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Go Green in Your Office with Plants

by Brian Wheat on January 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

Office Plants at Work — Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comNeed to add some character to your workplace? Houseplants, or in this case office plants, help promote well-being and create natural space and separations in an office climate.

Easy care, low light and low cost make traditional foliage plants a bargain, and gosh darn it, they make you feel good in a concrete jungle. The right plant in the right location will bring you years of enjoyment.

Plus, they’ll make you work smarter. Texas A&M University research demonstrates that workers’ idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

In addition, the NASA Clean Air Study  proves plants’ abilities to cleanse our office and home air of pollutants and toxins. Thanks, Mother Nature for your green gift of health working in an office scenario, filtering 24/7.   Read More

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Tropical Beauties of Maui

by Brian Wheat on November 1, 2016 at 1:01 am

Bird of Paradise — Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, ColoradoIt’s hard to believe summer is over and it’s already November. Thank goodness for flowers and plants, because they can transport you to another place.

With flowers, I can relive the magic of Hawaii.

In one of my earlier blogs, I coined the phrase “flower watching,” likening it to birdwatching when flower lovers are exploring on a trip or vacation.

My wife and I were blessed to have traveled to the Hawaiian island of Maui for the 132nd Annual Convention of the Society of American Florists.

And boy, did we flower watch. Read More

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— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. http://www.lafayetteflorist.com/It seems like only yesterday it was early spring when you journeyed to the garden center to select your blooming treasures. With the anticipation of good weather on the horizon, you were all aflutter with excitement of a good growing season. You stood in marvel at the greenhouse, looking in at the sea of colors and textures that soon would be yours. You carefully selected the perfect pot, the best potting soil and the best looking bedding plants they had to offer. You were on your way to an epic spring display after a long winter. So, you got it all hauled home, got it all planted and placed in the perfect location to enjoy all summer long.

Things are looking great. A month goes by, and still everything looks pretty good. Then all of sudden one afternoon, you notice it. The shine has worn off; you need help. This is a common occurrence for all of us flower and plant lovers. Care and maintenance is essential. There are many reasons things deteriorate a bit, such as a lack of dead-heading or fertilizer, insect or disease issues, weather, or even the location needs changed.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your patio pots, hanging baskets and flower beds performing at their best all the way into the fall. Read More

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— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. http://www.lafayetteflorist.com/It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mom.”

Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States, honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. The tradition started in 1908 when Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia, held a memorial for her mother at church. She campaigned for years to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday.

Finally in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that designated Mother’s Day to be a national holiday to honor mothers on the second Sunday in May — this year May 8.

Mother’s Day remains one of the most traditional holidays we celebrate in the United States, with the giving of flowers and greeting cards. It’s also the biggest holiday for long-distance phone calls. Read More

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WheatGrassSeedlings-LafayetteFlorist As the season turns, it’s like Mother Nature’s Broadway — a new cast of characters is in the wings and preparing for the next big show. The brown and lifeless landscapes give way to shades of green and the sprouts of bulbs begin to emerge. The chirps of robins and flashes of red cardinals wake up slumbering shrubs with explosions of yellow from the forsythia. Ah, spring is in the air.

I think we feel the change in our lives; the sun is warmer and the skies bluer, the air is fresher and it carries the promise of new growth. Our inner farmer begins to emerge; we envision ourselves in a simpler time, cultivating the land, growing our own food to feed our families and animals.

Fast forward 100 years, when all of these labors are almost forgotten. We just stop at the grocery store and pick up whatever we need to sustain ourselves. Many folks are harking back to a time when you knew where your food came from and how it was grown and processed. I’ve noticed a resurgence in gardeners wanting to grow their own vegetables and flowers, like their ancestors did. Sure, most of us don’t want to hitch-up a team of draft horses to a plow a rocky field, but we do want to get our hands dirty and get back to our roots by growing plants (pun intended). Read More