Monthly Archives: July 2014

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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? Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading