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Rare “Corpse Flower” Set to Bloom at the New York Botanical Gardens

June 25, 2018

BRONX, NEW YORK − While we normally think of flowers as sweet-smelling, there are also flowers that are on the complete opposite spectrum such “armorphophallus titanum,” also known as a “corpse flower.” The corpse flower received its named because of its unpleasant (to put it nicely 🙂 scent. Many describe the corpse flower smell to “rotting flesh” or a “decaying carcass.”

While this flower doesn’t sound very pleasant, it is very popular because of its rarity and because of the time it takes to bloom. It has been nearly 80 years since the corpse flower last bloomed at the New York Botanical Gardens. Given the long wait, the flower may only last for just one or two days.

While relatively unpredictable, the New York Botanical Garden’s corpse flower is said to be only “seconds away from blooming.” For those that don’t want to brave the stench or are not in the area, the flower is being live-streamed on the NYBG website. This giant flower can grow to be 8 feet high and opens up to a red interior when in bloom. The odor is said to attract pollinators, such as flies, which love the rotting odor as a place to lay their eggs.

So, will you be watching the corpse flower cam to see it bloom?

Corpse Flower in Bloom

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.

purple-lisianthus

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.

purple-calla-lilies-bouquet

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!

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Top 5 Reasons to Order Early for Valentine’s Day

January 17, 2018

We know that every year you SAY you’re going to plan Valentine’s Day early (or maybe you’re a really honest person), but it rarely ever happens. So this year, make it your New Years resolution to get your gifting out of the way and you can get back to the game! Who wants to spend football Sunday worrying about which flowers to buy, anyway? If you need a little extra motivation, here are 5 reasons you should order your Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts ASAP:

 Get The Best Deals

Just like Black Friday has the best deals for Christmas a few weeks in advance, you can also find the best deals on Valentine’s Day flowers & gifts if you plan ahead. According to the Society of American Florists (SAF), 44% of florists provided early-order incentives last year, which means there are plenty of reasons not to wait till the last minute. You can save up to 40% on our Valentine’s collection here! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

What Is Singles’ Day?

November 7, 2017

History of Singles’ Day

Singles’ Day began at Nanjing University in China. It was initially called “Bachelor’s Day” since it started out with only young men celebrating the occasion, however, it is now celebrated by both genders. The holiday is celebrated on November 11th (11/11) because of the four single “ones,” and the Chinese name of the holiday, “Guanggun Jie,” appropriately translates to “bare sticks holiday.” The occasion started in the 1990s and has been spread throughout China and beyond. It was created to help stop the negative connotation surrounding the idea of being single, especially in universities. The holiday is celebrated with fun, uplifting activities to enjoy the fun of being single!

How to Celebrate Singles’ Day

A Night on the Town Dancing and Singing Karaoke

What better way is there to meet new people and enjoy your single life more than singing your heart out and dancing the night away? We couldn’t think of any either, which is why Singles’ Day often involves parties and karaoke!

Singing Karaoke for Singles Day

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Wedding Flowers

Real Wedding Inspiration: Brittany & Ken’s Fall Wedding

October 23, 2017

We love weddings at 1-800-Flowers.com, so when two fellow employees tied the knot last fall, we made sure to get pics to share! All of the wedding flowers were designed by Louise from the 1-800-Flowers Carle Place florist shop. Whether you’re planning your own wedding, a friends’ wedding, or just love looking at them (like we do!), we hope that Brittany and Ken’s gorgeous fall wedding will leave you feeling inspired.

The Wedding Venue

Brittany and Ken decided to have their wedding at the Westbury Manor in Long Island, NY. Being lovers of fall décor, Brittany said they selected this location because of “how beautiful the grounds are and also how much the hall decorated for the fall (pumpkins, gourds, leaves, and cornstalks lining the driveway).” Continue Reading…

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM Delivers Smiles to Long Island Moms for Mother’s Day

May 11, 2017

Here at 1-800-Flowers.com, we love to celebrate moms for Mother’s Day. When we were presented with the opportunity to surprise moms with flowers at the Family & Children’s Association in Hempstead, NY, we immediately said yes! The Family & Children’s Association is a non-profit organization who works to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities. The group of moms that we surprised today all have children enrolled in organizations nursery co-op program. The co-op is a short-term childcare and case management program for parents seeking to improve the individual and family circumstances through employment, education, training or support services in pursuit of self-sufficiency.

To get everyone ready for the surprise, we brought the moms in for a special Mother’s Day brunch. After eating, we took the kids into a playroom and lined them up with bouquets of Mother’s Day flowers. As the mothers came in to pick up their kids, they were surprised with beautiful bouquets from their children! Seeing their surprised faces and the love between mother and daughter/son was truly priceless! Take a look at some of the photos from the event below!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

How to Say “I Love You” in 50 Different Languages | Petal Talk

February 1, 2017
I Love You Spelled Out and Red Roses

On Valentine’s Day, summing up so much passion and adoration into three little words hardly seems to do your sweetheart justice. So, if you really want to tell your Valentine that you love them ’til the end of time, tell them in more than one language! Whether you add it to your Valentine’s Day card, or just send them a text a day leading up to the holiday, saying “I love you” in different languages adds a unique twist on this romantic saying. Here’s how to say “I love you” in 50 different languages!
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DIY Flower Crafts

Make the Holidays Sparkle with DIY Glitter Vases

December 21, 2016

We all know that one of the best parts about the holiday season is decorating! From Christmas trees to holiday lights to menorahs and more, there are SO many ways to make your home festive and welcoming. Of course decorating with holiday flowers is our absolute favorite! I love to add a bit of sparkle during the holidays (especially New Years), and these glitter vases are super easy (and fun!) to make! Friendly advice: try not to throw the glitter everywhere or you’ll spend months cleaning it up . I have taken one for the team and tell you this based on personal experience (you’re welcome).

diy-glitter-vases-table

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Support Smile Farms on Giving Tuesday 2016

November 25, 2016

What is Giving Tuesday, you ask? Giving Tuesday is a day for you to get involved and give back in your community whether its volunteering at a food bank, donating clothing or money, hosting a fundraiser, or another awesome way to give back. In honor of Giving Tuesday, 20% of the proceeds in our special Giving Tuesday collection will go to Smile Farms, a non-profit organization that provides developmentally challenged adults with meaningful work opportunities at local farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands.

Support Smile Farms this Giving Tuesday