Attracting butterflies, birds and of course, bees to my garden

I started to plan my garden this year and decided I wanted to attract butterflies.  While talking with our Garden Center experts, I found that creating a habitat for butterflies was an important part of boosting our ecosystem.  It’s called a “Pollinator Habitat.”   It provides an environment primarily for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.  These pollinators…

Spring Flowers = Spring Fashion

With the new and fresh planting season, our thoughts turn to new explosions of color and resurrection. Marching into spring, Mother Nature delights us with bulbs’ noses emerging, buds swelling on branches and the occasional warm breeze. Oh yes, the spring flowers, they’re coming. The flower world is a lot like the fashion world. Trends…

The farmer in us – planting seeds

The garden center was busy building the seed racks and unpacking thousands of small packets of seeds.  I wondered what all the fuss was about.  I asked Brian J. Wheat, CEO and CSU Master Gardener – “Why plant seeds?” Brian says there are many reasons to start a garden from seed: The joy of watching…

Prom Trend 2019

It’s finally here – the most memorable event of your high school career, PROM!  You’ve gotten your date, your attire and now it’s time for the iconic prom accessory – the flowers. I spoke to Jordan Davis, Lafayette Florists’ bridal consultant and Marketing / Sales coordinator on this year’s prom trends.  Jordan says she is…

Textured Indoor Plants

I just purchased a new home and wanted to add interesting touches, so I was scouring home décor magazines.  I wanted something other than candlesticks, books and empty vases that seemed to be the most popular choices.  I wanted to bring life to my surroundings. Luckily, I work at Lafayette Florist.  However, I work in…

Won’t You Be My Blooming Valentine?

Many folks think florists and card companies invented Valentine’s Day. Well, here is the scoop on the day of love: There are many legends on the origin of Valentine’s Day, from saints to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. The most popular one goes all the way back to 270 A.D., when Bishop Valentine performed…

The Flower Name Game

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the name of things do not matter, only what things “are.” There are a few names of flowers that “are” romantic, such as Love-in-a-Mist, Bleeding…

Houseplants: Our Favorite Air Filters

Houseplants have always played an important part of health and well being. Having green plants around gives us a nice feeling, a connection with nature, a Mother Nature “warm fuzzy,” if you will. We love our plants and in return, they love us back and go beyond the call of duty by cleansing the air…

Beautiful Blooming Plants Bring Holiday Cheer

As the season of giving, family gatherings and holiday events approach, I hark back to a simpler time. As a child, I remember the cornfields of central Illinois giving up their bounty and then, lying silently as the cold wind sweeps over the frozen tundra. The trees and shrubs have all settled in for the…

The Perfect Tribute To Honor Our Veterans

As a U.S. Air Force veteran, artist and flower shop owner, I’ve always known the positive power of flowers. From my youth on the flat farmlands of Illinois to the alpine flora in the great state of Colorado, I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by Mother Nature’s bounty and beauty for most of my life….