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March 2013

Gifting

Why Trees Make the Perfect Gift

March 25, 2013

Reach New ‘Heights’ With Trees as Gifts

Trees as Gifts

Seeds of Life™ Tree Kit from 1800flowers.com

Whether you’re buying a seedling as a present for yourself or a loved one, there are plenty of reasons why you should celebrate your next big occasion with one of our ready-to-plant trees! Trees aren’t only great for the environment; they can also help you commemorate life’s most precious moments, from births to marriages. Read on to learn why trees make the perfect gift for every celebration!

Trees Are the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Our plant and tree experts handpick only the healthiest, sturdiest, most beautiful trees that you can enjoy year after year. Their beauty also changes with the seasons, so it’s like having a brand-new tree with each month that passes.

Trees Are Perfect for Celebrating Important Occasions and Holidays

Whether you’re toasting to a new beginning, marking a milestone anniversary or honoring a loved one, no gift commemorates life’s most important moments quite like a tree. If you have a baby on the way, or if you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary, trees are the perfect symbolic gift for long life, strength and happiness. Have you lost someone close to your heart? Honor their memory and spirit with the everlasting beauty of a newly planted tree. No matter what the occasion, a tree makes for a truly meaningful, memorable and enduring tribute.

Everyone LOVES Trees

No matter how old we get, we’re always amazed by watching a tiny seed grow into a giant tree. Plant one tree today and it’s sure to spread smiles for many generations to come.

Trees Are Easy to Care For

Each of our trees comes with detailed care instructions and is specially grown to start flourishing as soon as it’s planted. Plus, our pros will help you pick the best tree for its recipient by suggesting which species will grow best in their zip code. Because long-lasting trees require very little maintenance, they make a beautiful gift that the recipient can enjoy with minimal effort.

Trees Are Awesome for the Environment

In addition to providing us with the oxygen we breathe, trees also provide shelter and food for birds and animals. They also absorb rainwater, which may contain pollutants that could contaminate our waterways.

Fun Flower Facts

Different Types of Sorority Flowers

March 22, 2013

AOPi sorority flowersWhen people hear the word sorority they don’t normally associate it with flowers but unbeknownst to many, most organizations have a flower association that ties into their traditions. There are 26 nationally recognized social sororities that each have their own special sorority flowers to further identify themselves.

Flowers are a component of sorority ceremonies, and as decorations at sorority events. New members or “sisters” are also typically given the sorority’s flower on the day they are initiated as a welcoming gift.

Sororities Who Use Roses

Multicolored Sorority RosesRoses are not only beautiful, but often symbolize love and appreciation, which is why many sororities use it to symbolize their organization.

    • Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ) uses red and buff colored roses with green asparagus ferns.
    • Alpha Omicron Pi (ΑΟΠ) uses the jacqueminot rose.
    • Alpha Sigma Tau (ΑΣΤ) is known to use the yellow rose.
    • Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ) is represented by the pink rose.
    • Delta Gamma’s (ΔΓ) flower is the Delta Gamma cream colored rose.
    • Delta Zeta (ΔΖ) represents themselves with the pink Killarney rose.
    • Theta Phi Alpha (ΘΦΑ) and Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) both use white roses as their flower.
    • Sigma Delta Tau’s (ΣΔΤ) uses golden tea roses to represent themselves.
    • Phi Sigma Sigma (ΦΣΣ) identifies themselves with the American beauty rose.

Sororities Who Use Carnations

Pink Carnations for SororitiesCarnations are a very versatile flower and come in a variety of colors which makes it easy for sororities to choose the variety and color that best represents themselves.

    • Alpha Chi Omega or ΑΧΩ is represented by the red carnation.
    • Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) uses a pink carnation.
    • Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) uses wine carnations.
    • Phi Mu (ΦΜ) uses rose color carnations.
    • Chi Omega (ΧΩ) represents themselves with white carnations.

 

Sororities with Purple Flowers

Purple flowers and flowers in the purple family are also commonly used by many sororities to represent themselves. With purple often symbolizing confidence, wisdom, courage, amongst other strong character traits, it is the perfect fit.

    • Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ), Zeta Tau Alpha (ΖΤΑ), Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ), and Sigma SigmaSorority Violets Sigma (ΣΣΣ) all use different color violets as their flowers of choice.
    • The woodland violet is used by Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ).
    • The white violet which is mainly a white flower with hints of purple in the center, is used by Zeta Tai Alpha (ΖΤΑ).
    • The wild purple violet is used by Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ).
    • Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦΕ) uses purple irises.

Sororities with Unique Flowers

Some sororities have chosen more unique flowers to identify themselves.

    • Lily of the valley is used by both Alpha Epsilon Phi (ΑΕΦ) and Alpha Phi (ΑΦ).
    • Forget-me-nots and lily of the valley is used by Alpha Phi.
    • The pansy is used by Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ).
    • The black and gold pansy is used by Kappa Alpha Theta (ΚΑΘ).
    • The fleur-de-lis is Kappa Kappa Gamma’s (ΚΚΓ) flower of choice.
    • Narcissus and aster are used by Alpha Sigma Alpha (ΑΣΑ).

Unique Aster Sorority Flower

Have you or someone you know used flowers in their sororities? We’d love to hear YOUR sorority flower stories!

DIY Flower Crafts

How to Make a DIY Terrarium

March 20, 2013

Fern TerrariumIt’s a blast from the past! Terrariums, which were hugely popular back in the ’70s and ’80s, are resurfacing again as one of today’s hottest indoor gardening trends. And it’s easy to see why: These self-enclosed, self-sustaining miniature ecosystems are virtually maintenance-free. To jump on the bandwagon, you can pick from plenty of beautiful ready made terrariums, or you can take the DIY route and create your own.

If you decide to take the time to make one for yourself but don’t know how to make a DIY terrarium, what materials you need to fill your terrarium depends on what kind of plants you want to grow. So, if you want to grow a small dessert terrarium, it should be filled with rocks and sand. But if you want to create a rainforest terrarium, it should be filled with soil, moss and other woodsy materials. To make your own basic terrarium with plants that require soil, all you have to do is fill it with the following layers, starting at the bottom and working to the top:

  • 1 inch of gravel or pebbles
  • 1/2 inch of charcoal
  • Thin layer of sphagnum moss
  • 2 inches of potting soil

Once your layers are set, place your selected plants into the soil and add some decorative elements to give your terrarium some personality. Spray the plants with some water (10 sprays should be enough), and then tightly seal the terrarium lid. Place them in a source of natural light and keep track of the internal temperature with a thermometer. (Make sure it’s ideal for the type of plant you’re growing.) Then just sit back and watch your plants grow!

What kind of terrarium will you make for your home?

Floral Events & News

Long Live the Queen: A Royal Photo Tour of the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show

March 8, 2013
Close-Up of the Royal Gates

2There’s only one word to describe the 184th Philadelphia Flower Show: “Brilliant!” This year, the world’s biggest indoor flower show tipped its hat to our favorite neighbor across the pond: Great Britain. From the royal crown jewels to the quaint country cottages, the Pennsylvania Horticultural society gives visitors a flower-studded tour through centuries of British history and culture.

And with new features like the Make & Take Room, where you can get crafty with flowers and create your own fascinator, we knew this year’s show simply couldn’t be missed. For those of you who couldn’t make it there, don’t worry. It runs through March 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, so grab your mates and catch it before it’s over.

Here’s our behind-the-scenes look at the show’s biggest displays. Get ready for the British invasion!

Big Ben and the Entrance to the Philadelphia Flower Show

The Crown Jewels


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Flowers in the Arts

Flower Photography in High-Def: An Interview With Filmmaker and Photographer Andrew Zuckerman

March 6, 2013
Peony Cultivar
Peony Cultivar

Image courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman

Here at Petal Talk, we live and breathe flowers in their every form. Whether we’re discovering new ways to decorate with fresh blossoms, creating our own DIY flowers or spotting our favorite blooms in works of art, flowers are what make us smile. So you can imagine the excitement we felt when we came across the newly released book Flower by filmmaker and photographer Andrew Zuckerman. His mesmerizing high-definition images capture flowers in all their glory, creating a vibrant bouquet of photographs that will take your breath away. We were so fascinated by Zuckerman’s flower photography that we just had to reach out to him personally and learn more about his inspiration. Here, Zuckerman himself gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how he brought his latest project to full bloom.

Throughout your career, you’ve photographed a variety of subjects: legendary artists, politicians, business and religious leaders, as well as birds and other wild animals. Why did you choose flowers as your most recent subject?

My interest in flowers was twofold, really. For one thing, since I began exploring the natural world with Creature, I found myself wanting to create a kind of collection of two-dimensional taxonomy, which I equate most immediately with turn of the century naturalist drawings. Flower was the next step in this process. In addition, I like to work with self-imposed constraints and I tend to be inspired by subjects that have been exhausted. Since flowers are one of the oldest subjects in art (their appearance dates back to ancient Egypt), they presented a unique challenge. I was really interested in divorcing the flowers from all their symbolic and metaphorical associations, as well as their ecological contexts, in order to reveal their essential qualities.

In your book Flower, you show intimate close-ups of 150 flower species. How many flower species did you shoot in total while working on the book? How did you select the final 150 images?

I shot around 250 species in total, all of which are included on the project’s microsite, FlowerTheBook.com. I like to be pretty comprehensive once I start investigating a subject, and I work across a few platforms to create more points of entry into the work. So the projects will include films, a website, taxonomical index, and of course the book, which I consider as an object, so how all the images work together and flow from page to page is important. I usually start with my favorite images and go from there, making sure every image makes sense as part of the larger whole.

Peony Cultivar

Photo courtesy of Andrew Zuckerman

The bright colors of your flowers set against a sharp white background give your photos a surreal effect, putting an intense focus on the flowers themselves and nothing else. Why do you shoot your photos this way?

I find this reductive approach suits both my taxonomical impulses and my desire to reveal the essence of a subject.

Many of the exotic flower species you shot for your book aren’t the kinds of flowers you see every day. How did you collect them for your photo shoots?

We were very fortunate to have the support of incredible institutions like the New York Botanical Garden, the Smithsonian Institute, and Fairchild Tropical Garden. But I wanted the project to be a broad survey of the botanical world, so you’ll find a lot of New York City deli flowers mixed in with the incredibly rare orchids and tropicals.

Working at 1-800-Flowers, we know how delicate flowers are and how carefully they need to be handled. What would you say was the most difficult thing about working with such a perishable item?

I was actually surprised by how resilient they were! We work with very hot lights at the studio (and on location), and I expected the process to be much more delicate than it was. But we also handled them with care. We had coolers and water on hand, and we benefitted from working closely with the horticulturalists at many of the institutions. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Enter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® International Women’s Day Treats & Trivia Contest on Twitter

March 1, 2013


Shades of Inspiration Bouquet for International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8th, but 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is starting the celebration early with its newly launched “Women’s Week” Floral Collection and a Twitter Treats Trivia Contest! International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women worldwide and inspires the next generations of women to make their mark on this world. Let’s celebrate women everywhere with trivia questions! Taken from online research on women’s achievements in history, these fun tidbits and factoids are a perfect way to appreciate the women in your life on the days leading up to Friday, March 8th and everyday!

Enter the contest by visiting the 1-800-Flowers.com Twitter page for chances to win a special gift! The first person to reply @1800flowers with the correct answer to the current question will receive a $50 savings pass from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Contest Rules:

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1. PROMOTION PERIOD: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® International Women’s Day TREATS AND TRIVIA Contest (hereinafter the “Contest”) begins at 1:01 PM EST on 3/04/13 and ends at 2:00 PM EST on 3/08/13 (the “Promotion Period”).

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International Women’s Day Treats & Trivia Winners

1. Oanh Ho of Dorchester, MA (@julybug17)

2. Jeannine Scavo of Depew, NY (@mellanhead)

3. Tiffany Sparks of Franklin, KY (@kygurl62689)

4. Ruth Mendoza of Chicago, IL (@Mendoza1114)

5. Maria Skoytellis of Campbell, Ohio (@bear6791)

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