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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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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Celebrate Arbor Day with These Fun Facts and Tree Planting Tips

April 27, 2016

Did you know that Arbor Day is an internationally celebrated holiday?  In fact, each country has their own date for Arbor Day which depends on the climate and planting seasons of their region.  In the United States, Arbor Day 2016 is April 29th!
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What is Arbor Day?

Arbor Day is a day to celebrate the role trees have in our lives. People and communities are encouraged to plant trees as well as care for existing trees in the neighborhood.

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DIY Flower Crafts

DIY Winter Flower Craft Centerpieces Using Saran Wrap

January 6, 2016

saran-wrap-flowers_complete-2Use the beautiful winter chill as an inspiration and bring it into your home as décor with a few simple steps! Using just flowers, water, and plastic wrap, you too can create a stunningly icy centerpiece and accent.

Use this fun DIY idea at your next winter-themed soiree, or add some icy accents to your sizzling Valentine’s Day. We used roses to add a romantic touch to this arrangement, but you can get creative and use any fresh bloom or winter-inspired accent you’d like!
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Floral Occasions & Holidays

January Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

December 31, 2015

January represents a new year, a fresh start, and for some – a farewell to one age and “hello” to the next. While you may still be recovering from the holiday mayhem, those special few born in the first month of the year are keeping the party going!

After the insanity of holiday gifting in December, sometimes it can be tough to think of January birthday gifts. With that said, we’re going to help you out by providing January birthday fun facts and some awesome January birthday gift ideas, so you can send a perfect personalized gift that they’ll want to show off until their next birthday!

January Birthday Fun Facts

birthstone-bottle-necklace-januaryJanuary Birthstone: Garnet

A ravishing garnet is the birthstone associated with those born in the first month of the year. Symbolizing trust and loyalty, this stone can be found in a variety of colors, most commonly red. The word “garnet” is derived from the Latin word “granatum” which translates to “pomegranate” – can you see the resemblance?! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Diwali, The Festival of Lights: How to Celebrate

November 3, 2015

What is Diwali?

how-to-celebrate-diwali-candlesOnce a year in autumn, during the darkest new moon in the Hindu month Kartik, Hindu communities and temples will shine bright with millions of candles and lamps. This celebration, known as Diwali – or the festival of lights – dates all the way back to ancient times! Diwali 2015 is celebrated on November 11th and for several days after, depending on the family’s religion and traditions.

The traditional name of this holiday, Deepawali originates from the Sanskrit words deep, meaning light and avali, meaning row. Depending on the region and religion, the duration of the festival (3-5 days) as well as the history and origin of the holiday may vary. Although Diwali is mainly a family affair, Diwali is also a religious day for many Hindus. Many celebrate the holiday to bring prosperity and good health to their families.
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Fun Flower Facts

State Flowers in Alphabetical Order

June 25, 2015

From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty states boasts a special bloom to represent their unique region. While some state flowers are chosen simply because they are common in that area, others were chosen due to historical significance or from popular vote from the community.

Fun fact: while each state has its own unique flower, so does each country! The United State’s national flower is the rose. Find out more in our article about different countries and their national flowers!

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State Flowers in Alphabetical Order

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Flower & Plant Care

8 Edible Herbs You Should Grow in Your Indoor Herb Garden

June 24, 2015

Mixing up a fresh dish packed with herbs for dinner? Skip the trip to the grocery store and grow herbs in your own indoor herb garden, instead! Here are 8 edible herbs you can grow right from your kitchen!

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Grow these Herbs in Your Herb Garden

Lemongrass

Did you know that Lemongrass doesn’t even need dirt to grow? Simply buy a stalk with extra stem and place in water. Lemongrass can be used in cooking and for medicinal purposes.
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USS Intrepid’s 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony Pays Tribute to Veterans and Fallen Heroes

May 26, 2015

NEW YORK, NY – Held annually at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum, this year’s Memorial Day ceremony was led by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S Marine Corps Commander for the Southern Commander John Kelly. Military veterans and families of those who have served as well as members of the general public who wanted to show their support gathered on Monday, May 25, 2015 to honor those who have served and sacrificed.

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The ceremony included an unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, rifle salute and a placing of ceremonial wreath. Commander Kelly brought the audience together with a reminder of the scenes and emotions shared by veterans and their families. 1-800-Flowers.com is honored to have had the opportunity to support this event for over a decade with custom floral wreath donations with a nod to the symbolic red, white and blue.
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DIY Flower Crafts

How to Decorate a Graduation Cap with a DIY Flower Crown

May 15, 2015

From music festivals to spring picnics, floral crowns are one of the hottest trends this year. Now, you can take this popular hair accessory and incorporate it into your graduation attire with a few simple steps!

We found that using fresh flowers versus artificial flowers works best here as fresh flowers not only stand out but also add an intoxicating scent to your attire. The flowers used here come from the Floral Embrace bouquet from the 1800Flowers.com graduation flowers collection.

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Flowers in the Arts

Famous Artists Who Were Also Flower Enthusiasts

May 12, 2015

Throughout history, flowers have been an inspiration to all who understand their value and beauty. From literature to fashion and even to financial bubbles (see: Tulip Mania), flowers of all varieties have made their way into elements of culture. One of the most prevalent ways to see the influence of flowers is through art. To celebrate the effect on flowers on art, here are four famous artists who were also flower enthusiasts!

Artists with Flower Paintings

Claude Monet

Fans of Monet know that it is not just his Impressionist style that is instantly recognizable; his appreciation of nature as both inspiration and as a subject matter is just as widely known. In fact, many would find it difficult to think about Monet’s greatest works without instantly thinking of his garden-inspired series, which was painted in his famous “Monet’s Gardens,” pictured below.

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