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Home Front: fountain class, flower arranging - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, March 28, 2017
Are you curious about how a rock can become a bubbling fountain? It's easier than you may think. This presentation will guide you through creating a pondless water feature, using a natural basalt column as an example. Lyngso's water feature specialist, Jake Persichetty, will demonstrate each step from start to finish. Learn how to choose the right pump and basin, get installation tips, and take away some fresh design ideas. Go to lyngsogarden.com to register. Lyngso is located at 345 Shoreway Drive, San Carlos.
FLOWER ARRANGING ... Learn how to create a flower arrangement for your next special occasion meal, from intimate and formal to festive and free--wheeling, with the right display of flowers and table settings. On Saturday, April 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. instructor Wendy Morck will demonstrate creating arrangements and then matching them with beautiful table settings. Then create your own arrangement to take home and enjoy. To register go to filoli.org. The fee is
$130 for members and $155 for non-members. Fee includes all plant materials and containers.
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Gardening: Spring flowers all about one thing - New Zealand HeraldMonday, September 28, 2015
Prune Fijian hibiscus now that the risk of frost has gone, as flowering happens on new growth. Sprinkle basalt rock dust around their roots for a mineral boost, and they'll be away. Every couple of years I prune our hibiscus hedge hard back to thick stems to encourage lush new foliage. Flowering will occur later in the season, but the hedge will be much easier to clip the following year. The trimmings are spread underneath the hibiscus, helping feed the soil as the leaves break down. Prune straggly tall salvias if you haven't already, down by at least of the previous year's growth. Cut out spindly stems and old wood entirely. Prune mophead hydrangeas if you didn't in autumn. Cut last year's flowering stems hard back to fat buds. Cut new stems back a third - these will produce this year's flowers. Retaining Water Soil moisture levels are already low for this time of year, so take measures now to prevent the "big dry" in summer at your place. Start by mulching well around fruit trees, shrubs, perennials and flower gardens to keep the soil moist as we head towards summer, reducing the need to water. As mulch is broken down, it keeps the soil ecosystem kicking and your plants healthy. Arborists can supply bulk truck loads of mulch, so it makes sense to share with a neighbour. Now is also a perfect time to put in some rainbarrels or a tank. One year's seeding makes seven years weeding Tackle weeding now, as it is much less tiresome when the soil is soft and they're easy to dig out. You'll also be removing the weeds before they seed. Weeds are a good addition to the compost. If yours are seeding already, put noxious weeds in a garden refuse bin. Put less troublesome weeds in a barrel of rainwater and allow to rot instead. The resulting slurry can be poured on the soil as a fertiliser in around 6 months. Use this technique for Kahili ginger. Rampant grass weeds such as kikuyu and couch are best allowed to dry completely. Fill a large bag (old wool bales are good) and leave in a dry spot under trees, then use the resulting "hay" as a dry, carbonous layer in the... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id%3D6%26objectid%3D11519755
Flower power: Business continues to bloom at Skyway Creations in Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, July 29, 2020
Goede in charge.The name was changed to Skyway Floral, then Skyway Creations, and the business has also moved over the years — first to 1515 S. 8th St., then to its current home at 1407 S. 8th St. on Colorado Springs’ west side.Goede’s father was in the Air Force when the family bought Scotty’s, but became more involved in the business when he retired.“He had always dealt with contractual work in the Air Force, so he did contracts and sales,” Goede says. “He was a salesman. He got on the greenery side of things while the city was growing and we just sold the hell out of green plant maintenance contracts.”His dad stayed active in the business until his early 80s, Goede says. To help fill the void, Goede’s wife, Lori, who had long worked at the shop, became more active in the business.“She’s the frosting on the cake,” Don says. “Lori’s a super saleswoman.”And a talented artist, as well. Lori has an art studio next to Skyway and the flower shop sells cards with her designs; she works primarily in watercolors.She appreciates the live art that Mother Nature produces.“There’s nothing more beautiful in your home than a bouquet of flowers,” she says. “You get a flower arrangement or a little blooming plant and you feel different, you just do. It gives a wonderful feeling.” Small business spotlight: Beef, alligator and everything in between at Andy's Meat Market in Colorado SpringsChanging tastesThe business has seen many changes, Don says, though there’s also a lot that hasn’t changed. “You’re still dealing with the trucks and the delivery and the product.”That product comes largely from California, with flowers bred in that state, and from Florida, a conduit for flowers from South America.“We’ve always bought from California and Florida,” Don says. But he’s also had to look to producers closer to home to fulfill a growing desire for more unusual flowers.“We need so many varieties of flowers now. We used to be able to order a big case of this and that. Now we need this special flower.”A desire for more variety isn’t the only change he has seen in consumer tastes. https://gazette.com/business/flower-power-business-continues-to-bloom-at-skyway-creations-in-colorado-springs/article_d5c342b4-5821-11ea-b62d-7be600878467.html
Meet Pickletown Flower Co., Denver's Mobile Floral Studio - 5280 | The Denver MagazineMonday, April 27, 2020
The scene inspired her to start crafting bouquets for her nonprofit employer’s events—and she quickly found her calling. Six years after moving to Colorado, she began making imaginative floral and wreath installations for her neighborhood coffee shop, Spur, and Pickletown was born soon after.Since last summer, Sparzak has been traveling around Denver, Littleton, and Golden in her gray truck—once used to haul furniture deliveries—selling individual stems and limited grab-and-go arrangements during twice-monthly pop-ups. If you can’t get to the vehicle, the flowers will come to you: Pickletown offers a subscription service that supplies florals to your office or home on a recurring basis. (Office flower subscriptions start at $35 per delivery; the personal Bouquet Coterie membership program starts at $48 per month.) And if you want to try your hand at the craft, Sparzak host... https://www.5280.com/2020/03/meet-pickletown-flower-co-denvers-mobile-floral-studio/
Fort Collins woman gets traditional wedding, prepares for death on own terms - ColoradoanThursday, April 02, 2020
Kevin DugganFort Collins ColoradoanPublished 11:35 PM EDT Mar 13, 2020Debra Brockel knows her days are numbered. But her mind is at ease because she’s the one doing the counting. Brockel, 60, has suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, since 2006. She has endured severe exacerbations of the disease, which irreversibly damages the lungs, and all manner of medical treatment and hospitalizations.She has received hospice care from Pathways at her home in southwest Fort Collins since December after a year of palliative care, which is geared toward making gravely ill patients comfortable rather than curing them.Her condition has deteriorated to the point she is prepared to take aid-in-dying medication. She wants to end her suffering, but she also wants to spare her family the anguish of watching her waste away.“It’s been a long haul,” she said. “It’s time to say goodbye.”The decision to end her life as allowed under Colorado law did not come quickly or easily. She consulted with doctors an... https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2020/03/13/fort-collins-woman-plans-death-aid-dying-medication/5013976002/
Obituary: Margery Shanks - Aspen TimesThursday, March 12, 2020
Marge will be greatly missed by her 3 children ; Robbie, Dorian, and Carey as well as surviving brothers along with their families. Services are being planned for Toledo, Ohio and Aspen, Colorado in April and August respectively. In lieu of flowers for the family or for Marge, please consider a donation to your local arts chamber, school, or museum in Marge’s name. https://www.aspentimes.com/obituaries/obituary-margery-shanks/