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235 N Santa Claus LaneNorth Pole, AK 99705
1030 S Colony WayPalmer, AK 99645
35105 Kenai Spur HighwaySoldotna, AK 99669
2385 Nistler RoadDelta Junction, AK 99737
3101 Penland ParkwayAnchorage, AK 99508
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Jul 5, 2019
Cut Flowers Caucus blooms on Capitol Hill - Washington Examiner
Cut Flowers Caucus, operate mostly in obscurity. H.R. 3019, sponsored by a Cut Flower Caucus member, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is advocating for a bill that would require federal agencies to procure just domestic cut flowers and greens. The American Grown Act is aimed at mitigating trade association research that indicates 80% of the industry's demand is satiated by imports.
Those imports stem from a 1961 U.S. Agency for International Development program encouraging Colombia to develop an internal flower market to move the country away from communism. A similar initiative was rolled out in 1991 when Congress offered tax advantages to Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru for products such as blooms as an incentive to divest in the illegal drug trade.
“As a member of the Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus, Congressman Young is a strong supporter of the American cut flower industry," Young's spokesman Zack Brown told the Washington Examiner in a statement. "Alaska is home to the iconic peony, which is grown by family-owned farms across the state. He introduced this legislation because he is passionate about supporting small businesses, and believes that when the federal government purchases cut flowers, they should be purchasing from American flower farms like the ones in Alaska.”
In Young's 46 years in the House, he's received no contributions from PACs linked to florists or nursery services and only small individual donations in 1994, 2006, and 2011 from people working in the sector, according to OpenSecrets data.
The Cut Flowers Caucus is just one example of Capitol Hill's more niche collection of lawmakers. Other instances in the 116th Congress focus on areas ranging from political, ideological, regional, ethnic, and economic, including the Candy Caucus, the Civility and Respect Caucus, the Rock Caucus, the Small Brewers Caucus, the Term Limits Caucus, the Wrestling Caucus, and the Zoo and Aquarium Caucus.
"I'd never heard of the Cut Flowers Caucus," Georgetown University government professor Michele Swers told the Washington Examiner with a laugh.
The organizations serve different purposes, depending on the topic, she explained.
"Caucuses allow members to take v... Jun 22, 2019
Door to Nature: Thimbleberry Flowers and Fruit - Door County Pulse
It actually ranges from the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, across the upper Great Lakes region to southern Alaska, into the Black Hills of South Dakota and south to the mountains of Mexico, Arizona and California.
There is little doubt in my mind that this sought-after fruit is at its very best in lands bordering the upper Great Lakes. The growing conditions in northeastern Wisconsin – always near the cool Lake Michigan shore, but away from the water’s edge – are similar to those encountered at a specific altitude on the wooded mountain slopes of the West.
Perhaps no plant genus – other than the Crataegus (thornapple) genus – is in such a chaotic condition as the Rubus when it comes to Latin names and identities. The genus has 250 to 700 species!
The outstanding thimbleberry is one of the well-proven and studied species. One place to admire them is along the roads bordering Lake Michigan northeast of Sturgeon Bay. Their large, five-petaled blossoms remind me of a single white rose set against handsome, deep-green leaves that are very slightly tacky to the touch and impart a clean, subtle perfume to the surrounding air. This would be my idea for a can of air freshener: clean, invigorating, but not overpowering or artificial.
What a pleasure it is to carefully walk through a patch of thimbleberries as you pick the fruit: no thorns! You don’t have to wear a suit of armor as when picking blackberries, when you earn every berry plucked off those thorny canes.
Prepare yourself for some slow pail-filling when you go in search of thimbleberries. Then line your pail with several of the huge plant leaves to cushion the delicate fruit as you put it into the container. Walk slowly and carefully because the huge, dense foliage tends to hide fallen logs.
I remember going to pick some thimbleberries one mid-morning during the dry summer of 1976. I was going through the rocky south point of Baileys Harbor with a plastic ice cream pail and had picked enough berries to cover its bottom when I looked at my watch. Holy cow! It was time to get home to make Roy his lunch. I hastened back to my car, and as I did, I tripped over a fallen tree, spilling all of my fruit onto the rough, rocky ground. That was it for my thimbleberry harvest that summer.
Thimbleberries tend to flatten when pic... Jun 22, 2019
GARDENING REPORT: Clearing the Garden - webcenter11
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Now that we are into the growing season, it is time to clear out the dead items to make room for new growth.
On our Garden Report tonight, Julie Riley will tell you the correct way to clear your garden.
Julie Riley, UAF Cooperative Extension Services: "Well look at this mess in this bed. Well I'm going to have to do some pruning and I'm going to tell you how exactly to get rid of flowers and rhubarb and lilacs, the spent flowers and then we'll talk about raspberries a little bit too.
So we've got some rhubarb flowers so what you do is eat the stalks not the flowers. So we have to... Jun 22, 2019
More than just a pretty petal: How flowers feed the world around us - Vernon Morning Star
However, so far, we have no observations of insect visitors to these nectaries.
[Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska]
The most-studied extrafloral nectaries in non-tropical plants may be those found on bracken fern, a cosmopolitan species that grows in Southeast. (Ferns do not have flowers, so the nectaries are necessarily extrafloral, but the term is used for convenience of comparison with the truly extrafloral nectaries of flowering plants.) The nectaries on bracken are produced on very young, developing fronds, before the leaves expand, in late spring and early summer. They are dark blobs at the junctions of the major pinnae or leaflets, and small ones may occur along the midribs of each pinna. A study in Britain showed that the size of bracken nectaries varied with habitat: they were larger in open habitats than in woodland. The numerous studies of bracken nectaries have produced highly variable results: some showed that ants defend the young fern particularly against sucking insects, or only insect herbivores in the act of egg-laying, or just the eggs of the herbivores, or only leaf-chewing herbivores, while others showed no effect of the ants attracted to the nectaries. Presumably, habitat effects on nectary size are likely to be reflected in ant activity, and furthermore, the deterrent effect of ants depends on what species of ants come to the nectaries and the density of the ants. It also matters just what herbivores are involved: some insect herbivores are very well defended against ant attack and are impervious to their assaults. A lesson in ecological complexity!
I have the untested impression that extrafloral nectaries on our local plants are not very well developed. For instance, on cottonwoods, although I find yellow, sticky exudates, probably a resin that might deter leaf-eating insects, on young stems near where new leaves attach, I do not see nectar-secreting g... May 31, 2019
Slow Flowers Announces 2019 American Flowers Week - PerishableNews
June issue, out this week. More images will be published at AmericanFlowersWeek.com.
Participating Slow Flowers designer teams include:
ALASKA: Kim Herning, Northern Lights Peonies (floral design and flowers)CALIFORNIA: Jenny Diaz, Jenny M. Diaz (floral design), with flowers provided by Dramm & EchterFLORIDA: Eileen Tongson, FarmGal Flowers (floral design), with ferns and foliage provided by Jana Register of Fern TrustMAINE: Rayne Grace Hoke, Flora’s Muse (floral design), with flowers provided by Johnny’s Selected Seeds’ trial gardensMICHIGAN: Heather Grit, Glamour and Grit Floral (floral design), with plants and greenery provided by Speyer Greenhouse and Hart Tree FarmMISSOURI: Andrea K. Grist, Andrea K. Grist Floral Art (floral design), with flowers provided by Beth and Joel Fortin of Little Green Garden LLCOREGON: Beth Syphers, Crowley House Flower Farm (floral design), with flowers provided by Bethany and Charles Little, Charles Little & Co. SOUTH CAROLINA: Toni Reale, Roadside Blooms (floral design), with flowers provided by Laura Mewbourn, Feast & Flora Farm WASHINGTON: Tammy Myers, First & Bloom (floral design), with flowers supplied by Amy Brown, Laughing Goat Farm and Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
Images for all of these looks and links to the creative teams are available at American Flowers Week Press Page (americanflowersweek.com)
MORE ABOUT AMERICAN FLOWERS WEEKHeld in the heart of American Flowers Week, the third annual Slow Flowers Summit takes place on July 1 and 2, 2019, at the Paikka Event Space in St. Paul, Minnesota. Developed to stimulate new, sustainable practices in floral design and growing, the Summit and features flower farm tours, a farm-to-table dinner on a flower farm, presentations on floral design, best business practices, industry innovations and an interactive floral installation for all participants. Details are available at SlowFlowersSummit.com.
American Flowers Week receives sponsorship from Syndicate Sales, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Longfield Gardens, Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, and Florists’ Review magazine.
American Flowers Week supporters can find more information and resources at americanflowersweek.com. Downloadable fact sheets, infographics and 2019 American Flowers Week logo and social media badges are available for growers and florists to use for marketing and promotion efforts.
Participants are encouraged to use the social media tag #Americanflowersweek to help spread the word about this campaign across all platforms.
About American Flowers Week: American Flowers Week is designed to engage the public, policymakers and the media in a conversation about the origins of their flowers. As an advocacy effort, the campaign coincides with America’s Independence Day on July 4th, providing florists, retailers, wholesalers and flower farmers a patriotic opportunity to promote American grown flowers.About Debra...