Local Flower Shop News
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/
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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Master Gardener: How to make cut flowers last - Press-EnterpriseTuesday, January 08, 2019
How can I make my cut flowers last longer when I bring them in from the garden? The little packets of preservative that come with florist flowers work, but what can I do when I don’t have them?A: Commercial flower preservatives work very well at prolonging flower freshness, but there are things you can do to help your garden cut flowers last. First of all, the best time to cut your flowers is in early morning, before the day warms up and possibly stresses the flowers. Remove any leaves along the stem that would end up under water in the vase. Next, make sure your vase is very clean and filled with warm (not hot) water. If your tap water has a lot of minerals in it, you should use purified water in the vase. Make a final cut of the flower stem under water and immediately transfer it to the vase.If you are cutting poppies or other flowers that leak sap, you will need to seal the stem to prevent them from wilting. Immediately after cutting the flower, sear the cut end of the stem with a flame. I find that an inexpensive barbecue lighter sold in grocery stores works really well and is convenient to use.There is a convenient substitute for commercial flower preser... https://www.pe.com/2018/11/15/master-gardener-how-to-make-cut-flowers-last/
E. Stephen Hein Florist makes a move from Winchester Road to Second Street - Lexington Herald-LeaderTuesday, January 08, 2019
E. Stephen Hein Florist, a fixture among downtown Lexington businesses, is moving from its current Winchester Road location to Second Street near the new Martine’s Pastries. The floral business, which has been in business downtown for 31 years, was moving from Winchester Road to Second Street at Eastern Avenue the day after Christmas. It started business at The Wellington Arms at 508 East Main Street, then moved to another Main Street location, to the store at 611 Winchester Road, where it has been for 11 years. It is moving to a location at Second Street and Eastern Avenue, near Martine’s Pastries, at 400 East Third Steet. Martine’s opened... https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article223514825.html
US Supreme Court sends case of WA florist back to Olympia - KVI-RadioTuesday, January 08, 2019
The United States Supreme Court ordered the case of a Washington florist, Baronelle Stutzman, back to the Supreme Court of Washington, declining to hear the appeal but remanding it for new review in light of the High Court's recent decision involving a Colorado baker.Both cases revolve around a business owner declining to serve a customer regarding a gay wedding ceremony. In Stutzman's case, she declined to serve a gay customer who wanted her to present and arrange flowers at a gay wedding. Stutzman said her religious beliefs prevented her from participating in such an event. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson ultimately sued Stutzman for discrimination. Stutzman lost both a lower court ruling and a Supreme Court of Washington appeal. That's when she and her legal team appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the Associated Press, the justices' order Monday means the court is passing for now on the chance to decide whether business owners can refuse on religious grounds to comply with anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.T... http://kvi.com/news/local/us-supreme-court-sends-case-of-wa-florist-back-to-olympia