September holidays: Celebrate with flowers

September will soon be upon us, the month in which it becomes fall or spring, depending on which side of the globe you call home. September has a number of fun holidays that you can mark with parties and flowers, including the solstice, grandparents’ day, and Labor Day. We covered the last one with our previous blog post, so let’s move on to some of the more unusual celebrations of September. Read the rest of this entry »

Labor Day: Last chance for summer flowers?

In the United States, summer is neatly sandwiched between two public holidays—Memorial Day in May, and Labor Day in September. In the center is the Fourth of July, and the whole season is dedicated to barbecues, outdoor adventures, and freedom from school. Now, at this time of year, the kids are either back at school or soon will be, and the summer season is drawing to a close with Labor Day coming up on September 1st. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day in Costa Rica

Mother’s Day in Costa Rica is coming up on August 15th. If your mom is in Costa Rica, or you’re in Costa Rica and she isn’t, you’ll need to hustle to get your Mother’s Day flowers together in time. Fortunately, daFlores is there to save the day, and if you order now you’ll be able to make your mother or the mother of your children smile next Friday, just in time. Read the rest of this entry »

Gardens make life better

Flowers have been introduced to a southern English park in an effort to reduce crime—and it’s worked. The flower garden was funded by a £5,000 police grant and has gone far already to prove that beautifying an area can do wonders for morale and a general sense of peace. Read the rest of this entry »

Sending bonsai to space, just-because

Bonsai has just gone into the upper atmosphere.

Yes, you heard that right. Japanese artist Azuma Makato has produced several beautiful bonsai trees and flower arrangements and has sent them into orbit as part of an art experiment. He and a team of 10 traveled from Japan to Nevada to send up two separate helium balloons to the very edges of our atmophere. Read the rest of this entry »

Honoring cousins, aunts and uncles

Cousins’ Day is coming up on July 24th—just one week from today. If you’re anything like us, your cousins might not have lived just next door, but they were always a strong part of the family. Cousins offer a different perspective on life; different parents, different home, but still the same clan. So what better time than Cousins’ Day to show some appreciation of those family members? Read the rest of this entry »

Monsoon brings second spring flowers

If you’re living in the desert west or southwest, the monsoon is a familiar July issue. It show up like clockwork in early July, creating heavy thunderstorms, rain, flash flood and, worst of all, humidity. But the flip side of the monsoon is that it feeds flowers—not just at this time of year, but also the water that pours in one year will produce next year’s spring flowers. Read the rest of this entry »

American agave flowers after 80 years

What would it be like if you lived 80 years, bloomed briefly, and then died? All that time spent getting ready for your one main event…it’s kind of sad, when you think about it. Well, that’s the fate of a rare American agave plant that finally came into its own in Michigan. Read on to find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime event. Read the rest of this entry »

Best summer flowers for your garden

How are you doing in the summer heat? Are you thriving, or wilting? Just as some people are designed for heat and others can’t bear it, so are flowers exactly the same. When you’re planting or maintaining a summer garden, it’s a good idea to know which plants thrive in the lovely summer and which don’t. Read on for some ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

State flower of Missouri: The hawthorn

Missouri, right there beside the Mississippi River, has as its state flower the hawthorn. This prickly, practical shrub grows naturally wild in the state, and its colorful fruit, the haws, provide birds with much-needed food towards winter. So why did Missouri choose the hawthorn as its state flower, and what else can the plant do? Read on for the latest in our state flower series. Read the rest of this entry »