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Staying Busy & Connected, Petal Talk Chats with Norma

May 1, 2020

We were first introduced to Norma Gregorio when she received one of our birthday flower cakes from her family for her 88th birthday. Since they couldn’t be together in person during this time to celebrate, she sent them a video which made it’s way to Good Morning America.

We were so taken by this story, and Norma’s positive outlook on life that we wanted to chat more with her about how she is staying connected during this time. Thank you Norma for taking the time to share your story.

“L’avventura e’ dentro di noi” means “Adventure is within us”


“I’m often asked, “Aren’t you lonely living alone? Don’t you get bored? What do you do all day long?” And that’s when I am in a quandary because I have no good answers. I’m never bored. I’m never lonely. I’m always looking forward to tomorrow. Doing or planning something special or something different. Right now, I am looking forward to driving down to the shore in my son’s convertible, on a beautiful day with the top down. Just feeling the sunlight and the warm breeze on my face makes me appreciate the beauty of this world.

I just finished my crochet doily and my flower needle point. Now I’ll have to get myself another pretty needlepoint canvas. I do it because I find it relaxing and rewarding. It is just like life; we all start with a blank canvas and we all create our beautiful lives as the years pass. I also enjoy cooking, doing English and Italian crossword puzzles, reading and writing. I’ve written several books, but no one seem to want to publish them. But that does not stop me, no, I just keep on writing. I just finished writing a new story for a children’s picture book.

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Flower Needlepoint by Norma

Now, we have this virus cloud over us all. I do not allow it to enter into my everyday life. Even though I have been self-quarantined since the beginning of March, it will not change the feelings and the love I have for my family and friends nor will it surround me with a sense of fear. I call everybody on Skype and WhatsApp every week, both here and in Italy, and we talk and talk and talk. Conversation is the best medicine; it brings joy to your life and you touch the heart of the person you are talking to.

I know that when this pandemic is over, all humanity will be scarred, some more than others, emotionally, financially or physically.

We are all strong, with our love and hope for one another, we will all be winners.”

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Card Message Ideas!

April 21, 2020

mother's day card message ideasWith mom it’s the thought that counts which is why Mother’s Day cards are just as important, if not more important, than the gift.  Although cards for Mother’s Day often have their own message inside, it’s always a good idea to personalize it with your own words. If you’re having trouble thinking of the perfect note to mom, here are some sample Mother’s Day card message ideas to help you write the perfect note. Make sure to add your own memories to personalize the cards and potentially make mom tear with joy!

Remember, Mother’s Day is all about celebrating mom so when you’re choosing your words, think of ones she would enjoy reading over and over again.

Enjoy these adorable printable Mother’s day cards from our friends at Goodsey!
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Local Artisan Florist Corner

Local Artisan Spotlight

March 4, 2020

We’re celebrating some of our inspiring local florists, who are passionate about what they do and making a difference in their communities. Meet the women behind some of our new hand-crafted arrangements.

Sophie Clary

Sophie Clary has been an essential designer at David’s Flowers in Midwest City, Oklahoma for 35 years.

Sophie is a successful designer, getting support every day as well as on busy holidays from her family. Her husband does everything except design, and her daughter and son-in-law have been running the delivery department around the holidays for eight years.

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Fun Flower Facts

Most Popular Flower Types

January 4, 2020
alstroemerias

Flowers come in thousands of different shapes and color combinations, each with their own name and classification. There are over 400,000 types of flowering plants, so there is sure to be a flower that speaks to your unique personality! If that seems like a lot to sort through have no fear – here is a quick list of some of the most popular flower types:

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Alstroemerias

Alstroemerias are more often called either Peruvian Lilies or Lilies of the Incas and are native to South America. Peruvian Lilies come in a variety of warm colors like pink and orange and are symbolic of friendship, wealth and devotion. These flowers bloom in late spring/early summer when exposed to direct sunlight and watered weekly (water more often when you notice soil looking dry, water less when the soil looks soggy).

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Inside the 1800Flowers Offices

Gratitude Near & Far Makes A 1-800-Flowers.com Thanksgiving

November 15, 2019

Erika K., Local Artisan

To kick off the festive season of appreciation and gratitude, here at 1-800-Flowers.com we reached out near and far—to some of our florists around the country, to workers at Smile Farms, and to people at our Long Island headquarters—and asked them to share what they’re thankful for, and how they enjoy counting and sharing their blessings.

“I’m most thankful for a very supportive and loving family,” says Erika Kiss of Sandra’s and Donath’s Florist in Manhattan. “Sticking together… nothing is impossible.”

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Fun Flower Facts

7 Secrets About Orchids: Orchid Meanings & Symbolism

September 24, 2019

The orchid holds a special place as one of the most alluring and captivating flowers. They have been known to symbolize luxury, love and beauty. The mystique surrounding orchids throughout history has positioned them at the top of luxurious gift lists, making them an exquisite choice as a thank you gift, congratulations gift or to simply say I’m thinking of you.

Their charm delights those who receives them, for few other flowers have the ability to impress their recipient in the same way that orchids do. Learn more orchid facts and secrets behind these stunning blooms.

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Fun Flower Facts

English Garden Roses, Fit for a Queen

September 19, 2019
hot pink English garden rose

Roses are known throughout the world as a symbol of love and romance. English garden roses, in particular, evoke images of a bygone era when silver vases would have bloomed with masses of pastel roses. These are the vintage beauties you could imagine adorning tables during high tea.

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Fun Flower Facts, Romance

Things you didn’t know about Roses:
Rose Meanings, Symbolism & More

September 17, 2019

Romance shouldn’t be limited to that one day a year in February. Love deserves attention all year long. In our busy day-to-day lives, it’s easy to forget to tell the ones we love how much we care. Surprising the one you love with a gift like roses at home or in the office will reignite the spark and magic you’ve always had.

Check out our facts about these romantic flowers that you may not have known that will give you a better understanding of rose meanings and symbolism.

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Fun Flower Facts

Fall Blooming Flowers
Pollinators Love

September 13, 2019

Crisp air, apple cider and pumpkin spice are just a few of the reasons we love Autumn. Just like how some love pumpkin spice, pumpkin décor and a good fall bouquet, pollinators love certain fall flowers.

You may have seen some of these fall blooming flowers before, but did you know these late-bloomers offer so much for your garden? Not only are these flowers in season in October, but they also attract and support butterflies, bees, and a wide range of other pollinators.

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