Local Florist Corner

Petal Talk Chats with Stafford, VA Florist, Develyn Reed

March 27, 2017

Florist Develyn Reed posing with floral arrangement

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?

I’ve only been in the floral business for about 6 years. My in-laws own Achara Florist, and needed someone to work in the gift part of the store. Once I started working with some of the amazing designers, I began to design a little bit myself. I found that I love creating beautiful flower arrangements…and the rest is history!

What are your favorite flowers?

Gosh, I love them all! There are too many to count. But if I had to name a few, they would have to be peonies, hydrangeas and stock. Peonies smell incredible and are just so beautiful. They take center stage in whatever you put them in. Hydrangeas are nice, big gorgeous flowers that I love to use in wedding work. They make bridal bouquets nice and full, and they go with other flowers so well. Stock is another one of my favorites because it comes in all different colors, and has a wonderful fragrance and big, thick blooms that are stunning in everything. Continue Reading…

Floral Events & News

Best Orchid Shows in the U.S.

March 25, 2017

There’s something about an orchid’s soft, elegant petals that make them almost addicting to look at. Their ability to bring a sense of tranquility and love to any room has made them a beloved flower by people of all occupations and backgrounds. Whether you’ve been growing orchids for years, or just love to admire their beauty, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at any one of these national orchid festivals.

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Lifestyle

Prom Flower Ideas For High School Fashionistas

March 23, 2017

As every style savvy girl knows, it’s all about the details.  You found the perfect dress but it doesn’t stop there.  Flower corsages have long been a prom tradition but you are anything but traditional.  Need a little inspiration? Check out these cutting edge, trendsetting, floral fashion accessory ideas that are as unique as you are.

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Fun Flower Facts

Now Blooming: Monsella Tulips

March 21, 2017

As part of our “Now Blooming” collection, we’re excited to announce that this month’s limited edition flower is the Monsella tulip! For years, tulips have reigned as the most popular spring bulb, thanks to their beautiful petals and striking colors. So if you want to add some cheer to your house, look no further than the most sought after of all tulips – the Monsella tulip. This early blooming spring flower is unlike any other, because its beautiful, cardinal yellow petals are interrupted by bright red stripes. We doubt you need any more reason to love these beautiful flowers, but if you do, here are a few little known facts about Monsella tulips and tulips in general.

Blooming Monsella Tulips

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

April Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

March 20, 2017

April may be known for its showers, but those born in the fourth month make up for the seasonal downpour with their radiant personalities. So when their special day surfaces, show the birthday boy or girl just how much they shine with a thoughtful and impressive gift idea they’ll love. Here are some fun facts about April birthdays, including information about the April birth month and flower to give you a bit of inspiration for choosing the perfect gift.

April Birthday Fun Facts

April Birth Stone: Diamond

birthstone-bottle-necklace-april-89579With the brightest rays of sunshine peeking through the still-bare foliage of April, it comes as no surprise that the April birth stone is none other than the long sought-after diamond. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word “adamus”, meaning invincible; a fitting name for one of the hardest substances found in the world. While diamonds are most commonly colorless, they can be found in shades from yellow to pink to blue, depending on the impurities of the rock.

Historically, diamonds have been used to aid in strength – from spiritual strength to physical and emotional. During ancient times, people even believed that diamonds were either tears of the gods or made of lightning bolts! Some of the earliest recorded history of the diamond dates back to around 300 BC in India, where it was valued for its reflective properties and used in talismans to ward off evil. During the Middle Ages, people would not only sleep with diamonds to strengthen their health, but would even go as far as to ingest diamonds to cure illnesses!

Shine on, you April diamond!
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Fun Flower Facts

The Meaning Behind Each Tulip Color

March 20, 2017

You probably know about the language of love, but have you heard of the language of flowers? Because tulips bloom in the spring, they are commonly used to represent new life and warmth, but every color also carries its own meaning and interesting superstitions. Let your flowers do the talking the next time you give someone you love one of these wonderfully meaningful colored tulips.

Colorful Field of Tulips

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Flower & Plant Care

Gardenia Plant Care Tips From a Flower & Plant Expert

March 15, 2017

Caring for Gardenia Plants

If you’ve recently received or purchased a gardenia plant—with its beautiful dark glossy foliage, fragrant blooms, and several buds—you might have difficulty getting these buds to mature and open. If the air is dry, the buds have a tendency of not opening (and dropping off). The problem is that the average home is warm, with low humidity. A gardenia plant, however, requires high humidity.

White gardenia flower

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Mug o’Blooms for St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2017

As almost everyone knows, a huge part of the Irish tradition is the enjoyment of delicious stouts, ales, and lagers! And this tradition will no doubt be a part of just about every St. Patrick’s Day celebration around the world. Here’s a way that you can honor this tradition and still be a designated driver!

Beer Mug Flowers

These floral Beer Mug o’Blooms are very easy to make and are a fun and unexpected way to raise a glass and wish your friends Sláinte!

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Gifting

Sending Gifts to the Military Overseas

March 13, 2017

No matter if they’re deployed for two months or two years, they are a family member or stranger, or they are in the U.S. Army or Marines – our service men and women are doing some of the hardest jobs imaginable. And while they’re overseas, they’re sure to miss the comforts of home from time to time. Since it can be hard to communicate via phone or video chat, a care package is a great way to stay connected and show your support.

Soldier Holding Son

Thanks to our international shipping, you can skip the post office and send everything you want to over 195 countries right from 1800Flowers.com. While specific products may be limited by the recipients location, here are some ideas of gifts you can send:

Salty Snack Baskets

If your special someone is a salt lover, send them a basket filled with snacks to satisfy their cravings including popcorn tins, nuts, chocolate covered pretzels and more. Plus, most of these gift baskets won’t spoil right away so they can be enjoyed for quite some time!

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Fun Flower Facts

Now Blooming: Hercules Amaryllis

March 10, 2017

Introducing: The Now Blooming program! Each month, we’ll be featuring and selling a brand new flower as part of our “Now Blooming” collection. This March, we’re kicking off the spring season with the Hercules amaryllis! In honor of this beautiful, limited edition arrangement, here are a few little known facts about everyone’s favorite fuchsia flower.

Red Amaryllis Flower

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