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….

Plant A Garden For Pollinators

My family has been in the flower business for more than 66 years, now in our fourth generation. We take pride on being good stewards of the land and its resources. Planting, growing and selling plants and flowers that not only beautify, but also benefit the environment and its creatures. By now, most of you…

Jack-O’-Lanterns… The Savvy Squash And Other Scary Plants

Nothing says Halloween like our friend the pumpkin. From a decorative Jack-o’-Lanterns to tasty pies. Native to North American this versatile squash is used as food and recreation. For carving, pumpkin-chunkin (world record at over 4,000 ft.), pies, breads, muffins, pancakes and lattes, it sure gets around. Originating in Ireland and Scotland, carved pumpkins made…

Fall Gardening – Fun In The Autumn Sun

As the days get shorter, the nights start to chill, and that summer sun that was cooking us all season, gives us a much needed break. My thoughts turn to what is happening in the lawn and garden. Patio pots are starting to lose their pizzazz; those once colorful gems are spent and faded. Vegetable…

GOOD Bugs for Your Garden!

Not all insects are bad and annoying; many are beneficial to your lawn and garden. From pollenating to protecting your flowers, some will take care of your pests that infect damage and feed on your valuable landscape. And they are super organic to boot! Our good friend, Coccinellidae, aka, The Lady Bug, with her round…

It’s Your Garden, Time To Get Grow

Ah … it’s my favorite time of the year. We all have different tastes, different reasons why one season floats our boat and others we might dread. Spring promises new hope, new growth and the promise of flowers and food. As Mother Nature closes the curtain on ice and cold, she opens the window to…

Flower Watching On My European Vacation

When gardeners vacation, they are excited to see flowers and plants they don’t normally see in their own backyards. If you are accustomed to seeing petunias, geraniums and marigolds, when you spot a tropical hibiscus or bougainvillea, you grab your camera and click away. Recently, I was fortunate enough to take a big trip with my…

Enjoying The Flower Journey

As my wife and I traveled the highways and byways of the American Southwest during our summer vacation, one thing became apparent: The variety of flowers and plants are as diverse as the changing landscape. The trek took us from Erie, Colo., to Moab, Utah, then on to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, over to Mesa…