Fun Flower Facts

The Beauty of Bulbs

March 22, 2018

When it comes to flowering bulbs, there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye. Also known as “packaged plants,” a flower bulb is a circular mass that contains food and tissue (it looks like an onion!). In layman’s terms, it’s a self-contained flower factory, with everything a flower needs to grow held right there in the bulb.

Little Known Facts About Bulbs

  • Though most all bulb flowers bloom in the spring, they should be planted in the late fall before the first hard freeze.
  • Without a few cold months to sleep and set, certain bulbs can’t bloom (sorry to those of you in perpetually sunny Florida and California — but on the bright side, we deliver!).
  • Tulips, arguably the most popular bulb flower, have been around for centuries, far longer than some other spring flower favorites. Tulips were first found sprouting in the valleys and mountains of West Asia where temperatures range from sweltering hot to ice cold.
  • Speaking of tulips, tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in 1600s Holland. This was during the height of tulip mania.
  • Though we don’t suggest trying it, some recipes still found today say you can substitute onions for tulip bulbs.
  • If you’re in the market for bulbs, always choose the largest, hardest ones — these are the healthiest.
  • Some bulbs have what appears to be two ‘heads,’ or points. These bulbs will sometimes sprout two flowers.
  • Several flowers that bloom from bulbs, including tulips, are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Startling Facts About Everyone’s Favorite Season – Spring!

March 20, 2018

The results are in — 33% of Americans say spring is their favorite season! And honestly, we couldn’t agree more! The weather is perfect, the trees are blooming, and tulips sprout from their bulbs just waiting to greet you — what’s not to love? In honor of spring’s arrival, we’re sharing a few facts about everyone’s (or at least 106 million people’s) favorite season — spring!

  1. This year, the first day of spring will be on March 20.
  2. The first day of spring is known as the vernal equinox.
  3. In Latin, the word vernal means “spring” and equinox means “equal night.”
  4. The Latin word for “season” is sationem, meaning “seed time.”
  5. Attention all lovebirds! We hate to say it, but we may have some bad news for you. According to a Facebook study, early spring is when couples are the most likely to break up.
  6. The spring equinox is one of only two times (the other being the fall equinox) when the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
  7. If you were to stand on the equator during either the spring or fall equinox, you would see the sun pass directly over the top of your head. Continue Reading…
Birthday, Floral Occasions & Holidays

What Your Spring Birthday May Say About Your Health

March 18, 2018

Forget the moon and the stars — could the season you’re born in play a bigger role in your life and health? Though the science of birth seasons is still certainly an emerging field, some researchers believe, yes!

A 2015 study on birth month and disease risk published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that there may be some correlation between what season you’re born in and certain health risks and character traits you have. Though we suggest taking each finding below with a grain of salt (as the study was conducted using a relatively small sample size of only New York City newborns) it’s still fun to see how many of these are true for the spring babies in your life.

Spring Babies May…

Be more optimistic.

In a small study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers discovered that people born in the spring and fall may be more likely than those born in the winter or summer to grow up into more positive adults.

While we like to believe that it’s because they are born into the world right as it’s bursting with color and life, studies show that this may be because people born in the spring had higher levels of dopamine and serotonin (neurotransmitters that have been proven to reduce levels of depression and anxiety) in their brains. Continue Reading…


Your Guide to Easter Flowers

March 15, 2018

When the snow starts to melt and the tops of budding flowers can be found in the dirt, it can only mean one thing — Easter is just around the corner! And that means it’s time to say “goodbye” to the dark colors and hard edges of winter and “hello” to the beautiful soft pastels of spring.

If you’ll be hosting this year’s Easter festivities, there’s no better way to incorporate warm spring colors into your decor than with fresh flowers. That’s why we’re your one-stop-“hop” for all of your Easter flower and decoration needs.


Of course, tulips had to be number one on our list. As the flower most associated with spring, tulips fully embody the spirit, colors, and joy of Easter Sunday. Because a tulip’s pastel colors symbolize everything from love and happiness to congratulations, you can never go wrong with a multi-colored bloom of tulips on your dinner table.

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Holiday Decorations

10 Things That You May or May Not Have Known About Shamrocks!

March 13, 2018

  1. Shamrock comes from the Irish Gaelic word Seamrog meaning “little clover”.
  2. The word shamrock refers to multiple species of three-leafed plants.
  3. The most common species marketed as shamrocks are the white clover and the wood sorrel (oxalis).
  4. Because of its ease of cultivation, indoors and out, oxalis is the plant most often labeled and sold as a shamrock during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, in the United States.
  5. In Ireland, the plant most often referred to as shamrock is the white clover.
  6. Shamrocks that have four leaves are rare an are the traditional “lucky charms”.
  7. There is only one mutation of the four-leaf clover for every 10,000 clovers.
  8. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish during the 5th Century.
  9. Because of their creeping design, Shamrocks (clovers) can cover grounds easily and quickly.
  10. In an uncontrolled environment, Shamrocks are considered weeds!


May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
-An Irish Toast

Holiday Decorations

Display Your Irish Colors Proudly for St. Patrick’s Day

March 8, 2018

Creating an Irish tricolour (as the flag of Ireland is frequently referred to) centerpiece is very easy and will last for a few weeks! This works out great for anyone (like me) who likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for the entire month of March!

Irish Flag Made Out of Flowers
The simplicity of the flag’s design of three colors in three equal parts makes it easy to recreate in flowers. The meaning behind it, however, is deep and captures the desire for peace during conflict. Here is what each of the colors in the flag represents: Continue Reading…


Share the #WomenWhoWOW You

March 5, 2018

International Women’s Day Contest

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, tell us about the #WomenWhoWOW you by filling social media with inspiring women, and enter for a chance to win* a gift for you, and a gift for her.

The top 4 entries* that generate the most social “buzz” will win beautiful purple roses for you and for the woman who wows them, plus a 1-800-Flowers gift card!

To enter, upload a photo or video of an amazing woman in your life to this page. Once your entry has been approved share the link to your social media channels and let the buzz begin! Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Birthday Gift Guide for the Person Who Has Everything

March 5, 2018

Buying a birthday present for that impossible-to-shop-for friend is no easy feat. Why? Because no matter what you see in the mall, you realize they already have it (in every color, too). If multiple, unsuccessful trips to the mall have left you feeling like nothing is good (or unique) enough for your loved one on their birthday, it’s time to get creative — and no, we’re not talking about going on a DIY spree.

Fun, unique gifts are all around you, you just have to know where to look! Before you buy the birthday boy or girl yet another gift card, consider buying them: Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Everything Needed for the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day

March 3, 2018

When you’ve got us in your corner, it doesn’t take luck or a pot of gold to throw an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day party. If you’re looking to skip the green sea of people that’ll be out at bars and restaurants this year, throw a party fit for an Irishman in your very own home.

All you need to transform your home into the Emerald Isle is:

All of the Green Decor

From our white and green roses and Lucky Pot O’ Gold “green-ery” to shamrock decorations and personalized pub signs, there’s no such thing as too much green on St. Paddy’s Day. If you’re more of the DIY-type, add a personal touch to the day by handcrafting your own St. Patrick’s Day floral arrangement.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

9 Ways to Partake in International Women’s Day

March 1, 2018

Though it was only observed by the United Nations for the first time in 1975, celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, has been a time-honored tradition since the early 1900s. And like women, each year’s celebrations only seem to get stronger. In 2018, it’s estimated that women from over 120 countries will partake in International Women’s Day.

If you’re looking for ways to join the movement and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women this International Women’s Day, we’ve got a few suggestions.

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