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40 years later, Obdams still passionate about flowers - www.parrysound.comMonday, April 11, 2016
Peter said they bought the greenhouse, home and land (10 acres) for just $13,000.From there, the couple established their first retail store in Scarborough in 1968 and added a location at the Whitby Mall in 1970.In 1976 the Obdams sold their Scarborough business and moved to Parry Sound.“The idea to get away from the hurly-burly of the Toronto area came after Mary Obdam had to take an enforced holiday due to sickness,” said the April 1, 1976 North Star front page article about the business. “The couple had spent some time previously in the Parry Sound area cottaging and liked what they found here. A further spur to move to the area came with the purchase of a boat. Boating on Georgian Bay last summer whetted their appetite for further and frequent opportunities for boating in the future.”The couple retired for a year, before deciding they should open a flower shop in Parry Sound.On their inaugural day, Peter said customers were lined up down the street and they nearly sold out of everything.“The days following the opening have been surprisingly busy and the couple is already beginning to realize that even though they are located in a small town, they will still be subject to the pressures of a busy business pace and will have to take their days off when they can,” said the 1976 article.In 1986, the Obdams purchased the building around the corner, at 31 Seguin Street, and moved their shop, with their daughter Jennifer, who had been involved with the business since she was a child, becoming manager.After Jennifer graduated high school, she was going to take horticultural courses at Humber College, however even before school began, she learned from her professor that she was over-qualified for the course.“She knew already so much,” said Mary proudl... http://www.parrysound.com/news-story/6441757-40-years-later-obdams-still-passionate-about-flowers/
Elle Fanning Channels A Princess At 'Trumbo' Premiere In Floral Dress — PHOTOS - BustleWednesday, October 28, 2015
Getty Images She looks like a high-fashion Belle from Beauty and The Beast, and I'm loving it.3. White LaceKen Ishii/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Super princess-y.4. Pale PeachTim P. Whitby/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Sleeping Beauty ain't got nothing on this pink ball gown.5. Mint GreenEamonn McCormack/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images That cropped cape is everything a princess has ever needed.6. Baby BlueJason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images The Cinderella look really suits her.Want more beauty tips? Check out the video below, and be sure to subscribe to Bustle’s YouTube page for more hacks and tricks![embedded content]... http://www.bustle.com/articles/119952-elle-fanning-channels-a-princess-at-trumbo-premiere-in-floral-dress-photos
Longtime Waco florist dies at 97 - KWTXTuesday, March 19, 2019
Reed’s father Bert Reed, his mother Blanche Reed and his brother Tom Reed had been in the flower business in Waco since Tom learned the florist trade in 1912 while he was working for the Wolfe family at Wolfe’s Nursery. It was his uncle Tom who opened Reed’s Flowers in 1930 at 1025 Austin, just two doors down from the current location. Reed was a young man when he began working in the family business where he started by potting plants at the greenhouse just off the old Dallas Highway (U.S. Highway 81). It was his father Bert Reed who was in charge of the growing operations so it was a natural for Reed to pick up the trade just following his father around at the greenhouses in what is now Lacy Lakeview. His mother was in charge at the flower shop and at times he worked there building arrangements or delivering orders. Reed’s, though perhaps not intentionally, ended up doing business in the perfect location for a flower shop; within four or five blocks of the six largest churches in town at the time and two blocks from the two major funeral homes. Plus, back then, all the business being done in Waco, pretty much, was being done between 12th Street and the Brazos river, so the shop was right in the middle of the best traffic in town. Reed said as a young man his main job was “whatever was necessary.” Times were hard and business was tough to find but the shop survived the stock market crash and the years afterwards during the Great Depression. “We just had to get through some pretty tough years.” Reed would say in an oral history interview compiled by the Baylor University Oral History Project in 1990, the same year both his parents died. Reed said times were tough o... https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Well-known-downtown-businessman-Harry-Reed-passes-away-at-97-505939331.html
Flower Pot florists inadvertently attracting lovers of pot, not peonies - Montreal GazetteTuesday, March 19, 2019
There are also green plants galore. But none of the aforementioned can be smoked.No matter, people continue to call or drop into this florist shop on Notre-Dame St. W. and inquire about purchasing pot. That has everything to do with the name of the place, Le Pot de Fleurs / The Flower Pot.In spite of the fact that the only shops permitted to sell pot in Montreal are the provincially run Société québécoise du cannabis outlets, the message has clearly not been registered by some stoners.And so it is that Flower Pot proprietors Pia and Herbert Teichmann have been deluged by those in search of marijuana.No sooner was cannabis made legal here than the couple learned that would-be buyers went online to Google “weed stores near me” and their shop was among the destinations listed.“So I started getting phone calls asking how long the lineup was around our store,” Pia says. “Other callers wanted to know if I had any edibles or oils in stock. Then some started dropping by and wanted to know about all the different kinds of pot we carried. I had no idea there were so many different varieties of pot. At first, I didn’t even know what the people were talking about, because I’m not a marijuana person.”The deluge hasn’t stopped.“No matter what we say, we’re still getting requests. It’s nuts. But, clearly, the weed business is better than the flower business,” Herbert says. “We’d definitely be making more money at it.”But they’re not the only florists or shopkeepers dealing with this.“It seems that anyone who has &lsqu... https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/flower-pot-florists-inadvertently-attracting-lovers-of-pot-not-peonies
This pretty flower is a weed; Get rid of it fast! - INFORUMTuesday, March 19, 2019
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, 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. https://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4486210-pretty-flower-weed-get-rid-it-fast
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
Newtown Florist Club to host community meeting on increased Park Hill policing - Gainesville TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
We hope this meeting will help to keep the lines of communication open between community and police,” said Rose Johnson, executive director of the Florist Club.Gainesville Police announced in mid-February that there would be an increased law enforcement presence along Park Hill Drive.“Something has happened on Park Hill Drive that is adversely affecting police-community relations,” Johnson said. “When people feel under siege and become fearful that in an instant anything can go down when police officers pull up, especially when they have not committed a crime, it’s time to re-evaluate the community policing approach.”Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said he is meeting with Johnson ahead of the event to talk about what they want out of Monday’s conversation.“More than anything, if there is direct action of officer wrongdoing, I want to know about it, because all of our officers wear body cameras. Bring those to our attention. What I think is happening is there’s a lot of hearsay going on, but nobody can bring me time and date of wrongful action that we can look into,” Parri... https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/newton-florist-club-host-community-meeting-increased-park-hill-policing/