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Florist to hand out bouquets Oct. 24 for 'Petal It Forward' - Bureau County RepublicanTuesday, April 16, 2019
After receiving their flowers, recipients are asked to spread the happiness by gifting their extra bouquet to share with a loved one, co-worker, or even a stranger.“We see the positive impact, day in and day out, when we make our flower deliveries,” said Julia Cain of Flowers by Julia. “People love to get flowers ‘just because,’ so we wanted to create random smiles on Wednesday, and give people a chance to do the same for someone else,” Cain said.“The impact of giving or receiving flowers is powerful and memorable. It can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.”... http://www.bcrnews.com/2018/10/19/florist-to-hand-out-bouquets-oct-24-for-petal-it-forward/a7gtylc/
Flower designer's pickled lotus root business blooms - Kyodo News PlusWednesday, April 03, 2019
Saito's lotus root farming neighborhood. But Saito's parents-in-law agreed she should continue her career as a flower arranger instead of picking up a hoe and shovel, so to speak.Saito takes pride in her bouquets, but, at the same time, she felt a twinge of guilt when she thought of other local women doing the heavy lifting on their family farms.She spent many years wondering how she could use lotus root to contribute to her community.(Sliced renkon lotus roots.)(Plates of chirashizushi, left, and salad both garnished with renkon lotus roots.)A turning point in Saito's life came in 2013 when she entered a local competition in which contestants vied to create inventive processed farm products. In the event organized by Tokushima Prefecture, she won second prize with her creation of lotus root pickles.The original idea was to utilize smaller lotus roots that are usually disposed of but deemed suitable for eating raw due to their soft texture. They had a diameter of about 5 centimeters, about half the size of those selling on the market.To enhance the vividness of Hana-Renkon, Saito added bell peppers and other lotus parts such as stalks and seeds.After winning the prize, a Tokushima government official encouraged her to commercialize the bottled pickles, and she followed the advice.Saito's husband died of an illness in 2003, but his son Akira, 42, who had been working as a business consultant in Osaka for about 10 years, returned home in the summer of 2015 to help. They officially began production of the Hana-Renkon pickles in November that year.Commercializing the product was a continuous process of trial and error. They struggled to create a product which would remain fresh without any additives while being mild, tasty and safe."In flower arrangement, you are free to be (creative), but when it comes to food, you need to produce the same items at all times and as safely as possible. This was the hardest part," Saito recalled of the early days.They reduced the acidity of the pickle juice by adding "wasanbon" refined sugar, another local specialty, so as to make it easier for children and the elderly to eat. To keep lotus roots fresh, the product is made within 24 hours of harvesting the crop.Hana-Renkon is currently sold for about 1,300 yen ($12) per jar at Saito's store, plus at a dozen shops in the prefecture and online."The first impression of Hana-Renkon was how brilliant they are," said Nayumi Kawata, representative of Suimii, a trading firm in the region that promotes products by local small businesses.(Workers dig renkon lotus roots out of soil in Naruto.)The group has sold Hana-Renkon at a monthly outdoor market held in the city of Tokushima for about two years. "Its vivid color is a big strength. Many visitors stop walking when the product comes into view and immediately pick it up," Kawata said.Even so, Akira expressed worries over the future of the local lotus root industry, citing the increase of Chinese lotus root imports and the advancing age of farmers."I heard there were 400 or 500 lotus root farmers in Naruto about 40 years ago, but now the number has almost halved," he said.Akira called lotus roots "outstanding supporting actors" which can garnish main dishes, and said he believes enhancing that role is the key to increasing their popularity.Saito and Akira are also considering selling Hana-Renkon overseas in the future."Only a f... https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/04/c9d105a2293b-feature-flower-designers-pickled-lotus-root-business-blooms.html
Panda Flowers Calgary Announces New Seasonal Floral Deliveries - Press Release - Digital JournalTuesday, March 19, 2019
Every flower included in their vast and beautiful assortments is freshly picked by the best growers in the area, and handled with the utmost care and tenderness. Flowers go from the grower to the arranger, and straight into the hands of the recipient, almost as if they had picked the flowers themselves.“We chose Panda Flowers for our wedding, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results,” explains Jane Fillmore, a customer with the florist. “Not only were they able to accurately represent my colors, I was able to pick the flowers I wanted in my arrangements and I was even given a fair say in what the final arrangements looked like. The flowers that arrived the day of our wedding looked as if someone had picked them out of the garden that morning and effortlessly dropped them into the perfect spot in each bouquet or vase.”From special occasions to ‘just because’ moments, there is no wrong time for elegant and exquisite floral arrangements. Panda Flowers listens to their customers in order to better customize any arrangement, even going so far as to add personal items to the design, like a good luck charm or a favorite piece of material. With a vast array of freshly picked flowers and floral arrangement designs, Panda Flowers is able to add a personalized splash of color to any event. And their same day delivery ensures that every arrangement arrives at its destination at the proper time. For weddings, condolences, anniversaries, and all of life’s ‘just because’ moments, Panda Flowers is Edmonton’s floral arrangement provider.###For more information about Panda Flowers - Flower Delivery Calgary, contact the company here:Panda Flowers - Flower Delivery CalgaryDebbie Solasker1email@example.comPanda Flowers 5628 Coach Hill Rd. S WCalgary, Alberta T3H3K4Telephone: 403-816-7220... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4197610
Easton area florist giving away flowers on Petal It Forward Day - lehighvalleylive.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Armed with a basket full of bright pink roses, Vanessa Edwards was randomly brightening up strangers' days and giving them the chance to do the same.Edwards, who works for the Flower Essence flower and gift ship in Forks Township, was part of the nationwide Petal It Forward Day organized by the Society of American Florists.Edwards was giving away two roses each, one to pay it forward to someone and allow that person to do the same to someone else. She had already given away 15 stems by 9 a.m. and people's reactions were "amazing," said the Upper Mount Bethel Township resident. "Everybody's smiling."Flower Essence, owned by Brandi Lynch, plans to give away 1,000 roses on Wednesday in its delivery area, including Easton, Bethlehem, Palmer Township, Nazareth and the Slate Belt.The Society of American Florists said flowers will be given away in more than 400 cities in all 50 states.The society says it has science on its side; a Rutgers study showed giving flowers helped spread positive emotions, some that lasted for days.People were posting on social media using the #PetalItForwa... https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/2018/10/easton_area_florist_giving_awa.html
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
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
Flower Child opens in The Woodlands - Houston Chronicle Tuesday, May 21, 2019
The Party Architects. Flower Child also will donate a portion of opening day proceeds to Texas Children's Hospital. Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hear him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn about Houston and Texas barbecue culture. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Flower-Child-opens-in-The-Woodlands-13664381.php
Bloomin' Across Texas offers floral services in and around Pflugerville - Community Impact NewspaperTuesday, May 21, 2019
Carlene Wells is the founder of Bloomin’ Across Texas. (via Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper) Almost 30 years ago, Carlene Wells left her corporate career to pursue “something different,” she said. Her next step followed about a year later when she saw a “for sale” sign on a Pflugerville flower shop.With her mother’s help, Wells said she opened Bloomin’ Across Texas in 1992 as a full-service florist for special occasions, sympathy, gift items and more. Eleven years later, Wells opened a second location in Cedar Park.The business is first and foremost a family affair, Wells said. Her sons have worked at the shop, and when Wells’ father faced a serious illness, Bloomin’ Across Texas became a comfortable gathering location for the family to care for him, she said.Over the decades, Wells said Bloomin’ Across Texas has impacted the lives of other local families as well. Some of the shop’s first flowers decorated a wedding. Flowers followed to celebrate the birth of the couple’s children, and later their proms and wedd... https://communityimpact.com/austin/round-rock-pflugerville-hutto/business/2019/05/14/bloomin-across-texas-offers-floral-services-in-and-around-pflugerville/
Never Mind Flowers, Marijuana Might Be 2019's Hot Mothers Day Gift - ForbesThursday, May 02, 2019
Even mothers in more conservative states may be soon in possession of marijuana gifts. Marijuana Moment reported that the Texas House of Representatives just voted to approve a marijuana decriminalization bill. https://www.forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2019/04/30/never-mind-flowers-marijuana-might-be-2019s-hot-mothers-day-gift/
Growth in gardening: August birth flowers - San Marcos Daily RecordTuesday, April 16, 2019
Gladiolus byzantinus, sometimes known as cornflags, mark many old home sites and cemetery plots in Texas and the south. Their magenta and rarely-white flower spikes are smaller than the hybrids usually available in florists and nurseries.Another interesting gladiolus is Gladiolus natalensis, sometimes known as the parrot gladiolus. Flowers of this species, which is native to Africa, are larger than those of G. byzantinus, and are a brilliant combination of yellowish green and red. Both of these gladioli may be grown as perennials, and usually increase in numbers each year. They are commercially available, however, only from specialty bulb sources.As for the poppy, these comparatively dainty blooms are also available in a wide variety of colors. Red poppies symbolize pleasure, white ones are sent to console the recipient, and yellow poppies send a message of success and wealth. If you don’t want to choose a particular color, you can always plan on having a bouquet by planting a wide range of poppies of many colors in your garden.There is evidence of poppy culture back as far as 5,000 B.C. in the Tigris and Euphrates river region in modern day Iraq. Egyptian tombs contain poppies and the ancient Greeks associated them with Demeter, the goddess of fertility and agriculture. They considered the presence of poppies around a field of grain crops a sign of the goddess’ blessing, which insured a good harvest.Poppies are best planted directly out in the garden as they are not fond of being transplanted. They germinate best at soil temperatures in the 50s or 60s so mid fall is generally a good time to plant them.Select a location with full sun although a little shade is okay as long as they get at least six hours of direct sun. Build up a raised planting bed if the area is not well drained. Most species won’t tolerate soggy soil conditions at all.There are several that I know do very well in our area, I like Breadseed (Papaver somniferum) as their foliage is a grayish blue green and plants reach a height of 2 to 3 feet tall bearing single or double blooms in colors ranging from deep red to pink and lavender.Another nice one is Flanders Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) it has bright red blooms with one or two rows of slightly crinkly petals that somewhat resemble crepe paper. Flanders Poppies were brought to the Georgetown, Texas, area by local resident Henry Compton as he returned from service in France during World War One. These Flanders poppies are still found throughout the area, making Georgetown “The Red Poppy Capital of Texas.”Yet another beauty is the Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule) which sports some of the brightest colors in our Texas gardens. The blooms are rather large single flowers in glowing shades of white, yellow, coral orange, pink or red. The plants are typically 1 to 2 feet tall depending on variety and growing conditions.If you know somebody who is celebrating their birthday during the month of August, it’s always a good idea to consider these flowers as a suitable and meaningful gift. Be sure to let the recipient know that these are special August birth month flowers as most folks don’t even know that birth-flowers exist.--Joe Urbach is the publisher of GardeningAustin.com and the Phytonutrient Blog. He has lived in the Central Texas area for over 30 years. Urbach is a certified Texas Master Gardener from Hays County. For more information on the Master Gardener program contact the Hays County AgiLife Extension Service at 512-393-2120.s... https://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/features/growth-gardening-august-birth-flowers