Aledo Flower Shop News
Revealed: The First Flower, 140-million Years Old, Looked Like a Magnolia - Scientific AmericanTuesday, August 01, 2017
Previous evidence pointed to different answers. On the one hand, one of the earliest diverging lineages of flowering plants, represented nowadays only by a rare shrub from the Pacific island of New Caledonia called Amborella, has flowers that are either male or female. On the other, most modern species combine both sexes in the same flower.The authors of the study settle the question and show that the ancestral flower was a hermaphrodite. This means that early flowering plants could reproduce both as a male and a female. Combined sexes can be advantageous when colonising new environments as a single individual can be its own mate, and indeed many plant species colonising remote oceanic islands tend to be hermaphrodite. Maybe the combination of sexes helped early flowering plants to outcompete their rivals.The devil’s in the detailDespite the apparent similarity with some modern flowers, their ultimate ancestor has a few surprises up its sleeve. For example, botanist have long thought that early flowers had floral parts arranged in a spiral around the centre of the flower as can be seen in modern species such as the star anise.The new reconstruction, though, strongly suggests that early flowers had their organs arranged not in a spiral, but in series of concentric circles or “whorls”, as in most modern plants. The early flower had more numerous whorls, however, suggesting flowers have become simpler over time. Paradoxically, this simpler architecture may have given modern plants a more stable base upon which to evolve and achieve more complex tasks such as sophisticated interaction with certain insects as in orchids, or the production of “flower heads” made of dozens or hundreds of simpler flowers as in the sunflower family.Although now we have a good idea of what one of the earliest flowers may have looked like, we still know little about how that flower came to be. The detailed steps leading to its evolution are unknown. Perhaps we will have to wait for the discovery of new fossil flowers spanning the gap around 250m-140m years ago, before we can understand the very origin of what is the most diverse sexual structure on the planet.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
Caledonia florist Mary Ann Schmitz is ready to retire after 65 years - La Crosse TribuneTuesday, December 13, 2016
CALEDONIA, Minn. – At age 87 and after more than six decades in business, Mary Ann Schmitz is finally ready to retire and sell Mary Ann’s Floral & Gift in downtown Caledonia to her great-niece.Schmitz is selling the business and building to Aimee Welscher as of Jan. 1. She will help Welscher until she retires April 2 – exactly 65 years after she and her late husband opened the shop.“Willie and I started the business on April 2, 1952,” said Schmitz, who was parade marshal for the local Founder’s Day Winter Wonderland parade earlier this month (on Dec. 2).Willie died in 1994.Mary Ann’s Floral was in two other Caledonia locations before the Schmitzes bought the house at 308 E. Main St. where the shop has been since 1955. It’s also the home where they raised their children, Ken, Steve, Bill and Debbie.Schmitz said she is retiring for health reasons, and expects to miss operating the floral and gift shop. She plans to continue enjoying playing cards.“I love it,” Schmitz said of being in... http://lacrossetribune.com/business/local/caledonia-florist-mary-ann-schmitz-is-ready-to-retire-after/article_8b06e1cf-2fa6-5dc1-832e-744d35eeb25c.html
Richmond Hill Players staging 'Flowers for Algernon' - Galva NewsTuesday, October 11, 2016
Mroz and Dana Skiles, all of Geneseo; Justin?Raver, of Kewanee; Tom Morrow and Chris Sanders-Ring, of Rock Island; Lindsay Achenbach, Don Faust and Jim?Strauss, of Davenport, Iowa; Spiro Bruskas, of Aledo; Vicki Deusinger, of Galesburg; Lona Friedman, of East Moline; Terri Nelson, of Lynn Center; and Nicholas Waldbusser, of Hampton.The staff includes stage manager and set builder Mike Skiles, of Geneseo; lighting designer Terry Wilkerson, of Davenport, Iowa; and crew members Taylor McKean, of?Geneseo; and Dee Raver, of Kewanee.Thursdays, Fridays and?Saturdays doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.Sundays are 3 p.m. matinees with doors opening at 2 p.m. An audio description performance will be Friday, Oct. 7.Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting the Richmond Hill box office at 944-2244 or by visiting www.rhplayers.com. http://www.galvanews.com/news/20160929/richmond-hill-players-staging-flowers-for-algernon
Richmond Hill Players staging 'Flowers for Algernon' - Geneseo RepublicTuesday, October 04, 2016
Mroz and Dana Skiles, all of Geneseo; Justin?Raver, of Kewanee; Tom Morrow and Chris Sanders-Ring, of Rock Island; Lindsay Achenbach, Don Faust and Jim?Strauss, of Davenport, Iowa; Spiro Bruskas, of Aledo; Vicki Deusinger, of Galesburg; Lona Friedman, of East Moline; Terri Nelson, of Lynn Center; and Nicholas Waldbusser, of Hampton.The staff includes stage manager and set builder Mike Skiles, of Geneseo; lighting designer Terry Wilkerson, of Davenport, Iowa; and crew members Taylor McKean, of?Geneseo; and Dee Raver, of Kewanee.Thursdays, Fridays and?Saturdays doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.Sundays are 3 p.m. matinees with doors opening at 2 p.m. An audio description performance will be Friday, Oct. 7.Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting the Richmond Hill box office at 944-2244 or by visiting www.rhplayers.com. http://www.geneseorepublic.com/news/20160929/richmond-hill-players-staging-flowers-for-algernon
Best Flower Shop: Julie's Personal Touch Flowers - Journal TimesTuesday, September 27, 2016
First place: Julie's Personal Touch Flowers, 5445 Spring St., Mount Pleasant; and 4060 N. Main St., CaledoniaSecond place: Millers Flowers, 219 Sixth St, RacineThird place: Milaeger's, 4838 Douglas Ave., Racine; and 8717 Durand Ave., SturtevantSpring is in the air year-round at Julie's Personal Touch Flowers as flowers and vibrant colors fill the shop.Julie Mohrbacher opened the shop in her basement in 1971. Demand for her work grew quickly. She started doing funerals as well and opened a brick-and-mortar location in 1977.Years of experience and honest service is what Mohrbacher believes makes them the number one flower shop in Racine County.“Originally I only did weddings," Mohrbacher said. "Mothers started calling and thought of me as their florist so I expanded."Her two daughters, Melissa Mohrbacher and Jamie Doe, manage the stores with her — Jamie at the Spring Street location and Melissa at the Main Street location.The locations offer green plants, blooming plants, arrangements, and fresh flowers among its products."We get flowers from all over the world," Doe said. "We get flow... http://journaltimes.com/best-flower-shop-julie-s-personal-touch-flowers/article_f8a5c3ed-cf6b-5f20-8e82-36041e2806d0.html
'It's an honor': Florists get arrangements ready for funeral of Barbara Bush - KHOU.comTuesday, May 01, 2018
Kristy.So far, the most popular orders seem to be for yellow roses and bluebonnets. Both symbols of Texas and Barbara Bush's favorite color blue.© 2018 KHOU... http://www.khou.com/article/news/its-an-honor-florists-get-arrangements-ready-for-funeral-of-barbara-bush/285-543322380
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Atascocita Lake Houston Florist helps clients celebrate special occasions - Community Impact NewspaperWednesday, April 11, 2018
M. “Buddy” Benz of Houston, the founder of the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University in College Station.“We still use everything I learned in that class,” Swanson said. “But in life, we are always learning, so I am always looking for classes to improve my art design, work and techniques.”Bouquets and arrangements are available for delivery for any occasion and flower preference. The flower shop also offers consultations for weddings, funerals, homecomings and proms.“It’s very personalized, and no two [orders) look exactly alike,” Swanson said. “It’s enjoyable to see that young people are so excited about their prom, and they really go all out.”The flower shop is expecting a busy prom and homecoming season, Swanson said.“Last year we did Texas-shaped mums, and customers were looking for bling and anything that will add to the shine,” she said.An array of plants, home decor, and baby and children items are also available, Swanson said. “Just like people, no two flowers look alike,” she said. “Each has [its]own unique personality and beauty. That’s another reason I’m still here, to share that beauty.”...
Bring springtime indoors with beautiful arrangements from Flowerland - Midland Reporter-TelegramTuesday, March 27, 2018
Flowerland’s Chief Designer, Chris Collum, AIFD, TMF, has combined the latest fashion designs from around the world with his own creativity to create amazingly fresh looks that are uniquely west Texas.Where on the rainbow is your home’s ambient design? What color defines your décor? Wherever you fall on the rainbow, you’ll find your favorites at Flowerland. From light pastels to the season’s brightest colors, it’s all there.When you go in, feel free to browse all you want. Chris has divided the showroom into clearly defined areas with appropriate combinations of colors, flowers and accessories all designed to get you to the “Wow!” And, of course, to get your friends and family to the same place when you take those arrangements home and add them to your décor.If you see a design you like, but that just needs a couple of tweaks to make it perfect for your taste, be sure and ask. They can probably make that happen for you.In any and every season, flowers make the perfect gift—so remember birthdays, anniversaries and any other special occasion with beautiful and expressive flowers from Flowerland.March is the time to “spring forward” and the times are changing weekly at Flowerland—so go by today and see what exciting colors you can capture in order to update your own home.Go by Flowerland today—and again soon—and see how spring goes forward.Flowerland is located at 413 Andrews Highway in Midland. The phone number is 682-1634. Flowerland is an FTD and Teleflora florist. Their web address is www.flowerlandmidland.com.