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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!...
The Way It Was: Florist lives in fear of attacks of the hiccups - Texarkana GazetteTuesday, September 24, 2019
Atlanta, where they were judges at the fair held there. They report that the fair was a complete success.Sept. 21:HE ARRIVED TOO LATE"I am after my son." Said J.H. Dean, of Bryan's Mill, Texas, as he stepped into the United States army recruiting station in this city. The recruiting officer told him that he was just about one day behind Louis S. Dean, his son, who decided he would like army life and signed up. Mr. Dean said that his son ran away from home and joined the army. He added that Louis was only 16 years old, but the boy gave his age as 18 years, which gave him the privilege of joining the army. He was sent to Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo., and will be in the army for three years. Sini T. West, of Hartfield, Ark., is another recruit for the army recruiting station here and was sent to Jefferson Barracks.Sept. 22:FINED $5 AND COSTSTwo men convicted of removing gravel from city streets. Mr. J. Dennis and G. Jones, charged with violating a city ordinance by removing sand from Dudley Street, were each fined $5 and costs by Judge J.D. Cook in municipal court. J.R. Hair was charged with grand larceny in the theft of a suit of clothes and a pair of shoes and was placed under a $300 appearance bond by Judge Cook.50 years agoSeptember 16, 1969:CHILD CARE CENTER USED BY 75 HERESince opening September 16, 1968, The Robison Courts Child Care Center has swelled from an enrollment of 21 to 75 children. Facilities have been added at Bowie Courts. During the first year of operation, approximately 200 children, from six weeks to six years old, have been supervised for varying lengths of time. A staff of 31 is directed by Mrs. LaVerne Williams. The center, planned to complement the Concentrated Employment program, gives mothers a safe place to leave children while preparing for paid employment.Sept. 17:TRIO TO COMPETE FOR SCHOLARSHIPPrincipal W.E. McGuire has announced that three students at Texas High School have been named semifinalists in the 1969-70 National Merit Scholarship program. The students are Corinne Clemmons, Jim Lindsey, and Philip Thomas. The 15,000 semifinalists appointed today are among the nation's most intellectually talented high school seniors. They will compete for about 3,000 Merit Scholarships to be awarded in 1970.Sept. 18:GROCERY STORE IS BURGLARIZEDFor the second time in less than a month, Twin City Grocery at 930 State Line Avenue was burglarized. Entrance to the grocery store was gained by pulling metal bars from the window on the east side of the building. August 24, some $854 was taken from one of the cash registers. A 20-year-old Texarkana, Texas, man is being held in connection with that burglary. Last night it was burglarized again with $650 being taken from one of the cash registers. Investigation is ongoing.Sept. 19:PTA NEWSEighty-two teachers were introduced by J.O. Jones, principal at a meeting of the Parent-Teacher-Association at Arkansas Senior High School. Debbie Cervini sang "His Way-Mine," for the devotional. Her accompanist was Jeannie Powers. The president, Ed Goodson, welcomed parents and teachers and conducted the business session. Approximately 150 members were present. Parents are encouraged to join.Sept. 20:FLORIST HAS HIS PROBLEMFor Walter Broome, the only thing worse than a florist with an allergy to roses is a florist with hiccups. Broome, 52, has been plagued with hiccups off and on for almost 30 years. Broome said that an attack of hiccups usually lasts about two days. When an attack begins he goes to bed and takes a pill prescribed by his doctor. He says it helps but nothing has been able to rid him of the hiccups per... http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/features/story/2019/sep/15/way-it-was-florist-lives-fear-attacks-hiccups/795313/
Flowers from all over the world sent to El Paso victim's funeral - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlandoTuesday, September 10, 2019
EL PASO, Texas (CNN) - Antonio Basco stood in front of his wife's casket for two hours Friday hugging strangers. The El Paso man initially thought no one would show up for his wife's visitation service. His wife, Margie Reckard, 63, was killed when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart. The couple had no relatives in the area. Basco walked into the La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center to a storm of applause and a procession of people wanting to hug him. The building was at capacity with 400 mourners. Outside, another 700 waited in nearly 100-degree heat to pay respects, according to funeral organizers. "People were telling me they came from different faiths, different cities. It's just incredible how much love and support every single one of you has shown," Reckard's grandson, Tyler, said. Margie 'always had a smile on her face' Reckard's son, D... https://www.clickorlando.com/news/national/flowers-from-all-over-the-world-sent-to-el-paso-victims-funeral
Petals by the Beach uses donation to spread kindness through flowers - A beach florist got an unusual contribution and request recently: $500 from a Pacific Beach woman to pass out flowers to random passers-by. “We have never seen such generosity ... - San Diego Community NewsTuesday, September 10, 2019
That was pretty cool.”The donation came from Pacific Beach resident Thera Storm, who is a grief counselor. Storm said the recent back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, that left at least 31 people dead, prompted her to do something extraordinary.“After those two shootings within 13 hours of each other, I noticed the reaction on Facebook was just so scary and negative,” said Storm. “The next morning I sat down and thought, ‘What could I do that’s positive?’ Then I had the idea of donating money to a local flower shop.”Storm was almost afraid of the reaction she’d get from Cummings, whom she didn’t know, when she approached her with her unorthodox plan. But Storm shouldn’t have worried.“She donated a generous amount at our shop for us to pass out flowers to complete strangers,” said Cummings. “She wasn’t paying it forward. In her words, ‘She wanted to spread kindness to the masses.’”Cummings took Storm’s money and honored her request.“For two weeks I’ve been passing out flowers every day to random people walking by of all different ages,” Cummings said, adding she wasn’t embarrassed about it. “I just said, ‘We had a customer recently donate a significant amount of money, and we’re spreading kindness and happiness.’”The reaction to Storm’s flower donation has been uplifting. “People said that is so nice, we need more of that,” said Cummings, adding, “A few people even cried. I began taking pictures (of recipients) and putting them on our Facebook and Instagram pages.”“I feel like I had a very small, passive role,” said Storm of her gesture. “All of the work has been done by Melissa.”It’s Storm's practice to take 10 percent of every paycheck and stash it away to do something special at a later date. Asked if being a grief counselor facto... http://www.sdnews.com/view/full_story/27660789/article-Petals-by-the-Beach-uses-donation-to-spread-kindness-through-flowers-?instance=bbp
This Stunning Texas Greenhouse Is A Cactus And Succulent Paradise - NarcityTuesday, September 10, 2019
Amarillo isn't the greenest place on earth so when tons of colorful plants are seen blooming together in the Northwest Texas town, you know we have to snap a pic. This flower filled greenhouse in Amarillo will transport you to a cactus paradise. Chaparral Cactus and Succulents has over 20 types of plants to choose from.The greenhouse specializes in tropical and winter succulents as well as shrubs and grasses that do well in the Amarillo environment. Being that the Texas Panhandle can have a limited water supply, the shop helps its customers pick their perfect plants that will thrive in the environment. When you're at the greenhouse, you'll be amazing at the number of cacti with blooming flowers.All the green in the shop is perfect for an impromptu photo shoot. The greenhouse provides everything you might need for your new plant and they are open most of the year so you can stop by at any time. They carry plants both big and small so no matter how much space you have at home they are sure to have one that fits your style.This awesome greenhouse is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday an... https://www.narcity.com/things-to-do/us/tx/this-greenhouse-in-amarillo-has-tons-of-cacti-and-succulents