Category: ‘Gardening’

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Celebrating Father’s Day

by Shelby Shy on June 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

PothosFather’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19. It is one of those holidays that can be challenging to find just the right gift.

Lucky for me, my father’s passion is gardening. This year, the big buzz for gardeners is potted flowers and plants, and interesting containers.

Even dads who are non-gardeners appreciate flowers and plants, so consider making your dad smile with a floral gift.

Simple grasses or hanging green pothos in industrial concrete containers make a masculine gift for dad.

Surprise dad at work with one of these plants — they’re perfect to spruce up office spaces. Read More

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As summer is fast approaching, one of our first and most enjoyable thoughts is about vacation. Where to go, when to go and for how long are all part of the plan in progress. As I think of places I have been, some of my favorites include beautiful gardens that I have experienced along the way.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia

Sometimes the garden itself was part of the reason for the choice of location, as it was when I visited Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. I had seen so many stunning photos of this magnificent place and couldn’t wait to see it in person. I was certainly not disappointed! I don’t think I have ever experienced a more beautiful, well-planned collection of flowers and plants.

Over 100 years ago Jennie Butchart transformed an exhausted limestone quarry into one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. She had tons and tons of topsoil brought in by horse and cart to line the abandoned quarry. That was just the beginning. Over the years, the gardens grew to include the Sunken Garden, the Italian Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Concert lawn just to name a few of the popular areas of the gardens. They even open the gardens at night for guests to enjoy spectacular lighting effects that give the gardens a totally unique perspective. A visit to Butchart Gardens was truly an unforgettable experience. 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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Air Purifying Plants For a Healthier You

by Brian Wheat on January 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm

MixPlantsAs winter sometimes keeps us cooped up indoors, our houseplants can be our partner in keeping us healthier. In addition to being decorative and inviting enhancements for both the home and office, plants are alive and thriving with good vibes, and help cleanse the air. Our lungs will appreciate plants’ many benefits, as they filter out airborne impurities. Adding certain plants to your bedroom can even give you an oxygen boost while you snooze!

Certain airborne chemicals are emitted in low levels in our homes from sources including carpets, cleaning products, polishes, dyes, electronics, building materials, adhesives, paints and furniture.  They can pollute our air with formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene and even carbon monoxide.

Here’s the good news: In the 1980’s, NASA scientists conducted studies that tested several varieties of houseplants to determine their filtering abilities. Many of the selected plants are easy to care for, affordable and available at your local garden center or florist. They recommend at least two 10-inch and up sized pots, per 100 square feet of living space. What an easy solution to keep you breathing easy with cleansed air. Read More

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Hardy Garden Mum —Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, ColoradoI’m blessed to live in an area of the country with four distinct seasons, where the trees and shrubs begin to notice the changing temperatures; their shadows grow longer, their leaves preparing for the inevitable change that’s lurking just around the corner. Across the country, fun-times abound with autumn festivals of pumpkins, hot apple cider and hayrides for many families’ weekend destination. A longstanding tradition of loading up the kids in the car and heading off to a farmer’s field to pick the perfect pumpkins and to make jack-o’-lanterns, connecting with Mother Nature and respecting her bounty. Fall is a time to be thankful, to reflect and show your appreciation by planting and by giving flowers.

Some wonderful traditional fall flowers to plant are the hardy garden mums with their palette of classic autumn hues of golds, yellows, bronze, purples and orange. Read More