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.

A lovely sunflower arrangement from daFloresThe flower garden is in St. Andrew’s Park in Bristol, in southwest England, not far from Wales. Local residents have reported that everyone takes pictures of the flowers and it’s become gorgeous in just a matter of weeks. Instead of being anti-social, adults and children alike have come to the park and started just being, well—mellow.

Local residents had previously suffered drunkenness, noise and rowdiness, much of which has been reduced. We would say “who knew”–but we knew, and it’s long been documented that flowers have an effect on people. Raise the bar, and people will rise with it.

The flower garden has been funded for three years, which will be plenty of time to do some research and get some data. Hopefully then, other gardens will follow suit. Almost 15,000 seeds were planted by volunteers; perhaps soon they will get some bulbs in there, too, to catch the spring even earlier.

Do you have any flower gardens near you? Do you experience a sense of peace when you go there? We love to hear about local initiatives to plant flowers and make people’s lives better. As florists, we believe that’s a big part of what we do, too.

And in the meantime, if you’d like to make somebody else’s life better, daFlores is here with around-the-clock flower ordering for all your loved ones, year-round. We guarantee our flowers will stay fresh a week or longer, but the smiles and benefits of receiving flowers last longer still. Take a look through our website, and you’ll see what we mean!

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 »

Cheer Up Someone Lonely Day ideas

Loneliness kills. It also depresses, hurts, and really has nothing going for it at all. It’s perhaps with this in mind that National Cheer Up Someone Lonely Day sprang into being, a day to help grow awareness of the lonely and to brighten up their lives a little. As with all these things, though, a day isn’t enough, so let’s talk about this some more and look at some ideas for keeping the sentiment going year-round. Read the rest of this entry »

National Chocolate Day

National Chocolate Day is coming up in just two days. If you order today or tomorrow, you’ll be able to deliver flowers and chocolates just in time for Monday. (If you’re quick, you could even order on Monday; we do same-day delivery here at daFlores. So what is National Chocolate Day all about, anyway, and how does one celebrate? Read on for more details. Read the rest of this entry »

Towers of flowers with daFlores

You’ve heard of towers of treats, haven’t you? We even offer a few variants on that, mostly in the form of gift baskets and sets. But we’re talking about those gift-wrapped stacks of boxes, all tied with a beautiful bow, that make you go “wow” when you see them. Well, there’s a gentleman we just found out about who made something like that—with flowers. Read the rest of this entry »