Update: Battle of the Blooms™ Fourth of July

Last week, we asked our designers to each create a Fourth-of-July-themed floral design for our first ever Battle of the Blooms™. Then we asked you to vote for your favorite design for a chance to win one of the arrangements.  Our designers created some truly beautiful patriotic floral pieces, you voted, and a winner was chosen!

4th of July FB Drawing - Martha's Design

The most popular floral arrangement, pictured here, was created by designer, Martha!  Her arrangement included blue hydrangea, white stock, and a cluster of red roses, accented with a touch of silver sparkle, red midollino sticks, and the finishing touch for the Fourth of July, Old Glory!

Battle of the Blooms July 4th Winner

Congratulations to our winner, Lauren, and a BIG THANK YOU to all who were involved! We were so excited by the amount of enthusiasm from everyone who participated in this event, from the designers here at the shop to everyone who voted for their favorites! We were even more excited when the winner announced to us that she would be donating her prize arrangement to the Westtown East Goshen Police Department!  What a wonderful act of generosity and a great way to celebrate everything that our nation stands for!

We’ve decided to keep the fun going, so keep your eye out for another chance to win The Battle of the Blooms™. (Hint: The next round of designs are sure to be Boo-tiful!)

Matlack Florist’s Battle of the Blooms™: Fourth of July Edition

It’s that time of year again!  Patriotic parades, backyard barbecues, flashy fireworks…it’s time to celebrate America!  To kick off the holiday week, we asked our designers to each create an arrangement that embodies the ‘Spirit of America,’ and we are giving you the chance to WIN one of the arrangements for your own Fourth of July celebration!

All you have to do to win one of these beautiful blooming arrangements is vote for your favorite on our Facebook page! To cast your vote, simply LIKE our Facebook page and then LIKE the picture of your favorite arrangement. For a bonus entry, tell us why you like the arrangement you voted for in the comments!

Read on to see what our talented designers created, as well as their inspiration for each design.  You can click on any picture below and you’ll be redirected to the picture on Facebook where you can place your vote!

4th of July FB Drawing - Christine's Design
Design by Christine: “My favorite part of July 4th is welcoming people into my home for a day of fun, food, and fireworks. This design is the perfect conversation piece to start talking to new friends while enjoying the holiday.”

4th of July FB Drawing - Colleen's Design
Design by Colleen: “When I think of the 4th of July, I think of camping, sparklers and fireworks. I wanted to bring natural elements into my design and topped it off with glittery accents that emulate the fireworks we set off!”

4th of July FB Drawing - Ivon's Design
Design by Ivon: “I love celebrating the 4th of July with my family. I designed my arrangement around what I would like to see on our buffet table surrounded by all the wonderful food and tasty treats!”

4th of July FB Drawing - Martha's Design
Design by Martha: “What better way to show your American pride than with a patriotic arrangement of red, white and blue blooms…finished off with Old Glory*.” *Made in America

The winner will be chosen by random draw from all participants who voted for the most liked arrangement. The winner will be announced on Friday, July 1st on Facebook. Only one (1) entry per person is permitted.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL… AND HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Graduation Day, Better with a Bouquet

By Christine W.

The beginning of June marks the extra special event of graduation in the lives of many young individuals. Whether it’s a Master’s degree or the end of a middle school era, at Matlack Florist, we love to celebrate milestones accordingly. Flowers are a great way to observe the commemorative event, and there are many different options to cheer on your graduate.

Presentation flowerpresentations are popular for graduates, and they can be done in countless different varieties.  One of our favorites ways to present graduation flowers is to arrange them in the graduate’s school colors with a matching bow, and the photos will look great with all of the coordinated colors.

Presentation bouquets come in all price ranges and have a great deal of customization options for color options. Come in and ask what we have in your graduate’s school colors.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one graduation present, consider our money corsage. They’re a fun way to incorporate a gift of money and  wear during the commencement, not to mention being the envy of all their fellow graduates.  The bills can be folded into shapes like origami and wired into the corsage so they can easilyIMG_3202 be taken out.  Additionally, the corsage can also be done in the graduate’s school colors with matching flowers.

This money corsage pictured on the left was made at Matlack Florist for a Lehigh University graduate in her school’s colors.

Decorating the graduation cap has been a long standing tradition amocapng graduates, and at Matlack Florist we have a trendy solution if you’re having trouble finding the perfect cap decoration.  Adorning the cap with a floral hair wreath is both modern and glamorous, and completely unique.  They can be attached to the cap easily and taken off, and can be made out of fresh blooms or silk flowers.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 graduates! At Matlack Florist we hope to continue celebrating with you all year long.

 

 

 

Autumn Inspiration for Your Front Porch!

The fall season is a favorite here at Matlack Florist!  It is marked by the arrival of vibrantly-colored mums, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, cornstalks, straw bales and so much more fun fall harvest decor.  With so many elements to this season, there are oh so many ways to create beautiful home displays that stretch from the first day of fall through the Thanksgiving holiday!

Whether you are looking for ideas to entice trick-or-treaters or to welcome family and friends into your home for a holiday feast, read on to find the perfect festive fall decor ideas for your front porch!

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There are certain autumnal elements that really bring the season in for us. This front porch display includes them all: Cornstalks accented with a Fall Bow, a 9″ Mum in a Clay Pot, and Pumpkins, Gourds and Indian Corn all sitting atop a Straw Bale.  When all of these elements are gathered and displayed together, what you get is the perfect fall display!
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This beautiful window box includes the perfect balance of mums, ornamental peppers, kale, sweet potato vine and a mix of mini pumpkins and gourds. We added a decorative metal coneflower accent for the final touch!

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Caring for Your Valentine’s Day Roses!

How To Care For Roses

Did you receive a lovely bouquet of roses from your one and only this Valentine’s Day? Lucky you!! Those blooming beauties may not live forever, but with proper care, your cut roses could last up to a week or more! Follow the tried-and-true tips below to ensure that your beautiful blooms stay fresh for as long as possible! (If your roses arrived already arranged, you can skip steps 1-4).

FillYour VaseFirst things first, make sure to choose a clean vase for your flowers! It cannot be stressed enough how important good, clean water is for the longevity of your roses.  You’ll want to fill your vase two-thirds full with lukewarm water, and then add the floral preservatives that you should have received with your flowers. The floral preservatives will help to keep the water bacteria-free and provide essential nutrients for your roses to extend their life.

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Debunking the Poinsettia Myth

Good news for Poinsettia-lovers;   your favorite holiday plants are not toxic!

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The Society of American Florists teamed up with researchers at Ohio State University to complete scientific studies on the toxicity of poinsettias on both people and pets.  The results indicated that there were absolutely no reasons to worry about the effects of these plants on the health of your children or pets!  The POISINDEX Information Service, the primary resource for most poison control centers, states that a child would have to ingest 500-600 poinsettia leaves to exceed the experimental dosage that revealed no toxicity on test animals.

However with that said, poinsettias, like most other ornamental plants, are not intended for consumption.

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Enjoy your holiday poinsettias!!