Florists in Armstrong, IA
Find local Armstrong, Iowa florists below that deliver beautiful flowers to residences, business, funeral homes and hospitals in Armstrong 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.
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Mar 15, 2019
You have the roses, now create garden magic - Marin Independent Journal
• Learn how to grow berries in a free seminar from 8 to 9 a.m. March 9 during Armstrong Garden Center's Super Strawberry Saturday. Enjoy free refreshment and score a free strawberry plant with any purchase from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., or while supplies, last at 1430 S. Novato Blvd. in Novato. Call 415-878-0493 or go to armstronggarden.com.
• Prepare your citrus trees for a good harvest by using correct pruning techniques you can learn at a Sloat Garden Center seminar March 9 at either 10 a.m. at 401 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley (415-388-0365) or 2 p.m. at 2000 Novato Blvd. in Novato (415-897-2169). Attendance is limited and registration is required. Admission is $10, free for members. Go to sloatgardens.com.
• Discover ways to preserve your fruits, herbs and vegetables through freezing, pickling, jamming or drying techniques taught during a one-evening class, "Easy Ways to Preserve Nature's Bounty," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 12 or April 30 at Indian Valley College at 1800 Ignacio Blvd. in Novato. The cost is $113 and includes an information booklet, recipes and take home samples. Call 415-457-8811 or register online at marincommunityed.com.
• Design your own chicken coop, with built-in composting and a water-capturing roof, using free tips at a "GardenSmart: Reinventing the Chicken Coop" talk from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23 at the Mill Valley Public Library at 375 Throckmorton Ave. in Mill Valley. Registration is recommended. Call 415-389-4292 or go to millvalleylibrary.org.
PJ Bremier writes on home, garden, design and entertaining topics every Saturday and also on her blog at DesignSwirl.co. She may be contacted at P.O. Box 412, Kentfield 94914, or at email@example.com.
Mar 15, 2019
Garden events in the San Fernando Valley, March 15-22 - LA Daily News
Earl Warren Show Grounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara. www.sborchidshow.com
Armstrong Garden Centers class: "Fragrant Garden," 8 a.m. Locations include: 5816 San Fernando Road, Glendale (818-243-4227); 1515 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge (818-790-2555); 12920 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818-761-1522); 50 Taylor Court, Thousand Oaks (805-497-9223). Check website for other locations. Upcoming: “Growing Perfect Tomatoes,” 8 a.m. March 23. www.armstronggarden.com
Night Garden – Plant Power: Variety of activities on the theme of plant usages including making potpourri, learning about essential oils, oak lore and meditation in nature, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Advance tickets required, $15. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200. descansogardens.org
Geraniums A-Z: Master flower show judge and floral designer Gundrun Kimmel discusses the topic at a meeting of the Southern California Garden Club, 11 a.m. The meeting begins with a plant market and plant specimen display, 9:30; business meeting, 10; club member Gail Vanderhorst discusses "Adaptive Gardening," 10:30 a.m. Bring your own lunch, noon. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. 818-361-7873. www.southerncaliforniagardenclub.com
The Sweet, the Foul and the Awesome Asciepiads: Sandy Chase discusses the topic at a meeting of the Burbank African Violet Society, 10 a.m. Little White Chapel Christian Church, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank. 818-951-3597.
The Secret Gardens of Forest Lawn-Glendale: The Glendale Historical Society presents a two-part program: Lecture and slide show, 7-8:30 p.m. On March 23, a tour of two locked gardens and the meditation garden 1-5 p.m. Free. First come, first seated. Meet at Forest La... Mar 15, 2019
Flower Fields set to bloom big-time March 1 - Escondido Grapevine
The remainder of these flowers are grown to provide the ranunculus bulbs. Fresh cut flowers are sold at the adjacent Armstrong Garden Center.
Thanks to cooperative efforts between the land's owner, the grower, The City of Carlsbad, The Carlsbad Agricultural Improvement Fund and the California Coastal Conservancy, this colorful hillside will continue to welcome visitors for years to come.
SEASONS AND HISTORY
Flowers in full bloom at the famous Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch/Andy Wilhelm
According to Taylor Morgan of Garden Collage Magazine, the ranunculi planting cycle begins in the Fall, as six- to seven- foot tall walls are temporarily positioned to usher million of tiny seeds into their respective rows in the Carlsbad Flower Fields, creating a funnel for them to be pollinated by the wind. This is a requirement for their survival, as ranunculus have no fragrance or nectar to incentivize pollinators.
The seeds resemble Quaker Oat flakes, which can often become problematic for the methodical vision the farm strives for– a true synchronicity of variety and color.
In order to give weight and consistency to the seeds, silica sand is mixed in with the seeds before they are sprinkled in the planting rows. A tractor will then form an additional layer of mulch and compost appropriate to their sowing. Approximately four weeks later, the ranunculus seed germinates, but it can take up to six months for lush blossom to take shape.
The Flower Fields in Carlsbad have a reputation that proceeds them: over eight-million ranunculus grow in this distinct region of Southern California annually, blooming in April through May. People come from all over the world to see them. The flowers are watered on a drip-system that the farm has cleverly implemented since the ‘70s. The computerized system acts as a moisture sensor for the soil, enabling farmers to prevent over-watering- water has become an increasingly rare commodity in California these days- and monitors the moisture off-site.
"When the city of Carlsbad installed the reclaimed water line, up Palomar Airport Road, they asked if we would like a sideline to our property," Fred Clarke, the farm's General Manager, explained during my visit. "We have access to lots of reclaimed water and the city has said we are somewhat drought-proof because of that. But we are still a working farm with 55-acres of ocean-view property, so monitoring water is always important to us."
When the ranunculus flowers fade, which happens sequentially beginning at the furthest point north where seeds are first planted, the bulbs' tuberous root- the bulb of the plant- is harvested by machine. Next, they are air-dried and sorted according to size, before being packaged. Jan 25, 2019
What Marin’s landscape pros plan to do in their own gardens this year - Marin Independent Journal
Call 415-455-5260 or go to magc.org.
• Get free tips on growing berries in your backyard from the pros at Armstrong Garden Center from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 26 at 1430 S. Novato Blvd. in Novato. Call 415-878-0493 or go to a hr... Oct 26, 2018
Bargains, gifts and more at Novato warehouse fall sale
Trick-or-treaters can make their own Halloween planter to take home and learn basic garden principles in a free class from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Armstrong Garden Centers at 1430 S. Novato Blvd. in Novato. Advance registration required. Call 415-878-0493 or go to armstronggarden.com.
• Children can decorate a pumpkin with paint and air plants in a Kids Club Make-and-Take class at Sloat Garden Center at 10 am. Sunday at 401 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley. The fee is $20 for members or $30 and includes all materials. Class registration is required. Call 415-388-0365 or go to sloatgardens.com.
• Take this advice and sign up today if you want to learn how to (make and) "Eat Za Pizza" in a Fermentation Nation class in the Creekside Room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Mill Valley Public Library at 375 Throckmorton Ave. in Mill Valley. Registration for these fun and free classes closes quickly. Call 415-389-4292 or go to millvalleylibrary.org.
• Find new plant favorites for your garden at the "End of Season Sale" in the entry garden near the main entrance of the San Francisco Botanical Garden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way in San Francisco. Admission to the sale is free. Call 415-661-1316 or go to sfbotanicalgarden.org.
• Travel back in time to learn about King Louis XIV's favorite artist, Charles Le Brun, from author Wolf Burchard, furniture research curator at Britain's National Trust, who will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Sovereign Artist,” at an Institute of Classical Architecture & Art wine reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the James Leary Flood Mansion at 2222 Broadway in San Francisco. Tickets cost $45 with discounts for members and students. Go to classicist-nocal.org.
PJ Bremier writes on home, garden, design and entertaining topics every Saturday and also on her blog at DesignSwirl.co. She may be contacted at P.O. Box 412, Kentfield 94914, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct 12, 2018
Autumn planting tips and ideas to liven up the garden
Let's get some ideas for your fall garden from a few experts.
According to Cristin LaFromboise, color and foliage buyer, at Armstrong Garden Centers, 2200 E. Route 66, Suite 200, in Glendora, now is the perfect time to get busy with outdoor planting.
"Going into the tail end of summer, sometimes the garden starts to look a little tired," she said. "It is a great time to pop annual color into pots for instant color. Vinca and zinnias are the best choices to stand late summer heat.
"In Southern California, you can also put herbs in year-round. Basil, parsley and thyme are popular ones right now."
She said as summer turns to fall, it is wonderful time to plant cooler season veggies such as lettuce, kale, broccoli and cauliflower, which are all edible fall favorites.
As for what kinds of bulbs, she suggests homeowners plant spring-flowering bulbs in the fall. Freesia and hyacinth are fragrant, and ranunculus, daffodils and iris make great cut flowers, she said.
LaFromboise said fall is also the best time to plant trees and shrubs.
"With our mild winters, it gives time for plants to develop roots, and acclimate to their surroundings. Also, fall is the time for the best selection of annual color in Pansies and Snapdragons."
Echinacea is a perennial of the Asteraceae family and known for its medicinal properties including enhancing the immune system. Courtesy photo.
Of course, if you want to create a special fall garden that will be easy to maintain, LaFromboise recommends planting perennials now. You can also plant gaillardia, rudbeckia and echinacea, all of which provide vibrant fall color and can come back for multiple years.