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Tampa Flower Shop Offers Splash of Color During Dark Times - Bay News 9Wednesday, July 29, 2020
TAMPA, Fla. -- April showers bring May flowers, perfect for Mother’s Day and prom and graduation. But this year, coronavirus has the calendar in a bit of a standstill, halting business at flower shops too.“All of our daily orders, hotel, restaurant orders, any standard orders that you have, any events you had, they’re canceled. There’s no income. There’s nothing coming in,” said Christine Vasconcelo, owner of Bloomingday’s Flower Shop in Tampa.Vasconcelo says the severity of the situation hit her about two weeks ago while looking in a cooler full of flowers for a wedding that had to be canceled.“I just started to cry because I’m like, ‘What am I going to do?’” she said.But it was through those tears that she answered her own question.“I said, ‘We’re going to have to give them away. That’s the best thing to do,’” Vasconcelo said.Lines of people showing up to collect their bouquet of joy, also bringing Christine such joy, that she knew she had to continue it as long as coronavirus exists... https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/04/04/tampa-flower-shop-offers-splash-of-color-during-dark-times
Florist Delma Booth, who turned ballrooms into wonderlands, dead at 89 - Tampa Bay TimesWednesday, December 11, 2019
Ms. Booth and her carpenter husband Wally Booth built a contraption to make it happen, Anderson said.In February 1987, according to Tampa Bay Times archives, Mrs. Booth created an entire tropical forest for an event at the yacht club.She “hung oak branches from the ballroom ceiling with orchids and bromeliads on them," the Times reported. “Giant arrangements of anthuriums and other tropical flowers bloomed on the tables."“She did everything big,” said her son James Booth, 60.Born in Oxford, Fla., to Jeffie and Beulah Nichols, Mrs. Booth was in seventh grade when she moved with her family from Ocala to St. Petersburg.While attending St. Petersburg High School, Mrs. Booth had a teacher, Mrs. Price, who recognized her artistic ability and guided her to the floral business, niece Anderson said. “It was a perfect match. She never thought of doing anything else.”Mrs. Booth worked for other floral shops in the area before venturing out on her own in 1954.Customers she had worked with promised to go with her, according to news archives, and old bosses provided equipment and help with deliveries.“She was a pioneer,” son James Booth said. “This was the early 1950s. It was a man’s world. There weren’t many women with their own businesses. But she did it.”A few years later, she met Wally, whose carpentry skills were the perfect complement to Mrs. Booth’s artistic vision, her son said.“She’d come up with the darnedest ideas and he’d build it,” he said. “If my dad couldn’t build it, it couldn’t be done.”Soon, she was the go-to florist for socialite weddings and major events in St. Petersburg. Her annual calling card was the yacht club’s winter display.One year, she had an old-fashioned living room with a fireplace built from scratch in the ballroom, he said, and another year they turned the club into a toy store.In 2004, Mrs. Booth imported 70 Christmas trees from North Carolina and used over 49,000 lights for the event.Each tree was different.“Some had kids’ stuff, some had white lights, some had purple lights, some represented different countries,” her son said.The yacht club began using different decorators in 2010.Mrs. Booth retired from full-time duties at Delma’s Flower Booth a few years ago because of her health, her sister... https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas/2019/12/03/florist-delma-booth-who-turned-ballrooms-into-wonderlands-dead-at-89/
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Owners Emily and Bobby Lynge always saw the Airstream as temporary, however, and during the pandemic, were able to make the move to the space once occupied by The Enchanted Florist on Camp Bowie.
The Magnolia Avenue Airstream will be open until Thursday. On Saturday, the Camp Bowie space will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
A Flower Display in Burlington Honored the COVID-19 Dead - Seven DaysWednesday, March 31, 2021
Vermonters who have died from COVID-19 since the disease struck the state nearly a year ago. "It often feels like we're just talking about numbers and tallies," said creator Jayson Munn, a florist who mainly works weddings and other events. "I thought this was a great opportunity to do it in the public square." Burlington was one of about 80 cities nationwide that hosted an art installation as part of the Floral Heart Project. Created by New York City-based artist Kristina Libby, the idea was to designate March 1 as a national day of mourning to publicly grieve those "lost to and suffering from COVID-19." As of Tuesday, more than 515,000 Americans have died. Munn said one woman he talked to had lost her husband to the disease. She told him that visiting the flower memorial had been the first time she'd publicly grieved his death; both she and Munn "started bawling," he said. He gave her a rose. "It was a really touching, touching moment," Munn said. Daniel "D.J." Boyd of Wilmington was walking down Church Street when he saw a crowd by the display and thought, Gee, only in Burlington do you see a bunch of roses in the street and everyone just walking around taking pictures. Boyd walked over himself and read the sign that Munn had erected explaining the display, "and it just struck me," he said. His uncles, twins Leon and Cleon Boyd, had died of COVID-19 early last April, just six days apart. "It's amazing," Boyd said of the display. "It's a good gesture. It puts it into perspective, you know?" Boyd walked over to Munn and told him he'd lost his uncles. Munn picked up two long-stemmed roses from the bricks, and then handed them to Boyd. https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/a-flower-display-in-burlington-honored-the-covid-19-dead/Content?oid=32450871
FOX13 celebrates Mid-South’s oldest Black-owned flower shop - FOX13 MemphisWednesday, March 31, 2021
ALL MONTH LONG, FOX13 WILL BE CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. WE HAVE AN ENTIRE SECTION DEDICATED TO THEIR STORIES. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.FOX13's Lauren Coleman chose Mason’s Florist, one of the oldest Black-owned flower shops in Memphis.Tucked in the 3100 Block of Park Avenue in East Memphis is a flower shop, but it’s not just any shop.Mason’s Florist is one of the oldest Black-owned flower shops in the Mid-South.“We are a full-service flower shop,” designer and driver Patricia Williams said.“We do flowers for all occasions: funerals, weddings, get-well, anniversaries. We are just all-around florists.”From eight in the morning to five in the evening, the family is hard at work pumping out on average more than 200 orders a week.“We work as a team, and we know that we are here to offer a service,” Williams said.“We get our orders together, and everybody knows whatever their role is.”The shop opened in June of 1977 and has been in the family for more than 40 years.The store now sits in its third location.“My mom worked for Newman Florist on Lamar for many years,” Williams explained.“She envisioned having her own business, and she started out down on Park in that little strip mall. That’s where she started, and it expanded from there.”Ninety-one-year-old Irene Mason said it’s amazing to see her shop become a staple in t... https://www.fox13memphis.com/rss-snd/fox13-celebrates-mid-souths-oldest-black-owned-flower-shop/R3BNVAL3VZH5RFFW4GWC7PVW7I/
A fresh brunch menu that combines spring flavours and flowers - The Globe and MailWednesday, March 31, 2021
Just ensure your flowers have been grown chemical-free (your florist should know – or pluck them from your own garden to be sure) and that you can positively identify the variety. Or seek out ingredients such as bottled rosewater or dried culinary lavender to help bring your brunch into bloom. St-Germain, an elderflower liqueur, is available in most liquor stores, and you can even buy bottles of elderflower syrup at IKEA. Garden Gravlax Serves 10-12 Curing your own salmon is surprisingly simple. A dry cure of sugar and salt, spiked with citrus, spices and perhaps some peppery nasturtiums, is rubbed heavily over a fresh fillet, which is then weighted down and left for 24 hours. Once cured and thinly sliced, the delicate white and purple flowers of blooming dill and chives are ideal for garnishing your gravlax. Nasturtiums are a little more unexpected: Both petals and leaves add a fresh, radish-like flavour that’s delicious tucked into your bagel and cream cheese. 1 tablespoon coriander seed, toasted 1 tablespoon fennel seed, toasted A few nasturtium flowers or leaves 1/2 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or 1/4 cup fine table salt) 1/2 cup sugar 2-3 teaspoons grated orange, lemon or lime zest One 1 pound (approximately) salmon fillet Edible flowers, for garnish Crush the coriander and fennel roughly in a mortar and pestle or pulse them in a spice grinder. If you like, crush in a few nasturtium leaves or petals, or try other edible flowers – perhaps a few calendula petals or tangerine marigolds. In a medium bowl, combine the salt, sugar, citrus zest, crushed spices and flowers. Place a piece of plastic wrap over a shallow baking dish or rimmed sheet large enough to accommodate the salmon. Scatter half the salt mixture over it and lay the fillet skin side down overtop. Sprinkle the rest of the cure mixture over the fish and spread it evenly to coat. Bring the edge of the plastic wrap up to cover the fish, place a small cutting board or second sheet on top and weigh it down with a can or two; refrigerate all day or overnight. After about 12 hours, unwrap the fish and flip it over, rerubbing the (now wet) cure over the surface; rewrap and return to the fridge for another 12 hours. Wipe or rinse off the salt mixture, pat the fish dry and slice it thinly to serve with crackers, flatbread or bagels, and cream cheese, labneh or whipped creamy (Macedonian-style) feta, with nasturtiums or other edible flowers for garnish. Malabi with Cardamom Rose Granola Julie Van Rosendaal/The Globe and Mail Makes about 6 puddings and 5 cups of granola Story continue... https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/article-a-fresh-brunch-menu-that-combines-spring-flavours-and-flowers/
The Bouquet Farm blooms in the Fraser Valley - Vancouver SunWednesday, March 31, 2021
English says with a laugh. “My grandfather was a greenhouse grower and they had a wholesale floral industry. And my dad took over a portion, so I worked for him. … And then my mom was also a florist.” Her father eventually sold the floral arm of the family business connected to Houweling Nurseries, where English continued to work after the sale. But, when the floral company closed down, forcing English to lose her job — an event that coincided with a breast cancer diagnosis — she took some time to focus on herself. And then, she got right back into the growing game. source data-srcset="https://smartcdn.prod.postmedia.digital/vancouversun/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/258982965-1227_feat_bouquet_farm_1-s.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=472&type=jpg, https://smartcdn.prod.postmed... https://vancouversun.com/homes/gardening/the-bouquet-farm-blooms-in-the-fraser-valley