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Seasonal Autumn Harvest: Rose Hips

December 3, 2014
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rose-hipsI don’t think that there is a flower or plant that I don’t like. I am lucky to be in the flower business. I get to enjoy and experience unusual varieties that most people don’t have the opportunity to be exposed to. Each season produces its own unique little gems. While spring time is flush with bulbs and flowering branches, the fall has lots of berried branches, vibrant foliage, and fluid grasses.

Everyone is familiar with roses, but have you ever thought about using rose hips as a cut flower? Our grower friends at Sun Valley have bunches of cut rose hips available for a few weeks each year. They are grown on their farm in Willow Creek, which is all the way up at the northern tip of California. I had the pleasure of visiting with them last fall just when the rose hips were starting to be harvested. Lane DeVries, the owner of Sun Valley, has even started growing grapes and making wine at this location. Flowers and wine – two of my favorite things!

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Fun Floral Facts

Orchid Care & Decorating Tips for Different Types of Orchids

December 21, 2012

Exotic Breeze Dendrobium Orchids from 1800flowers.com In the past few years we’ve seen the popularity of orchids, both potted and cut, skyrocket! It’s now one of the most popular flowers that we carry at 1-800 Flowers. Orchids are simple and pure with an air of sophistication and elegance.  And because of their long shelf life as a cut flower, they’re also a very good value.

 

The dendrobium and the cymbidium orchids are two of the more widely recognized varieties.  Growing in popularity are the Vandas and Mokaras.  Each has its own special qualities and can be displayed and enjoyed in so many different and exciting ways!

DENDROBIUM ORCHIDS

A symbol of wisdom and beauty, the dendrobium is native to Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. On the beautiful islands of Hawaii, they’re often used to make leis, which people wear as a symbol of love, friendship, celebration, honor—or as a way to greet visitors.

Making a floral lei from dendrobium orchids is extremely easy and is a wonderful and unexpected way to honor someone for a special achievement or just to let them know how special they are.  Watch my video to see just how easy it is to do.




CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS

A symbol of strength and nobility.


 

VANDA ORCHIDS

The Vanda is considered to be the most highly evolved of all orchids and is very highly prized for its showy, fragrant, long-lasting and intensely colorful flowers.

                                                 

 

MOKARA ORCHIDS

The Mokara orchid is a hybrid orchid, a cross between the Arachnis, Ascocentrum and Vanda families.  Like their parents, Mokara orchids come in a variety of vibrant colors.


 

 

Fall Decor, Fun Floral Facts

Dazzling Dahlias, Flowers of Fall

September 7, 2012

As I’ve said many times that having flowers in your home or office is just plain good for you. It’s such a simple thing to do and yet makes such a difference. Take advantage of the different floral varieties that are available each season. Dahlias will only be around for a little bit longer, so don’t miss out on them. They are so dramatic and visually interesting and come in an array of extraordinary colors. Don’t fuss – just fill a vessel with warm water, snip the ends of the stems, and drop them in.

Happy Fall!!

Pink Dahlias

Fun Floral Facts

Fun Facts About Roses

June 10, 2009

Stop and Smell the Roses!

June is National Rose Month. Here are a few fun trivia facts about roses and a few beautiful images of roses to brighten up your day!

  • Since 1986, the rose has been the official National Floral Emblem of the United States.
  • The rose is the official state flower of: the District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, New York, and North Dakota.
  • George Washington was the first rose breeder in the United States.
  • Roses are native plants in the United States.
  • Roses are big business: 1.2 billion are sold annually.