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Millennials are bringing back the humble houseplant - StarTribune ... - Minneapolis Star TribuneSunday, February 11, 2018
Tapestry” album by heart, because they were born decades after it was released. Many of today’s young homeowners and renters are learning about and appreciating this humble home accessory for the first time.Popular Instagram feeds like The Jungalow, by California designer Justina Blakeney, show off her signature “new bohemian” home style, overflowing with groupings of houseplants in colorful, layered and eclectic spaces that recall the “hippie” chic look of a different era.The more modern, paler look of Swedish blogger Niki Brantmark’s MyScandinavianHome also features indoor plants but less like a jungle and more like a single piece of furniture or art, where they provide a welcome burst of green in an otherwise whitewashed space.Phone in handEdina florist Amy Backman, owner of Spruce Flowers & Home, has seen a big increase in interest and demand for green plants in the past five years, especially from younger people who see them on their social media feeds. These buyers often walk into her shop, phone in hand, and say, “I want that plant,” not always knowing what “that” plant is or whether their space or lifestyle is well suited to it.“Fiddle-leaf figs have been really popular, and you see a lot of tall and gorgeous varieties on Instagram,” said Backman. “The problem is that those plants in the photo are probably several years old, and the starter varieties are muc... http://www.startribune.com/millennials-are-bringing-back-the-humble-houseplant/472381753/
What we'll be eating in Ottawa: 2018 Food TrendsPublished on January 2, 2018 - Ottawa At HomeTuesday, January 02, 2018
Spain. Now, their products are available for purchase online or at several local food emporiums.Exotic root vegetablesHumble roots like parsnip, beets, turnips, rutabaga and heirloom carrots continue to be prized by Ottawa chefs for their versatility and flavour, especially in the fall and winter months. Expect to see other, sometimes overlooked, root vegetables such as kohlrabi, lotus root, sunchoke (also known as Jerusalem artichoke), celeriac and jicama popping up more often on local menus this year. Many root vegetables are especially enjoyable served raw – try them in carpaccio form with a lemon vinaigrette!Root to stem cookingSpeaking of roots, using all parts of vegetables, a trend called ‘root to stem’ cooking, will continue to increase in popularity. Whether you choose to make pesto from carrot tops or beet greens, prepare a coleslaw with shredded broccoli stems or whip up a jar of pickled watermelon rind, you’ll be tapping into a whole lot of great flavour while reducing your food waste at the same time.Better grocery optionsBusiness analysts at Forbes are predicting the continued rise of better grocery stores in 2018. We don`t know yet what the marriage between Whole Foods and Amazon is going to mean for us in Canada`s capital, but we are lucky in Ottawa to have access to fifteen Farm Boy locations. Great produce and an impressive array of house-made packaged and ready-to-eat foods are the big draw here. The chain, founded in Eastern Ontario 36 years ago, will continue to grow this year with more new stores in southwestern Ontario and is expected to expand across the country within the next year or two.Paula RoyLooking for more blog articles?ARCHIVEOther News... http://www.ottawaathome.ca/blog_article.php?articleID%3D368
Health staff say it with flowers — just because - Newark AdvertiserWednesday, March 14, 2018
Women’s and Children’s Division, Helena Clements, wanted to give flowers to a colleague to say she was grateful for her support.Rather than have a bouquet delivered from a florist, Helena decided to support a local charity and have volunteers design an arrangement and deliver it to the hospital. After the appreciation of the first arrangement, Helena decided to support the charity further and continue to spread thanks by signing the department up for a year’s worth of flowers, with a different team member receiving a bouquet each Tuesday.She said: “The idea is that the last person to receive flowers decides who the next bouquet should go to within the division but in a different department.“It is always a lovely surprise for the recipient and means so much to them to be thought of by a friend and a colleague.“It is just such a lovely way to say thank you and it is good for staff morale, as well as supporting a worthy cause too.“I have worked with the Flower Pod in the past so I already knew of their great work and wanted to support their cause further.“I would definitely recommend doing something like this to other organisations. It has been well received.”Advertisement'It made me feel incredibly special and valued'Reach Learning Disability supports people with learning disabilities and is based in Southwell.The charity grows flowers at its garden site and one of the charity’s supported volunteers, Anita Highland, selects flowers and puts together an arrangement, decorates the tin they are in and delivers them.Anita said: “I like doing the flowers every week because I am learning how to make arrangements. The comments about how pretty the flowers are make me feel really happy.” Last week, the assistant general manager of the Women’s and Children’s Division, Lorraine Binch, who received flowers the week before, chose to give colleague Dr Victoria Walker, a consultant paediatrician within community paediatrics, the Just Because flowers.Anita visited King’s Mi...
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...
Morning Bulletin: A Florist's History, Creatures that Glow - westsiderag.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
To date, only $100,000—or about one percent—of the $10 million fund has actually been spent, The Eye has found.”Q Florist, on Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd Street, has a long history in the neighborhood. “Gus Bazas emigrated from Nafpaktos, Greece, and he got his start in 1966 by selling flowers from a cart on Central Park West. He bought his flowers from the flower district in Chelsea and stored them in the space that’s now Q. Peter Jennings, the former anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight” who lived in the neighborhood, became a frequent customer and, according to Nick, encouraged and advised his father when he decided to open a storefront in his storage space.”The Museum of Natural History is creating a floor-to-ceiling installation showing “creatures that glow” as part of its upcoming Unseen Oceans exhibition.Tenant groups are pushing for new state laws to close “loopholes” they say make it easier for landlords to push people out.SHARE THIS...
Portland Flower Market coping with flower shortage after semi crash - kgw.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Saturday.“Normally, our coolers are just at this point overflowing with flowers, you rarely see any space at all like this,” explained Angie Lopez.Lopez is a buyer with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, one of several wholesalers inside the Portland Flower Market running low on supplies.Lopez got a call Saturday that the semi full of flowers crashed south of Redding, California. One of the truck drivers died.Lopez says her heart goes out to the family during this difficult time, and at the same time she’s hard at work, even working together with others at the Portland Flower Market, piecing together flowers from various parts of the country to make up for the lack of flowers.“Everyone was very understanding, had really kind words for us to get through everything. What can we do? Maybe we take a collection for the driver’s family,” Lopez said. “Then, just keep going. It’s all wheels going at all times. We just have to push forward.”Lopez says while there was a shortage of flowers Monday and Tuesday, she expects it to be business as usual by Wednesday. © 2018 KGW... http://www.kgw.com/article/news/portland-flower-market-coping-with-flower-shortage-after-semi-crash/283-523796760
Business in bloom - Hollister Free LanceWednesday, March 14, 2018
And one that quite literally can save the day.As an event coordinator who offers clients “packages” by finding vendors for special events, Christin realized finding a florist for her brides was becoming a frustrating task. So she allowed them to choose their own florists.One day, however, Christin was hit with an unexpected challenge. On her way home after setting up a wedding, she received a phone call from her assistant.“She said, ‘The flowers are supposed to be here,’” Christin recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t even know who their florist is!’”Feeling helpless, Christin decided to do the flowers herself.It ultimately became a game-changer in her event planning.“I kind of put together a price list for myself, and I thought well, would somebody ask me to do their flowers for them?”Christin, who owns Fox Creek Events, has been the event planner for Fox Creek Ranch for the past three years.Now, she has ventured out by opening her own flower shop, The Flower Girl, in San Juan Bautista on Feb 1.With the help of consultant, Michelle Roberson, Christin has learned the “tricks of the trade,” she says.But she hasn’t needed much help with the business aspect of her store.Both Christin and her husband, Greg Burda, have been owners of La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista for more than a year.And in the process of completing the restaurant renovations, Christin had a vision of putting a flower shop behind the restaurant. Greg, however, suggested to open a sh...