Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

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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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Cinco de Mayo Parties

by Ardith Beveridge on April 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

CincoDeMayo-CloseUp-ArdithBeveridgeWhen the word “fiesta” is heard, we all think party. The king of the fiesta is Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo — or the fifth of May — commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, however, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo celebrations include parades, mariachi performances and street festivals. The occasion is a delightful expression with color, music, food, and traditional costumes of the Mexican culture.

If you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo party, the first thoughts are food and decor. Let me help you with the decorating with these simple tips. Read More

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It’s Your Garden, Time to Get Growing

by Brian Wheat on April 23, 2015 at 7:09 am

FamilyGardening-LafayetteFloristAh … 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 cleansing rain, blue skies, milder temperatures and fragrances that bring back memories of our childhoods.

Growing up in central Illinois, I enjoyed the greening of the pastures, the flow of the creek and planting of our spring garden. My mom planted by seed a large vegetable garden with tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, carrots, radish, peas, onions, and potatoes. Perennials like rhubarb, horseradish, strawberries and asparagus would appear like magic from the earth.

The surrounding vines produced grapes, canes of raspberries, and we had trees of peach, plum, apple, apricot and cherries. Our neighbor’s trees produced amazing pears. Read More

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On the Monday after Easter, the First Family hosts the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. https://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll More than 35,000 will gather on the South Lawn for the festivities, including Easter classics like the egg roll, egg hunt, music and storytelling. Watch this video for highlights of last year’s White House Easter Egg Roll:

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My friend Sherry, a florist in Indiana, and I have been honored to be part of the floral design team decorating the White House Easter Roll for a number of years now. We’ve created some beautiful spring arrangements to delight and welcome visitors.

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TulipVarieties-BrianWheat-LafayetteFloristAs winter recedes across the land, the promise of new life emerges from the soil. The grass takes on a familiar hue, and the smell of spring wafts in the garden. As the growing tips of fall planted bulbs push skyward, their history is deeply rooted in folklore and stories of power and intrigue.

From healing powers in Greek mythology to the Dutch Tulip Bubble of 1637, it’s a story worthy of the movie of the week or at least an exciting novel. Fortunes were made and lost, and lives forever changed over simple tulip bulbs.

At the peak of Tulip Mania in March of 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman of the era. Exported from the Netherlands to the world market for a hefty price, a coveted luxury item is now a very affordable common, but impressive, part of the American garden scape.

Gorgeous spring gardens are enhanced by the power of the bulb, an underground fleshy storage, whose life cycle delights us. As temperatures and moisture content speak to the inner bulb clock, its timing is a wonder of nature. Blooming occurs when conditions are perfect from early spring, mid spring and late spring. Read More