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Spring has Sprung: Flower Power!

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Spring has officially sprung! And with spring comes beautiful weather and fragrant flowers – the perfect gift if you are a guest this year for an Easter or Passover meal with friends or family. At the Delray GreenMarket there are several vendors that retail gorgeous budding beauties including: Amazing Creations, Orchid Doctor and Kaler Orchids. 

Flowers in season during April include:

  • Tulips
  • Gerbera
  • Freesia
  • Iris
  • Mini Polymin
  • Peonies
  • Roses
  • And more!

Here are some tips to keep those fresh flowers, staying fresh and fragrant even longer

  • Soda: Pour about ¼ cup of the fizzy drink into the water. The sugar will help make the blossoms last longer.
  • Hair Spray: Just a quick spritz will make they look fresher longer (just like your hair!)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix 2tbps of apple cider vinegar along with 2tbps of sugar and add it to the water – make sure you swap out the water mixture every few days
  • Vodka: This helps minimize the amount of bacterial growth in the water. Add a few drops of any clear liquor along with 1 tsp of sugar
  • Aspirin: Crush an aspirin and mix it into the water (you will still need to swap out the water every few days for max freshness)
  • Bleach: This will help eliminate bacteria growth and keep the water clear. Don’t overdue it. You only need ¼ tsp per quart of water
  • Coins: Copper penny + sugar cube also helps to slow bacteria growth since it asks as an acidifier
  • Sugar: Even flowers can have a sweet tooth! Create a mixture of 3tbps of water along with 2tbps of white vinegar per quart of water to inhabit bacteria from growing

And remember that on April 19 if you spot some dogs, cats, goats and other fuzzy creatures (along with their human owners) roaming around with flowers, pastel hats and other festive attire, the 13th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade is underway. Registration for the furry friends will go from 9-9:45 with the parade commencing at 10am. There is a $3 entry free that will benefit Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue. Judging for prizes for the pets and their owners will take place on the front lawn of the Cornell Museum for Prizes. Email Lori at greenmarket@delraycra.org for more information.

Well-Attended Pet Parade Leaves ‘Em Smiling

By Paula Detwiller

A Goldendoodle with bunny ears. A Shih Tzu in a tutu. And the most Rastafarian-looking dog you’ve ever seen!

2011 Easter Bonnet Pet Parade

Pets and humans parading down Atlantic Avenue

 Those were just three of the 85 entrants in the Delray GreenMarket’s 10th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade, held on April 23rd.  The pets and their human companions brought smiles to a lot of faces as they walked—and rolled—down Atlantic Avenue from Old School Square to the GreenMarket, and then down the “red carpet” to the judge’s tent.

A Furry Fiesta

Two cats, two goats, a couple of rabbits, and one dearly loved stuffed animal joined the parade of dressed-up dogs. Five-year-old Maitreya Motel, whose dog died recently, carried Tito (a purple stuffed Chihuahua with a sunflower hat) in the parade. The judges were so touched, they awarded Maitreya and Tito “Best of Show.”

Best of Show 2011

Awards were given in six other categories: Most Traditional, Most Original, Funniest Bonnet, Most Tropical, Most Frou-Frou, and Owner-Pet Look-Alike. To see more photos of the winners, check out this great slideshow by amateur photographer Rick Schofield. Visit our Facebook page for more Pet Parade pics and other information about the GreenMarket.