Flower & Plant Care

How to Keep Animals Out of Your Garden

June 1, 2016

A cucumber missing, tomatoes with bite marks, nibbles in your basil…after all of the time you spend growing and caring for your garden, the last thing you want is to come out and find it taken over by animals! For the critters that just can’t seem to stay away – we’re talking squirrels, birds, stray cats, raccoons, rabbits, chipmunks, deer, etc – you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve to ensure that all of your hard work doesn’t go to waste. Here are a few strategies that you may find helpful to keep these furry friends from messing with your garden, while still being animal friendly of course!

Squirrel Digging in Garden

Design Your Garden Carefully

When your garden has small spaces that animals can hide or rest in, it becomes much more attractive to wildlife like squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks. As you plant, make sure you’re strategic with the designs you choose and avoid leaving any holes that smaller creatures can sneak into. Continue Reading…

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The Art of the Picnic

June 1, 2016

Packing up a picnic basket for a leisurely lunch in a local park, or putting together a delicious mix of cheeses and some crusty bread with your favorite wine to enjoy at an outdoor concert are some of the true joys of summer. Here are a few tips that will guarantee that your picnic is as pretty and enjoyable as it can be!

French Country Picnic Sunflowers and Wine

Start by choosing your picnic basket or whatever container you will use to pack everything in. I have a collection of both old and new baskets that I have picked up through the years. Using a real basket sets the mood right from the start.

Picnic BasketsTip: Line the bottom of the basket with a plastic garbage bag before packing. It provides an extra layer of protection should anything leak, and then you can use it when it’s time to clean up. Continue Reading…

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June Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

May 31, 2016

To many, the start of June signifies the start of summer; the return of a much longed-for friend, stopping by to bring the gift of energy, laughter, and happiness. Those born in this sunny month reflect their June birth month with their cheerfulness and unmatched sense of humor.

June Birthday Fun Facts

June Birth Stone: Alexandrite and Pearl

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Did you know that June actually has 2 birth stones?! Read on for some fun facts and history about the two stunning June birth stones – the alexandrite and the pearl.

Green in some forms of light and red in others, the Alexandrite stone is one of the most unique and beloved stones in existence. Named after the Russian Czar Alexander II in reference to the fact that the stone’s changing colors mirrored that of the Russian flag, Alexandrite was first discovered in the 1830s in the Ural Mountains of Russia.

The Pearl, on the other hand, is a more common but equally stunning stone, known in history as the “Queen of Gems.” The pearl has had a long history almost as rich as the gem is beautiful. From adorning the clothing of Queens and Pharaohs to being used as symbols of wealth and power, pearls continue to this day to be a strongly sought-after stone.

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Your Guide To Poisonous Flowers

May 30, 2016

Flowers are a stunning addition to homes and gardens, but just like there are plants you should stay away from, there are also a select few flowers that humans shouldn’t consume. Since it can be rather difficult to tell at first glance that a flower is poisonous, though, we’re here to provide some of our expert insight on which flower species you shouldn’t eat; take a look at our guide to poisonous flowers below.

Daffodils

  • Where they grow: Daffodils grow in temperate and Mediterranean-type climates and naturally thrive on the edge of forests and mountainsides.
  • What’s poisonous: All parts of a daffodil are toxic.
  • Symptoms: When swallowed, poisoning from daffodils may result in mouth irritations, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Daffodils- poisonous for humans to eat

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Your Guide To Poisonous Plants

May 26, 2016

All plants may seem harmless in their natural state, but when you really get to know them, there are some species that just aren’t safe and can cause extreme illness or even death in  humans. And since we’re surrounded by plants each and every day (just step outside and you’ll see!), we want you to know which kinds to stay away from; take a look at the guide we’ve put together on some of the top poisonous plants below.

Hemlock

  • Where they grow: Poison hemlock plants are often found in areas where forest land has been cleared.
  • What’s poisonous: All parts of hemlock plants are poisonous.
  • Symptoms: When eaten, hemlock poisoning may cause abdominal cramps, nausea, convulsions and potentially death. Those who are poisoned but survive may experience tremors or amnesia. Additionally, those with sensitive skin may experience skin inflammation as a result of touching a hemlock plant.

Nightshade

  • Where they grow: Nightshade plants are native to central and southern Eurasia, and are found in fields.
  • What’s poisonous: All parts of nightshade plants are poisonous, with the unripened berry being especially dangerous.
  • Symptoms: If eaten, deadly nightshade plants can cause digestive problems and may be fatal. Furthermore, touching a deadly nightshade plant can result in symptoms such as rashes if the skin has exposed cuts.

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It’s Dad’s Turn to be
the Guest of Honor

May 25, 2016

Celebrate Dad with a Father’s Day Beer Tasting

We received such great feedback on our Wine Tasting for Mom event that I thought, why not plan something similar for Dad? This time we’re going with a beer tasting event in dad’s honor!

Thanks to an increasing appreciation for quality beer production, there are new breweries popping up all over the country. There’s a good chance that there’s one right in your neighborhood or close by. If possible, hosting your Father’s Day event right at the brewery can add a unique feel and make it more fun for everyone. Leaving the beer to the experts gives you more time to focus on the decorations and the fun details that make Dad feel loved and honored for all he does!

I reached out to Gretchen Schmidhausier, a friend of my sister, who recently fulfilled a lifelong dream and opened a microbrewery in her hometown of Neptune City, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore. The Little Dog Brewing Company was named after Gretchen’s dog Quincy, a basenji, who is also the face of the brand!

Current Beers- What's On Draft?

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Fun Flower Facts

All About Gardenias

May 24, 2016

Gardenias, which are most commonly known for their wonderfully scented and waxy white flowers that bring life to a garden starting in early spring, are the perfect solution for anyone interested in finding out how to make their yard and home really pop. But unless you’ve had your fair share of experience with gardening, it’s important to take the time to learn about this species before attempting to plant any. To help you out, we’re sharing everything you need to know about these highly popular plants below.

white gardenia flower

Gardenia Flower Meaning

Gardenias, which were named after Alexander Garden of Charleston, South Carolina, are known to symbolize love, refinement and purity. Additionally, some other meanings associated with this bloom include trust, renewal, clarity and hope. Given their reputation for most commonly being known to represent the first three traits of love, refinement and purity, it is no surprise that gardenias are often included in wedding floral arrangements. During the Victorian times, history explains that gardenias were used to send messages (especially messages of a secret love) between people, and today, they are still the perfect gift to give someone special. Continue Reading…

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10 Reasons to Join 1800Flowers’ Celebrations Passport

May 23, 2016

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

What Kind of Flowers Should You Get For Graduation?

May 20, 2016

Graduation ceremonies are coming up quick, and if you’re attending one to celebrate someone’s accomplishments, giving a gift to a graduate, or throwing a graduation party, one thing you must definitely know about is flowers. Just like you would carefully consider the type of flowers used in a wedding or other formal event, it’s important to take the time and really think about what kind of floral arrangement, as well as what type of flower, is most appropriate for this occasion.

graduation gown and cap with white rose

To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a complete guide to graduation flowers below so that you can rest assured knowing the decisions you make are the right ones. Continue Reading…

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How to Create the Best Promposal

May 17, 2016

Although it may not be time to get married, all high school seniors are looking for a proposal of some sort – specifically, the promposal (ladies, you know what we’re talking about!). While yes, asking someone to prom over dinner may be all it takes for some couples, if you’re in high school or have been around high schoolers lately, you know that now, the name of the game is to go big or go home!

With that said, whether you’re looking for suggestions on how to get your significant other to ask you to prom, or if you’re the asker looking for some clever promposal ideas, here is how you can create the best promposal using flowers:

prom corsages

Spell It Out

Using the petals from her favorite flowers, spell out “prom?” or “will you go to prom with me?” and lead her to where you’ve done so by creating a flower trail that also uses petals. You can choose to spell out the words on the floor, on the table, or on a large poster that you hang up at school – just make sure you also have a bouquet of her favorite flowers waiting for her at the final destination too!
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