Growing Pains

An UK organization called War on Want has issued a new report about the cut flower industry called Growing Pains:  The Human Cost of Cut Flowers in British Supermarkets.  You can read a press release and download the report here.  Be sure to check out the footnotes–this report is extensively documented. Here’s their main point:  Flower farms are supposed to adhere to voluntary standards that guarantee decent...

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Frozen Roses

This video has been making the rounds among people in the floral industry.  A florist in Pennsylvania ordered a box of flowers  online for Valentine’s Day, and it was shipped via a carrier like FedEx and frozen solid by the time it arrived during the winter freeze on the East Coast.  You can read more about the experiment here.  Of course, the point that florists make is that they would never hand-deliver flowers that...

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Long Lasting Flowers

Posted by Scott Brown, Amy Stewart’s husband. One of the most common complaints about flowers is that they don’t last very long. That can be true if you buy cheap flowers from a supermarket or low-end florist. But if you by good flowers, they can look great for weeks. Take this bouquet. Heuer’s – a 35-year-old florist in downtown Eureka – sent these to Amy’s local book signing on February 4. Eight days later,...

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AP story

An Associated Press story about flower certification programs and pesticide use is running in papers all over the country today.  Read it for yourself and see what you think–meanwhile, some important points that demonstrate that not all eco-labels are created equal: –Of 600 flower farms in Colombia, only 200 are members of that country’s growers’ association, Asocolflores. –Of those 200, only 86, or 14 percent...

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Fabulous Flowers, and a Nice Note, Too

The next-best thing to having flowers sent to you is having photos of flowers sent to you.  I just heard from Erin Benzakein, an organic grower and florist in Washington State.  The name of her business is Floret; you can get her contact info from the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Grower’s website.  In addition to sending these lovely photos of her arrangements (click on them to enlarge), she writes: While doing some...

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Enough already!

These ‘Esperance’ roses were sent to me a few days before Thanksgiving, and here it is December 12 and they haven’t shed a single petal.  Isn’t that a bit much?  Shouldn’t flowers die eventually? They’re open and lush and maybe leaning slightly towards wilted, but the fact is that it’s been three weeks (that’s right, three weeks) and they still look great. What have I done to make this...

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Flowers: They Work Every Time

  Just got a nice note from a reader–a happily-married man who confesses that he practically "abandoned the niceties of courtship two decades ago," but was encouraged to try again after reading Flower Confidential.  He says: "Today is my wife’s birthday, and last night I drove to a local florist (for possibly the first time since she and I began dating in 1985) and compiled a simple and straightforward...

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