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Canceled fundraisers leave surplus of poinsettias as Fairfield, Manchester florists seek new markets - Kennebec Journal and Morning SentinelWednesday, December 02, 2020
At Sunset Flowerland and Greenhouses in Fairfield, having 1,000 extra poinsettia plants makes for a beautiful photo.But greenhouse manager Harlan Benner needs to figure out what to do with them.“We’ve had these fundraiser and church accounts for years and years,” Benner said. “Pretty much, churches aren’t active. We do school fundraisers, and a lot aren’t even open.”As the canceled events mounted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the locally-owned florist is trying to pivot and market the plants.Poinsettias — a mainstay this time of year — are on sale the week after Thanksgiving, but that was already planned. The plants retail between $4.99-$44.99.Sunset co-owners Kenneth Ellis and Cathy Hebert said they could have fundraisers for various local organizations.At Longfellow’s Greenhouse in Manchester, wholesale sales for poinsettias are down about 50%, according to General Manager Will Longfellow. Longfellow’s experienced the same thing as Sunset with fundraisers.Retail sales are up for poinsettias at Longfellow’s, and they usually sell the most after Thanksgiving.“People are really getting into the decorating mood this year... https://www.centralmaine.com/2020/11/26/canceled-fundraisers-leave-surplus-of-poinsettias-as-fairfield-manchester-florists-seek-new-markets/
Florists in Waterville, Fairfield, Oakland experience busy May - Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelTuesday, June 13, 2017
May remains a busy month for them, as Mother’s Day and the onset of spring keep customers coming through the doors. Others in the area still see Memorial Day as a major factor in their sales. Harlan Benner, a representative of Sunset Flowerland and Greenhouses in Fairfield, said Memorial Day remains the business’s second-biggest holiday after Mother’s Day. He said that’s generally because May is a busy month for them, beginning May 1 and into the first week of June, as people buy flowers and plants. “It’s a 30-day thing,” he said. A salesperson at Sunset who declined to give her name said that while the company remains busy for Memorial Day, it’s not always cemetery arrangements people are buying. She said many people are buying plants for their gardens, and sales of arrangements for cemeteries have gone down.“I think it’s just been a lost tradition,” she said. Benner said it’s hard to gauge when a customer might be buying an arrangement for a cemetery or for a personal garden, but he thinks many of the arrangements sold around this time do go to cemeteries.Jeff Karter, owner of Waterville Florist and Formal Wear on Main Street, said Memorial Day sales have dwindled over the years. He believes that the likely reason is that fewer people honor the sentiment of Memorial Day, which pays tribute to those who died while in military service. Years ago, he said, people would spend half a day at the cemetery, planting flowers at family grave sites. Now, he said, more people are more interested in spending the long weekend at a lake house.“Now it’s not... http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/05/26/florists-in-waterville-fairfield-and-oakland-experience-busy-may/
Get ready to cover your plants — Omaha's first frost of the season is forecast for this week - Omaha World-HeraldTuesday, October 11, 2016
Falls City, .55; Lincoln, .08; Nebraska City, .27; Offutt Air Force Base, .22; Eppley Airfield, .24; Florence, .21; Millard, .18; Plattsmouth, .08; Valley, .08; Council Bluffs, .09; Clarinda, .72; Harlan, .01; Red Oak, .07; Shenandoah, .22.If you’re a gardener and would like to preserve your plants and flowers a bit longer this season, carve out some time Wednesday evening for a little TLC.The first frost of the season is forecast for early Thursday in the Omaha area, with the overnight low expected to dip into the low to mid-30s, the National Weather Service office in Valley said. Such temperatures could mean the season’s first frost, which could damage or kill tender plants and flowers.“It’s about time, isn’t it?” asked forecaster Cathy Zapotocny.A good way to hang on to your geraniums for a little longer is to round up a few old blankets or sheets and cover your plants and flowers Wednesday night, Zapotocny said. It may be just as easy to pull your potted plants under a tree or an overhang.The plants are worth saving, she said, because conditions are forecast to warm up later Thursday through the weekend.“Sometimes you can extend them a week or two,” she said.Tuesday in the Omaha area look for cloudy skies and a high temperature in the mid-70s. Tuesday night’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. with a low in the upper 40s, the weather service said.The cool down begins Wednesday as a cold front pushes into the region. A 40 percent chance of rain is expected for the Omaha area, mainly before 1 p.m., with a high in the low to mid-50s. North winds could gust as high as 25 mph Wednesday.Forecasters expect a six-hour window for possible patchy frost on Thursday morning, from about 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. The remainder of the day should be sunny, with a high in the upper 50s.Zapotocny said at least one computer model indicates clouds could develop and winds might pick up Wednesday night into early Thursday. That could keep temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s in the Omaha area.Elsewhere, she said, some parts of northeast Nebraska, such as the Wayne and Norfolk areas, could see overnight lows in the mid-20s to low 30s.Lows Thursday night through Sunday night in the Omaha area will be in the low 40s to upper 50s, forecasters said. Highs Friday through Monday are likely to be in the upper 60s to upper 70s.According to the weather service, the average first frost (36 degrees) for the season in the Omaha area is Oct. 4, the average first freeze (32 degrees) is Oct. 12 and the average first hard freeze (28 degrees) is Oct. 26. http://www.omaha.com/weather/get-ready-to-cover-your-plants-omaha-s-first-frost/article_c803c23a-8ecf-11e6-b40f-cf57a840eaa5.html
Antiques & Collectibles: Springtime planters come in array vibrant colors - Post-BulletinMonday, April 11, 2016
Sarah's.Joan Thilges, New Generations of Harmony, says, "Great timing for flower pots and planters and many vendors have flower pots and planters in their booths. My husband Harlan and I are big collectors of McCoy and Shawnee so we especially love the bright pastel glazes and interesting shapes.Just in the group we collected for our display, we found pots from Haeger, McCoy, Roseville, Brush, Hull, Shawnee, Royal Copley, Weller, USA and Morton. Prices range at the mall anywhere from $5 to $140 for a rare Roseville planter. Company, condition and rarity all can influence the prices asked. And spring is definitely the time to add more flower pots and planters to your collections! Our vendors anticipate spring decorating time for decks, porches and patios by displaying them in their mall spaces."I agree with Zweig that the fun part of collecting older pottery is that you can find some exciting pottery and colors. As we see from the above shops, prices can vary according to the manufacturer, but I think you can find nice pieces as low as $2.50 on up. I personally have handled many older pieces as you should too to become familiar with the ordinary, less common and the reproduction pieces. For pricing and additional information: Antique Trader and Warman's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guides, specialty guides on McCoy, Roseville, Royal Copley and more found at most Barnes & Nobel stores and online. Check out your public library, too. http://www.postbulletin.com/life/lifestyles/antiques-collectibles-springtime-planters-come-in-array-vibrant-colors/article_43803d05-5b58-54aa-b316-671f01c51e1b.html
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Pemberton’s to open his own shop.
Today, Hein’s floral shop has turned into a true family affair, with his granddaughter, Kelsey Hein Smith, having worked alongside him since graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017. A floral designer and the store’s social media manager, Smith calls her grandfather PoPo – except during business hours.
“It’s weird to call him Steve,” she admitted.
Thoughtful, artistic expression has always been appreciated in the floral business, and remains a staple of Hein’s business model. While centerpieces and corsages are less common than they were at the start of his business, sending flowers across town – or even across the country – remains a popular action, and Hein can help with both. Some of his loyal clients utilize his services not only for local flower delivery but also to coordinate out-of-state arrangements for funerals or special occasions.
“We know what to say to the other florist, the dos and don’ts of what to use and what not to use,” Hein said, explaining that his clients appreciate his specific aesthetic. His penchant for communicating the specifics of that aesthetic when “calling out” orders to other florists hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the shop has often been lauded for orders that Hein helps coordinate across the country.
Former and fellow florists have also expressed their gratitude to Hein over the years.
“They have told me that when I set up shop in Lexington in 1987, I raised the bar for what florists do to make a show with their flower arrangements,” he said. “I thought that was a very nice compliment.”
E. Stephen Hein Florist is located at 380 E. Second St. More info is available at www.estephenheinflorist.com.
Calif. flower shop with no connection to Capitol riot flooded with threats, negative reviews - SFGateSunday, January 17, 2021
Alberti’s business appeared to have been removed from the platform. However, Cudd’s business also has a 4.6 rating.) Two other florists bearing the same name in Kentucky and Scotland were burdened with similar harassment. Alberti said all of them have given up on deleting the comments, and are instead attempting to respond to each one in order to set the record straight. “I offered to send some people maps of the United States,” joked Alberti. “Most people apologize and then they reverse, but some are steadfast. My thing is, I understand the need to vent and get rid of that hostility, but just spend an extra five seconds of time to see that we’re not in Texas. The very platforms that these people are using to type these rants and tirades … it would take them less time to find out we’re not that business than it would take for them to write the post.” He’s concerned about what the future holds for his business, which has been around since 1973 and spans four generations. “We’re just trying to survive,” said Alberti. “Being a florist is hard enough. We don’t have a high profit margin. We do it because we love it and love flowers. To already be suffering through COVID and add this on top of it, it’s stressful.” source srcset="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/16/13/46/20494742/3/700x0.jpg 1x, https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/16/13/46/20... https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Beckys-Flowers-Roseville-mistaken-Capitol-rioter-15871654.php
Florist Who Bragged About Entering Nancy Pelosis Office Charged - Patch.comSunday, January 17, 2021
KOSA. Death threats have been left for Cudd at her flower shop, she told KOSA. Other businesses with similar names to "Becky's Flowers" across the country have also been targeted. In Kentucky, Becky's Flower Basket has received backlash even though its business has no affiliation with Cudd's Texas shop, according to a WKYT report. Amber Sergent told the Kentucky television station her family has been swamped with angry calls from people who are confusing them with Cudd's business. "Very violent language, I'll put it that way," Sergent said. The FBI had not listed the exact charges Cudd faces as of Wednesday afternoon. To request removal of your name from an arrest report, submit these required items to firstname.lastname@example.org.Florist Who Bragged About Entering Nancy Pelosi's Office ChargedThe rules of replying: Be respectful. This is a space for friendly local discussions. No racist, discriminatory, vulgar or threatening language will be tolerated. Be transparent. Use your real name, and back up your claims. Keep it local and relevant. Make sure your replies stay on topic. Review the Patch Community Guidelines.Reply to this articleReplyReplies (1)Show 1 previous reply... https://patch.com/texas/across-tx/florist-who-bragged-entering-nancy-pelosis-office-charged
Audrey Cleary Bailey, 76, advocated for military families - Port City DailyWednesday, December 02, 2020
Survivors include her three children, retired U.S. Cmdr. Navy Todd E. Bailey, and his wife, Anita, of Norman, Oklahoma, Deborah B. Stakelum, and her husband, Kevin, of Prospect, Kentucky, and Leigh Ann Cumberland, and her husband, Jeff, of Chaplin, Connecticut; and seven grandchildren, Ali, Tyler, T.J., Brigid, Molly, Eddie and Caelan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, retired U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Harry E. Bailey.At her direction, no local services will be held. A service and interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Paws4People/Paws4Vets.Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service. https://portcitydaily.com/obits/2020/11/30/audrey-cleary-bailey-76-advocated-for-military-families/