Holiday Floral Planter

As we enter the holiday season, it’s time to begin thinking about decorating your home for the holidays. What a better way to decorate your living room or family room than with a little bit of fresh green foliage! Capture the spirit of the season and infuse your home with a taste of holiday cheer by including a gorgeous seasonal wreath or fabulous floral bouquet inside your home. Take a look at the beautiful collection of handmaid holiday designs, created by our very own floral artisans at Walter Knoll Florist.

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Celebrate The Arrival Of Autumn With A Fun Floral Idea

Autumn has descended upon us and brings with it plenty of opportunities for entertaining. Design your next table with a fabulous floral design in fall colors and fragrances. For an extra touch of the season, infuse your menu with recipes that include edible flowers. The garden-fresh feel of your meal will inspire the spirit of the season for your guests. Walter Knoll Florist has a multitude of floral designs and edible flower recipes to help you make your next get-together a success.

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Fall In Love With Dahlias

This autumn, we invite you to fall in love with dahlias, like we here at Walter Knoll Florist have. And frankly, so has the rest of the world. This unusual, star-shaped bloom is related to mums and zinnias, but has an uncommon beauty all its own. Its patterning is so intricate, and its range of available colors so rich, that it’s pretty much the “It” bloom for Fall and holiday floral decor. Let us show you what this showy flower can do.

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About Sweetest Day October 18th

Sweetest Day is celebrated each year on the third Saturday of October. Although often thought of by many as a second Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day is actually a day meant to celebrate all the people who make your life special. It’s an occasion to make someone happy, a chance to celebrate and give gifts to relatives, friends, and associates.

Sweetest Day was founded around 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio by Herbert Birch Kingston who was a local candy company employee. Kingston sought to bring cheer and some happiness to the lives of those who were often forgotten. With the help of his friends, he began distributing candy and small gifts to children living in orphanages, those stricken with illness or disabilities, shut-ins, and others who were forgotten.

During the early years of the holiday, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their service to the community. Theda Bara, another movie star of the period, also helped in establishing the holiday by giving away 10,000 boxes of candy to people in hospitals and to those individuals who came to watch one of her films at the Playhouse Square Theaters in Cleveland, Ohio.

Within a decade, the simple idea had gained such popularity that the city of Cleveland officially declared the third Saturday of October as Sweetest Day.

Over the years, the Sweetest Day idea of spreading cheer to the underprivileged has expanded to an occasion offering us the opportunity to remember not only the sick, aged, shut-ins, and orphans but also friends, relatives, and those individuals whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed during the year.

The traditional observance of Sweetest Day involves the same types of gifts and acknowledgments as Valentine’s Day with the most popular being cards, flowers, chocolates, and candy.

Ann Pennington

Sweetest Day is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Great Lakes region and the northeast. The observance of the holiday is gradually spreading throughout the United States as people relocate to various parts of the country and bring the regional celebration with them to their new homes. States that have the greatest observance of the holiday include Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Cities with the greatest observance of the holiday are Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, and Buffalo.

Sweetest Day is an original American holiday that is not based on any single group’s religious sentiment or on a family relationship. It is simply a reminder that a thoughtful word, deed, or small gift enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it.

In 2008, Sweetest Day will be celebrated on Saturday October 18th. Remember to celebrate the holiday and touch the life of someone special with a gift of flowers, plants, chocolates, or an eCard.

Reckamp Farm and Blumenhof Vineyards

Saturday Country Drive

Decided to take the long way to the “moon road” and visit a farm I know of called Reckamp. Located in the Wright City area on OO between M and N hence the Moon Road. That’s my bud Karen (our fabulous flower buyer at Walter Knoll Florist) she was a bit nervous about my pulling over to shoot the sign. “Hurry Up!”

Reckamp sells frozen pork cuts and fresh produce from their farm. We got lucky today and my favorite third generation son took us for a tour into the birthing stalls. The first room we came to has a giant tractor that runs a machine which grinds up the feed for the pigs. A mixture of corn grown right there on the farm and noodles and fortune cookies – yes, noodles and fortune cookies, there is a big bucket of fortunes there in case you don’t believe it!

Yesterday’s piglets were all about 1 month old and just beginning to wean. I think we saw 8 or 10 sows with their precious little piglets, each sow gives birth to as many as 14 little ones, but the Reckamps will foster to other sows any more than 10 or 11 to be sure each piglet gets his share of mama. This one year-old sow is approximately 400 pounds. The babies go from birth to table in about five months – going to slaughter at around 250 pounds.

Reckamp is a small family farm, originally a family farm in Florissant, Mo it’s been about 3 generations out on the Moon Road, close to Wentzville and Wright City is where the Reckamp children go to school. We took the long way, heading out Highway 44 to 100 and then through Washington, Mo where we picked up 47 to cross the Missouri River. 47 took us to T and then to TT to M and finally to OO where the farm is, just about halfway between M and N. This will be a fantastic leaf peeping drive in a few weeks.

Yesterday’s produce selection included sweet potatoes, squash, okra, butternut squash, white and purple eggplant, peppers, decorative corn and squash and a few pumpkins. All grown right there on the farm!

Always there are farm fresh eggs from a neighboring farm and Amish Honey and Jams. Come October they’ll have a huge selection of pumpkins, and bales of hay or straw for sale. We were lucky yesterday to get a tour, like I said it’s a small family farm and there’s plenty of work to do on 185 acres – the Reckamps have an amazingly clean place, you will not smell a pig farm or pigs unless you get to go see the birthing stalls. The stalls are cleaned and drained and the collection is put into the ground and fertilizes the produce. Best sweet potatoes you’ll ever taste! And sweet potatoes or butternut squash is a perfect accompaniment to the frozen pork cuts you can purchase right there in the family home’s garage

I recommend you take along a cooler for your pork and egg purchases, ‘cause on the way home you might want to go back the same way but just before crossing the Missouri River into Washington you can get on Highway 94 and go a quarter mile into Dutzow, MO to the Blumenhof Vineyards. They have a wine tasting room where you can taste all their wines, buy a nice cold bottle and go sit out in the garden patio and have a little lunch – live musical entertainment on weekend afternoons, we enjoyed guitarist/singer Erik Brooks the “human jukebox” on our visit, he even pulled an old Marty Robbins request of mine out of his bag of songs – Down in El Paso.

We enjoyed some real German potato salad and bratwurst.

Another thing to bring along on this road trip are some wine glasses, you can buy some at $3 each, or rent them at $3 each or drink from plastic cups!

In a few weeks I hope to do a pumpkin post, so check back! But if you can’t get out for a fall drive, you can certainly enjoy the look of fall with an arrangement from our new fall lineup Autumn Flowers Reckamp doesn’t have a web site I can link you to, but they can be reached at 636 673-2734.