How-To's

Flower Jewelry: Techniques Used for Making Flower Crowns

April 17, 2018

I am in love with flower crowns of all styles and sizes. Sometimes, the bigger the better.flower-girl-with-flower-crown

Like this one that my granddaughter Juliette wore for my niece’s wedding on Block Island!

It was so much fun watching Juliette and her cousin Abigail enjoying all of the magical moments of their cousin Jenna’s wedding. They were living their own fairy tale! When Jenna placed the flower crowns on their sweet little heads, it was truly their “crowning moment”!

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“Feathering the Nest” for a Baby Shower

April 17, 2018

One of my favorite themes for a baby shower is “feathering the nest,” which is really the whole point of having a baby shower.  I actually threw my daughter-in-law Lina a “birds nest” themed shower when she was pregnant with my beautiful granddaughter Olivia Grace!  It was a no brainer because Lina already had a thing for birds!  There are so many ways that you can incorporate this theme into your gathering from the invitations, to the décor, and even the food.  Here are just a few decor ideas using flowers, nests, eggs, and bird cages that you might want to try too!

purple hydrangea in a purple mason jar

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Fun Flower Facts

The Meaning Behind Our Favorite Floral Phrases and Sayings

April 13, 2018

When it comes to phrases that live at the tip of our tongues, we’re sure you’ve got some personal favorites that are the bee knees and sound as pretty as a peach. But being florists and all, we’re pretty partial to floral phrases — can you blame us? This season, why not add some of our favorite phrases and sayings into your vocabulary?

“Stop and smell the roses”

Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? Overworked? If so, it may be time to “stop and smell the roses.” This means it’s time to break away from your hectic schedule and take a minute to enjoy the little things in life and the beauty of nature. And while there’s no denying that we love the expression, studies show there is some scientific truth behind it! Spending time outdoors among nature has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.

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Fun Flower Facts

Perennial Flowers that Bloom all Spring Long

April 11, 2018
Hummingbird Feeding at Bleeding Heart Bloom

If there’s one thing that remains a constant in this world it’s that April showers always seem to bring May flowers. With spring fast approaching, many perennials can’t wait to break through their dirt beds and stretch their leaves out in the world.

If you’re looking to save time, money, and energy on your spring garden, perennials are certainly the way to go, because when it comes to the world of flowers, perennials are the gift that keeps on giving. Check out this list of perennial flowers that will bloom all spring long!

Lungwort

Don’t let its less-than-appealing name fool you — lungwort is a marvelous, flowering plant that blooms at the first sight of spring. Starting off pink, lungwort gradually transitions to a dark purple flower, before dying once the sweltering temperatures of summer arrive.

Why We Love Lungwort

  • It’s a strong plant that’s highly disease resistant.
  • Even in partially shaded areas, it flourishes well.
  • Rabbits, deer, and other plants tend to leave it alone.

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Fun Flower Facts

How to Keep Your Home Pollen-Free This Spring

April 9, 2018

After the long, cold months of winter, there’s nothing better than swinging open your doors and windows on the first warm day of spring. That is, until you turn around and realize that sticky, yellow pollen has taken over every inch of your home.

Luckily, there are things even the most severe allergy sufferers can do to ensure they still get to enjoy the sights, sounds, scents, and serenity of spring in their home.

kids laughing and playing in spring dandelion field

Kick Your Shoes Off

The moment you come in from a day of hiking or exploring a spring garden, wipe and take your shoes off right away. If you want to go the extra mile, hose off the soles of your shoes outside before coming in. Continue Reading…

Home Decorating with Flowers

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

April 2, 2018
Silver Celebration Orchids

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…

Fun Flower Facts

9 Stunning Flowers and Plants that Have Gone Extinct

April 2, 2018

Having existed for more than 4.5 billion years, it’s no surprise that the Earth has undergone some major changes in its life — particularly in the types of greenery it plays home to. Whether due to climate change, geological shifts, or human or animal interference, below is a list of a few flowers and plants that have gone extinct both recently and billions of years ago.

1. Silphium

If you were somehow able to stumble upon this flower, you may mistake it for a daisy. With its many small, long, yellow petals, the silphium looks like the cousin of yellow daisies. However, the flower has not been seen by humans since it went extinct in the 1st Century B.C.

silphium flower close-up

2. Cooksonia

Believed to be one of the first plants on the planet, cooksonia lived more than 425 million years ago (to put that in perspective, dinosaurs lived around 66 million years ago). These water-loving plants could be found along coastlines all over the world. Even more interestingly, scientists believe these were the first plants to have a stem. Continue Reading…

Flower Care & Handling

Tulip Care Tips

April 2, 2018

In honor of tulip season and tulips being one of my favorite flowers, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to help you care for your cut tulips! Check out my videos below for how to straighten bent tulips or for an easy way to arrange tulips in a vase using a grid:

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Easter, Holiday Decorations, Julie's Blog

Some-bunny Loves Carrots

March 30, 2018
Tulips and Carrots for Easter Decorations

Carrots and bunnies go together like peanut butter and chocolate, which was my inspiration for these four fantastic Easter DIYs. Whether you’re attending an Easter celebration or hosting one, these creative ways to keep all of your bunnies happy this Easter season are sure to WOW!

Bloomin’ Carrot Bouquet with Orange Tulips

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, and we are in prime tulip season! They are so easy to arrange. Just give each stem a fresh cut to the length you need for your container and remove the excess leaves. Make sure that the container is totally clean and filled with fresh, cool water before arranging your tulips.

tulips-and-carrots 
Speaking of the vessel you use to display your tulips – what bunny wouldn’t love this carrot vase! For this carrot vase I used one bag of pre-peeled mini carrots, a rubber band, and a lowball glass.
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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Fun Facts About Easter

March 30, 2018
Chocolate Easter Bunny in a Basket with Assorted Candy

You know it involves decorating eggs, plenty of chocolate, and pastel colors galore, but how much do you really know about the origin of Easter, its many symbols, or the record-breaking candies associated with the holiday? With Easter just a few days away, we’re sharing some of our favorite facts about the Christian holiday that kicks off the spring season.

Easter Religion

  1. Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
  2. It takes place after the 40-day period of Lent, a time when people typically fast during the day or give up something they enjoy.
  3. The week before Easter is considered “Holy Week.” Palm Sunday takes place exactly a week before Easter, then comes Good Friday, and the week ends with Easter Sunday.
  4. Easter is the oldest Christian holiday, and the one many Christians believe to be the most important Catholic holiday (even over Christmas!).

Cross At Sunset With Sunlight And Orange Clouds

Easter Food

  1. Each year, Americans spend nearly $2 billion on Easter candy.
  2. More than 70% of that candy is chocolate.
  3. Chocolate bunnies are the most popular chocolate candy.
  4. While having hollow chocolate bunnies certainly saves on manufacturing costs, one of the main reasons for the hollow inside is so that people don’t hurt their jaw or crack a tooth.
  5. People have long debated where you should start on an Easter bunny — at the ears or the feet. But it looks like the people have spoken! One study found that 76% of Americans think you should start at the ears.
  6. In 2017, the world’s largest chocolate bunny was created in Brazil — it weighed an astonishing 9,359 pounds and stood nearly 15 feet tall.
  7. Speaking of record-breaking Easter treats, there’s also a record for the tallest Easter egg ever created. It weighed in at 15,000 pounds and was 33 feet tall.
  8. Easter falls just behind Halloween and the second biggest holiday for purchasing candy in America.
  9. Before chocolate cornered the Easter food market, pretzels were eaten and exchanged as gifts.
  10. During the week leading to Easter, it’s estimated that Americans eat around 16 million jelly beans.
  11. Similar to how people eat turkey on Thanksgiving, it’s tradition to eat lamb on Easter Sunday.

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