Local Flower Shop News
Atascocita Lake Houston Florist helps clients celebrate special occasions - Community Impact NewspaperWednesday, April 11, 2018
Florists Avery Martin (left) and Ramona Sanders show some of the flowers available at Atascocita Lake Houston Florist.Photos by Rosemary Smith/Community Impact newspaperOwner Chistina Swanson has been at the store for 37 years.Photos by Rosemary Smith/Community Impact newspaperCorsages at the shop can be made with yellow roses.Photos by Rosemary Smith/Community Impact newspaperAtascocita Lake Houston Florist has evolved in the past three decades, but the shop’s owners said one thing has remained constant over that time: Flowers still bring a smile to anyone’s face.“I remember this 80-year-old man who didn’t say anything once I handed him his flowers. He just had this really big smile on his face [as he]walked away from the door,” shop owner Cristina Swanson said. “That’s why we’re still here.”Swanson’s late mother, Amparo Wong, founded the business in 1980 in Atascocita. The shop would later move to its present location in Humble.Swanson said she initially learned about floral design a...
Hydrangeas, the bold chameleon of plants - Perry County Republic MonitorWednesday, April 11, 2018
F. Water well and fertilize about every two weeks. It should flower in about four months. If you live in the southern third of Missouri, you can plant florist hydrangeas in the garden, Trinklein said. Wait until the danger of frost passes to plant and water regularly until the hydrangea establishes. If the winter is severe, protect plants by covering with inverted boxes or baskets. You also may put wire cylinders filled with mulch over the plants. Mulch should be loose; dense mulch retains moisture, which can lead to disease getting into the flower buds. Evergreen boughs also work well. In milder winters in southern Missouri, protection is not necessary. Some types of hydrangeas are more suitable for outdoor gardens, said Trinklein. One is Hills-of-snow hydrangea. Unlike florist hydrangea, this plant flowers on new growth. It can be pruned more severely and still flower well. It is available only in white, but it bears large, attractive flowers. Peegee hydrangea produces large, white flowers in a pyramid shape. In mild climates, it grows to 15 feet. It tends to be smaller in Missouri. Oakleaf hydrangea adapts well to Missouri’s climate. It has large, showy leaves that turn red in fall. It is a good choice for low-light areas. It produces white flowers in early summer. Flowers gradually change to pinkish-purple and stay that way until flowers turn brown in fall. Hydrangeas contain a mildly toxic chemical, so keep them away from children and pets. http://www.perryvillenews.com/news/home_and_garden/hydrangeas-the-bold-chameleon-of-plants/article_5a9b4062-2c4c-11e8-a40e-3f1bd3d004e7.html
How to Save on Wedding Flowers - New York TimesWednesday, April 11, 2018
The founders of Bloomerent, Julia Capalino, left, and Danit Zamir, right, with the florist Carly Ragosta, demonstrating how flowers are reused from the first wedding to the next.When Nathalie Guedes and her husband, Christopher Zardoya, were planning their wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn, they knew they wanted flowers — and lots of them. “We’re both from Miami, so we’re used to tropical plants and flowers everywhere,” she said. Still, they didn’t want to spend too much money. Centerpieces and bouquets are often thrown away after the night ends, and as architects, they believe strongly in sustainability.“Weddings can be so wasteful, so we tried to reuse as much as we could,” said Ms. Guedes, who budgeted $2,000 for florals. She and her husband used discarded squares of marble from finished architectural projects to make decorative table number plaques and seating number assignments. Then Ms. Guedes discovered Bloomerent, a company that finds ways for brides and grooms to share wedding flowers. “We loved that our flowers would have a second life,” she said. And, of co...
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
Of course, this was the season when everyone wanted champagne- and gold-themed weddings, and the champagne part was all taupe roses," says Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.Pliska, whose company is located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, could have substituted other flowers but wanted to deliver customers' first choices. So he and his employees tinted white roses by hand.Supply shortages can be the bane of a small company's existence. Severe weather and disasters can cause shortages, as can a manufacturer shutting down or stopping production of ingredients, components or raw materials. And shortages can force owners to be creative in finding substitutes or workarounds to mitigate damage to revenue and customer relationships.Shortages can hit companies of any size. Hundreds of KFC stores in Britain had to close in February when they were unable to get shipments of chicken and other supplies. The problem started when KFC switched to a different delivery company that couldn't handle the volume of food the company needs at its 900 British outlets.But small businesses can have an advantage over larger ones in a supply crisis, says Sunder Kekre, an operations management professor at Carnegie Mellon Univers... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
Le'Vans Flowers closing after 54 years - Tulsa WorldWednesday, April 11, 2018
Flowers have taken Mary Lee Evans from grand balls to tiny African villages.She’s met celebrities, debutantes and politicos and gathered a trove of stories along the way.But it’s her fellow florists for whom she has the highest regard.The new cost for doing business in Tulsa.For those who care about business and this community, we have a deal for you. Start a digital subscription for only $0.99. Sign up now at tulsaworld.com/subscribe.“Florists are just a special kind of people. They are very compassionate, kind and giving,” the octogenarian said. “Any time there are flowers in the room, there is love.”Evans is retiring after 54 years as the owner of Le’Vans Flowers, 5990 E. 25th Place.She is auctioning all the items remaining in the store at 2 p.m. Saturday.“In the flower industry, you are involved in so many parts of a person’s life. You’re involved when they graduate, when they get married, when their mother gets sick, when their grandma dies, when they have babies and arguments. You just live their life,” she said. “I have lived the lives of everybody and had so many customers that I feel like I’ve been family with for so many years.”At the urging of her minister, Eva... http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/retail/le-vans-flowers-closing-after-years/article_bc0d5fba-9b95-5e9d-8568-44b38560f639.html