Category: ‘Tropicals’

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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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Boat Drinks

by Shelby Shy on August 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

If you’re like me, you spend summer cranking up the Jimmy Buffet tunes and hosting a party or two. Having floral decorations for parties are a must because flowers create instant happiness — exactly the mood you want for a party.

All you Parrot Heads out there will especially appreciate these “Margaritaville” themed floral arrangements that I’ve affectionately dubbed “Boat Drinks.”

Shelby-boat drinks

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Easy, Brave and Bold Home Decor Updates

by Ardith Beveridge on February 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

Garden flowers - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.You might have already noticed that 2014 is all about bravery in style, and fearlessness in showing off flashy expressions. No more matching patterns. It is the same idea when you were little and your mother let you dress yourself. You wore what you liked and did not necessarily match. Today’s style for the home is about being bold and dangerous. Think vintage, bold flashes of color in exciting patterns, including floral patterns, which are making a big comeback.

While you might not be so brave to buy a new couch covered in floral patterns, it is easy to give your home décor an update with a floral throw blanket, pillow, or an English-garden style floral arrangement. Read More

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Flower Watching on my European Vacation

by Brian Wheat on September 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

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 wife to the Mediterranean Sea, an anniversary cruise, visiting many ports and Old World cities.

On the cruise ship, we were surrounded by beautiful floral arrangements, and on land, we were treated to even more flowers.

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Enjoy Tropical Paradise on Your Patio

by Brian Wheat on July 22, 2013 at 8:56 am

Just because you live in a land-locked state or have a small outdoor area doesn’t mean you can’t sip a fruity drink surrounded by flowering tropical beauties this summer. You can easily transform your outdoor summer space to reflect the ambiance of an island paradise with just a few plants from your local garden center.

There are a variety of tropical plants that can be potted and placed on your patio. In the fall, bring them indoors. Most tropical plants love hot, sunny locations; all you have to do is water when dry and fertilize monthly to keep them blooming all summer.

Listed here are my top five favorite tropical patio plants and the climate zones where they thrive:

Mandeville (Zones 10-11): This vine with its red, white, pink, yellow or bi-color blooms looks wonderful spilling out of a colorful pot and its green glossy leaves can climb up to 20-feet. It is deer resistant and easy to grow.


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