Frosted poinsettia plant outside during winter

Keeping Plants Alive in Winter

How Do I Keep Plants Alive During Winter?

Keeping plants alive during a cold winter can be tough, even if you’re a seasoned gardener. As the temperatures plummet and the sun shines for fewer hours each day, you’ll need to protect your plants from these adverse conditions to give them the best chance of surviving until spring. Preparation is essential to keep your plants alive throughout the cold-weather season. From stunning winter brights to festive Christmas flowers, here’s how to keep your plants healthy all year long. read more

White and violet pansy flower

Flowers That Bloom in Winter

What Flowers Bloom in Winter?

There are plenty of flowers that bloom in winter, even though that’s not prime time for flora in the Northern Hemisphere. At FTD, we have a huge selection of winter flowers to brighten the darker days of the cold season and to celebrate the holidays. Last-minute idea or spontaneous gesture? We’ve got you covered with same-day delivery, nationwide!

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overhead photo of a friendsgiving table with food and decorations

What is Friendsgiving?

Fall marks the beginning of the holiday season, and many people are heading home to celebrate with family. But if you can’t celebrate with your family (or prefer not to), you can always celebrate Friendsgiving. It is a compound of the words “friends” and “Thanksgiving.” It’s an informal version of Thanksgiving, and you can celebrate it instead of, or in addition to, your traditional celebration. Here’s everything you need to know to plan an unforgettable Friendsgiving.

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marigolds blooming in snowfall

Annual Winter Flowers

When the winter months roll around, most of us start to look forward to warm weather and sunny days, but some flowers in the plant world have other plans! Some flowers aren’t affected by the temperature and actually thrive in cold weather. At FTD, we have winter flowers that you can send to brighten up the homes of your very favorite people, no matter what the temperature is doing outside.

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What Flowers Bloom in Fall?

Although New Year’s Day is the official start of the year, for some, fall marks the unofficial beginning of the new year. Summer is over, schools are back in session, and the holiday season is not far behind. Harvests come in, with crops ready for picking. After the glory of spring and summer, keep in mind there are still plenty of flowers that bloom in the fall. At FTD, you’ll find beautiful fall flowers to send for every autumn occasion. Enjoy same day fall delivery from a local florist!

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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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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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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