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Enjoying the Flower Journey

by Brian Wheat on August 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

As my wife and I traveled the highways and byways of the American Southwest during our summer vacation, one thing became apparent: The variety of flowers and plants are as diverse as the changing landscape. The trek took us from Erie, Colo., to Moab, Utah, then on to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, over to Mesa Verde and through Durango, Colo. Roughly a 1,650-mile, five-day journey to explore the great national wonders of America the beautiful.

As avid “flower watchers,” we are always on the lookout for amazing blooms, flowers, trees, shrubs and anything flora. We were not disappointed. Flowers complement every scene, around every corner, up every mountain, down every canyon, their presence complete the picture. Mother Nature sure had a good time painting them into every nook and cranny throughout our journey.

The flowers and plants growing in and around Moab, the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, give a stark contrast to the backdrop of red and copper colored soils and rock formations, slick rocks, sand and boulders that look like they are from another planet, supporting plants that must survive temperatures over 100 degrees, arid environment, blistering sun and harsh weather conditions.

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Open Up

by Christine Arylo on August 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

SAF_LLAF_OpenUp_404X404As a person who has dedicated her life to teaching people how to love well, I can say that most people I meet admit to me they would love to have more loving relationships, in which they feel loved – appreciated, cared for, and seen. Just like a flower needs water and sun to flourish, we humans need to give and receive love in order to truly thrive. The challenge is that unlike flowers, who naturally open themselves up to receive the sun and water on a daily basis, we humans default to keeping our hearts protected, so the love we seek has a hard time getting in. While we desire love, most of us are too scared of the vulnerability that opening our hearts requires.

Wow, can we learn a lot from a flower! Those smart buds don’t think twice about letting the sun and water in, they just open up and receive what they need to be nourished. What would it be like for you to open up your heart more, so that when love does show up, you could receive the love you seek instead of pushing it away or only letting a little in?

Build your love receptor muscles little by little, starting with sources of love that are guaranteed safe. For example, start interacting with things that are naturally loving. Did you ever notice how when you are around babies, puppies or flowers, that your heart opens up almost automatically, and love just comes pouring in? This is because these things have no fear factor. You feel safe opening your heart.  Read More

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Campus Life

by J. Robbin Yelverton on August 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

The bright greens of summer are slowly turning to the muted olives and sages of fall. It must be back to school time.

Yelverton-flowers inthe dorm-fbWhether it be dorm, sorority/frat house, apartment or shared house, students across the nation are once again furnishing their home away from home. For the finishing touches, flowers and plants in the decorating scheme can go a long way in keeping the living space cozy, homey and beautiful. Plus, flowers and plants will make your college student work smarter! Texas A&M research demonstrates that idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in environments that include flowers and plants.

When selecting plants and flowers for your student’s space, factors to consider:

  1. Ease of maintenance (read: takes care of itself)
  2. Low light levels (students are creatures of the night)
  3. Air cleaning abilities (if you have ever been in a dorm room, you will understand)

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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.”

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Celebrating Friendship

by Ardith Beveridge on July 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

YellowBudVaseRibbon-fbWhen you need comforting during a trying time or have happy news to share, or need a favor, who do you call? You probably turn to your best friend. Friends provide emotional support; they do favors big and small, and so much more. They’re there when we need them; they are praying for us when we are too sad or distressed to pray for ourselves. They are there through the good times and the bad.

Friendship Day, celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August, is dedicated to the bond of friendship and companionship. This year, Friendship Day is August 3rd. Flowers go a long way in letting a friend know how grateful you are for their presence in your life.

Plus, Rutgers research proves a gift of flowers guarantees smiles.  Read More