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Centerpiece-fbPlanning a fall wedding? Now is the time to be talking to your florist. Autumn is such a glorious time with all the rich colors, textures and materials, even more so when celebrating a wedding. Unlike spring with its soft palette or summer’s bright hues, autumn has depth, richness and a distinct maturity. Embracing those qualities and enjoying the many materials associated with fall can help create a visually memorable event, and be cost effective.

Décor can be elegant or casual. Just because pumpkins are present doesn’t imply the event is any less refined. Use of metallic color can take the gourd from country bumpkin to chic and haute. Leaving the canning jar aside, a beautiful mercury glass container filled with textural berries, cones, grasses and vines raises the bar for country charm. The glow of candlelight takes on an even warmer tone when reflected off the jewel tones of autumn. Read More

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Fourth of July Décor and More

by Jenny Scala on June 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

The countdown to the Fourth of July fireworks spectacular is on. During the lead up to the rockets red glare, we travel near and far to gather with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Parades and marching bands, BBQs and picnics, beaches and pools, and red, white and blue mark the grand celebration. While preparing for the festivities, consider the many beautiful ways flowers can enhance the three-day July 4 holiday weekend.

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Profound Emotions Tied to Tradition

by Dak Kopec on June 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm

GardenRosesTradition is the history of society. Many traditions, such as weddings, are accentuated by the use of flowers and beautifully arranged bouquets. The floral aromas stimulate our senses and bring back memories of those happy occasions for years to come. The scent of lilac blooms and garden roses always take me back to the excitement and joy I felt as a child knowing that summer vacation was just around the corner. While those fun-filled summer breaks from my childhood are long behind me, the scents of the season continue to evoke those feelings.

It’s not surprising that flowers and plants have been a part of human traditions since humans began to walk the Earth. In ancient Greece, for example, ivy represented enduring love. Early Romans carried herbs under their veils to ward off evil spirits and ensure fertility. Flowers continue to have a strong impact on us. Scientific research reveals that flowers make intimate connections, leading us to have increased contact with family and friends, and have an immediate impact on happiness. Read More

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Summer Solstice Father’s Day

by Leanne Kesler on June 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

What are your plans for Father’s Day Sunday? Coinciding with the summer solstice, June 21 means Father’s Day will be the longest day of the year. That means more time to celebrate the men in your life. Men — yes, I mean plural. Take a moment and remember Dad, Grandpa and everyone who has been “like a father” to you in the past year. Oh, my! That’s getting to be quite a list. Even with it being the longest day of the year, you might want to get started earlier — soon — like, now.

Start by sending a surprise gift to the important fathers in your life early this week. Men love to get flowers and men are always surprised to get flowers. Why is that? Because we just don’t send them enough. It’s time to start a trend. Send flowers and make your men smile.

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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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