No flower is more beloved or recognizable in the United States than the rose — after all, it’s our National Floral Emblem and the most common state flower (with Georgia, Iowa, New York, and North Dakota all claiming the rose). So whether you live in one of these states, or are looking to take a road trip, here are six of our favorite U.S. based rose festivals.
Sunflowers have quite the storied history here in the United States. Though they originated in North America, sunflowers spent centuries traveling throughout Europe, before ultimately returning to America on their journey to become one of the most beloved flowers — and for good reason! One look at a sunflower’s bright, yellow bloom and you’ll understand why cities all across America are celebrating this bold flower.
With plenty of birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions happening everyday, we understand that calendars fill up quickly and gifting can be difficult! As a solution, we developed Celebrations Passport®, a yearly loyalty program, extending across our family of brands, that provides access to Free Shipping or No Service Charges on eligible orders. In the spirit of easy and stress-free gifting, we decided to celebrate our loyal customers with a day filled with even greater discounts, deals and offers. Whether you are new to Celebrations Passport® or a returning member, learn more about what makes Passport Day so special – and why it is something we will look forward to year after year!
What is Passport Day?
Passport Day is a way to say “Thanks!” to our loyal customers by offering a special day this summer filled with exclusive deals and offers, prizes, and social giveaways. Here’s what to look out for on July 11th:
- Special discounts on best-selling products across our family of brands: 1-800-Flowers.com, 1-800-Baskets.com, Cheryl’s Cookies, Fruitbouquets.com, Harry & David, The Popcorn Factory, and Wolferman’s.
- Special offers when you shop early on Passport Day
- Special offers when you shop eGift Cards on Passport Day
- Product giveaways, free Passport memberships and more on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
This day will be available to all Celebrations Passport® members across our family of brands. Continue Reading…
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!
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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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”!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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?