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The History of the Easter Lily & How It Became the Most Popular Easter Flower

March 29, 2020

easter-sentiments-sympathy-lily-plant-18115Easter is almost here, and there’s only one flower that can really capture the sacred spirit of the holiday: the Easter lily! The pure white color of this blossom has long symbolized the purity, hope and new life of spring, and its beautiful trumpet shape makes it the perfect herald for the fresh new season. So it’s no wonder it’s become one of the most popular blooms to decorate homes and churches with during this time of year. But how did this pretty little flower come to be associated with (and even named after) Easter? Here’s the full history of the Easter lily, for you to read while you dress up your home in its Sunday best!

How the Easter Lily Came to the U.S.

The Easter lily was officially discovered in 1777 by Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. After its discovery, the flower made its way to England in 1819 and then arrived at Bermuda in the mid-1800s. It was then named the “Bermuda lily,” but its name was eventually changed to “Easter lily” when the spring-blooming flower was brought to Philadelphia and popularized there as an Easter blossom. A virus destroyed the Easter lily’s production on the island of Bermuda, making Japan the flower’s largest producer once again.

It wasn’t until World War I that the Easter lily started being produced in the United States. When soldier Louis Houghton first saw the flower, he was so captivated by it that he brought a suitcase full of bulbs back to his home state of Oregon in 1919. Houghton started handing out the lilies to his friends, who also happened to be horticulture experts.

As a result, large-scale production of the flower spread across the West Coast of the U.S., and by 1945 more than 1,000 growers in Oregon and California were producing the bulbs, earning the region the title of “Easter Lily Capitol of the World.” Today, Oregon and California grow 95 percent of all Easter lilies. Easter lilies are now one of the most popular potted plants in the U.S., ranking with poinsettias, mums and azaleas. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Pick the Right Valentine’s Day Flowers for Your Sweetheart

January 15, 2020

big-bear-hugs-103247SRoses are red, violets are blue … and picking the perfect Valentine’s Day flower is so hard to do! Actually, it only feels like it is. When you’re looking for a truly original bouquet for your Valentine, it may seem like there are way too many options out there. But knowing what each type of flower symbolizes helps you choose the one that best represents your never-ending devotion. Not a flower expert? Not a problem! Here’s our guide to five popular Valentine’s Day flowers and their meanings so you can find the best way to say, “You make my heart bloom with passion!”

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

The Most Popular Christmas Flowers to Decorate With

December 9, 2019

Flowers are Mother Nature’s very own decorative ornaments, so it’s no surprise that they’ve become a staple of Christmas décor all over the world! There are so many festive Christmas flowers to choose from, it’s impossible to stick with just one when you’re adorning your home for the holidays. Read up on the most popular Christmas flowers and how you can merry-fy your home with them this season.

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Poinsettias

With its long, velvety red leaves, the poinsettia is the definitive Christmas bloom. But did you know that it’s actually a tropical plant? Read our blog post on the history of poinsettias to find out how they became associated with Christmastime, and use our poinsettia decorating ideas to spread the Christmas spirit!

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DIY Flower Crafts

Cute Thanksgiving Craft Idea for Kids: Sunflower Turkeys

November 10, 2019
Thanksgiving Bouquet of Sunflower Turkeys

Thanksgiving Bouquet of Sunflower TurkeysAre your kids looking for something to do on Turkey Day … other than patiently wait for the bird to roast in the oven? This Thanksgiving craft idea will keep the little ones busy while you cook up a delicious feast for the family, and you’ll have an adorable centerpiece that your guests will rave about as they gobble down their food!

Materials Needed for Thanksgiving Sunflower Turkey

Construction Paper (or colored cardstock or foam)
Scissors
Glue
Sunflower bouquet*
Googly eyes or candy eyes

*The Harvest Glow Bouquet is the perfect arrangement to use for this craft.

How to Make a Thanksgiving Sunflower Turkey

How to Cut a Turkey out of Construction Paper

  1. Cut out the shapes shown above using brown, orange, red and yellow construction paper. (You can also use cardstock or foam for sturdier turkeys.) Continue Reading…
Fun Flower Facts

Best Summer Flowers and Plants

July 20, 2019
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Looking for a blooming flower arrangement or green plant that’ll stand up to the sun’s scorching rays? Here’s our list of the best summer flowers and plants that really know how to flourish on even the hottest of days. Plus, we’ve recommended our top arrangements for each flower, so you can get your home summer-ready with gorgeous blooms even quicker!

Popular Summer Flowers

Sunflower: Fields of Europe for Summer

Inspired by the colorful charm of the European countryside, our best-selling summer bouquet is gathered with fresh-picked blooms, revealing the rustic and classic beauty of nature. The shades of golden yellow sunflowers and rich blue delphinium pop against lush greenery, creating a timeless gift for someone special to enjoy.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays, Valentine's Day

Deliver Valentine Smiles With Funny Valentine’s Day Messages

January 5, 2019

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Bouquet of FlowersThere’s no doubt about it: Flowers are the best at delivering smiles, and hilarious greeting cards are the best at delivering gut-busting laughter. So this Valentine’s Day, the smile pros at 1-800-Flowers.com have teamed up with the comedic geniuses of someecards.com to create the ultimate feel-good gift. When you’re sending that bouquet of romantic red roses, don’t forget to pass along one of these very funny Valentine’s Day messages too. It’ll have your sweetie rolling on the floor with glee, guaranteed!

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Early Valentine's Day Gift

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Surprise Date

Funny Valentine's Day Message: Exes
Click here to e-mail or share any of these funny Valentines Day messages with your Valentine!

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Get Ready for Administrative Professionals Day: Creative Ways to Brighten up Your Office Space

April 2, 2018
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Silver Celebration OrchidsAdministrative Professionals Day 2018 is coming up on April 25th! It has also been called Administrative Professionals’ Week which begins April 23rd.—So all you secretaries, receptionists and office workers, get your headquarters ready: It’s your time to shine! You are the people who make every business a success, and exceptional employees like you deserve to have an equally special work space. Here are some fun and creative ways to brighten up your office space just in time for the holiday!

Decorate Your Desk With Flowers and Plants

Whether you work in an office or a cubicle, accessorizing your space with flowers has lots of benefits. In office environments, where décor is typically minimal and, well, dull, a colorful bouquet of flowers or a pretty green plant will bring instant natural beauty to your workstation. But it’s not just about the wow factor; flowers lift your spirits and make you healthier and more productive too! They allow you to enjoy the outdoors even on days when you can’t leave the office, and studies show that plants remove toxins from the air and improve concentration. Check out the 1-800-Flowers.com Greenhouse to find out how this works and which flowers are best for purifying indoor spaces. 

Create a Tranquil Space With a Water Fountain

Instead of listening to the monotonous clicking of keyboards all day, bring some zen into your cubicle with the calming sound of a desktop water fountain. It’ll drown out other annoying sounds and it’ll help you relax, allowing you to get your work done in peace. Just make sure the running water isn’t so loud that it distracts you and your co-workers!

Transform Your Chair With a Cozy Pillow and Blanket

Your desk chair is your home for about eight hours a day (even more on late nights!), so you might as well make it as comfy as possible! If your chair isn’t particularly cushiony, soften it up by placing a cute pillow on the seat. You can also wrap a pretty pashmina around the back of the chair: You’ll make a stylish statement and you’ll have something to wrap around your shoulders when the office gets cool.  

Warm up Your Floor Space With a Pretty Rug

Get rid of those boring plastic floor mats sitting underneath your chair and replace them with a plush rug. Its fuzzy texture and bright colors will show off your personality and make your office visitors feel right at home! It’s a small change that’ll give your office space a big makeover.

Use Placemats to Bring Pops of Color to Your Desk

Think there’s nothing spectacular about your plain white desk? Think again! Look at it as a blank canvas—it’s up to you to bring it to life! Turn it into a work of art by sliding a patterned or brightly colored placemat under your computer screen, keyboard, file organizers, etc. You’ll feel like you’re sitting at a whole new desk! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Different Uses for Christmas Wreaths

December 14, 2017

Lush evergreen wreaths are one of the most versatile decorations you can use to bring some traditional warmth into your home at Christmastime. And when you opt for a beautiful faux arrangement—like our Plaid Holiday Wreath, which is decorated with festive pine cones and vibrant red berries—you have a truly original ornament that you can use in countless ways for many years to come. Here are just a few of the many different uses for a Christmas wreath!

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Wedding Flowers

Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Marianna’s Vineyard Wedding Flowers

October 9, 2017
Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridesmaid Bouquets

Get Inspired by These Wine-Themed Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Marianna's Vineyard Wedding FlowersWhen Marianna, our Senior Email Marketing Manager, exchanged vows with her hubby, Chris (who also works at 1-800-Flowers as Director of Merchandising!), on November 19, 2011, it was an occasion to celebrate. So to raise a toast in honor of their love, Marianna chose an intoxicating theme for their wedding: fall vineyard! From the deep merlots to the champagne whites that abound during the season, their wedding perfectly captured the rich and fragrant essence of autumn. The fall time has always had special meaning to this couple, so it was only natural that they plan an autumn wedding and infuse it with everything they love about the season—especially those naturally luxurious fall colors. Continue Reading…