French Country Floral Decor

July 27, 2015

Flowers for Summer Entertaining

Are you planning a summer celebration or simple get together? Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, picnic in the park, or pool party, flowers can make it an event to remember. Here are some examples of my favorite summer styles and themes from French Country to Coastal Living and Poolside Cabana with a little American Farmer’s Market and Tropical Paradise thrown in for good measure!

Add a Touch of French Country Décor to your Table

French Country Floral Centerpiece

The French Country style of decorating, with its warm and casual feel, will easily fool your guests into thinking that they’re dining al fresco in the fields of Provence. The easiest way to create this look is to use rustic, Old World style containers brimming with fresh cut flowers. The most iconic French flowers that I would recommend using are sunflowers and, if available, fresh lavender. French Country style incorporates the full spectrum of the color wheel: sunny yellow and soft gold, fiery red and burnt rust, bright grass green and dark hunter green, cobalt blue soft ocean tones—all of these shades are found in this wonderful decorating style.

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Make Summer Entertaining Fancy
with These Tea Party Ideas

July 14, 2015

Have all those images of the Royal Family’s celebrations—like Princess Charlotte’s recent christening—got you wishing you had a reason to wear a pretty straw hat and a flowing floral dress? Don’t sit around waiting for an invitation to Kensington Palace—throw a Victorian-style tea party of your own! You don’t need any reason other than getting a few girlfriends together to sip tea and eat cucumber sandwiches. But “tea party” is also a great theme for a shower, a little girl’s birthday party or a pre-wedding luncheon!

Tea Party Table Decorations

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2015: The Year of the Sunflower!

July 7, 2015

That’s right: Fleuroselect—also known as the Home Gardening Association—has designated the sunflower as the 2015 Plant of the Year. And this honor certainly is well-deserved.

The sunflower has been adopted as a symbol of happiness, strength, a love of the sun and sunlight. Because the sunflower always turns its face to the sun, it has also come to symbolize faith and the constant search for light, or enlightenment. Everybody loves sunflowers!

Here are a few ways to incorporate the irresistible beauty and warmth of the sunflower into your next summer get-together.

Vintage Sunflower Tabletop

Sunflower Tablescape with DIY Placemats

Use Antique Single Flower Vases

For an updated twist on a traditional centerpiece, an assortment of vintage-style green and yellow bottles, each holding a single sunflower, are lined down the center of the table creating a garden of sunflowers with their faces looking up to the sun!

Sunflower Tablescape Top View

How to Make Sunflower Placemats

Sunflowers come in many different colors and sizes—from mini to giant. Our super-size sunflower placemats make a big impact and are easy to make!

Supplies for DIY Sunflower Placemats

What You’ll Need:

• Cardboard circle – approximately 10″ in diameter
• Salal leaves – 20-25 leaves in various sizes (fake leaves can work too for a longer lasting placemat)
• Glue
• Yellow spray paint
• Brown paint
• Sponge

DIY Sunflower Placemats Step-by-Step

Step 1

Cut one cardboard circle for each placemat. (This is a good use for old cardboard boxes!) Each circle should be about 10″. I used a dinner plate as a template to trace a circle onto the cardboard, which worked perfectly. Use the sponge to add brown paint to your circle, leaving a bit of the original cardboard color showing through to create a textured look for your sunflower center.

Step 2

Cut all of the salal leaves from the stem and spray paint them yellow. Once they have dried, glue the wider end of the larger sized leaves to the edge of the cardboard circle.

Step 3

Glue the smaller leaves between each of the larger leaves.

With fresh salal leaves, the sunflower placemats can be made a day or two before you plan to use them. Keep them flat and in a cool place.

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The Tenors Rose Month Sweepstakes

June 29, 2015

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We have teamed up with The Tenors  to celebrate the end of Rose Month with a grand finale! We are giving you the opportunity to win roses for you (or a friend) along with a signed card from The Tenors!  Send a Tweet to @TenorsMusic and @1800Flowers answering the question, “What’s your favorite color rose?” Include the hashtag #RoseMonthSweepstakes and you’re good to go! Feel free to get creative! You will have from 6/29 at 12:01 PM EDT until 7/3 11:59 AM EDT to enter. Limit one entry per person, per day.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Answer the question, “What’s your favorite color rose?”
  • Tweet your answer to @TenorsMusic and @1800Flowers (and follow both!)
  • Include #RoseMonthSweepstakes in your Tweet
  • Enter once per day for more chances to win
  • Win flowers and a signed card from The Tenors

Use this button for easy entering. Just don’t forget to enter your favorite rose color!

For the complete rules and prizes, please click here.

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!


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!


Grow these Herbs in Your Herb Garden


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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Painted Flowers

June 22, 2015


Stem Dyed Rose
Painted flowers of all sorts have become extremely popular over the last year or two. There are basically two different methods for painting flowers—stem dyed and surface painting. One of the most popular by far is the stem dyed multi-colored rose. You may hear them referred to as rainbow, tie dyed, or kaleidoscope roses. This method, used to achieve a multi-colored rose, is one of the more complicated processes, but the results are stunning! While the flower growers that we work with at 1-800-Flowers.com have this process down to a science, it’s also a fun project to try on your own. This was actually the first time I tried it myself, and it was so interesting to see how the petals on each rose accepted the various dyes a little bit differently, creating a bouquet of roses that is as unique as it is beautiful!

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Holiday Decorations

DIY Red, White & Blue Floral
4th of July Crafts

June 22, 2015

Fourth of July celebrations (and decorations) are the best! Whether you’re celebrating America’s birthday with friends and family on the beach or in your backyard, here are some easy ways to add little patriotic touches of red, white and blue with these fun DIY floral 4th of July decoration ideas!

DIY Mason Jar American Flag Vase

Seriously, is there anything you can’t do with a few mason jars? I took three small, clear mason jars and painted them in a stars and stripes tribute to Old Glory. One stem of blue hydrangea in each and you have a beautiful, fun, inexpensive centerpiece. You could paint a couple more while you’re at it and use them to hold cutlery or straws, or even tea lights, creating a festive look for evening festivities.

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Flower & Plant Care

How to Care for your Houseplants Starting June for a Thriving Summer

June 17, 2015

Did you know that June is one of the best times to feed house plants?!

With that said, follow these easy plant care tips to have healthy, flourishing plants all summer long:

  • Watering Indoor PlantUse a water soluble plant food at half-strength and feed your plant with this mixture every other watering.
  • Do not overwater! Even though the weather is getting hotter, water the plants as you have been all winter and spring.
  • Keep your plants away from direct sunlight, but do keep them near a bright window to ensure they’re getting proper lighting.
  • Keep plants out of the draft of air conditioning to avoid them from getting cold shocked.
  • If your home has central air, you may need to be watering more often than the rest of the year since air conditioning has a tendency to de-humidify the air.
  • On the other hand, if you don’t have air conditioning and your climate is high in humidity, then you can continue watering as you would during the rest of the year.

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:

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Jerry Rosalia

*Keeping it Green
*How to Repot a Plant
*How to Arrange Flowers in a Gridded Vase
*Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 60+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!