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Ordering flowers online and funeral home upselling: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet - CBC NewsTuesday, July 23, 2019
Canada. (Marina von Stackelberg/CBC) Back-to-work bill for Canada Post Your parcels may still be stuck in the Canada Post backlog, but the federal government is trying to change that. The Liberals have begun the process to force postal workers back on the job, but the union representing the carriers says that's a violation of their constitutional rights. The labour minister says the government still hopes for a negotiated settlement, but that people in rural and remote communities are relying on mailed cheques to pay bills. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says back-to-work legislation will be used if the two sides in the Canada Post dispute can't come to an agreement. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press) Why some experts argue we need pharmacare Do you find yourself reducing spending in order to pay for drugs prescribed by your doctor? New research from the University of British Columbia says Canadians are going into debt to pay for their medications. The study found those going into debt tended to be younger, had lower household income, chronic medical conditions and no prescription drug insurance. Younger Canadians and those without private insurance were more likely to take on debt, researchers from the University of British Columbia found. (Shutterstock) Cloth vs. disposable diapers Have you considered a greener alternative to diapers for your infant? Some Canadians have started using cloth diapers in order to avoid sending thousands of diapers to landfills. But it can take a lot to get a cloth diaper clean, and another option is recycling disposables. The City of Toronto has been turning parts of disposable diapers into compost since 2002. Each year, billions of disposable diapers make their way to landfills across North America. (Lindsay Bird/CBC) What else is going on? Loblaws is ramping up self-checkout with new technology called "shop and scan." Customers can scan items while shopping with a phone app — part of an effort to streamline the shopping experience and reduce labour costs. Some shoppers are rejecting the idea because they prefer interacting with a cashier. An online glitch left a retiree on the hook for an Air Canada flight he didn't book. Claude Neblett spent months trying to get a refund from Air Canada. He eventually got his money back after CBC's Go Public contacted the company. Whirlpool refused to honour this Oakville, Ont., man's 10-year fridge warranty. Naji Alimam's seven-year-old fridge hasn't worked since August. He wanted to warn others about companies not living up to its warranties. This week in recalls This plastic doll and furniture toy set could pose a chemical hazard; these vaping products do not meet requirements of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations; this play tent could pose fire and burn hazards; this air compressor could cause injury. Watch this week: Flower Delivery & Death Inc. Part 2 We tested one of the biggest online florists by ordering five bouquets for ourselves. E... https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketplace-cheat-sheet-1.4917466
'Shark Tank' investment Alice's Table blossoms in Cape Coral, Southwest Florida - The News-PressTuesday, April 16, 2019
Beck said. The attendees don aprons to protect their clothing, and get a brief introduction to flower arranging, with tips liberally sprinkled in along the way. They can do arrangements, wreaths and flower crowns for flower girls or other festivities. "I love the fact that many of the instructional tips you learn can help someone create an arrangement at home the next time they run into their local grocery store for flowers like a pro," Beck said. From how much water the flowers need and the water temperature, stripping the leaves off to keep them above the water level, and marking the container off in a tic-tac-toe grid with tape to keep proportions right, she kept the class on track. A mishap with hydrangeas had her scrambling at the last minute. "They get a little persnickety," Beck said. "We're not giving you brown flowers. We want you guys to make the most beautiful arrangements." She substituted a solitary yellow rose. "We're not cheap and chintzy with these flowers," Beck said, the va... https://www.news-press.com/story/news/2018/04/28/shark-tank-investment-alices-table-blossoms-cape-coral-southwest-florida/510159002/
How Florists Delivered 25,000 "Freedom" Roses to Nancy Pelosi - WashingtonianTuesday, January 22, 2019
The order had come in from the office of Paul Hogarth, an associate campaign director at Daily Kos who handled an unusual fundraising project for the liberal blog. The goal was to raise money in order to deliver red roses—10,000 in fact—to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.“We wanted to express our love for all the work she does and how hard Speaker Pelosi worked to get a Democratic majority,” Hogarth says. The call for donations that Daily Kos sent out through its newsletter subscription service raised money at an astonishing rate. According to the Washington Post, within just a few hours they had the money to purchase thousands of roses. They ended up sending 25,000 roses at 89 cents a stem, or $22,000. And that doesn’t include the cost of a local florist processing the shipment for delivery.So how exactly does one procure 25,000 long-stemmed red roses in a pinch in the DMV? In this case, Daily Kos managed to go from collection to delivery in just a few days. Though in hindsight, Hogarth does suggest working just a few more days into your timeline. (“If I could do it all over again, I’d give it a minimum of a week,” says Hogarth.)The order was put in to Potomac Floral Wholesale this past Friday morning. By Tuesday, King had called to let Daily Kos know that 10,000 flowers had arrived from South America. They came in through Florida and were driven up the coast to DC. According to King, red roses come in 20-50 different varieties with names like “Red Paris” and “Sexy Red.” By coincidence, the 25,000 destined for Pelosi were all of a single variety, “Freedom.”Here’s the thing about ordering a large quantity of flowers wholesale: they don’t show up arranged in a cut... https://www.washingtonian.com/2019/01/10/nancy-pelosi-freedom-roses/
'Shark Tank' investment Alice's Table blossoms in Cape Coral, Southwest Florida - The News-PressTuesday, May 01, 2018
Beck said.The attendees don aprons to protect their clothing, and get a brief introduction to flower arranging, with tips liberally sprinkled in along the way. They can do arrangements, wreaths and flower crowns for flower girls or other festivities."I love the fact that many of the instructional tips you learn can help someone create an arrangement at home the next time they run into their local grocery store for flowers like a pro," Beck said.From how much water the flowers need and the water temperature, stripping the leaves off to keep them above the water level, and marking the container off in a tic-tac-toe grid with tape to keep proportions right, she kept the class on track.A mishap with hydrangeas had her scrambling at the last minute."They get a little persnickety," Beck said. "We're not giving you brown flowers. We want you guys to make the most beautiful arrangements."She substituted a solitary yellow rose."We're not cheap and chintzy with these flowers," Beck said, the value of the flowers and container in each arrangement about $50. After adding Italian ruscus for greenery, stripping thorns from roses, snipping tulips to a good height, and spritzing the flowers, the arrangement "recipe" was close to complete. The attendees could add to their bouquets from the...
The Underlying Cognitive Dissonance of the Left and the Right - National ReviewWednesday, April 11, 2018
AdvertisementMost of us are familiar with the stereotype of conservatives as unfeelingly cerebral and liberals as too emotional. Many unthinkingly repeat the line that the Left is caring and the Right cold. But Lindsey and Teles illuminate a subtler dynamic: It is also an article of faith among many progressives and liberals that, especially because of the role of money in politics, plutocracy exerts a strong and baleful influence over public policy. If plutocrats are indeed that powerful, does it really make sense that they would only use their power to produce neutral rules that in practice happen to favor the rich? Would it really not occur to them to push for rules that actively redistribute upward?Indeed, many of the same liberals expressing concern about the undue influence of wealthy donors on politicians also defer to the wisdom and good nature of government. It is as though they are unaware that government is composed of the very politicians they argue are in the pocket of wealthy benefactors.All too often, the wealthy interest groups that liberals loathe are embedded directly in government. Occupational-licensing boards, for instance, are regularly dominated by industry insiders who use their power not to protect the health and safety of the general public, but to restrict competition. In one surreal example, the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology cracked down on cosmetology student Juan Carlos Montesdeoca, who had committed the unspeakable crime of cutting hair for the homeless without a license to do so. The cosmetology board was, of course, controlled by industry insiders so concerned with restricting their vocation to licensed members that they couldn’t abide a kind man helping homeless people. The Left misses the logical conclusion of its claim that big money hurts politics, and the right misses a different conclusion, one inherent to its assertion that big government distorts markets.Advertisem...
The perfect rose: 62 years in the making - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, July 23, 2019
Valentine’s Day. If you ask 100 people to name a flower, “99 would name roses,” says David Trinklein, an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Missouri and the author of “Rose: A Brief History.”Roses, he says, have “become synonymous with love and beauty and fragility.”The enthusiasts who jammed the Huntington rose garden in mid-April seemed to feel that way. The plants had started to open, and as the visitors stopped to smell the blossoms, many seemed to be swept up in the wonder of it all.But admiration doesn’t necessarily translate into sales. Americans just aren’t buying roses the way they did in the glory years of the 1960s and ’70s.When sales began declining in the 1980s, roses had already started to develop a reputation as prima donna plants that required regular pruning, spraying, feeding and dead-heading — the removal of spent blooms — to produce more flowers. Miles Davis, 5, of Hermosa Beach, takes a whiff of a rose known as Huntington's 100th. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) Carl Mahanay of Imperial Beach, left, and Lillian Kinkade, 2nd from left, of Redondo Beach., shop with others for bare root roses known as the Huntington’s 100th. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) The Huntington's 100th go on sale for the first time at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) Top, Miles Davis, 5, of Hermosa Bea... https://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-col1-perfect-rose-quest-20190625-htmlstory.html
Amaranthus Caudatus Is Weird, Otherworldly, and Our New Flower-Arranging Essential - Architectural DigestWednesday, April 03, 2019
Our top choice for such a plant is Amaranthus caudatus, which also goes by the name of “love-lies-bleeding,” quite fitting given its attention-grabbing appearance. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the plant “gets its unusual common name from its tiny, blood-red, petal-less flowers that bloom in narrow, drooping, tassel-like, terminal and axillary panicles throughout the growing season.” In other words, the stems are naturally floppy and covered in dense clusters of blooms. They’re not always red though—the Missouri Botanical Garden goes on to point out that Amaranthus caudatus can come in other colors, like lime-green.Amaranthus caudatus came to our attention when we spotted it on the feeds of a handful of floral designers we admire. “As a florist and observer of nature, I love to find unconventional tools for my compositions,” says Carolina Spencer, founder of Barcelona-based Matagalán. Amaranthus caudatus is one of them. “When everything goes up, they fall, and their beauty is just that.”As Carolina Spencer demonstrates, Amaranthus caudatus commands you to stop and stare.Photo: Courtesy of MatagalánA single stem will do.Photo: Courtesy of Matagalán“I personally believe they add a unique movement to my arrangements. They seem to come from another planet not only because of their movement and way of growing but also because of their texture, like sugar cotton or a weird a small cloud just picked up from the universe and converted into a... https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/amaranthus-caudatus-flower-arranging-essential
Flower power: Eden Floral utilizes local growers for bouquets, floral crowns, and other engaging arrangements - New Times SLOTuesday, March 05, 2019
Born in Missouri, Manuele moved to California while still a child, but old enough to remember and miss the rolling green hills. She spent her youth and early adulthood admiring and foraging for the indigenous plant life that surrounded her. In her early 20s, Manuele took up both gardening and hiking as hobbies and found herself combining the two passions through floral art, coming home from a hike with a sprig of mountain sage and plopping it into a jar with some lavender and roses from her garden. "I was foraging long before I even knew what the word 'foraging' meant," Manuele said. "I would bring bouquets to friends made up of my latest hiking adventure and whatever was blooming in my garden." click to enlarge
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GARDEN OF EDEN Rachael Manuele (pictured) turned her passion for nature into a career with the creation of her fine art floral design company, Eden Floral.
This era in Manuele's life rolled into friends asking her to design their flower arrangements for bridal showers and weddings. Before long, friends of those friends, who had attended the showers and weddings, were contacting Manuele to seek her services. It wasn't until she began getting inquiries from people she didn't know that Manuele decided to start an official floral design company. She wound up choosing a name synonymous with paradise. "The name Eden translates my love of the natural world as it is. It's my tribute to this Earth and all that it gives to us," Manuele said. "The resilience of our Earth is an inspiration to me." click to enlarge ... https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/flower-power-eden-floral-utilizes-local-growers-for-bouquets-floral-crowns-and-other-engaging-arrangements/Content?oid=7641365
Society of American Florists Past President Mel Schwanke Dies at 92 - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, January 08, 2019
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 is survived by his wife Joey, and children Jo Heinz, Cindy McKown, and J Schwanke, along with four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ludvigsens Funeral Home in Fremont, NE, is in charge of the services. Visitation will be Thursday Dec. 20.Brian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. See all author stories here. https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/saf-past-president-mel-schwanke-dies-at-92/