Tag Archives: Cosentino Florist

‘Is the retail florist still relevant?’

Yes, I do know that it is the middle of winter, and that we are about five months from being able to cut flowers in the garden. How I look forward to that! Yes, I do have flowers every day. … Continue reading

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It’s chrysanthemum time

Yes, until the late 1940s and 1950s, October, November and December were chrysanthemum time. That was when the flower bloomed naturally. You see, in order to flower, the chrysanthemum needs to have several weeks of at least nine hours of … Continue reading

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My war on slugs and bugs

So now you have brought in all those plants that you brought out of doors for the summer, or at least I hope you have. And along with them, you have brought in any number of slugs, insects and insect … Continue reading

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The roots of ginger and the fun of gingerbread

I’ve had a very interesting weekend with culinary ginger, the type you bake with. But before going there, I need to talk about flowering ginger. These are very exotic-looking flowers that you find, from time to time, in flower shops. … Continue reading

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Finding the beauty in fake flowers

Let me begin with a couple of short background comments. Nearly all of my early life was filled with living plants, flowers and vegetables. It was not until my second year at Cornell, when I came home one early fall … Continue reading

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Apples and more apples at Owen Orchards

I decided to take a bit of time off on Monday and went out for an aimless drive. As I drove past it, I realized that the Owen Orchards was a story to be told so I turned, parked and … Continue reading

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The many layers of onions

They’re the backbone of any soup or stew or casserole. They add a lot of flavor to any salad. They make you cry, but you cannot cook a pot roast without onions that will make you happy. Onions are probably … Continue reading

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On zucchini and other squashes

Have you had enough zucchini lately? I think, by the number that I have had on my back porch in the past couple of months, this must be the best year ever for it. And although I enjoy zucchini bread, … Continue reading

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A man named David Fairchild

Have you ever wondered, as you wander through the aisles in the produce section at your supermarket, where all those exotic fruits and vegetables come from? Of course, the usual answers will be Mexico or Chile, even Australia. Those are … Continue reading

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More on arranging flowers

I ended last week explaining the soaking of water-holding foam, Oasis. I neglected to mention that the water you are soaking it in should have flower food in it, whether it be the packet that came with the flowers or … Continue reading

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