Category: ‘Flower and Plant Care’

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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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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

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pink-rose-arrangement-You were one of the lucky ones who got roses for Valentine’s Day! Doesn’t it feel special to receive flowers? Guaranteed, you won’t soon forget the person who gave them to you, or that feeling of love and appreciation when you received them. After all, flowers are scientifically proven to make us happy! While the memory could last forever, here are tips to help you keep the flowers themselves around as long as possible.

First, make sure the vase or container is filled to the top with fresh water. Often the water level is lower to avoid spills during delivery. It is important that the water reach close to the top of the vase to insure all stems have access to water. Next, place the flowers in a cool place away from heat vents, air-ducts and direct sunlight. Check the vase daily and refill as needed. Often flowers drink faster that we realize.

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Plant a Garden for Pollinators

by Brian Wheat on July 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

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.

MPGC-FINAL-315x315By now, most of you have heard there may be a global problem with some of our most trusted winged friends — the bees, the butterflies, hummingbirds and bats. They are responsible for one out of three bites of food we take, and we are at a critical point in their survival. The reasons we find ourselves in this predicament are numerous. Some man-made and other things we can’t control. Our duty is to find a way to help in any way we can. Habitat loss, degradation and climate change are major concerns, with others being parasites, non-native species and diseases. Pollution and pesticides account for some of the decline, and we have to get better at understanding these effects. Education is critical; it’s the key in how we all move forward to make a better future for our pollinators. We need to identify the problems, work together for positive results and in turn Mother Nature will thrive and benefit from our efforts.

I support the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of the pollinators. I’m going to share with you some advice on how you can plant gardens that benefit pollinators. Read More

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Patio Pots on Parade

by Brian Wheat on June 9, 2015 at 7:46 am

As our population grows older, heck who am I kidding, as I grow older, getting down on my knees to garden is a bit of a chore and getting back up is even more of a challenge. Thank goodness there is an easier way; we call them patio pots.

Patio pots come in many colors, textures, shapes and sizes, ovals, window boxes, umbrella half circles and even whimsical types. One of my garden center customers fills her colorful hand-painted Mexican turtle planter named Fernando each spring with ocean blue lobelia. It’s become a tradition, and it makes her smile.

Patio Pots — Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado

I plant roughly 15 pots of various shapes and sizes for my home, some tall and colorful, some old school and others more traditional. That’s just on the back deck. Each container has a different story, a hodgepodge mixture of different times and places. In the front of the house, a more uniform statement of five circular ceramic gray pots are planted in full sun with a theme. This year’s color combination is that of red “Calliope” geraniums with white “Angelonia” snapdragons and “Wave” petunias of red, white and blue. Instead of using a traditional spike for the center, a red banana and King Tut Cyperus make fine tall additions standing at attention. This is my patriotic theme with Old Glory waving over the floriferous display, all summer long.

OldGlory — Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado

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