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May 2012

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Pick the Perfect Prom Flowers

May 31, 2012

A Guide to Prom Flowers, Corsages, and Boutonnieres

Prom CorsagesProm is that magical day high school girls have fantasized about since the beginning of freshman year.  Much like a wedding day, prom is all about the girl and making her look perfect from her hair and makeup, down to her beautiful gown. It is no surprise that the boys dread the task of picking out the perfect corsage to add that special touch to the perfect day. Fear no more with this helpful guide on how to pick the perfect prom flowers!

What is a Prom Corsage and Boutonniere?

A corsage and boutonniere are small flower arrangements exchanged among dates for dances. A corsage is centuries old, and actually is derived from the French phrase, “bouquet de corsage,” which means, “bouquet of the bodice.” In the past, it was believed that flowers and herbs warded off evil spirits. Because of such an ancient superstition, corsages were worn to weddings as part of a tradition of fostering good luck. The modern corsage used today originated in the 20th century when young men would bring a bouquet of flowers for the family of the lady as a thank you for letting him take her on a date. Continue Reading…

Wedding Flowers

Cute Flower Girl Baskets

May 30, 2012
cutest flower girl baskets

Pink and White Flower Girl Basket from 1800Flowers.

It’s a little known fact that the flower girl is one of the most photographed members of the bridal party. Not only is she adorable with her flower basket and beautiful color-coordinated dress, but she also has one of the most important jobs of the wedding day. She adorns the aisle with her petals of love to prepare the guests for the much-anticipated entrance of the breathtaking bride.

The cutest flower girl would not be complete without a darling basket to accompany her ensemble. Here are some cute, trendy and creative flower basket ideas: Continue Reading…

Flowers in the Arts

The Magic of Flowers in the Movies

May 29, 2012

“Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep,” the Wicked Witch of the West cackles in The Wizard of Oz. And put them to sleep the poppies certainly did. But how did the filmmakers put that field of poppies on the screen? Did they plant thousands of poppies in a field? Well, no. They made artificial poppies by the zillions and found a way to wire them to the stage floor, where Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion fell—uncomfortably, one imagines—to sleep among them.

No one would ever mistake Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors for a real flower. Audrey is, in its way, emblematic of the flowers in films, made of silk or plastic (plus, in Audrey’s case, foam and a lot of attitude). The topiary shrubberies in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland are equally unreal, and no one would expect them to be any different, any more than you’d expect the singing flowers in the Disney Alice to be real.
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Flower Care & Handling, How-To's

Make The Most Of Your Graduate’s Corsage

May 26, 2012

Tips on Choosing Your Grads Corsage!

The summer weather is here and that can only mean one thing; graduation time! Whether graduating kindergarten or college, it is a blissful, bittersweet celebration. This is their day to shine, and what is a better way to make the day even more memorable then giving them a one of a kind wrist corsage that will complement their personality and spirit. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your graduate’s corsage!

  • Flower buds are good choices when creating wrist corsages. Buds are beginning to bloom retain color and scent for a longer period of time
  • Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, for a dramatic look, one large flower such as the Catteiya, is a classic type of orchid available in practically every color except true blue.
  • The more colors in the corsage, the more lively the corsage will look.
  • Durable flowers, besides the regular roses or carnations are orchids, calla lilies and daisies.
  • Gerbera daisies and carnations are the least expensive, and come in a large variety of colors that make them perfect for any occasion.

Hope these tips help make the most of their (or your own) special day!

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Memorial Day History & Floral Traditions

May 24, 2012

Memorial Day - Salute to the TroopsMemorial Day 2012 is on Monday, May 28, 2012.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is observed each year on the final Monday of May. The history of Memorial Day goes all the way back to the Civil War. The purpose of the day was to remember the fallen Union soldiers. Southern women and school children decorated Confederate graves with flowers during and after the war; however, each region designated a different date for Memorial Day.

By the 20th century, Memorial Day was extended to honor all American soldiers that have died at war. The tradition of decorating the graves of soldiers who have died for our country continues today. All around the United States, floral arrangements are used as decorations for Memorial Day. Many families preserve the history of Memorial Day by having personal celebrations to recognize the soldiers that have given their lives for their country’s principles. Continue Reading…

Gifting

Congratulate New Parents with New Baby Gifts

May 23, 2012
New Baby Flower Gift

New Baby Block Cube from 1-800-Flowers.com

A new baby is a blessed event. If a friend or family member has recently welcomed a new member of the family through birth or adoption, you may be considering the best way to extend your congratulations. New parents will likely welcome any gift at all, but you should carefully consider the gift that you bring to the happy family. New parents are often overwhelmed with dozens of adorable, tiny outfits. In fact, if they have too many clothing items, they will have to use valuable time and energy returning these things to the store. Use these five ideas to give brand new parents a memorable, thoughtful new baby gift.

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Flower & Plant Care

How to Make a Container Herb Garden

May 22, 2012
grow herbs in the house

Fanciful Herb Quartet from 1800Flowers with bay leaf, rosemary, thyme & oregano.

Herbs love sunshine and warm weather. That means they really don’t like it in the refrigerator, so when you buy a bunch of basil, use what you need and carefully store the remainder in your crisper, it turns into black slime overnight. Why not grow your own container herb garden? Herbs are generally very sturdy and forgiving plants—after all, many of them are weeds in their native lands—and they do well in containers. It’s so handy, too, to be able to step outside your kitchen door and snip off exactly as much as you need. Continue Reading…

Gifting

Teacher Appreciation: Gift Ideas to Celebrate Favorite Teachers

May 21, 2012

Each day for the past few months, your child’s teacher has spent hours patiently instructing, guiding and assisting a classroom full of impressionable children. Whether it’s Teacher Appreciation Day or not, you may wonder how to say thank you to your child’s favorite teacher. Your gift should express the depth of gratitude that you feel for this teacher’s hard work and joyful spirit.

dog flowers for teacher

Teachers have very important jobs. Each day they shape the future of our world as they mold the minds of children. Choose a teacher appreciation gift that will touch the heart of your child’s teacher whether it is on the first day or last day of school, the teacher’s birthday or just because.

Consider Personal Interests

Ask your child if he or she is aware of any of the teacher’s personal interests. If a teacher demonstrates a special fondness for gardening, a gardening kit consisting of a pretty watering can, gloves and some seed packets would be appreciated. A teacher who loves to cook might enjoy a basket of unusual spices for use at home. A chocolate-loving teacher would likely savor a box of gourmet chocolates as a special treat. If your child’s teacher has an affinity for special kinds of tea, you could create a basket containing a variety of herbal teas, a jar of honey and a CD of relaxing music. Continue Reading…

Floral Events & News

South California’s Huntington Gardens in May

May 18, 2012

huntington gardens in south californiaSomething is always in bloom at this legendary public garden in Southern California, whatever the season, but May is probably the most glorious month for flowers. Founded a century ago, when Henry Huntington bought the 600-acre San Marino Ranch and began collecting plants, as well as old-master paintings and extraordinary antiques, the Huntington Gardens now cover most of 120 acres 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Those acres contain 12 major theme gardens, including the newest, a Chinese garden based on classic Chinese landscape design principles, and one of the oldest, the Japanese Garden, which was originally finished in 1912 and has just reopened following a year’s refurbishment.
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Delivering Smiles

New Moms Get a Special Flower Delivery for Mother’s Day

May 17, 2012

Special Mother's Day flower delivery for new moms!Some proud new mommies got a big surprise this Mother’s Day when caring members of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM community stopped by the newly-built Katz Women’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park to spread smiles—and a whole lot more.

Each glowing new mom was greeted with a beautiful bouquet of flowers to celebrate her new little bundle of joy. As the team made their rounds, they were met with many smiles, and even a few joyful tears, from the very appreciative moms who couldn’t help but express their gratitude.

Members of the hospital staff were also treated to flowers to thank them for their hard work and dedication—because every mom deserves a smile!