Monthly Archives: June 2011

Arranging Summer Garden Flowers

by Maureen Laning

The spring and summer months offer a bountiful and diverse selection of flowers from our own gardens.  From the lilac and peonies of spring, to the zinnia, dahlia, sunflowers and hydrangea of the summer. With each week that passes, nature provides us with a beautiful new crop.

When arranging blooms from your garden there are a few guidelines we follow at Bedford Village Florist that will assist you with the longevity of your flower arrangements.

  1. Pick blossoms that are not fully developed.  If they are already “blown” open, they will not last once picked from the vine.  Clients continually ask me why my peonies last longer than the ones in their own gardens.  When I am purchasing them, they are still in a bud stage — showing color, but no petals.
  1. Do not pick in the heat of the day.  It is best to pick in the morning prior to the intense heat of the afternoon, this will allow your flower to be stronger.
  1. “ Condition” your flowers to the best of your ability. When we receive flowers at the shop, including local product, we put them through the following conditioning process:
  • Any foliage that will end up under water is removed. Sometimes we    remove all foliage to allow the most water to be absorbed by the blossom.
  • A solution of Floralife® (cut flower food) and tepid water is prepared. If you are using delicate or quick opening flowers (i.e.: tulips) use cool water.
  • You should be able to get Floralife packets from your local florist. Using a home remedy such as sugar, aspirin or bleach not designed for flowers does not ensure proper proportions or chemicals.
  • Cut the stems on an angle, preferably with a sharp knife, which allows for the most surface area for water absorption.
  •  Place the stems immediately in water.  If a stem is out of water for any amount of time, it should be re-cut and then again immediately placed in water.
  •  The final step of a florist would be to refrigerate overnight. This is not recommended nor required in a home refrigerator.
  • Keep you flowers as cool as possible.  The cooler the room, the slower the flowers will develop, and the longer they will last.

By following these simple guidelines you should get the maximum life from your flowers. Enjoy!

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Uninsured Motorists Exposure Rising Dramatically

by Carollee Cabot, CIC

The Insurance Research Council (IRC) reported that nationally 1 in 6 drivers were likely uninsured and the proportion of uninsured drivers approaches 1 in 3 in some states. The report noted a remarkable correlation between unemployment and being uninsured. With unemployment stubbornly high, and fears it could go higher, there is cause for concern.

At the Rollins Agency, we recommend having the maximum available limit of $500,000 combined single limit of bodily injury and property damage uninsured motorists coverage under your personal automobile policy. (Some insurance carriers may go as high as $1,000,000) Underinsured motorists coverage is also a concern, and the coverage can include this exposure as well.

For example, let’s say you have an accident with someone who has low limits (New YorkState’s minimum required limits are $25,000/50,000) and you or someone in your vehicle sustains a serious injury and the courts award the injured person $1,000,000.  If the at-fault driver has no insurance or low limits of insurance and possibly no assets or salary to garnish, you could then go back to your own policy and collect under uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage. This coverage, costing a few dollars, could change someone’s life after an accident.

I recommend you take a look at your current policy and make sure you have adequate coverage so that if you suffer an unforeseen loss, you can be compensated for your injury, loss of wages and medical expenses.
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