Floral Occasions & Holidays

Ideas for Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day to Show Your Appreciation & Support

October 21, 2016

honoring-veterans-dayEvery year on November 11th, friends, neighbors, and family members gather to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. From veteran parades to gatherings in remembrance, there are many different ways to join the Veterans Day festivities to honor the brave men and women who have served.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas for honoring veterans on their special day. To add an extra special touch, we even asked some of our very own veterans at 1800Flowers.com how they celebrate fellow veterans.

Attend a Veterans Day Parade

Does your town or city have a special Veterans Day Parade? If so, grab the whole family and be sure to show your support by attending. To be even more festive, you can wave American flags and sport a red, white, and blue outfit! VetFriends may be able to help you find the parade closest to you. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

7 Unique Black Flowers and Plants for Your Garden

October 18, 2016
Black petunia flowers closeup, Sweden in October.

Beautiful dark black hollyhock flower

When you picture a garden, chances are your mind is drawn to flowers and plants that produce blooms of all sorts of bright and cheery colors – we’re thinking pinks, reds, yellows, purples, oranges, and blues. But, does that mean that there aren’t any plant and flower species out there that come in darker shades? Of course not!

With Halloween just around the corner, our minds are focused on all things orange and black, which is why today, we’re covering some black flowers and plants that you can consider for your garden! Here are some of our favorites:

Black Hollyhock

Block hollyhock plants are sure to stand out among the other blooms in your garden due to the size of their stems and their flowers’ color. The blooms on these plants are typically deep maroon – black in color, and the stems are rather tall, making them some of the first plants you’ll see in a garden of plants that don’t reach similar heights.

Phantom Petunia

Phantom petunias are absolutely stunning and are extremely unique in their design. A bicolor petunia, their velvet petals are mostly black, but a bright yellow star runs through them. These work well with other plants that love the sun and will most definitely turn the heads of people who pass by. Continue Reading…


Top 10 Fall Flowers For Your Garden

October 14, 2016

Although the weather is starting to cool down, that doesn’t mean you have to put an end to your gardening efforts for the year. In fact, fall is one season in particular where some gardens look their best! But, since outdoor conditions are different during this time of year, it’s important that you’re planting the right types of flowers if you want your garden to pop.


Below, take a look at some of the flowers we recommend as you work on your garden this season. Continue Reading…


Sweetest Day Gifts for Him and Her

October 12, 2016
Young woman looking at man with flower bouquet behind the back.

Saturday, October 15th is Sweetest Day! Celebrated on the third Saturday of every October, the purpose of Sweetest Day is to do something thoughtful for important people in your life and express yourself romantically to the one’s you love. That said, what kind gestures do you have planned for this year? If you’re still looking for gift ideas for someone special, we’ve got you covered.

Young woman looking at man with flower bouquet behind the back. Continue Reading…


Your Guide to Salutations and Complimentary Closings

October 11, 2016
cute little girl making a card for her mom

Ever find yourself writing an email, a thank you letter, a birthday card or a congratulatory note and stop before you even have one word written down? Or maybe you’ve gotten through everything but feel stuck just as you’re about to end things. Depending on your relationship with the person you’re writing to, we know it can get tricky when deciding how you’ll address them at first and sign off at the end. But don’t worry – we’ve got a list of salutations and complimentary closings that you can refer to if you ever get stuck again!

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Smile Farms Wine & Paint
Sunflowers Event

October 7, 2016

I get to work with some incredible people at 1-800-Flowers.com. They’re the kind of team players who are always happy to help out and who jump at any opportunity to give back. So where else would I turn when I was organizing the Wine and Painting portion of the second annual Golf and Wine & Paint Classic benefiting Smile Farms.

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Golf fundraisers have been around forever. They provide an excellent opportunity for corporations to give back to communities while also rewarding employees and clients with a beautiful day on the links. We decided to add a new twist to this year’s event by including an afternoon wine tasting and painting session that would wrap up at the same time that the golfers would be finishing their game and heading back to the clubhouse, where the evening’s festivities included cocktails, awards, a silent auction, and dinner. Adding the wine tasting and painting turned out to be a huge success! It was so relaxing and everyone had so much fun. Our goal was to make everyone feel like I imagined these two women must have felt when I took this photo of them in La Jolla, CA this summer. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

Figs: Fruits or Flowers?

October 4, 2016
Fresh figs halved on wood close up shoot

Chances are you know figs as being rather soft, pear-shaped fruits, that are often eaten in a dried form. These fruits are members of the mulberry family and offer a number of health benefits to those who consume them, such as:

  1. They contain plenty of fiber, which aids in keeping digestive health in good condition.
  2. They are filled with vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, calcium, magnesium, and folate.
  3. They are relatively low in calories and low in fat.

Fresh figs halved on wood close up shoot

But, despite what you may have heard about figs in the past, we’re here to share something pretty shocking that you may not know – truth be told, figs are actually flowers.

Yes, you read right, technically speaking figs are not a fruit, but rather are inverted flowers. According to The Huffington Post, unlike the way apple and peach trees flower, the flowers from fig trees are actually found within the pear-shaped bloom they produce, and these flowers eventually turn into the fruit that we eat – we know, we couldn’t believe it either when we first found out! Continue Reading…


How to Change the Color of Hydrangeas

September 30, 2016
Large deep pink hydrangea blossoms - August summer flower.

Most people would probably agree that plants and flowers bloom in certain colors, because, well, they just do. And while this may be true for some plant and flower species, one in particular that you have some control over (and can even change) is hydrangeas! How so? It all has to do with your soil.

Large deep pink hydrangea blossoms - August summer flower.

pH Levels 101

In scientific terms, a soil’s pH level refers to the acidity or alkalinity of the soil – pH is the units this reaction is measured in. pH levels are measured on a scale from 0 to 14, and soils with a pH of 7 to 0 are considered to be more acidic, while a pH of 7 to 14 labels soil as being more alkaline. Continue Reading…

Local Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats With Gresham, OR Florist Wendell Cook

September 29, 2016

1-800-flowers-nancys-florist-wendell-cookHow did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?

Growing up, I had a great interest in art and music. I attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, completing a two-year course featuring floral design and horticulture. After graduating with an associate’s degree, I was immediately hired at a large florist shop and enjoyed designing.

What are your favorite flowers?

Snapdragons, alstroemeria and Hawaiian tropicals – anthuriums & ginger

Can you tell us a little bit about Gresham / what is your favorite thing about living there?

Gresham has a population of approximately 105,000 and is the fourth largest city in Oregon. Despite its size, it has many small town features that locals enjoy such as the Teddy Bear parade, art shows, car shows and music in the park. Gresham has a very active Chamber of Commerce and many shopping opportunities, limiting the need to go out of town to shop. The weather is very favorable—we may have occasional rain, but we don’t have to shovel it!florist-holding-flower-basket-arrangement Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

12 Aromatherapy Plants and Their Benefits

September 28, 2016
cloves and oil

There are a lot of things we can do to improve our mood and work on our overall well-being, such as exercising and eating right, but one approach we love is aromatherapy. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, aromatherapy can be defined as using “naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit” – you may have also heard some people refer to this process as essential oil therapy.


Since there are a number of different plants out there that can be used for aromatherapy purposes, today we’d like to share our top 12: Continue Reading…