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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

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Royal Wedding Flower Predictions

May 5, 2018
Close-up photo from a bride holding her pink wedding bouquet

The wedding you’ve been dreaming about is almost here — no we’re not talking about your wedding, we’re talking about the royal wedding! In just a few weeks, Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle and, quite literally, the eyes of the world will be on them.

If there’s one thing the royal family has become well versed with lately, it’s keeping every detail of a wedding secret. Not until the bride walks down the aisle will we all know what her dress looks like, how her hair is done, and, most importantly, what flowers she chose! That being said, there’s no reason why we can’t take a peek at her past flower preferences and share our predictions for what flowers she’ll choose.

Royal Flowers Throughout the Years

Before we talk about Meghan and Harry’s wedding, let’s take a minute to look back at all of the marvelous flowers that have come down the aisle before them.

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The Ultimate Awards Show Viewing Party Checklist

February 26, 2018

Awards season is in full swing! And just because you didn’t receive an official invite to the big show doesn’t mean that you and your friends can’t be part of the celebrations. Awards Shows are the perfect easy TV entertainment to gather friends and family together for an impromptu couch party. Whether you decide to set an elegant dress code or opt for a cozy pajama party, there are some essentials that are always a “must do” when it comes to hosting. We’ve rounded up our top picks across our family of brands to help you get red carpet ready.

To make the party planning process easier, we’re offering 20% OFF* our most popular gifts (including the ones featured below) with promo code POPULAR20. Offer valid through Sunday, March 4th, 2018. 

SET THE SCENE

Start with setting the mood: A little décor goes a long way in making your guests feel like welcomed celebrities. Set out a tablecloth on your coffee table and display an elegant floral arrangement. We love this Two Dozen Red Rose bouquet by 1-800-Flowers.com.

Little personalized touches help to make the party come together in a flash, and make your guests feel wanted and welcomed. We adore these Personalized Connoisseur Wine Glass by Personalization Universe that are completely customizable for your event. Make one for each guest at the party and set them out on the table or around the room as placeholders. This will help guide guests on where to sit during the show and makes it much easier to identify whose glass is whose. Instruct the guests that the glasses are theirs to keep as a reminder of the great night you shared.


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Real Love Stories from the Winners of the Empire State Building’s Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest

February 6, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a special day of love for many people, but when you’re one of the winners from the Empire State Building’s 24th Annual Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest Presented by Kleinfeld, it is that much more special.

Each year, a few lucky couples are invited to say “I do” on the top of the Empire State Building. With its spell-bounding views and larger-than-life ambiance, the iconic landmark is often labeled the World’s Most Romantic Building, making it the quintessential place to exchange Valentine’s Day vows in a memorable way.

Even though a magnificent wedding backdrop undoubtedly sets the scene for an unforgettable evening, it is the soon-to-be bride and groom that make the event truly magical. This year, 11 couples, each with a captivating love story, were chosen to celebrate their wedding on the world-famous 86th floor Observatory. These stories capture a true love that can only be found in fairytale books, so what better way to honor such a special bond than by making their wedding dreams come true! #WOWthatslove

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2018 Flower and Color of the Year: The Purple Rose!

January 31, 2018

*Drum roll* Pantone has officially declared their Color of the Year for 2018 — PANTONE 18-3838, but you probably know it as Ultra Violet! Born from the mixture of calming blues and fiery reds, violet is a rare color that holds many sacred meanings. So, let’s take a further look at how Ultra Violet has impacted art and society, and earned its place as Color of the Year.

Ultra Violet — Inventiveness and Imagination

Ultra Violet has long represented nobility, power, creativity, and ambition. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said it best when he said, “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and

imagination… From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

1800Flowers Announces ‘The Purple Rose’ as Flower of the Year

It’s true what they say — great minds think alike! Here at 1800Flowers.com, we’ve also been so impressed by the strength of women in recent years, which is why we chose to make our Purple Rose Flower of the Year! Like their Pantone color counterpart, purple roses symbolize power and feelings of admiration and passion. Despite looking similar, lighter hues of purple, like lavender, hold very different meanings and are more closely related to youth, platonic love, and elegance.

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Now Blooming: Alabaster Garden Rose

January 1, 2018

Coming all the way from Europe, the alabaster garden rose sports a cream colored, ruffled bloom and fresh fragrance that has been described by many as “a pleasant dream.” Needless to say, the decision to make it the newest addition to our Now Blooming collection was an easy one!

Alabaster Garden Rose in White

The Difference Between English Garden and Hybrid Tea Roses

You probably know that roses come in a variety of colors, but did you know that they also come in hundreds of species and far more cultivars? Your traditional Valentine’s Day roses and the ones we see in movies are most often of the hybrid tea variety. Known for their signature pointed buds, hybrid tea roses open slowly and typically bloom several times throughout their growing season.

With many saying they resemble a cross between a carnation and a rose, English garden roses are a delightful twist on the classic roses we’ve grown to love. Typically, it has a small cluster of wavy petals at its center with larger, more rounded petals on its outer ring. Continue Reading…

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Now Blooming: Gold Airbrush Roses

November 30, 2017

For years, the saying has been, “Roses are red, violets are blue.” But perhaps it’s time to change that up a bit? For this month only at 1800flowers.com, violets get to stay blue but roses are going gold — that’s right, gold roses! In honor of the upcoming holiday season, we’re thrilled to announce Gold Airbrush Roses as the latest addition to our Now Blooming Collection!

gold airbrush roses

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Top Veterans Day Parades and Celebrations Around the Country

November 10, 2017

It was nearly a century ago that Armistice Day celebrations welcomed U.S. troops home after their service in World War I. After World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, in an effort to include veterans of all branches and service. As we approach Veterans Day once again, we’re reminded of the sacrifice thousands of brave men and women have made for our country.

Show your support this year by attending one of the dozens (dare we say hundreds) of Veterans Day celebrations and parades thrown around the country. While we couldn’t fit them all on here, below are our top picks for the most popular and inspiring events to date.

marines standing at attention veterans day

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Now Blooming: Glow in the Dark Roses

October 18, 2017

Forget growing our own flowers. This season, we’re glowing our flowers — literally! Everyone knows that the real fun always starts when the lights go down. And with the days getting shorter and shorter, it seems only fitting that we embrace the night and all things spooky leading up to Halloween. Enter: Glow in the Dark Roses! By day, these roses make a crisp addition to even the most formal of living rooms. But at night? At night, they transform your space into a glowing green enchanted forest.

glow in the dark flowersAll About Mondial Roses

We instantly knew that the bright, white nature of Mondial Roses would make them the perfect choice for our glowing treatment. These roses typically stand at an impressive two feet tall and adorn a remarkable three-inch bloom. Known for their trendy nature, these delicate petals lay beautifully atop a leafy, green stem.

Get Them Glowing

There are no batteries, chargers, or wires required for our roses! These luminous beauties come to life thanks to the power of the sun. To ensure your roses glow all night long, all you have to do is leave them in a bright room during the day. When the sun goes down, your roses will instantly start to glow. And remember, the longer you leave them to “charge” in the sun, the longer they’ll glow! Continue Reading…