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Best Orchid Shows in the U.S.

March 25, 2017

There’s something about an orchid’s soft, elegant petals that make them almost addicting to look at. Their ability to bring a sense of tranquility and love to any room has made them a beloved flower by people of all occupations and backgrounds. Whether you’ve been growing orchids for years, or just love to admire their beauty, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at any one of these national orchid festivals.

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Fun Flower Facts

Now Blooming: Monsella Tulips

March 21, 2017

As part of our “Now Blooming” collection, we’re excited to announce that this month’s limited edition flower is the Monsella tulip! For years, tulips have reigned as the most popular spring bulb, thanks to their beautiful petals and striking colors. So if you want to add some cheer to your house, look no further than the most sought after of all tulips – the Monsella tulip. This early blooming spring flower is unlike any other, because its beautiful, cardinal yellow petals are interrupted by bright red stripes. We doubt you need any more reason to love these beautiful flowers, but if you do, here are a few little known facts about Monsella tulips and tulips in general.

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Fun Flower Facts

The Meaning Behind Each Tulip Color

March 20, 2017

You probably know about the language of love, but have you heard of the language of flowers? Because tulips bloom in the spring, they are commonly used to represent new life and warmth, but every color also carries its own meaning and interesting superstitions. Let your flowers do the talking the next time you give someone you love one of these wonderfully meaningful colored tulips.

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Gifting

Sending Gifts to the Military Overseas

March 13, 2017

No matter if they’re deployed for two months or two years, they are a family member or stranger, or they are in the U.S. Army or Marines – our service men and women are doing some of the hardest jobs imaginable. And while they’re overseas, they’re sure to miss the comforts of home from time to time. Since it can be hard to communicate via phone or video chat, a care package is a great way to stay connected and show your support.

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Thanks to our international shipping, you can skip the post office and send everything you want to over 195 countries right from 1800Flowers.com. While specific products may be limited by the recipients location, here are some ideas of gifts you can send:

Salty Snack Baskets

If your special someone is a salt lover, send them a basket filled with snacks to satisfy their cravings including popcorn tins, nuts, chocolate covered pretzels and more. Plus, most of these gift baskets won’t spoil right away so they can be enjoyed for quite some time!

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Fun Flower Facts

Now Blooming: Hercules Amaryllis

March 10, 2017

Introducing: The Now Blooming program! Each month, we’ll be featuring and selling a brand new flower as part of our “Now Blooming” collection. This March, we’re kicking off the spring season with the Hercules amaryllis! In honor of this beautiful, limited edition arrangement, here are a few little known facts about everyone’s favorite fuchsia flower.

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Flower & Plant Care

How to Grow Bulbs in a Container Garden

March 8, 2017

Bulbs don’t seem to get enough credit. They’re easy to plant, easy to care for, and you’ll be able to enjoy their colorful bloom year after year. So why don’t more of us take advantage of them? If you’re looking to spruce up an entryway, patio, or sunroom, look no further than with a bulb container garden. And if you’ve never planted bulbs (or anything else for that matter), don’t worry – we’ve covered everything from buying to planting.

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Wedding Flowers

The Bride and the Bouquet: A History

March 6, 2017

Choosing wedding flowers is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding prep (second only to maybe the cake tasting). While flowers are a necessity for any wedding, it’s the bouquet that really steals the floral show. Today, the bouquet adds beauty and a pop of color to the blushing bride as she walks down the aisle. But believe it or not, the tradition is actually much older than you may think, dating back to the 16th century. And though brides were carrying bouquets down the aisle even back then, it wasn’t for the reason you’d expect. Below is a brief history about the origin of the bouquet.

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Floral Events & News

Best Cherry Blossom Festivals in The U.S.

March 3, 2017

From New York to California, cities and towns across America wait in anticipation for the annual blooming of cherry blossom trees. But did you know that the cherry blossom is more than just a beautiful tree? It’s also a celebrated symbol of the friendship between the United States and Japan.

In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City gifted our nation’s capital with hundreds of traditional cherry trees. The trees were a symbol of our growing friendship. Now every year, cities around the country honor traditional Japanese culture with festivals, parades and week long celebrations. If you’re looking to experience the festivities for yourself, here are the top cherry blossom festivals in the country.

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Romance

Most Romantic Getaways in the World and United States

February 18, 2017

Private white sand beaches, miles of beautiful hiking trails and secluded bungalows – what more could you ask for? With nearly half the country still covered in snow, it can be especially tempting to get away during the winter. Whether you’re looking to spice things up with a trip across the world or just need some R&R over a long weekend, these retreats will surely turn up the heat.

Hawaii

With your choice of eight main islands, each more beautiful than the next, Hawaii is a popular travel destination for people all over the world. Its mix of large cities, lush natural foliage and white sand beaches leaves something for everyone. The main city of Honolulu offers a bit of everything, with high-rise suites, glorious beach resorts, luxury shopping, a boasting Chinatown and exciting nightlife. If you’re into something a little more adventurous, visit the Volcanoes National Park where you can walk along the trails of active volcanoes.

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Fun Flower Facts

6 Plants You Need in Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

February 16, 2017

Poor sleep can be caused by a number of things, like stress, too much caffeine and even late night cell phone usage (but let’s face it, when else are you going to catch up on your Facebook timeline?). This might be why the National Sleep Foundation found that lack of sleep is affecting more Americans than ever before – 130 million be exact. Believe it or not, there are actually a number of plants that have been proven to help induce sleep.

Gardenia

Simply smelling the flower has the ability to leave you feeling tired and groggy. After testing the effects of gardenia on mice, a German study found that these flowers had the same effects as valium on a neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA. Many people in Europe have even began supplementing their sleeping pills with gardenia flowers.

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