Inviting Bees & Butterflies to your Yard

bees & butterflies

There are few things more serene than relaxing in your own yard on a lazy afternoon. A backyard haven of lounge chairs, a beverage of choice, and serenity – sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Make this peaceful day even more idyllic by encouraging butterflies to join you – which is as simple as adding several lovely flowers to your yard deck or patio. Bees & butterflies congregate in gardens that both support the ecosystem and infuse color to your natural space – and Peoples Flowers is here to assist you in cultivating the plants and flowers that will beckon these industrious and beautiful creatures.

Do We Really Want Bees? The honeybee population is in critical decline worldwide, and here in the US, nearly 40$ have disappeared.  Bees are paramount to the ecosystem, especially in food production. Contributing in even a small way to encourage the bees to thrive is important – don’t worry. Experts say that when collecting nectar and pollinating, bees will rarely sting unless harassed.  Continue reading

Summer Flowers – Floral Sunshine

summer flowersAlbuquerque is renowned for beautiful, year-round weather. Sunshine is abundant at any given time in our fair city, but in the summer it streams through every window and doorway, permeating our lives. The color of sunshine is yellow, the most radiant color on the spectrum, one that captures our eye and our imagination. It is the color of happy faces and indeed, happy feelings – of optimism, of creativity and summer.

summer flowersThe summer flowers are just as cheerful. Flowers that grow well during this time of year include hydrangea, zinnias, gladioli, marigolds, periwinkle and petunias. Daisies of all varieties are one of the most popular blooms during this time of year, and they are the basis of one of our most whimsical summer bouquets. The expert designers at People’s Flower Shops have added lush green solidago and yellow roses to bright daisies, and the entire arrangement is delivered in a cube of citrus-fresh lemons and limes. What a fabulous and refreshing centerpiece for your picnic or barbecue – or to bring along to a friend’s gathering as a gift.

summer flowersEqually vivid is the most iconic of all the summer blossoms, the sunflower. Rarely is there a flower that so embodies a feeling, a season or a mood quite as perfectly as this flower does – placing a bouquet of sunflowers on any table is the best way to bring instant sunshine. Experts also say that surrounding yourself with yellow can elevate your mood and bring happiness, much in the way that sunlight does. Order one of these beautiful floral arrangements from Peoples Flower Shop for your own home, or have it delivered to someone you want to cheer up and let these summer flowers work their magic!

Summer Sunflowers

summer sunflowersThe long and lazy days of summer have arrived, and with them celebrations, barbecues and relaxing times with family and friends. We all know there is simply no better way to brighten any gathering than with a vase of fresh cut summer flowers – from patio to picnic table, a bunch of sunflowers is the perfect way to represent the essence of this relaxing and sunny season.

Once you are done with the head of the bloom, the abundant seeds will also give you the opportunity to grow your own impressive stalks of sunflowers. They grow fairly well, and require very little dedicated cultivation. As a matter of fact, they are known to grow across plains and along roadways spanning the Midwestern United States, making it one of the most prolific wildflowers in existence. As each flower dies and the seeds scatter, new sunflowers are sure to take root. However, you can cultivate sunflowers in fertile soil with plenty of drainage; and your efforts should result in huge and majestic plants, sometimes reaching 20 feet (although three to ten foot plants are more common.)

summer sunflowers

Summer Sunflowers

Aside from being gorgeous and bringing a cheerful aura to any space, sunflowers are also known to be quite useful in other ways. Native Americans have used the sunflower to treat pulmonary and respiratory ailments for thousands of years. The stems are rich in phosphorous and potassium which is often composted and returned to soil as fertilizer. In other countries the sunflower is used in part in the manufacturing of fuel, paper, paint and cosmetics. Back home, many folks enjoy husked sunflower seeds as a nutritious and handy snack, and sunflower oil can also be used while cooking.