The Pivot Year

The year 2020 will go down as the year that everything got delayed, canceled and changed.  COVID-19 stopped everyone in their tracks.  We weren’t alone in this either.  The entire world came to a screeching halt.   At Lafayette Florist, we had to change our business quickly or risk going out of business.  There were…

The Quickie Wedding – Marry Now, Party Later

With COVID-19 came postponed weddings and teary brides wondering what to do next.  The reality is that you can’t CANCEL LOVE.  Many brides decided to go on with the ceremony, but save the party for later. It could be a backyard affair with a few family members.  Some couples went back to where they met…

Attracting butterflies, birds and of course, bees to my garden

I started to plan my garden this year and decided I wanted to attract butterflies.  While talking with our Garden Center experts, I found that creating a habitat for butterflies was an important part of boosting our ecosystem.  It’s called a “Pollinator Habitat.”   It provides an environment primarily for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.  These pollinators…

Spring Flowers = Spring Fashion

With the new and fresh planting season, our thoughts turn to new explosions of color and resurrection. Marching into spring, Mother Nature delights us with bulbs’ noses emerging, buds swelling on branches and the occasional warm breeze. Oh yes, the spring flowers, they’re coming. The flower world is a lot like the fashion world. Trends…

The farmer in us – planting seeds

The garden center was busy building the seed racks and unpacking thousands of small packets of seeds.  I wondered what all the fuss was about.  I asked Brian J. Wheat, CEO and CSU Master Gardener – “Why plant seeds?” Brian says there are many reasons to start a garden from seed: The joy of watching…

Prom Trend 2019

It’s finally here – the most memorable event of your high school career, PROM!  You’ve gotten your date, your attire and now it’s time for the iconic prom accessory – the flowers. I spoke to Jordan Davis, Lafayette Florists’ bridal consultant and Marketing / Sales coordinator on this year’s prom trends.  Jordan says she is…

Textured Indoor Plants

I just purchased a new home and wanted to add interesting touches, so I was scouring home décor magazines.  I wanted something other than candlesticks, books and empty vases that seemed to be the most popular choices.  I wanted to bring life to my surroundings. Luckily, I work at Lafayette Florist.  However, I work in…

Won’t You Be My Blooming Valentine?

Many folks think florists and card companies invented Valentine’s Day. Well, here is the scoop on the day of love: There are many legends on the origin of Valentine’s Day, from saints to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. The most popular one goes all the way back to 270 A.D., when Bishop Valentine performed…

The Flower Name Game

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the name of things do not matter, only what things “are.” There are a few names of flowers that “are” romantic, such as Love-in-a-Mist, Bleeding…

Houseplants: Our Favorite Air Filters

Houseplants have always played an important part of health and well being. Having green plants around gives us a nice feeling, a connection with nature, a Mother Nature “warm fuzzy,” if you will. We love our plants and in return, they love us back and go beyond the call of duty by cleansing the air…