Fun Flower Facts

Violet – February’s Flower of the Month

February 19, 2018

With Valentine’s Day in the middle of February, it’s no surprise that people usually have flowers on the brain during the second month of the year. But roses aren’t the only flower we’re fawning over in February. Send someone you love a gorgeous bouquet of violets or purple flowers this month, in honor of their birthday, an anniversary, or just because!

violet flowers in heart shape in hand

The Meaning of Violets

Unlike many other flowers, the meaning and symbolism behind violets have changed a bit over the years. In the Middle Ages, violets represented chastity, modesty, and faithfulness. Years later, in the Victorian Era, violets we’re given by men to the women they admired, with purple violets meaning, “I’ll always be true to you,” and cream-colored violets meaning, “let’s take a chance on love together.”

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Why You Should Deliver Valentine’s Day Flowers Early

February 9, 2018

Did you promise to be more proactive in the New Year, after a rather hectic Christmas season? If so, you’re not alone. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get more organized. So with another major holiday coming up in just a few days, it’s time to make good on that resolution!

This year, don’t be the person running around town looking for an open florist on the afternoon of February 14. Instead, be the person who ordered his flowers days in advance and is now ready to sit back and relax with their loved one on Valentine’s Day. Below are just a few more reasons why ordering flowers early will make Valentine’s Day gift-giving a breeze.

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Flower Care & Handling

Farm Fresh Flower Arrangements

February 9, 2018

When you send someone flowers,  you instantly make their day, no doubt about it! Flowers have an almost magical quality about them that just makes people feel good. And it couldn’t be easier to show someone how much you care: order online or by phone, pick up a bouquet at your local florist or market, pick a few stems from your own garden–any way you do it leads to a smile!

Bae BouquetOf course, with so many options, it can get a little confusing sometimes. For example, at 1-800 Flowers.com there are 2 distinct floral categories. There are flower arrangements designed & delivered from a local florist in the town where the recipient lives and there are fresh-cut flowers picked on our premier partner farms, right here in the United States and around the world, that are cared for and inspected to make sure they meet our 100% Smile Guarantee®, and shipped fresh to ensure lasting beauty and enjoyment. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

February 8, 2018
chinese new year lanters

Happy 4716! While our calendars may now say 2018, many countries in Asia are getting ready to ring in the year 4716 — the Year of the Dog. That’s right, it’s time once again to celebrate the Chinese New Year! For centuries, the Chinese New Year has remained the largest celebration throughout Asia, with billions of gifts and well wishes sent among people. But over the years, their lanterns, fireworks, and red cards have made their way across the pond to the United States, where millions of people also celebrate the (second) New Year.

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How-To's

Naturally Romantic Flower Arrangements with Wood Burned Planters

February 6, 2018

OK I have officially moved on from pallet wood to birch as my go to obsession.  Birch fits in so perfectly with my home décor style, bringing in natural texture and personality.  Birch trees and birch bark are in themselves works of art with limitless uses and opportunities for combining with other elements to create even more beauty!I have several different size and shape birch vases and planters and have been dying to try burning a heart into as you would see on a real tree where someone romantically declared their love.  Being a florist in February I am thinking love and romance 24/7 these days.  And my daughter is just starting to plan her wedding which she envisions in a tent with lots of natural décor elements.  So, if not now when? Continue Reading…

Floral Events & News

Real Love Stories from the Winners of the Empire State Building’s Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest

February 6, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a special day of love for many people, but when you’re one of the winners from the Empire State Building’s 24th Annual Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest Presented by Kleinfeld, it is that much more special.

Each year, a few lucky couples are invited to say “I do” on the top of the Empire State Building. With its spell-bounding views and larger-than-life ambiance, the iconic landmark is often labeled the World’s Most Romantic Building, making it the quintessential place to exchange Valentine’s Day vows in a memorable way.

Even though a magnificent wedding backdrop undoubtedly sets the scene for an unforgettable evening, it is the soon-to-be bride and groom that make the event truly magical. This year, 11 couples, each with a captivating love story, were chosen to celebrate their wedding on the world-famous 86th floor Observatory. These stories capture a true love that can only be found in fairytale books, so what better way to honor such a special bond than by making their wedding dreams come true! #WOWthatslove

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Ways to Celebrate the Non-Traditional Valentines in Your Life

February 2, 2018

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when we say, “Valentine?” Whether a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife, most of us are probably picturing a couple in love. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic couples anymore, it’s for all to enjoy!

Whether you have a significant other right now or are living the single life, make one of these beloved people in your life your special someone on Valentine’s Day. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Valentine’s Date Ideas for All Weather

February 1, 2018

With Valentine’s Day being in February and with weather being unpredictable, sometimes it is tough to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date.  Whether you just met the person of your dreams, have been dating for a while, or are married with children, these fun date ideas are perfect in the rain, snow, or on a sunny day. So, if you’re looking for something different from dinner and a movie, here are some ways to make an ordinary date, extraordinary whether you have just a few hours after work, or the whole weekend.

Spend a Day at the Spa

Sometimes all the planning, dinner reservations and outfit changes are more stressful than fun. Instead of a typical night out, spend the day in at a spa. Relax in the steam room or get a massage and facial all at your own pace. And who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a tip or two from the masseuse that you can try on your loved one at home later. Continue Reading…

Floral Events & News

2018 Flower and Color of the Year: The Purple Rose!

January 31, 2018

*Drum roll* Pantone has officially declared their Color of the Year for 2018 — PANTONE 18-3838, but you probably know it as Ultra Violet! Born from the mixture of calming blues and fiery reds, violet is a rare color that holds many sacred meanings. So, let’s take a further look at how Ultra Violet has impacted art and society, and earned its place as Color of the Year.

Ultra Violet — Inventiveness and Imagination

Ultra Violet has long represented nobility, power, creativity, and ambition. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said it best when he said, “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and

imagination… From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

1800Flowers Announces ‘The Purple Rose’ as Flower of the Year

It’s true what they say — great minds think alike! Here at 1800Flowers.com, we’ve also been so impressed by the strength of women in recent years, which is why we chose to make our Purple Rose Flower of the Year! Like their Pantone color counterpart, purple roses symbolize power and feelings of admiration and passion. Despite looking similar, lighter hues of purple, like lavender, hold very different meanings and are more closely related to youth, platonic love, and elegance.

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Fun Flower Facts

Valentine’s Day Rose Color Meanings

January 26, 2018

This Valentine’s Day, nearly 200 million roses will be sold — that’s right, 200 million! To put that in perspective, that’s enough to give every other person in the United States a single rose, and there would still be a few million flowers left over.

While there’s no denying most of us associate Valentine’s Day with red roses and romantic love, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of all kinds of love. So if you’re looking to send some love to a friend or family member, you can still reach for roses, as a rose’s coloring determines the meaning behind the gesture.

Say, “I love you,” “I’m grateful for you,” or, “I think you’re unique,” with different colored roses.

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