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!

Summer Perennial Selections

By: Christine W.

Summer is here, and we’re ready to celebrate! In our outdoor garden center, we are carrying a wide variety of perennial plants to enhance your beds.  To sweeten the deal, we’re offering a 20% off sale starting late June, so come on in and check out our beautiful selection.

Monarda

Right now, our choice of perennials include some of our favorites like Monarda, which is a brilliant purple or pink flower that blooms very soon, starting in July.  It is known for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, and it has a sweet scent.  You can place Monarda in sun, and it’s easy to maintain for a bright pop of color in your garden.

VeronicaAnother one of our favorite perennials at Matlack Florist is Veronica. Its vivid hues of purple, pink, or blue bloom all summer long.  For example, one of our current varieties is called “Purpleicious”, pictured here.  Various types of Veronica can grow up from one inch, perfect for your windowsill beds and ground covering, to two feet high if watered regularly and kept in the sun to part shade.

DaylilyIf you’re looking for a warmer-toned perennial, try our Daylily that blooms right now in the summer months all the way into autumn.  Daylilies also grow best in the sun to part shade and can thrive in different climates.  While they’re low maintenance, they still produce a sunshiny yellow flower that will look fantastic in your garden.

CoreopsisAlso in the warmer tones we are featuring the Coreopsis plant.  With it’s tiny golden blooms and long feathery foliage, this plant brings a beautiful light look to add into the garden.  Coreopsis takes full sun and blooms from the late spring into the fall, so you can enjoy this plant all summer long.

Check back in our garden center ever few weeks for a new and fresh selection of in-season blooms.  We hope to help brighten your garden with our bright and colorful perennials that you can enjoy year after year.

We are happy to announce that we will be featuring the Perennial Plant of 2016, the Anemone “Honorine Jobert”, starting in August! Don’t miss this unique beauty to spice up your gardens soon!

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How To: Design A Floral Container Garden

By Nicole W.

Summer officially arrives on June 20th!  If you haven’t already brightened up your outdoor space with the vibrant colors of summer, then it’s about time!  One of our favorite ways to add some color to the home is by creating gorgeous patio pots or container gardens overflowing with flowers.

At Matlack Florist, we have a large variety of pre-made container gardens for you to choose from, but for the DIY-ers out there, we thought we would share a little how-to just for you!

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Step One:  Choose Your Container

When choosing a container, be sure to pick one that has adequate drainage. Drainage is extremely important to plant health. If your container does not already have drainage holes, then drill them yourself if possible.  If you prefer not to drill through your container, then you can create an area to hold excess water by laying a 2-inch layer of gravel before filling your container with potting soil.

There are many different materials available to fit your taste and needs. From terra cotta (1) to ceramic pots (2) and wooden containers (3) to wrought iron planters with coco liners (4), we carry a wide variety of options at Matlack Florist!

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Step Two:  Choose Your Plants

There are many things to consider when choosing an assortment of plants to put into your container garden.

Continue reading How To: Design A Floral Container Garden

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.