Pampa Flower Shop News
The perfect rose: 62 years in the making - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, July 23, 2019
Carruth, 67, has been rose-centric for a very long time, ever since he was a kindergartner in the Texas Panhandle town of Pampa, entranced by a pale purple rose called ‘Sterling Silver.’ “When the flowers opened, I would sit on the steps, stick my nose in them and just look at them.” Tom Carruth, reflecting on seeing pale purple roses as a kindergartner“I still have a memory of when I first saw it, near the steps to the front door of my mom’s best friend, Elma,” he said. “When the flowers opened, I would sit on the steps, stick my nose in them and just look at them. The color was so interesting … that lavender color.”It was around that time, he said, that he decided on a career. “I told my parents I wanted to work with flowers — which blew my dad’s mind. He thought I could only be a florist, which wasn’t the most manly of professions.”Carruth did not become a florist. The boy who liked the pale purple rose grew up to be a plant scientist who has won the All-America Rose Selections prize — the top honor for new roses —11 times. It’s a big deal in the rose world, but Carruth never mentions it.Roses were growing wild throughout the Northern Hemisphere long before humans were there to sniff them. The oldest rose fossil on record — 35 million years old — was found in Teller County, Colo.Confucius wrote of growing roses in the imperial gardens about 500 B.C, and some 500 years later Roman peasants were forced to grow roses instead of food to satisfy the aristocracy’s need for rose petal “confetti.” Behind the story: She was reporting on roses — and discovered her green thumb »For many of us, roses still reign as the queen of flowers. Want proof? Just think of the endless display of roses at grocery stores, florists and street corners on 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
All You Need to Create the It-Flower Arrangement of the Season - Architectural DigestMonday, May 07, 2018
The moment’s most modern ceramicists and sculptors are carving and casting vases in every imaginable shape, with openings just large enough to hold one freshly cut flower. One might call them bud vases if they didn’t feel like a new category altogether.“My fritillaria are just blooming,” says storied ceramic artist Frances Palmer over the phone, taking a break from unpacking dahlia tubers to admire the oxblood and white petals hanging in her Connecticut garden like checkered bells. For these early spring blooms, she designed a white bottleneck container with a neck so long and narrow that it can support the height and weight of a single, solitary stunner. “Sometimes the single bloom is just so incredibly exquisite. People always gravitate toward a big [arrangement], but I like it when you can revel in the beauty of the color and shape of just one flower,” she says. Frances has been known to place a sole fragrant sweet pea, lily, or rose on bedside tables and bathroom counters, and has lined entire dining tables with single stems standing side...
The New Wave in Floral Arrangements - New York TimesTuesday, September 26, 2017
Isa Isa. Indeed, air and space play as prominent a role as flora in Moreno-Bunge’s bouquets, which often consist of a spare amount of willowy blooms: Queen Anne’s lace, love-in-a-mist and pampas grass, all precisely anchored in a flower frog concealed by a squat vase, their needle-thin stems largely exposed. She looks to the abstract, highly saturated work of nonagenarian Lebanon-born painter and poet Etel Adnan. ‘‘I relate to her use of color, but I’m most inspired by her devotion. She painted the same mountain in Northern California for almost 20 years,’’ says Moreno-Bunge, who discovered Adnan’s work last year during an artist residency in Sicily.Ariel Dearie’s arrangements, on the other hand, appear to be avant-garde, but actually find their origins in the still lifes of the French 19th-century painter Henri Fantin-Latour. Working between her barn in Germantown, N.Y., and her Manhattan studio, Dearie doesn’t simply arrange flowers, she sets scenes — a meticulously composed bouquet of fire-colored dahlias and verdant oak-leaf branches bristling with acorns is accompanied by a stray nut placed a few inches away. The result feels organic but also powerfully cinematic. ‘‘The Dutch were incredible, but I favor Fantin-Latour’s floral still lifes because of the subtlety of their palettes,’’ says the 34-year-old Dearie, who is known for creating multifloral arrangements in a single shade and incorporating elements such as pheasant feathers or pomegranates into her work for added drama. ‘‘I like my pieces to extend well beyond the vase, like stray buds and vines that seemed to have grown or fallen to the floor,’’ she says. ‘‘I have always imagined my arrangements occupying a canvas.’’...
Wild & Whimsical Blooms: Top Cut Flower Trends for Summer 2017 - Luxury LondonTuesday, August 15, 2017
Last year, Pierce was commissioned by Gazelli House, the South Kensington cult spa and members’ club, to make a 1.5-metre tall arrangement from pampas grasses and ethically sourced white peacock feathers. Since then, similar installations have been sought after by her clients to use as an impressive focal point on mantelpieces at home.This shift towards extravagance and opulence can be found elsewhere. Long established florist Pulbrook and Gould offers a ‘by appointment’ design service from its Battersea showroom (the main shop is in on South Audley Street).“Many of our clients travel a lot and to keep fresh flowers is expensive,” explains artistic director Harald Altmaier. “We go in and dress their houses, perhaps with silk flowers, which have become much more popular over the past few years, or large displays of textured arrangements: sculptural twisted goat horns in Italian leather containers, a bowl of chilli peppers or a bundle of gold leaf bamboo that makes a statement in the entrance hall. It makes the house feel loved and uplifted.”London’s passion for blooms has led some companies to dedicate bouquets to specific areas. Both Wild Things and Paul Thomas Flowers (the latter supplies the likes of The Ritz London, Sotheby’s and Fortnum & Mason), for example, have Mayfair collections. Paul Thomas has a range of hand-tied bouquets named after a street or landmark: The Albany, for instance, is a classic combination that includes scented freesias, dahlias and summer phlox; while The Burlington is an all-pink arrangement of hydrangeas, roses and lisianthus.This is part of another growing trend for arrangements with only one type of flower. “I tend to use lots of the same sort of flower, such as a single mass of peonies,” says Ellie Hartley, who has been the resident florist at Brown’s Hotel since 2010. Last year, she opened her eponymous shop on Dover Street.“All flowers have a different life span so it makes sense to create bouquets where they all live for roughly the same amount of time.” ‘Single varietal bunches’ are also the mainstay of Flowerbx, the online flower delivery service that revolutionised the industry when it launched in 2015.“After 19 years of working for Tom Ford, I found that all the fashionable people, from Karl Lagerfeld to Miuccia Prada, were sending single stem bunches of flowers,” recalls co-founder Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, who sources all the flowers from auctions in Holland.“Also, when I was buying flowers for my own house, I was looking for stems that I could arrange myself, rather than a traditional bouque... http://www.luxurylondon.co.uk/article/wild-whimsical-blooms-top-flower-trends-summer-2017
Flowers Vasette make floral arrangements inspired by Van Gogh paintings - Domain NewsTuesday, June 27, 2017
Vase with honesty, 1884–85, oil on canvas“This is lovely. We used honesty (a very old-fashioned flower that grows wild in gardens in a cold, temperate climate) and a little bit of pampas grass, and that was to represent winter. A lot of flowers that are pale don’t require a lot of sun, which is why they thrive in cooler climates. Pampas grass was quite famous in Parisian circles in the 1800s, when Van Gogh was painting, and it has had a resurgence. We use it in a lot of work, now. It is quite grand and opulent.”Van Gogh and the Seasons at NGV until July 9, part of the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition.This week in prestigeDomain Home Price GuideFind out what your property's worthFind out now!...
Local Flower Shop Offers Free Bouquets to Place at Memorials - klaq.comTuesday, August 13, 2019
After they were contacted by some of these businesses, they decided to give back to the city and to the victims. They thank in particular Teleflora, an online flower delivery service, the Texas State Florist Association, Miami Flowers Wholesale and Greenleaf Albuquerque.Stop by Debbie's Bloomers and pick up your flowers and together we can spread some healing comfort with flowers across the Sun City. https://klaq.com/local-flower-shop-offers-free-bouquets-to-place-at-memorials/
Florist Helps El Paso Grieve Following Mass Shooting - Spectrum NewsTuesday, August 13, 2019
EL PASO, Texas - A little more than a week after a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart that killed 22 people and injured many others, a local flower shop is extending its generosity to ensure everyone has a chance to pay their respects.Flowers free since ThursdayVolunteers helped create bouquetsDays following the tragedy, the Texas State Florists Association reached out to Debbie's Bloomers in east El Paso."They asked what they could do for us and they were able to arrange to have flowers donated," said owner Sandy Blanco.With the partnership of Teleflora, Miami Flowers Wholesale, and Greenleaf Albuquerque, the shop was able to start handing out flower bouquets to customers at no charge by Thursday. They only requested that customers deliver them to the memorial outside the Walmart, which honors all the lives lost in the August 3 shooting."[People are] coming in as fast as we could make them," Blanco said.One of those customers was Gina Riley. "I really haven't had a chance to stop by and... https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/news/2019/08/12/florist-helps-el-paso-grieve-following-mass-shooting
Royer's Flowers and Gifts CEO talks about returning to the family business - Reading EagleTuesday, August 13, 2019
Royer, who is now CEO of Lebanon-based Royer's Flowers and Gifts, spent about two years working at a Whataburger franchise in Texas after graduating from Penn State in 1977. With difficulty finding employees during the Texas oil boom, Royer often worked from open to close.He returned home in 1980 and began working at Royer's as a painter. He steadily moved up the ladder, serving as store manager, the company's distribution manager, and chief operating officer and senior vice president before becoming CEO in January.The grandson of founder Hannah Royer, who started the company by selling home-grown flowers in local textile mills, Royer now oversees a company that has 19 locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio and 400 employees. Royer believes Royer's is the largest family-owned florist in the country and sells more flowers than anyone outside of supermarkets.Business Weekly: Did you always plan to get involved in the family business? Thomas Royer: "No, because I had a career in it before I went to college. I worked there so much, and I wanted to try different things. I did that, and you always hear the old adage 'the grass is always greener.' After two years, I was like, 'I'm going back to the flower business,' because the restaurant business was crazy. I could've gone into other businesses, but I always liked the retail industry. So I came back in like 1980, and I've be... https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/royers-flowers-and-gifts-ceo-talks-about-returning-to-the-family-business
Jackie Lacey, AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Is Named National President of American Institute of Floral Designers - PerishableNewsTuesday, August 13, 2019
Floriology® “on the road” educational events.During his distinguished career, Mr. Lacey has owned flower shops in Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina and he is one of the nation’s leading authorities on retail floral operations and best practices. He has also won numerous awards and earned many accolades through floral design competitions at the national, state and local levels. He is also renowned internationally for his leading-edge approaches to design and his imaginative floral creations. In addition, he has shared the principles, elements and artistry of his craft during memorable stage presentations, wowing audiences around the world. His floral designs and educational insights have been featured in many magazines, including Floriology®, Flowers &, Modern Bride and Inside Weddings. He has provided his talents to such notable events as the Tournament of Roses Parade, and many celebrities have also called upon his expertise.“I am honored at being named President of such a prestigious industry organization as the American Institute of Floral Designers,” said Mr. Lacey. “The journey to becoming President has been educational, enlightening, and filled with years of hard work. I thank each and every member of AIFD for the trust and confidence they have placed in me.” Dinesh Popat, President of BloomNet, Napco and 1-800-Flowers Franchising, added: “BloomNet is a proud sponsor of AIFD, an esteemed organization that works tirelessly on behalf of floral designers nationwide. We are thrilled that AIFD has chosen Jackie Lacey as its president.” Prior to being named National President of AIFD, Mr. Lacey had served the organization in several capacities, including nearly a decade on AIFD’s membership committee and eight years on the board of directors. He has also served and chaired several teams in developing many of AIFD’s educational courses and programs.About BloomNet®As the floral industry’s most innovative service provider, BloomNet, Inc. (bloomnet.net), a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., is focused on continually exceeding the expectations of its... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/jackie-lacey-aaf-aifd-cfd-pfci-is-named-national-president-of-american-institute-of-floral-designers/