Gardening

Top 10 Mosquito Repellent Plants

August 5, 2016
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All winter we look forward to having the chance to sit outside once again, lounging with a cool, refreshing drink in hand, surrounded by friends and family. But while each summer brings new opportunities, new memories and new experiences, one thing that stays the same are those pesky critters creeping up on us, biting us until we can’t take the itch any longer. Yep, you guessed it, we’re talking about mosquitoes.

While some bug spray may hold you over for a while during your time outdoors in the summer, we have something else that can be helpful in keeping these blood-sucking pests away – plants! Here are the top 10 that we recommend using if you’re striving for a mosquito-free yard:

Marigolds

Marigolds are known to give off a rather distinct smell that mosquitoes aren’t a fan of. You can either plant new seeds or grab a potted marigold from a nursery nearby – either way, just make sure you place your marigolds in the area where you and your guests are probably going to spend most of your time.

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If you usually keep a citronella candle on your deck or patio, you know how helpful citronella can be in deterring pests. In fact, citronella is known to be one of the most commonly used ingredients in various insect repellents! Instead of a candle, this time try using an actual citronella plant to keep mosquitoes away – either plant it in the ground or place it in a pot.

Lavender

Lavender can be your biggest saving grace when it comes to keeping any type of pest out of your garden – other insects and rabbits are just a few things that tend to stay away from lavender plants in addition to mosquitoes. Although you might enjoy their smell, mosquitoes can’t stand it! For the best results in growing a lavender plant of your own, make sure it’s placed somewhere that receives full sun. Continue Reading…

DIY Flower Crafts

DIY Friendship Bracelet with Flower Beads

August 4, 2016
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“I get by with a little help from my friends” — The Beatles

In honor of friends everywhere and Friendship Day on Sunday, August 7th, we decided to celebrate our BFFs with the timeless tradition of friendship bracelets! Consisting of a series of tied knots, friendship bracelets represent the strong and unbroken bond between two friends, and they look pretty, too! 🙂

Whether making a friendship bracelet as a gift for your closest friend, or organizing a party to make bracelets with a group of friends, the sentimental value of handmade bracelets is priceless! Just like every friend, each bracelet is unique, and can be made to fit your bestie’s personality, so take out your string and let’s get crafty with these easy-to-follow instructions below! friendship-bracelet-final-image Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

10 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends On Friendship Day

August 3, 2016
Friendship Day

Take a minute to think about the people who are closest to you – many will be members of your family, but the rest will be your dearest and truest friends.

Although you should never need a reason to celebrate your friendship with others (though some have adopted the tradition of the “friend-aversary”), each August, Friendship Day gives us the chance to truly honor our friends and let them know just how grateful we are to have them in our lives. How do you and your BFF(s) plan to celebrate this year?

If you’re looking for ideas you’ve come to the right place – below, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite friendship day activities.

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Fun Flower Facts

How Are Colored Orchids Made?

August 1, 2016
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Among other things, flowers are known for their natural beauty and the incredible variations of colors that we find them in. But despite their current aesthetic appeal, sometimes we’re left wanting more – more flowers in more different colors!

If you’ve ever seen your favorite flower in a color that’s different from how they normally look in full bloom, you may be familiar with the phenomenon that is “painted flowers.” Today, we’re specifically taking a look at colored orchids (one of our favorites!) and answering one of the biggest questions we’re sure you have – how are they made?

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Flower Travels

Top 10 Botanical Gardens In The U.S.

July 29, 2016
Wellington Botanical Garden

When you’re looking for something to do on the weekend or a day off, we’re sure you could think of several different local attractions in your area. However, have you ever thought about visiting a botanical garden? From the east coast to the west coast, there are tons of incredible botanical gardens that welcome visitors to enjoy the beauty that’s within. Below, we’ve listed out the top 10 botanical gardens in the country that we feel you must check out:

Wellington Botanical Garden

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Inside the 1800Flowers Offices

Marcum Workplace Challenge

July 28, 2016

JONES BEACH, NY – On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 1800Flowers.com participated in the Marcum Workplace Challenge. Since 2005, the Marcum Workplace Challenge has brought Long Island businesses together for the amazing cause to help raise money for various charities. Annually held at Jones Beach State Park, the race features a 3.5 mile course followed by a picnic. Event participation is so great, that it is actually Long Island’s largest office picnic. This year, 1-800-Flowers.com was happy to have a team of 75 people participate in the challenge! Some even brought their families, too!

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Participating Charities (including but not limited to):

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Gardening

Your Guide To Creating A Rooftop Garden

July 27, 2016
Rooftop Garden

When most of us think about planting flowers and maintaining a garden at home, we think about doing so in either our front or backyard, perhaps along our walkway or up against our fence. However, there’s another type of garden to think about, one that is a bit more unique – a rooftop garden.

Although rooftop gardening isn’t necessarily new, it’s something we hear more about lately. If you’re hoping to get on board with this garden trend, take a look at our tips below before you get started!

Things to Consider Before Starting a Rooftop Garden

Rooftop GardenSince rooftop gardens aren’t like a traditional garden in the sense that they’re located somewhere different, there are a few things you need to consider before making any decisions; they are:

  1. Are you allowed to build a rooftop garden? Depending on where you live, there may be certain rules and regulations about growing a garden on top of your home. So, before you do anything, make sure your speak with your landlord and/or research building codes for your neighborhood – there may be restrictions on things like how tall your garden can be.
  2. Can your roof support a garden? Your roof is designed to support a certain amount of weight, but keep in mind that a garden can push the weight over that limit. That’s because soil is heavy to start with, and as you add water and pots (and ultimately, as your plants and flowers grow), things will start to feel even heavier.
  3. Is your roof easily accessible? The time when you actually build your garden and complete your planting isn’t the only time you’ll need to access your roof – you’ll also need to be able to reach it when it comes time to do things like water. That said, you’ll need to think about the ease of accessing your plants and flowers, including whether or not it’s easy to get your garden hose up there.
  4. Do you have room to store your gardening tools? You probably aren’t going to want to carry your gardening tools up to the roof each and every time you need to do some maintenance, so you’ll want to think about leaving some space for storage. If you do have the room to add things like shelves or bins, again, don’t forget to think about whether or not your roof can support the added weight.
  5. Are the growing conditions ideal? If the answer to all of the above is “yes,” think about the growing conditions plants and flowers will experience on your roof – is the area shaded by trees or nearby buildings? Does it receive too much sun to the point where the heat is extreme? You wouldn’t want all of your hard work to be compromised by nature, so you’ll need to figure out if your plants and flowers could survive under the given circumstances.

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How-To's

Sneak Peek:
Fresh Flower Jewelry Inspiration

July 27, 2016
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Eloise, on our Public Relations team at 1-800-Flowers.com, recently saw a tweet from Rodarte featuring Kirstin Dunst wearing a pair of fresh orchid earrings, thought it was a really cool idea, and asked if I would do a post about fresh flower jewelry. I also thought it was very cool, so I immediately started brainstorming with a few of the floral designers on staff. I asked a friend of mine who has been making her own jewelry for the last few years to add her skills to the mix… and the results of this collaboration are simply amazing!

We shot everything on location last week, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. It was one of those photoshoots where everything just falls into place—which means I have hundreds of images to go through and so many ideas and how-to’s to share with you that I am going to break it down into multiple posts! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek behind the scenes!

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Floral Events & News

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

July 25, 2016

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