Florists in Ajo, AZ
Find local Ajo, Arizona florists below that deliver beautiful flowers to residences, business, funeral homes and hospitals in Ajo and surrounding areas. Choose from roses, lilies, tulips, orchids, carnations and more from the variety of flower arrangements in a vase, container or basket. Place your flower delivery order online of call.
Ajo Flower Shops
31 W Pajaro
Ajo, AZ 85321
933 North 2Nd Avenue
Ajo, AZ 85321
Ajo AZ News
Jun 14, 2018
Growing pains: From cut flowers to cannabis, Lompoc grapples with its past while eyeing economic opportunity
Vordale says. “It was the flower seed capital.”
In the ’60s and ’70s, he adds, there were three or four major seed companies based in the area that both produced seed and grew flowers. That all changed in 1991, when Congress enacted the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). The legislation encouraged countries like Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to move away from growing coca—the plant used to make cocaine—in favor of flowers.
“That’s when the local farmers here started to move their growing locations to other parts of the world, and as our labor costs went up, they had to move because they couldn’t compete,” Vordale says. “They went to the same exact location in South America; places with the same climate just different times of year.
“They’re all pretty much gone now. There are no more seed companies here,” he adds.
It’s a stark reality for an area like the Lompoc Valley, which attaches its identity and place in history to agriculture. Each year, the nearby city of the same name hosts an annual flower festival, despite acreage devoted to their growth diminishing each year.
“We have lost a legacy in the production of certain flowers in the United States,” said Kasey Cronquist, chief executive for the California Cut Flower Commission. He told the Sun that the trade preference act created a disincentive for traditional domestic flower farmers and ultimately pushed them to explore other crops.
One of those is cannabis, a plant that has already proved controversial throughout California, taking the spotlight at countless city council and board of supervisor meetings as both a potential economic goldmine and catalyst for societal destruction, depending on the speaker. It’s an argument that has dragged on ever since Proposition 64’s passage and highlights an identity crisis Central Coast communities face amid a booming green rush.
Mark Lovelace, a former Humboldt County supervisor and now a consultant for the firm HdL—which advises Santa Barbara County on marijuana regulation—told the Sun that the debate about cannabis in Lompoc and other municipalities often came down to a two-pronged ideology.
“It’s a little of, ‘What kind of conservatism do you fall on,’” he said, “pro-business or anti-cannabis?”
Growing PainsFrom cut flowers to cannabis, Lompoc grapples with its past while eyeing economic opportunityPHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
Most Central Coast cities have already picked their side: Santa Maria, one of the largest, banned cannabis in all forms with the exception of medical delivery earlier this year.
“I feel strongly about eliminating marijuana in Santa Maria as much as we can,” Councilmember Etta Waterfield said the night the po... Jun 14, 2018
Great Plant Pick: Rosa 'Golden Wings,' yellow modern rose
It can be lightly pruned in the late fall or early winter to protect from winter wind damage. Major pruning to develop the shape of the plant should be done in early spring when the leaves are beginning to show green. It has good disease resistance.
— Richie Steffen,
Great Plant Picks
... Jun 14, 2018
Next time you get hungry while working in the garden, rub the blue-green leaves of Melianthus major and inhale the scent of peanut butter. Hardy only to Zone 8, it makes a fine container plant and is a big hit with kids. Maybe I should plant one next to my chocolate vine (Akebia quinata) for the full Reese’s effect. My plant is only a few years old and has made great growth up across the top of our pergola but has yet to flower. I can’t wait to see just how chocolatey it is! If you’re like me and can’t get enough chocolate, try growing the perennial chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata), hardy to Zone 4. It blooms at night, leaving its lingering scent of hot cocoa for you to drink up in the morning.Several Cary Award-winning plants are known for their fragrance. This year’s winner, native Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), has sweetly scented white flower spikes, is hardy to Zone 4 and grows in the shade. It is a good-sized shrub reaching 6 to 8 feet tall and deer don’t seem to bother with it.Last year’s winner was Korean Abelia (Abelia mosanesis). It is a small shrub that grows 4 to 6 feet tall and is hardy to Zone 4. It has no pests or disease problems and deer shun its glossy leaves. Once established it tolerates dry conditions and its extremely fragrant pale pink flower clusters attract butterflies.Native shrub Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is a previous Cary winner that grows in part shade, likes a wet location, and has luscious smelling flowers. Look for white or pink Ruby Spice. They bloom July and August, grow 4 to 8 feet tall and wide and are hardy to Zone 4. We have both and can vouch for their carefree nature and wonderful scent.If you love the look of wisteria but were afraid to try it, look for 2014 Cary winning American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescans). Unlike the aggressive-growing Asian varieties bent on world domination, this one only grows 10 to 12 feet a year ... Jun 14, 2018
Flower growers reluctant to cultivate seasonal varieties due to water shortage
Every flower needs proper weather, water and care. Citing an example, he said, major gulab rose have lost its natural fragrance because of water unavailability.“Most of the flower producers are not ready to cultivate seasonal flowers because of water scarcity," Mallah said.At present, we get three to four kilogram gulab per acre as compared to 25 to 30kg in normal days during this season.Heat wave and irrigation water shortage have become common, creating problems for the farmers. Besides producers and traders, this situation has put livelihood of a large number of rose picking women workers, and those involved in packing, loading and transportation at stake, he said.Rizwan Siddiqi, another flower producer said, "I have lost different varieties of flowers, mainly gulab standing on more than 50 acres land in Rahooki, Tandojam.”Rahooki is part of Hatri, which contributes more in flower production and have supply chain from field to the market.The growers believe that they had another option to install tube-wells to extract underground water to save the product in case irrigation system does not have capacity. But the underground water itself is not safe for crops, as well as drinking purposes, Siddiqi said.Several flower varieties are in high demand in local and international markets, but due to the lack of water this industry is facing problems.Hatri growers receive water from main Rohri canal through Hyderabad branch, which presently does not have water to feed the flower gardens.The traders and growers have a mutual understanding in this business as traders take products, variety of flowers from the field to the market and growers have to bear the cost of rose picking in the field, while traders make arrangements for transportation and other expenses to bring it to the market.The growers used to get Rs35/kg for gulab roses, but due to the uncertain situation, now the traders are paying Rs20-28/kg to them.Growers said rose is a fragile and perishable item. It neither survives in heat nor in the freezing cold. It needs nor... Jun 14, 2018
Cypress Gardens will be a 'vastly improved park
Cypress Gardens reopens in late summer. The aquarium and the major events facilities, for example, will remain closed until further notice.
Cypress Gardens’ journey from devastation to renovation took almost three years. In that time, there was frustration and concern from many employees, regulations that were met, and several ongoing construction projects. But, everyone involved seems ecstatic to open the gates of Cypress Gardens once again. Hopefully, the 170-acre nature sanctuary will be back to inspiring guests far and wide very soon.
“It’s such a beautiful park,” said Callanan. “It’s such a struggle not to get people out there to see it.”
For updates on the park’s reopening date, visit https://www.cypressgardens.info.
Jun 14, 2018
5 reasons Shakespeare would love Longwood Gardens
Thames River. There, they began construction on the first Globe Theater, with Shakespeare as a major shareholder.
3. It’s an open debate whether Shakespeare was a gardener himself, but his plays suggest he loved to spend time in them.
“He certainly had a good knowledge of plants,” said Tom Moores of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, speaking to the Seattle Times. “His work is littered with references to flowers and herbs, often employing flowers in his metaphors and similes used to illustrate people’s personalities.”
Indeed, Shakespeare set dozens of scenes in gardens or orchards, and it's easy to imagine him staring at Longwood’s meadow in springtime with the words of “Love’s Labours Lost” on his lips: “When daisies pied and violets blue / And lady-smocks all silver-white / And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue / Do paint the meadows with delight.”
4. Shakespeare was fascinated by Italy, a seemingly wild place where anything could happen. He set his plays in Verona, Padua, Venice, Messina and, of course, ancient Rome.
Scholars may debate whether Shakespeare ever traveled to those places himself, but he would have fo...