Grand Forks Flower Shop News
County Florists ready to help you “Say It With Flowers” - Kittson County EnterpriseSunday, February 11, 2018
She purchases her flowers from “many different places,” but primarily from Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minn. She also secures flowers from M.J. Floral in Grand Forks, J.W. Perry’s in Fargo, and North American Floral in Sioux Falls, S.D..What does Dawn enjoy about her work as a florist? She likes Valentine’s Day! “I enjoy the holiday because it’s more people coming in and more people working. We have a good time.” She says she’s had the same employees for a number of years which helps to make the day go smoothly.She notes that Valentine’s Day has sort of become a two-day holiday – “The 13th is a pretty big day, too,” she says.She feels the customers help make Valentine’s Day an enjoyable day, “People are so understanding…Men are very patient waiting. They enjoy visiting with each other.”“Valentine’s Day is a rose holiday,” Dawn says, “The number one selling item for Valentine’s Day will be roses.” Dawn will definitely be prepared – she has eight hundred roses on order. She explains that Len Busch grows some of their own roses, but many of their roses will be coming from Ecuador.Dawn and her staff will have sample rose bouquets and mixed flower bouquets in a cooler up front. Duplicates of those bouquets will be ready in back.What advice can Dawn offer customers? She says to order flowers early, add fresh water to bouquets, and re-cut rose stems after a few days.Dawn is hoping for nice weather around February 14th. “Things get more complicated if it gets cold,” she says, adding that she sometimes has to meet a truck in Thief River Falls if the weather is too frigid.Jenn Durkee was trained on a government program almost 35 years ago at Princeton Floral. She later worked at Elk River Floral, 3 Keys Floral in Fargo, and owned her own business, ‘Flowers by Jennifer.’ In addition, she’s “done weddings and other special occasions for friends and family through the years.”Today she works part-time as the preschool teacher for Marshall County Central Schools at Viking Elementary School and has arranged flowers at Nordisk Hemslöjd for two and one-half years.Nordisk Hemslöjd also purchases their flowers from Len Busch. Jenn has this to say about the supplier: “My brother-in-law used to work for Len Busch about 30 years ago when they were a much smaller operation. Now they have 15 acres of greenhouse in Plymouth, Minn. They also source flowers from around the world.”She says a small lily, the alstroemeria, is her favorite flower. “It is the flower of friendship and comes in many colors,” she explains.Her favorite part of being a florist is “choosing the flowers and putting them in a variety of arrangements…I also like the opportunity to speak to the customers and get a feel for what they would like to order.”Does Jenn have any suggestions for Valentine’s Day gift giving beside...
Making a Scene: Flower-growing Fargo couple fills farmers market void - INFORUMTuesday, August 18, 2015
Sponsler and Swinkels, of Fargo, founded their sustainable flower farm last year, selling the bouquets at Town Square Farmers Market in Grand Forks.The first time they set up at the market, Sponsler was nervous that people wouldn't buy flowers."It took a while before anyone was even interested. I said 'OK, we just need to give them away,' " she says. "For the first few weeks, we didn't sell out. But then it picked up."By the end of the season, shoppers would wait in line before the couple arrived at the market, and they'd be sold out by noon.In Fargo, they've experienced similar enthusiasm for their flowers. They bring about 1,000 stems each Saturday and the amount will increase as more flowers bloom."You can take home fresh food and eat it, but the flowers kind of remind you during the week that you have that fresh food sitting in your fridge and to use it," Swinkels says. "It's something I've always appreciated—they're healing."Plain State Farm sells $12 bouquets that contain 25 to 30 stems and $5 sunflower bunches from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red River Market, between Broadway and Second Avenue North in Fargo.Why'd you choose to grow flowers?Sponsler: We saw a void in local farmers markets and we wanted something more. We also didn't want to compete with our produce-growing farmer friends.I decided that instead of just talking about it, let's do something about it. We decided to go with flowers because nobody else was doing flowers. Every market needs fresh flowers, and they make me happy.Where's your flower farm?Sponsler: We grow 20 varieties of flowers on a litt... http://www.inforum.com/variety/3818961-making-scene-flower-growing-fargo-couple-fills-farmers-market-void
North Dakota Florist Association to host public classTuesday, August 28, 2018
SHOW ARTICLE -- The Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes the North Dakota Florist Association to Minot, Sept. 7-9. The ND Florist Association is hosting a public class at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Minot on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.Participants are invited to work alongside members of the Florists Association to create and take home a mixed fall floral arrangement. Partakers will learn tips and tricks on how to create a beautiful arrangement throughout the year from the comfort of their home. This year’s class titled “Setting the Scene” will allow participants to design a nature-inspired centerpiece showcasing fall mums and embellishments. Charge for the class is $25 per person and the individual must pre-register. For more information, or to pre-register for the class, contact Michele Dean, Executive Director of the North Dakota State Florists Association, by Wednesday, Sept. 4 by 5 p.m. Dean can be emailed at NDStateFloristAssoc@hotmail.com. For more information about conferences and events in Minot, call the... http://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2018/08/north-dakota-florist-association-to-host-public-class/
This pretty flower is a weed; Get rid of it fast!Tuesday, August 28, 2018
I was hoping Bloomstruck was an improvement. — Lenore Grande, Moorhead.A: Your unsuccessful experience with Endless Summer is similar to the majority of those who have tried it in North Dakota and large parts of Minnesota. The basic problem is that the Endless Summer group of hydrangeas, including Bloomstruck, are members of the Hydrangea macrophylla species, which is the species of the non-adapted florist hydrangeas.The two hydrangea species that are best-adapted for our outdoor landscapes are Hydrangea paniculata and Hydrangea arborescens and their cultivars. Checking the fine print on hydrangea labels for the species saves much heartache.Because Bloomstruck is a Hydrangea macrophylla variety, it has a disadvantage in our region from the onset because of its genetics. Bloomstruck is fairly new, so time will tell, but it would be surprising if it performs better than its genetics allow.Q: Is it okay to prune the top of our arborvitae so that it doesn't grow too tall? Its width is fine, but the top is at about 8 feet and we'd like it to stay at that height. — Nancy Suttle, West Fargo.A: Yes, the tops of pyramidal arborvitae can be trimmed so they don't become too tall. If an arborvitae is allowed to grow out of bounds, it's difficult to radically reduce its height back down to desired size. Your idea of maintaining it at 8 feet from the start is much better than someday trying to cut a tall arborvitae back down to that level.Keeping a shrub or tree at its present size through pruning is often called "mold and hold" pruning. Several times during the growing season, prune off the current season's new growth so the arborvitae remains at the desired height. Some pyramidal arborvitae varieties' natural heights are 30 feet, so diligence may be needed to maintain at 8 feet.To hold an arborvitae at its present size, it's probably necessary to trim once in June or July and again in August. A quick trim across the top a couple times each summer should do it.If you have a gardening or lawn care question... http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4486210-pretty-flower-weed-get-rid-it-fast
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Mystery flower can be grown outdoors - INFORUMSunday, February 11, 2018
I have not had a problem since I started doing this. - Dorothy Broste, Bemidji, Minn.A: I hadn't heard of Epsom salts effect on flavor. Previously I quoted North Dakota State University's view on Epsom salts: "Blossom end rot is caused by a deficiency of calcium. Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate - no calcium at all. Adding Epsom salts to the soil may create more rot since magnesium and calcium ions compete for uptake into the plant."Most of our soils have sufficient calcium, but it's the tomatoes inability to absorb the element that creates a problem. My mother always added eggshells to plants, just as you're doing. The sharpness of crushed eggshells on the soil surface helps deter slugs, also.If you have a gardening or lawn care question, email Don Kinzler at ForumGrowingTogether@hotmail.com. All questions will be answered, and those with broad appeal may be published, so please include your name, city and state for appropriate advice. http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4396668-mystery-flower-can-be-grown-outdoors