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Desert Flowers Erupt in California ‘Super Bloom’

April 26, 2017

California deserts provide a home for a number of animals and insects, and have some of the most nutrient-rich soil found on Earth. But one thing they’re not exactly known for is their blooming flowers — or at least, they weren’t until now.

The once barren, grey landscape of California’s deserts has transformed into a colorful “super bloom” of flowers. So if you were ever thinking of taking a spontaneous trip to the desert, now is the time!Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California

What is a “Super Bloom?”

Typically, dry, hot climates are the last place you would expect to find flourishing flowers, but thanks to California’s recent unseasonably wet weather, deserts across the state are experiencing a super bloom — a term used to describe an explosion of flowers that surpasses typical spring blooms.

 

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NOW BLOOMING: Tulips

April 21, 2017

As Featured on Facebook Live Today

Tulips are the go-to flowers of spring! At 1-800-Flowers, we absolutely love tulips. In fact, we love tulips SO much that even our logo has a purple tulip in it!

During our Facebook Live event today st 1 p.m./EST, we will be talking all about tulips! In case you don’t know how to attend, just visit the 1-800-Flowers Facebook page to join the discussion! From different types of tulips like our Margarita and Monsella tulips, to tulip care, and fun tulip facts, our 1-800-Flowers experts Liz  and Lisa will be sharing knowledge about everyone’s favorite spring flower.

Just in case you can’t tune in live, we wanted to write this blog post to make sure you don’t miss any of the tulip details we’ll be sharing today! Thank you in advance for “Petal Talking” with us!

 

Fun Tulip Facts

  • There are over 3,000 species of cultivated tulips
  • Tulips come in a wide variety of colors and each has a special meaning
  • Even in a vase, tulips follow the sun
  • Tulips will continue to grow even after they are cut
  • During the 17th century, tulips were so valuable as they increased in popularity that they began a craze known as Tulip Mania. In six months tulips increase 20x their price.
  • “Tulip” is derived from the Persian word “delband” which stands for turban

If you’re interested in learning even more about tulips, click here for our blog post called “All About Tulips”!

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Best Tulip Festivals in the World 2017

April 21, 2017

March 20th marks the first day of spring, and that means warmer weather, barbeques, and tulips in full bloom! Cities and towns all around the world have already started gearing up for festivals honoring spring’s favorite flower. This uniquely colored flower only pops up for a few weeks every year, so you’ll want to make the most of this year’s tulip bloom by visiting some of the most beautiful tulip festivals.

Tulip Festivals Around the World

Keukenhof

Where: Holland
When: March 23rd – May 21st

Known as “The most beautiful spring garden in the world,” the Keukenhof holds more than 800 varieties of tulips and a total of 7 million bulbs! But amazingly, there’s even more to see here than just the beautiful flowers. Visitors can also witness a collection of artwork and plethora of outdoor cultural events. And have no fear, children are welcome here! If you’re out with the family, the Keukenhof also has a treasure hunt, petting zoo, maze and playground to keep your little ones entertained for hours.

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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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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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Pantone Color Of The Year 2017

December 23, 2016

It’s the moment we’ve been patiently waiting for–Pantone chose their color of the year for 2017! Can you guess what it is? We’ll give you a hint: It’s a color that represents the environment and specifically signifies a fresh beginning, nature and a healthier lifestyle. If you guessed “Greenery,” you’re right–and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

green-flowers

According to The Pantone Color Institute, this refreshing and revitalizing color was selected to evoke the feeling of the first days of spring, when the great outdoors becomes restored and renewed. This color represents a sense of freshness, which will be reflected in trends that are minimalistic and simplistic in 2017.

The yellow-green hue that makes up “Greenery,” is here to remind us to take a deep breath and strive for inner peace, while stressing the importance of taking a break from our daily routines to replenish ourselves. We can’t think of a better way to achieve that level of re-invigoration than by incorporating some of these calming products into our lives: Continue Reading…

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Rare “Corpse Flower” Set to Bloom at the New York Botanical Gardens

July 25, 2016

BRONX, NEW YORK − While we normally think of flowers as sweet-smelling, there are also flowers that are on the complete opposite spectrum such “armorphophallus titanum,” also known as a “corpse flower.” The corpse flower received its named because of its unpleasant (to put it nicely 🙂 scent. Many describe the corpse flower smell to “rotting flesh” or a “decaying carcass.”

While this flower doesn’t sound very pleasant, it is very popular because of its rarity and because of the time it takes to bloom. It has been nearly 80 years since the corpse flower last bloomed at the New York Botanical Gardens. Given the long wait, the flower may only last for just one or two days.

While relatively unpredictable, the New York Botanical Garden’s corpse flower is said to be only “seconds away from blooming.” For those that don’t want to brave the stench or are not in the area, the flower is being live-streamed on the NYBG website. This giant flower can grow to be 8 feet high and opens up to a red interior when in bloom. The odor is said to attract pollinators, such as flies, which love the rotting odor as a place to lay their eggs.

So, will you be watching the corpse flower cam to see it bloom?

Corpse Flower in Bloom

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Top Tulip Festivals In The U.S

March 17, 2016

Although it’s where most of us probably look, our gardens aren’t the only place where we can view some of the spring and summer’s best blooms – there are festivals and events for that too. Tulip festivals in particular, which are held not only in the U.S but also around the world, provide visitors with the opportunity to see some of the greatest varieties of this popular spring flower. Below, we’ve listed five of the best festivals right here in the U.S for you to consider attending this year:

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016

February 18, 2016

Every year Pantone comes out with their “color of the year,” but this year they changed things up! For the first time ever, 2016 has two colors of the year: “Rose Quartz” in the pink color family and “Serenity” in the blue color family. These soft shades of pink and blue were selected based on trends in fashion and culture.

According to the Pantone website, these colors symbolize the gender blur in fashion and culture. In addition to the contemporary meaning of these colors, the balance of a warm rose and a cool tranquil blue symbolizes order and peace.

In honor of the “colors of the year,” we chose some of our favorite floral arrangements that remind us of Rose Quartz and Serenity. Check out some of our floral arrangements that best highlight these lovely colors of 2016!

Floral Treasures Bouquet

This Local Artisan floral arrangement (designed by talented local florists) is a perfect mix of both Rose Quartz and Serenity, featuring soft pinks and purples in lilies, daisies, alstroemeria, and more.

Flower arrangement with pink lilies, alstroemeria, daisies and purple accents

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The History of Flower Power

April 17, 2014

flower-power-history-ofFlower Power” was a popular term used in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of change throughout the United States. From protests against the war to protests demanding equal rights for every citizen, the 1960s were a tumultuous yet interesting time in American history for social change. Some protestors during this era were dubbed as “hippies” short for the term “hipsters.”

Coined in 1965 by acclaimed poet and voice of his generation Allen Ginsberg, “flower power” was used to inspire a movement in which anti-war demonstrators focused on positive values such as peace and love to instead of brute force and rebellion in order to “fight” for freedom. The concept first came to being while Ginsberg helped organize a protest against the Vietnam War in Berkeley, California. In his essay “Demonstration or Spectacle as Example, As Communication,” he describes a tactic using peace as a “weapon.” He suggests “masses of flowers – a visual spectacle – especially concentrated on the front lines.” He continued, “…marchers should bring harmonicas, flutes, recorders, guitars, banjos, and violins.” He went on to invite all previously persecuted groups to join the revolution, turning the phrase into a movement of peace, hope, unity, and above all – imagination.
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