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Country in Bloom budding with business confidence, despite COVID-19 - Sherwood Park NewsWednesday, March 31, 2021
I thought, let’s take a chance and see where I can go from here.” Her business partner is her mother-in-law, Sandra Lavorato Hipkin, who comes with the local fame of running Mulberry Manor, a home-based giftware and home decor business that was set up in her basement in the rural county. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content source data-srcset="https://smartcdn.prod.postmedia.digital/nexus/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/flowers-1.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=472&type=jpg, https://smartcdn.prod.postmedia.digital/nexus/wp-content/uploads/202... https://www.sherwoodparknews.com/news/country-in-bloom-budding-with-business-confidence-despite-covid-19
Online Florist M FLORIST Takes Flower Arrangement to a New Height - Taiwan NewsWednesday, March 31, 2021
American pop art painter Wayne Thiebaud, M FLORIST took inspiration from his iconic pop art style and created a series of inventive floral interpretations, namely APPLE CINNAMON, BAKED RASPBERRY, and FROZEN SWEET. Widely praised for his use of dynamic and luminous colour palettes, Thiebaud's artworks are famous for illustrating everyday objects, particularly desserts and snacks, in a serene ambience that reminds viewers of a nostalgic childhood. The M FLORIST took a new take on Thiebaud's art style in APPLE CINNAMON, a beaming flower bouquet clustered with peachy roses, oncidiums, alstroemeria, and curcumas with a grand anthurium nestled on top. The cheerful design makes the bouquet a surefire gift to deliver your warm and hearty wishes. FROZEN SWEET is the culmination of the dreamy and tranquil atmosphere in Thiebaud's artworks and the artistry of the florists at M FLORIST. This bouquet demonstrated the florists' discerning eye for beauty, as they aptly pick the silky and delicate blooms like pink gerberas, anthuriums, tulips, and roses and carefully assemble them to portray the airy and intimate feeling from Thiebaud's artworks. The refined bouquet design lends itself to be a perfect romantic birthday celebration gift. Complimentary Flower Delivery M FLORIST strives to offer professional and reliable flower delivery service, as bringing a streamlined and satisfying floral experience to the customers and the recipients is a core value of M FLORIST. M FLORIST provides complimentary delivery around Hong Kong, and on-demand specific date or time delivery. Customers can also pick up the flowers themselves at M FLORIST's central office. Follow M FLORIST: Facebook: mfloristhongkong Instagram: @mfloristhk Easy Payment Options M FLORIST's one-stop website supports easy and swift payment methods, including credit card (via Stripe Payment), PayPal, Payme Business, and Apply Pay. Cheque by mail and ATM transfer are also available. The new birthday flower collection is now available on M FLORIST's website. About M FLORIST M FLORIST started in 2017 when a group of young Hong Kong flower enthusiasts envisioned to create floral art with creativity, quality, craftsmanship, and satisfying customer experience. M FLORIST takes inspiration from art and nature, and combines simplistic aesthetics and natural splendor to create contemporary and stylish flower products galore. The assortment of flower products includes bouquets, flower boxes, flower baskets, and hampers for all kinds of special occasions and celebrations such as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Mid-autumn Festival, and Christmas. M FLORIST also specialises in creating spectacular and unique displays for high-end fashion brands and luxury hotel groups, weddings, and corporate events. As online shoppers themselves, the M FLORIST team understands how much an easy purchase process and timely delivery can b... https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4163903
'HOOSIERS WE'VE LOST': Lifelong florist never hesitated to help those in need - The RepublicWednesday, March 31, 2021
In the kitchen, Dawn’s pies were legendary.She’d make 10 to 15 pies for church functions. Her fruit pies, especially her blueberry pies with homemade crust, were beloved by everyone who tasted them. Family functions weren’t complete until you tasted her famous angel food cake with pink icing. Her cake pans, cakes carriers and cake knives have become treasured keepsakes since her passing.Dawn’s other passion was working with flowers. She began her career working for award-winning florist James Carl Hoffman at J.C. Hoffman Florist in Indianapolis. Hoffman saw immense talent in Sheets and sent her to floral design school in Chicago. Sheets finished her career working as a florist in Speedway.At home, Dawn maintained stunning collections of bachelor buttons, lilies, cockscomb, chrysanthemums, and different shrubs for greenery. She enjoyed making bouquets for the church altar, and to this day, Cathy says she always has fresh flowers in her house as a reminder of her mother.“She was a very talented person and she was able to pursue those talents,” Cathy said. “All the sewing that she did, and the cooking, and quilting. She was very, very talented and enjoyed the artistic part of her being.”Her warm, welcoming personality made Dawn and Ken beloved members of their church community. They were members at Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby for several years. The couple loved to welcome new members to the church, and of course, her baked goods would go quickly at all church functions.“Her faith as a Quaker really influenced her,” said Phil Gulley, pastor at Fairfield Friends Meeting. “It was her guidestone. She was just a person of real big compassion and concern. She wasn’t self absorbed at all. You could always count on her to show up if you needed to get something done. She was just an exceptional lady.”Later in life, even as dementia started to affect her memory, Dawn maintained her sense of humor and love for storytelling. She also developed a fondness for golf. She enjoyed watching the bright green grass, tall trees and impeccably kept scenery of the golf courses on TV.She loved to giggle and laugh as she looked through photo albums with her daughters. The memories sparked by those photos, such as the one taken with her daughters the day before the memory care facility stopped allowing visitors, are how her family wants her to be remembered.“Remember what a kindhearted and insightful soul she was,” Dianne said. “Such an artistic and creative mind that she had. … I know her and dad are finally together again.”— Contributed by the Indianapolis Star... http://www.therepublic.com/2021/03/30/hoosiers-weve-lost-lifelong-florist-never-hesitated-to-help-those-in-need/
Time for early garden plantings - Mount Airy NewsSunday, February 28, 2021
Winter snow and strawberries. “That day of the season, little children, they know that morning may bring strawberry snow.” These words come from a Christmas album by Brenda Lee. To a child, strawberry snow would most likely be like sugar plums dancing in their heads. What child does not like snow? We would like to create “strawberry snow” mentioned in Brenda’s song in the form of strawberry snow cream. This recipe has only one requirement: there must be plenty of snow on the ground! To make strawberry snow cream, beat four eggs until fluffy, add two cups sugar and beat again. Add three cups whole milk and one can evaporated milk, mix well and add two pints strawberries (mashed or ran through blender in grate mode). Add one tablespoon vanilla flavoring and one tablespoon strawberry flavoring. Mix well, taste and add more sugar if needed. Gather clean, fresh snow, and continually add to the milk mixture until it gets thick and creamy as you desire. Eat it slowly because it will be cold, but also unforgettable and good. When the kids eat this, the next time a snow is forecast, they will dream of “strawberry snow.”Positive news about Saint Matthew’s Day. Last Wednesday, Feb. 24, Saint Matthews Day was celebrated. A positive fact about his special day is that it is said that the sap under the roots of maple, poplars, and the mighty oaks begins the journey of life up to the trunks and into the limbs and branches. In another month, life will appear in the form of new leave as another season begins.Debunking an urban legend about first snowfalls of winter. This urban legend was around when we were growing up and it said that you were not to eat any of the year’s first snowfall. My mother proved this legend to be false because she was the biggest snow lover in eastern North Carolina. It did not take a huge snowfall in eastern Carolina whether it was the first or the last for her to whip up a batch of “snow cream.” She would find snow where it had blown into drifts and dig down and find undisturbed fresh, clean snow. The first snowfall of the years did not seem to have any ill effects on her or her offspring. She lived to be over 90 years old and enjoyed life. Love you, mom, we remember you every time it snows, and we whip up some “snow cream.” You are still alive every season when we make snow cream.The wonderful fragrance of the hyacinths. The freshness of the near approach of spring is emitted by the fragrance of the dainty blooms of the hyacinths. Their pastel colors of red, pink, blue, purple, lavender, white, and yellow stand out and salute the nearness of spring.Cabbage can be planted now. Cabbage plants are now being sold at most hardware stores, seed shops, and garden departments. They can in six and nine packs. You can choose from many different varieties. Plant then in a furrow about three to four inches deep. Fill the furrow with a layer of peat moss and apply a layer of Plant-Tone organic vegetable food. Set plants about two to two-and-a-half feet apart. Hill up soil on both sides. Side dress with Plant-Tone every three weeks and hill up soil to cabbage.Hoe-Hoe-Hoedown: “Downward spiral” – A man started up the stairs and he stopped about halfway up, and he could not remember what he was going upstairs for. He decided to sit down on the step until he could remember. After he thought for a while, he could not remember whether he was going upstairs or downstairs. ... https://www.mtairynews.com/opinion/94908/time-for-early-garden-plantings
Love in Bloom | Valentine's Day coming up roses for local florists - Texarkana GazetteSunday, February 28, 2021
Day and while red roses are the classic choice for Valentine's Day, she also ordered captivating colors like cherry brandy (sunset colors) and quick sand roses (sandy cream-colored roses with berry or pink accents) as well as orange, mauve and purple roses.Women usually prepare better for Valentine's Day when it comes to gift giving, and The Village offers several choices for him."We have more masculine things that guys might think are funny. We have candy in a camouflage box and Razorback crunch candy as well as coffee mugs and coffees," Speer said."We are always trying to think outside of the box here and do things no one has ever done. We like to do the different out here," she said.They also have items for teenagers like chocolate-covered potato chips, graham crackers or Rice Krispies treats."We have some things called chocolate covered cherry bombs and they are tart, bing cherries covered in chocolate in a red coating and look like a cinnamon jawbreaker," Speer said.Cherry blossoms, which are like turtle chocolate-covered caramel with tart cherries, are to die for, she said.And, there's chocolate with 24 karat gold flakes in it, she said.Pleasant Grove Florist, which recently moved to 2801 Texas Blvd. in the former Gray's Carpet building, also offers distinctive items, said owner Marcelle YatesHeart roses are a deep burgundy and are indeed heart-shaped roses. Heart-shaped azaleas that are "really cute" are also available.They also offer all kinds of plants, tropical and cut flowers in an array of colors including shades of pinks, yellows, peach and orange, she said.Yates also offers a wide assortment of tulips, hydrangeas and snapdragons. Other flowers include orchids and birds of paradise.For the plant lover, she has all sorts of dish gardens in porcelain, ceramic or metal containers as well as anthurium plants.She also has several containers to help customize the fit.Yates is pairing up with a local vendor to sweeten the deal with chocolates.Like her fellow florists, Yates is expecting this Valentine's Day to be one for the books."The word is out all over the industry that it is going to be a record Valentine's. We are just buckling up and holding on," she said. https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texarkana/story/2021/feb/10/love-bloom-valentines-day-coming-roses-local-florists/859541/
Longtime owner of Continental Florist dies - Vestavia VoiceSunday, January 17, 2021
Continental Florist Barbara Orr died Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the age of 85.
Orr purchased the popular Rocky Ridge floral business in 1986 and was named the 2004 Florist of the Year by the Alabama State Florists' Association, according to her obituary.
Orr is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Orr; son, John Michael Orr; brother, Gray Garner Jr.; sister, Faye Gardner; father, Edward Gray Garner Sr.; and mother, Tressa Allen Garner.
She is survived by her sons, James Steven Orr and David Garner Orr; daughter, Nancy Orr Athnos; grandchildren, Chelsea Marie Orr and Emily Louise Orr; and sister, Carolyn Bullard.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover.
‘The power of flowers’: Alabama’s florists cope with pandemic, recovery - AL.comMonday, August 24, 2020
Volume dropped to almost nothing except what I could do,” Morris said.Morris’ experience was much like other industries, but it illustrates the particular challenges felt by florists around Alabama. The life events where people expect flowers - hospitalizations, funerals - were suddenly in the news, but the demand for them was all but extinguished.Cameron Pappas at Norton’s Florist in Birmingham said the lockdown, and the reopening that followed, has reminded him of the “power of flowers.”“We’ve had a lot of reminders of how important flowers are to everyone,” he said. “They keep people sane.”The pandemic hit America right in a peak season for florists - the rush before Easter, proms and spring events. Pappas said business began to slowdown by about 40 percent one week before his shop closed for two weeks on March 23. The store laid off all of its employees for that period.Cameron Pappas delivered flowers to Birmingham-area restaurants during the coronavirus shutdown.Thousands of floral businesses around America were left with perishable goods that they couldn’t sell. Just three days before Norton’s closed, it had received a shipment of about $5,000 in flowers. Rather than throw them out, Pappas said, they made bouquets to give away at restaurants and nursing homes that would accept them. In some cases, he hand delivered them.“We wanted the flowers to still do their job, to bring joy to bad situations,” he said. “We wanted them to say that we’re not going to let this virus take away the heart of our city.”Morris, 86, said he was reduced to little better than a one-man operation for about five weeks, with his nephew keeping the books. Most of the business coming in ... https://www.al.com/business/2020/06/the-power-of-flowers-alabamas-florists-cope-with-pandemic-recovery.html
HER | Local decorator helps get homes ready for holidays - Texarkana GazetteWednesday, December 11, 2019
Marie said, "including four banks, a phone company, some cell phone businesses and lodges at Beaver's Bend."But Oklahoma isn't as far as she is willing to go. "Every July I go to Dauphin Island, Alabama, where I have several clients. They get decor 'refreshers' each summer," she said. "When I go down there I also go deep-sea fishing for Red Snapper, so it's an annual vacation for me."When she isn't decorating for others, she and her husband Jerry reside on the Louisiana side of Caddo Lake where they enjoy entertaining. They are also very active at Trees Baptist Church. They have four children: Tony Campbell of Queen City, Dee Dee Wells and Misty Lutton of Atlanta, and Damon Donnell of Athens, Texas.Marie says she has never gotten too busy to take on more clients."I never turn anyone down," she said. "I just hire more people to do the work. We will do what it takes to make people happy." n... https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/her/story/2019/dec/03/her-local-decorator-helps-get-homes-ready-holidays/806564/
Wild Honey Flower Truck is Birmingham's florist on wheels - Alabama NewsCenterTuesday, September 10, 2019
It’s an idea that bloomed when Kelsey Sizemore and her husband, Josh, saw similar flower operations outside of Alabama.“We had seen a couple of similar businesses in other cities and we thought it was something that Birmingham would really love,” Kelsey Sizemore said.If you’re going to have a flower truck, it has to start with the truck.“We started by looking at trucks on Craigslist and eBay,” Sizemore said. “We decided on the kind of truck that we liked.”[embedded content]Wild Honey Flower Truck is blooming in Birmingham from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.When they found a potential truck in Ohio, Sizemore sent her father-in-law to check it out. When it earned a thumbs-up, they had the truck towed to Birmingham.“We started the process of really transforming the truck into something that could house the flowers,” she said.That meant a paint job, building out the back to carry flower vases and adding an awning.Next came procuring flowers by working with wholesalers, flower markets and other dealers.With the truck ready and outfitted with flowers, the only decision was where to go to sell them.“We just sought out the places that we really like to go,” Sizemore said.That could mean being outside of the Pizitz building one day and in Woodlawn the next.You can also find Wild Honey Food Truck at the West Homewood Farmer’... https://alabamanewscenter.com/2019/06/28/wild-honey-flower-truck-is-birminghams-florist-on-wheels/