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April 2013

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Visit Gardens with Garden Conservancy Days 2013

April 28, 2013

You drive through a lovely neighborhood and catch a glimpse of cascading roses through a wrought iron gate. A long bluestone driveway curves away under a canopy of flowering dogwoods and disappears. The scent of lilacs drifts over a dry-stacked stone wall.

Private Gardens with Flowers and a FountainWhat gorgeous gardens are concealed behind those tall walls and closed gates? Every year you have one day—or maybe two—to find out. That’s because on those days the members and supporters of the Garden Conservancy open the gates of their private gardens to visitors.

The Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of extraordinary gardens in the United States, organizes the annual Open Days as both a fundraiser and a way of spreading the word about its mission. How better to discover that mission than by strolling through a 50-year-old garden that is the pride of its owner and creator? As a result, thousands of visitors have a chance to visit hundreds of private gardens throughout the nation. Click here to see schedule.
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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts for New Moms

April 25, 2013
Sweet Baby Girl Arrangement

Sweet Baby Girl ArrangementNo one is more excited to celebrate Mother’s Day than a brand-new mommy! Make her first big day a memorable one: Give her something that’ll always remind her of her proudest moment as a mom. To help you find the present that’ll really wow your favorite new mama, here are our top-rated Mother’s Day gifts for new moms!

Precious Little One AngelPrecious Little One Angel

For the special lady who is still expecting on Mother’s Day, give a gift that captures all the joy and anticipation of this exhilarating time. This beautifully detailed birchwood and pewter figuring, inscribed with the saying “Precious little one, you fill my heart with love,” is the perfect congratulatory gift and lifetime keepsake for the mommy-to-be.

Sweet Baby Boy ArrangementSweet Baby Girl or Sweet Baby Boy Arrangement

A proud new mommy wants nothing more than to show off her beautiful new baby to the world, so give her a gift that will let her do just that! This gorgeous hand-designed arrangement of roses, lilies and more comes in a glass vase that’s bedazzled with a magnetic mini photo frame so Mom can put that sweet face on display.

Imperial Cherry Blossom Spa Gift BasketImperial Cherry Blossom Spa Gift Basket

With all those sleepless nights spent changing diapers and singing lullabies, the first-time mama definitely deserves some pampering. This luxurious spa gift basket has everything she needs to relax and recharge, from body lotion and shower gel to a bath sponge and spa towel. It’ll give her an extra boost to take on even the most challenging baby duties!

a-DOG-able® in a Totea-DOG-able® in a Tote

Congratulate the new mommy on her little bundle of joy by sending her a basket full of cuteness. This truly original puppy-shaped flower arrangement, specially made for a great mom like her, is sure to bring a bright smile to her face with colorful carnations, poms and more.

Fresh Rosebud Jewelry CollectionFresh Rosebud Jewelry Collection

Mom will keep her budding little baby locked in her heart forever, and this stunning necklace—made from real, freshly preserved rosebuds—is the perfect symbol of her love. A timeless and exclusive piece uniquely crafted by expert designers, the heart-shaped pendant will be something any new mommy would treasure for years.

What kind of gift do you think your favorite new mommy would love to receive on Mother’s Day?

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

The Sweetest Mother’s Day Quotes: Because Mom Deserves the Best

April 22, 2013
Tulip With Mother's Day Card

Tulip With Mother's Day CardYour mom means so much to you: She’s your best friend, your guardian, your idol. So when you’re penning her Mother’s Day card, it’s only natural to be at a loss for words. After all, how can you ever really thank the woman who gave you the biggest gift of all: your life? But don’t you worry. We know your mom deserves the absolute best, so we’ve gathered the sweetest Mother’s Day quotes to send to her on her special day. Scroll them on a card and send them with Mother’s Day flowers, pin them on Pinterest, or post them on your mom’s Facebook wall. However you say it, your mom will get your loving message loud and clear!

Mother’s Day Quotes

Abraham Lincoln Mother's Day Quote

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

Kate Douglas Wiggin Mother's Day Quote

“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin

Hebrew Proverb for Mother's Day

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” – Hebrew Proverb

Elizabeth Stone Mother's Day Quote

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

Mother's Day Hebrew Proverb

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Hebrew Proverb

George Cooper Mother's Day Quote

“Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of lambs in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.”
– George Cooper

Unknown Mother's Day Quote

“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.” – Anonymous

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Enter the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt Contest

April 20, 2013

1800flower's Mother's Embrace Floral Arrangement1-800-FLOWERS.COM is challenging Twitter users to a Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt.  Search through fantastic Mother’s Day gift ideas to find the featured Mother’s Day Gift of the Day and a chance to win products for the upcoming holiday! The Scavenger Hunt, which will be hosted on the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Twitter page, will feature clues and descriptions of Mother’s Day-themed flowers, gifts and treats, found on the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM website. The first person to locate the featured Mother’s Day Gift of the Day on the 1800flowers.com website based on clues provided via Twitter, will win that featured product! Winner must be the first to reply to @1800flowers with the correct gift name, product URL and hash tag #mothersday to win. Find the very best for her, because mom means so much!

Enter the contest for a chance to win special gifts from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® and its suite of brands, including Fannie May®, Cheryl’s®, The Popcorn Factory® and 1-800-BASKETS.COM®. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Vote for Your Favorite Mother’s Day Bouquet Online & You Could Win a Free Bouquet!

April 19, 2013

Beautiful Mother's Day Arrangement- roses, lilies, daisy pomsMother’s Day is all about getting mom what she loves! We want to know what your mom loves so vote for your favorite Mother’s Day bouquet by “liking” our Mother’s Day floral arrangements!

We’ll also be choosing five random voters to win a free Mother’s Day bouquet from our Mother’s Day bestsellers collection!

You can enter the Mother’s Day sweepstakes one of two ways:
(1) By visiting www.1800flowers.com/vote.
OR
(2) By visiting the 1800Flowers Facebook page. Click on the tab “Mother’s Day Voting,” provide your name and email address, and use the “Like” button below each product image to vote for your favorite products!

View contest rule details below.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

The History of the Easter Lily & How It Became the Most Popular Easter Flower

April 10, 2013
Easter Blessing Lily

easter-sentiments-sympathy-lily-plant-18115Easter is almost here, and there’s only one flower that can really capture the sacred spirit of the holiday: the Easter lily! The pure white color of this blossom has long symbolized the purity, hope and new life of spring, and its beautiful trumpet shape makes it the perfect herald for the fresh new season. So it’s no wonder it’s become one of the most popular blooms to decorate homes and churches with during this time of year. But how did this pretty little flower come to be associated with (and even named after) Easter? Here’s the full history of the Easter lily, for you to read while you dress up your home in its Sunday best!

How the Easter Lily Came to the U.S.

The Easter lily was officially discovered in 1777 by Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. After its discovery, the flower made its way to England in 1819 and then arrived at Bermuda in the mid-1800s. It was then named the “Bermuda lily,” but its name was eventually changed to “Easter lily” when the spring-blooming flower was brought to Philadelphia and popularized there as an Easter blossom. A virus destroyed the Easter lily’s production on the island of Bermuda, making Japan the flower’s largest producer once again.

It wasn’t until World War I that the Easter lily started being produced in the United States. When soldier Louis Houghton first saw the flower, he was so captivated by it that he brought a suitcase full of bulbs back to his home state of Oregon in 1919. Houghton started handing out the lilies to his friends, who also happened to be horticulture experts.

As a result, large-scale production of the flower spread across the West Coast of the U.S., and by 1945 more than 1,000 growers in Oregon and California were producing the bulbs, earning the region the title of “Easter Lily Capitol of the World.” Today, Oregon and California grow 95 percent of all Easter lilies. Easter lilies are now one of the most popular potted plants in the U.S., ranking with poinsettias, mums and azaleas. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

All About Bougainvillea Flowers: One of the Caribbean’s Most Beautiful Tropical Blooms

April 9, 2013
Bougainvillea on Maho Beach, St Maarten
Bougainvillea on Maho Beach, St Maarten

Pink, Purple, Red and Orange Bougainvillea on Maho Beach, St. Maarten

Once upon a time, the hibiscus was my all-time favorite tropical flower. But on a recent cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, an even more exotic bloom caught my eye … and stole my heart: bougainvillea. Whether I was strolling along the turquoise shorelines of St. Maarten or hiking through the deep, lush jungles of St. Lucia, this colorful flower brought a bright burst of excitement to every breathtaking landscape I encountered. After I came back home, I just had to learn more about the gorgeous bougainvillea and, of course, share some vacation photos with my readers!

Bougainvillea Blossom on Maho Beach, St Maarten

Pink Bougainvillea Blossom on Maho Beach, St. Maarten

The History of Bougainvillea Flowers

Bougainvilleas are scattered throughout the warmest parts of the world—like the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, India, Mexico, Australia and the southern United States and more—but the flowers are actually native to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They were first found there in 1768 by Philibert Commerçon, a French explorer and naturalist. Commerçon named the flowers after his good friend Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, the French admiral with whom Commerçon sailed around the world from 1766 to 1769. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that the bougainvillea was brought to Europe. Soon enough, France and England became thriving producers of the flower and eventually began trading it to Australia and other countries around the world.

Orange Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St Lucia

Orange Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St. Lucia

All About Bougainvillea Flowers

The bougainvillea plant is a thorny vine that can reach anywhere from 3-39 feet in height. In areas that lie closer to the equator, bougainvilleas bloom all year long. But in non-tropical locations, their bloom cycles last only four to six weeks. They produce tiny white flowers that are surrounded by waxy, brightly colored leaves called bracts. So—believe it or not—those breathtaking shades of pink, purple, red, orange and yellow that you typically see on the bougainvillea aren’t actually flowers; they’re leaves!

Purple Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St Lucia

Purple Bougainvillea Vine in Soufriere, St. Lucia

If you’re looking to grow them at home, keep in mind that bougainvilleas need dry soil, lots of sun and regular fertilization. Other than that, these flowers are a gardener’s dream: They don’t need a lot of water (they actually spoil when they’re watered too much), and they’re naturally resistant to pests and disease. When it comes to landscape design, it’s also one of the most versatile flowers: Depending on your preference, you can either prune it into a small topiary, shape it into a medium-sized bush or train it to sprawl over fences, walls, trellises and more. No matter how you decorate your yard with it, the bougainvillea and its explosive color will turn your home into a tropical paradise.

Would you like to have a bougainvillea at home? How would you use it to bring some Caribbean flare to your own backyard?

Fun Flower Facts

Top 6 Most Beautiful and Unique Tulip Types

April 5, 2013
Signature Purple Tulips

Signature Purple TulipsYou know it’s spring when those long, lovely tulip stems start peeking out of the ground! There are more than 1,000 different tulip species, and each of them brings its own touch of charm to springtime. In fact, so many species exist that scientists have grouped them into 15 main categories of tulip types, just to keep them in order! So in honor of our Tulip Spectacular, we’re celebrating the warmer weather by picking our six favorite tulip types. Read on to find out what makes each category of these spring blooms beautiful and unique!

Single TulipTulip Type No. 1: Single Tulip

The beautiful simplicity of these tulips is what makes them a favorite among gardeners and florists all over the world. In fact, our floral designers at 1-800-Flowers.com use Single tulips to create all of our spectacular tulip arrangements. Whether they’re solid-colored or bicolored with two contrasting hues, these flowers bring a bold pop of color to any home or garden. They can be found in virtually any hue, including red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, white and black. We love the gorgeous, deep color of the purple tulip so much that we even chose it as our signature flower!

Single tulips come in two varieties: early-blooming and late-blooming. Early bloomers start to spring up in late Mach and can grow up to 17 inches tall, and each flower can expand up to 3 inches wide. On the other hand, Single Late tulips typically bloom in May and can grow up to 30 inches tall, with a 3-inch-wide flower. Some of the most popular Single Early tulips include the Purple Prince, Diana, Prince of Austria, Cardinal Rampolla, Lac van Rijn and Keizerskroon. For Single Late tulips, favorites include the Antoinette, Blushing Lady, Queen of the Night, Avignon, Dreamland and Zomerschoon.

Double TulipTulip Type No. 2: Double Tulip

These tulips are double the fun! They come in pairs, and they have more than twice as many petals as the Single variety. They have so many petals that they’re sometimes called Peony-Flowering tulips because their full blooms look so much like pretty peonies. Because they’re so large, Double tulip blossoms are long-lasting, but they can also easily snap in bad weather. Staking is sometimes a must, especially during strong wind and rain.

Like their single-bloomed siblings, Double tulips exist in early and late varieties. Double Early tulips show off their blossoms in early April and grow up to 15 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Double Late tulips appear later in the season, around May, and can reach 24 inches in height. Some of the most beloved Double tulips include the Angelique, Peach Blossom, Uncle Tom, Orange Princess, Yellow Spider, Montreux, Crispion, MountTacoma, Miranda and Boule d’Or.

Lily Flowering TulipTulip Type No. 3: Lily-Flowering Tulip

The most feminine of all tulips, these tall, curvy flowers are named for their lily-like shape. Their blossoms are narrower in the middle, and their long, pointy petals curl outward at the top. When they fully bloom, they form a star shape, just like the lily. Lily-Flowering tulips can reach a height of 24 inches, and they can come in any combination of pink, purple, peach, red, orange, yellow and white. They typically flaunt their full-bodied beauty in late spring, around May. The trendiest Lily-Flowering tulips are the Ballerina, Ballade, West Point, Mona Lisa, Holland Chic, China Pink, Tres Chic and White Triumphator—fitting names for such graceful and stylish flowers!

Fringed TulipTulip Type No. 4: Fringed (Crispa) Tulip

These tulips call for a celebration! Their fun, fringed petals make them look like adorable little party hats. The frayed edges of this flower can be either the same color as the rest of the blossom, or they can sometimes have their own exciting color that contrasts the petals. Their blooming season is usually in late spring, and they can reach up to a whopping 30 inches in height. The frilliest, best-loved varieties of the Fringed tulip include the Curly Sue, Fancy Frills, Fringed Elegance, Burgundy Lace, Cummins, Hamilton and Lambada. Continue Reading…