Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • 8 Plant Species In Danger Of Disappearing

    When you read about the following rare plants, you may wonder if the plant collectors that found them had to travel to alien planets to find them! The plants are indeed from the planet earth but most of them are found in very specific environments where most of us will never go, such as rain forests all over the world. Elite plant collectors with many years of experience search the most untraveled areas of the world to bring us news of never before seen exotic plants that are in danger of disappearing, usually due to habitat destruction. I have great respect for plant collectors—without them, we would never even get a glimpse of these bizarre and fascinating plants.

    Corpse Plant

    Corpse Plant Replica

    photo© t-mizo

    When I hear the word flower, my first thought is of something pretty that smells good—but this one is weird looking and smells like a rotting corpse. The petals of this flower are leathery and orange- red with bumpy, ivory colored spots surrounding a large hollow center disc. The corpse flower, which is the largest single flower in the world, is a parasite of woody vines on the islands of Indonesia. It has no leaves or stems and just bursts out of the host vine like some alien monster. These plants are endangered because of habitat destruction and overharvesting.

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  • Eating These Flowers Will Kill You Instantly

    As an experienced florist, I have seen my share of beautiful flowers; however, there are some that really stand out. Some flowers are just drop dead gorgeous—literally. I think that you will be surprised to learn that some of the world’s most poisonous flowers are lurking right outside your window, disguised as lovely ornamental plants and shrubs. Eating the flowers, berries, leaves, or roots of these deadly beauties can kill you; sometimes just touching the plants or the plant sap can lead to skin and eye irritation. I urge you to educate your family and friends about the dangers of poisonous plants and take care when pruning or cutting these potentially fatal flowers.



    photo© Wendy Cutler

    Daphne is a semi-evergreen shrub bearing clusters of small and fragrant rose, white, or purple flowers. It grows mostly in the southern United States. Daphnin and mezerine are the toxins present in this plant, with the highest concentrations occurring in the berries and sap. Ingesting this plant can cause convulsions, headaches, and in severe cases coma and death. It only takes a few berries to kill a child.

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  • Chad Kremp Bio

    Chad Kremp Chad Kremp

    A graduate of Ithaca College in 1997, Chad received his Bachelors of Science degree through the Roy H Park School of Communications, majoring in Advertising/Public Relations.  Chad has been heavily involved in the floral industry for over 16 years.  He has served multiple terms on the Technology Committee of the Society of American Florists, has spoken at the Seeley Conference at Cornell University, was involved with the design, preparation and decorating for 3 US Presidential Inaugurations in Washington DC, and Kremp Florist has won the WFFSA National Retail Florist of the Year Award, the highest honor in the retail floral industry.

    Chad is the Vice President of Sales at Kremp Florist, a 3rd generation retail florist serving Philadelphia and the entire suburban region.  He oversees all phone and internet sales and is the head buyer for showroom and internet merchandise.  Open and delivering 7 days a week, Kremp Florist is based in Willow Grove with greenhouses in nearby Churchville, PA.  Chad's family is well involved in the business: Scott is the President, Steve runs the greenhouse/growing operations, Drew runs the showroom and handles special event set-ups, Steve's wife Leslie heads the wedding and advertising departments, and Drew's wife Laura handles VIP and business accounts.

    Chad has written several articles on topics ranging from butterfly gardening to educational tools for kids.  His extensive work has been featured by various elementary schoolsAudubon societies, Stanford University, and Miami University.

    Chad and the Kremps have been featured in the ABC comedy "The Goldbergs."  Chad has made multiple appearances on the show and a replica "Kremp Florist" was built in a Los Angeles soundstage for one of the episodes.  For his last appearance, Chad played the role of his father, Charles Kremp.  Check out Chad's IMDb page here.  Chad's involvement with the show was written about by the Society of American Florists as well as the Intelligencer.  Chad is also a musician and dj's in his spare time.

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