Julie's Blog

Create and Curate Part III

June 19, 2018

Creating a floral arch on site was the final project of the workshop. This was a group project that was led by Kaylee and an assistant, with help throughout the process from all attendees.

The first step to creating this fresh flower floral arch is to attach a brick of floral foam, which has been thoroughly soaked in clean water, to the sides and top of the metal base. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Why Do We Have National Rose Month?

June 19, 2018
pink roses on wooden table

Happy National Rose Month! Whether you’ve been counting down the days until June for weeks or you just learned it was National Rose Month, you’ve likely thought to yourself “why do we have an entire month dedicated to roses?” Because they hold a special place in our hearts and country’s history, roses have earned many honors other flowers can only dream about.

In honor of National Rose Month, let’s look at just a few reasons why roses deserve an entire month all to themselves.

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Flower & Plant Care

Easy-to-Care-for Indoor Plants

June 18, 2018

Don’t let stories of bad experiences with trying to grow an exotic flower turn you off to the idea of indoor plants. Even if you’ve never grown so much as a daisy, this is the season to try your hand at caring for plants. And while even the hardiest of plants aren’t completely indestructible, these guys will forgive you when you completely forget about them and leave for a week-long vacation.

Succulents

Not only can most succulents survive without much water, but it’s actually better for them. Since watering succulents more than about twice a month can cause them to rot, most people suggest giving them just a bit of water at the beginning and middle of each month. That’s simple enough to remember, right?

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Father's Day, Floral Occasions & Holidays

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts That are Eligible for Same and Next-Day Delivery

June 15, 2018
Little girl gives homemade card to her dad in front yard of family home.

It may fall on the same weekend every year, but somehow Father’s Day always manages to sneak up on us! If you woke up this morning in a panic because you haven’t even looked for anything for dad, we’re here to help! Not only are these incredible gifts perfect for the man in your life, they’re also available for same and next-day delivery!

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Lifestyle

Create and Curate Part II

June 15, 2018

As if being surrounded by the most spectacular blooms imaginable, the workshop was held at one of Charleston’s hottest event spaces (The Knot 2018 Best of Weddings Pick). The Cedar Room at Mercantile and Mash, located in the celebrated Cigar Factory, is an open and airy space, featuring historic wood columns, hardwood floors, and original elements of the circa 1881 building. The walls consist of rustic brick and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal a view of the architecturally acclaimed Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

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Julie's Blog

Create and Curate in Historic Charleston

June 13, 2018

I love flowers so much that even though floral design is what I do for a living, creating with flowers is what I like to do on my “time off”. I recently treated myself to a fabulous workshop hosted by Mayesh Wholesale in Charleston, SC and turned the whole thing into an anniversary road trip for me and my hubby! It was our first time in Charleston but it won’t be our last!

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Wedding Flowers

Popular Purple Wedding Flowers for your Special Day

June 6, 2018

In honor of wedding season which is now upon us, we decided to ask our florists about one of the most searched for wedding flower colors: purple. It’s no surprise that purple wedding flowers are the most popular color; they work great for vineyard weddings, they pair well with both blues AND pinks, and they come in lots of pretty shades from light lavender to deep, dark purple.

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Most Popular Wedding Flower Types

According to our local Carle Place florists, the top wedding flowers are:

  • Hydrangeas
  • Roses
  • Mini calla lilies
  • Stock flowers
  • Phalaenopsis orchids
  • Dendrobium orchids
  • Spray roses
  • Tulips
  • Freesia

The best part? All of these flowers are available in shades of lavender and purple.

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Flower Pairings

All of these flower types can be paired up with fillers, other flowers, foliage or left by themselves.
Some good flower combinations for bouquets would be:

  • Hydrangeas, roses and mini calla lilies
  • Roses, mini calla lilies, and stock
  • Dendrobium orchids, roses, and freesia

By adding fillers and foliage to these combinations, you create texture and style. Some good filler pairings include dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, willow eucalyptus, bulperium, hypericum, silver gray brunia, wax flower, heather, succulents, bear grass, aspidistra leaves, and other types of foliage.

If planning for a special look, using less combinations of material creates a more modern feel. An example could be all Phalaenopsis orchids with some foliage, or all tulips wrapped in aspidistra leaves. Another modern look is using all mini calla lilies.

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Flowers For Your Wedding Themes

Rustic Wedding Flowers

If going for a rustic feel you can use willow or seeded eucalyptus, silver brunia, dahlias, roses, scabiosa, and some berries. You can also add burlap, lace, and twine.

Romantic Wedding Flowers

Gatherings of dusty miller, hydrangeas, roses, spray roses, clematis, and seeded eucalyptus create a romantic look.

Garden Wedding Flowers

Garden style may contain, ivy, herbs, bulperium, penny cress, wax flower, roses, freesia, sweet pea, and lisianthus.

Vintage Wedding Flowers

Vintage style may contain old broaches, feathers, pearls, roses, mini calla lilies, veronica, lilacs and dusty miller.

Seasonal Wedding Flowers

While there are many year-round beauties that you can use in your bouquet, some seasonal blooms that would look beautiful in bouquets are:

  • Campanula
  • Dianthus
  • Phlox
  • Ranunculus
  • Iris
  • Asters

P.S. they’re all available in shades of purple! 😉

Most of these flowers can either be elegant, unique or rustic, it just depends on what you pair it with and the style you choose. So no matter what your favorite flower is, your local 1800Flowers florists’ can help you create the perfect wedding flowers to fit your theme!

Gardening

Perennial Flowers That Bloom all Summer Long

June 1, 2018

For those of you who garden, you’re well aware that an annual flower bed (though very beautiful) can be a lot of work. You have to fertilize the soil, plant the seeds, nurture the flowers, only to pull them out once Old Man Winter comes knocking on your door. Then, you start the process all over again when the temperature begins to rise. That’s why even avid gardeners and plant enthusiasts have found a fondness for perennials. With summer around the corner, starter plants can be purchased for faster results!

What are Perennials and Why do we Love Them?

Contrary to popular belief, a perennial isn’t the name of a flower, but rather a term used to describe a broad range of flowers and plants that live for more than two years, while annuals only live for one growing season. Every homeowner wants a beautiful garden in front of their home, but busy schedules prevent most people from having the time to care for one. Perennials’ low maintenance and annual blooms have made them a popular choice for homes across the country.

Some of our Favorites

Black-Eyed Susan

With a black-eyed susan, you get the best of both worlds. This plant has become extremely popular over the years because while it closely resembles a sunflower, it requires almost none of the maintenance.

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Holiday Decorations

It’s Dad’s Turn to be
the Guest of Honor

May 31, 2018

Celebrate Dad with a Father’s Day Beer Tasting

We received such great feedback on our Wine Tasting for Mom event that I thought, why not plan something similar for Dad? This time we’re going with a beer tasting event in dad’s honor!

Thanks to an increasing appreciation for quality beer production, there are new breweries popping up all over the country. There’s a good chance that there’s one right in your neighborhood or close by. If possible, hosting your Father’s Day event right at the brewery can add a unique feel and make it more fun for everyone. Leaving the beer to the experts gives you more time to focus on the decorations and the fun details that make Dad feel loved and honored for all he does!

I reached out to Gretchen Schmidhausier, a friend of my sister, who recently fulfilled a lifelong dream and opened a microbrewery in her hometown of Neptune City, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore. The Little Dog Brewing Company was named after Gretchen’s dog Quincy, a basenji, who is also the face of the brand!

Current Beers- What's On Draft?

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Gifting

10 Places to Bring Rosé This Summer

May 29, 2018

Once temperatures hit 70 degrees, you know it’s time for two things: backyard barbecues and rosé wine.

Sure its pink coloring helped it get on Millennials’ good side at first, but the truth is, rosé is beloved by people young and old, far and local. In fact, just last summer in France, rosé outsold white wine for the first time ever! With warm weather finally here, we’ve rounded up the best places to enjoy what’s been called “summer’s hottest drink.”

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