Chrysanthemum Care Guide: Tips and Advice

The chrysanthemum flower is a beautiful fall staple known for its seasonality and variety of colors. These can make a stunning addition to any garden or can be used as a festive fall decoration, both inside and out.  

Chrysanthemums are one of the easier flowers to care for, mainly needing ample light and water. There are still a few things to keep in mind though, especially if you want to ensure that your garden mums come back year after year. We’ve created the ultimate chrysanthemum care guide to help you enjoy these beautiful flowers regardless of if they are in a container or in your garden. 

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How To Throw the Ultimate White Elephant Party + Fun Printables

Grab your favorite wrapping paper and get ready for the holiday season! As we prepare to spread Christmas cheer, we’re also thinking about our favorite holiday games to play, one of which is the classic White Elephant gift exchange. This popular Christmas event is a blind gift exchange that involves people “stealing” gifts from each other in order to walk away with the best present. This can include anything from crazy socks or pens to useful kitchen items or even a potted plant!

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Celebrating Cyber Monday: History & Details

The 2021 holiday season is here! This means that it is time to start making those holiday gift lists, checking them twice, and finding out which stores are naughty and nice when it comes to their Cyber Monday Deals. We know that most of the shopping deal love gets doled out to Black Friday, but Cyber Monday is not a day to be overlooked. So, let us help you understand the shopping day a little bit more, that way you can really maximize savings as much as possible!

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Illustration of Oliver Flower Shop Owner Rick

Homegrown Stories: Pittsburgh’s Historic Oliver Flower Shop

Like many floral-filled storefronts, Oliver Flower Shop is a family business spanning three generations. Florist Rick Conley runs the show now, who has grown up with the business saying, “I’ve learned by osmosis since the age of 10 and would go straight after class throughout high school and college.” Working under three generations provides a unique learning environment, one that’s entrenched in all aspects of life. They recently added “pandemic” to a long list of other major world events they’ve managed the Oliver Flower Shop through, alongside the Great Depression, WWII, 9/11, and the Great Recession. Despite all these obstacles, the shop will celebrate its 91st birthday this November at its prime downtown Pittsburgh location!

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Celebrating Black Friday: History & Details

With the holiday season quickly approaching, that means our favorite day of the year is on the horizon. You might be thinking Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas, but we are talking about Black Friday! Ahhhh, Black Friday. The day that comes around once a year, but offers a year’s worth of savings. Black Friday brings forth a ton of sales, great deals, and allows you to get all of your holiday shopping done in one day. So, it is time to start deciding what you are on the hunt for, making your shopping list, and prepping for the biggest shopping day of the year. read more

Family hiking on nature trail

When is National Hiking Day?

During the U.S.’s frontier days, the country’s citizens were of course bound to their natural settings. Walking distances across different terrains was a necessary aspect of life, and most people sustained all the walking they could stand and more. But in the centuries since, times have changed, with natural settings becoming rarer as cities, townships, and highways continue to be constructed over the long stretches of natural land that stood before. With society’s advancements in technology, and especially with a year-plus for many of us working from home, many people could likely use a nice hike in the countryside nowadays! Hiking is defined as a prolonged walk that usually takes place in a natural setting, such as parks, mountains, or woods. National Take a Hike Day (or National Hiking Day) is a celebration of this great hobby that takes place this year on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021.

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Drawing of MaryLynn Nichols-Arriola

A Fontana Family Florist: MaryLynn Nichols-Arriola

FTD’s heritage lends itself to fostering multigenerational shops like Nichols Florist. The Southern California-based shop opened in 1957 and is still family-owned & operated by MaryLynn Nichols-Arriola. “I’ve dedicated all my years to this one shop,” MaryLynn said. Her parents raised her alongside the business, letting her run among the flowers as they created bouquets for their friends and neighbors in Fontana. She continued, “I still enjoy my job after over 30 years in the business. I was born to be a florist!” read more

35 Most Fragrant Flowers For Your Home or Garden

Flowers come in a wide variety of colors, sizes and scents. That being said, deciding what is best for your home or garden can be an overwhelming task. Choosing a flower based on color can be easy, but if you want to know how the scents of your arrangements will work together, that can be trickier. Even more, if purchasing or growing flowers to give as a gift, you might want to have an idea of the scent profile. Researching your fragrant flower options ahead of time will help you when making your selections. 

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Top 15 Indoor Flowering House Plants

When it comes to flowers and indoor house plants, FTD is a leading industry expert. So, of course it makes sense to say that we know our stuff when it comes to the best indoor flowering house plants! Since there are so many different house plants to choose from, it can be hard to choose one or two to add to your in-home garden without becoming overwhelmed by the many varieties to choose from. But, don’t worry, we have compiled a list of the top 15 indoor blooming plants to help educate you and to assist in figuring out which indoor flowering plants are the perfect fit for you and your green thumb capabilities.

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How to Propagate Plants From Cuttings in 3 Steps

When it comes to propagation of plants, most people haven’t attempted it because they are afraid it is a difficult, lengthy, and arduous process. But did you know it is actually a pretty manageable process that can be done in 3 easy steps? Yes, it’s true! Though each plant has specific properties and calls for their own propagation needs, you can easily propagate the plants that you already own, multiplying them to add to your very own plant collection, or to share the green love and give them as gifts for close friends and family. And it can happen all in a few easy steps. Plus, you probably already have all the supplies you need to make your propagation dreams a reality. So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading and let’s get to figuring out how to propagate cuttings to grow your garden and fill it with more beautiful plant babies.

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