property.Nunziato Florists... https://sunnysidepost.com/century-old-nunziato-florists-closes-building-sells-for-3-6-m
Longue Vue hosts Banksy of flowers Lewis Miller, master of guerrilla floral design - The AdvocateTuesday, January 08, 2019
That’s what they’re meant to do.”“Doing very well” is a bit of an understatement. Miller has been the florist of choice for events as diverse as a “Babylonian Garden Party” staged in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a picnic in Central Park inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon.” Vogue, Flower, Forbes, Haute Living, Architectural Digest and The New Yorker (calling him the “Banksy of Flowers”) have all written about the “renegade” “guerrilla” floral designer in the last 12 months.Miller won’t be in New Orleans long enough to create a "flower flash," a feat usually accomplished in 45 minutes under cover of darkness. +6 img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAQAAAADCAQAAAAe/WZNAAAAEElEQVR42mM8U88ABowYDABAxQPltt5zqAAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" alt="Lewis Miller 3.jpg" class="img-responsive lazyload full" width="1241" height="1238" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=200%2C200 200w, https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=30... https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_d2abe736-d94a-11e8-8c4c-9ba946986727.html
Protea flowers a rare treat from down under - West Hawaii TodayTuesday, January 08, 2019
This latter method is especially suited to types that have a tendency to bend over as they lose their freshness.ADVERTISING If you are not familiar with protea, ask your local florist to show you the various types now being produced, what each is called, and how long they will last. If you’re looking for something special, proteas are worth checking out. Other long lasting floral gifts include dendrobium, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, birds of paradise, heliconias and other flowering Hawaiian exotics.For further information on the protea family, contact your local UH College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service office in Hilo or Kona. Several books are available like Sunset’s Western Garden Book to give you tips on growing these amazing plants. Share this story... http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/10/21/features/protea-flowers-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/