Gifting the Host: July 4th Edition


It’s that time of summer again: July 4th!  Time for parties, barbecues, and giving flowers!  Don’t forget to bring along some blooms for your host to show your appreciation for their hospitality. To get you thinking, here’s a few ideas that will be sure to spark fireworks for every type of event.

Going to an upscale cocktail party?

The Beautiful in Blue arrangement is a full and spectacular assortment of white lilies, hydrangea, daisies, and roses all in white and deep blues.  This arrangement is perfect for a more elegant get together where the theme of red, white, and blue is more subtle.

What about a graduation party?

The fun look of Blue Ice will catch the sun’s rays and your graduate’s eye with a blue iridescent container filled with roses, lilies, hydrangea, and seeded eucalyptus.  This youthful arrangement is perfect to give to a young adult and to keep with the patriotic theme of July 4th.

 

How about a backyard barbecue? 

You can never go wrong with a mixed bunch of flowers.  Right now, we’re stocked with red, white, and blue bouquets of roses, iris, delphinium, and daisies.  They’re even completed with red sparkles and blue paper.  Your host will love that you thought of them by gifting a holiday bunch of fresh flowers.

No matter where you’re going for July 4th, Matlack Florist has got you covered for all of your floral and gifting needs.  Stop on in and see what else we have in stock for each and every holiday throughout the year!

 

 

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Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fresh-Cut Peony


Peonies have been called the “Queen of Spring”, and for good reason.  They’re big, beautiful, and come in a variety of pinks, reds, corals, and whites.  Peonies contain a fragrant aroma that can fill a room, get bigger and brighter with each day, and some even change color as they grow.  These blooms will beautify the day of any recipient, so here’s a few tips and tricks to make them as stunning as possible.

Don’t want your peonies to open right away?

One of the most unique features of the peony is its size.  It starts out as a small bud and keeps opening until the end of its lifespan.  However, if you’re looking to wait a few days until you want the blooms to open, here’s a few tips.  Wrap your peonies in paper loosely enough so they’re contained, but tight enough so that they won’t have much room to open.  Then, place them in the refrigerator in a dry spot.  The cold will delay the blooming process until you decide to take them out.  Don’t forget to keep any fruits and vegetables away from your flowers, as they contain a gas that will accelerate the wilting process in your peonies.

Need your peonies to open faster?

Cut your peonies at a slant at the end of the stems and place them in a vase of warm water.  Additionally, you can remove the foliage from the bottom to quicken the blooming process, as the leaves take more energy to bring the water up through the flower.

Finding ants in your peonies?

Peonies plucked straight from the garden often contain ants in the blooms.  A quick way to get rid of these insects is to place the bloom of the flower in a bowl of water for a few seconds.  If the ants persist, place a few drops of dish soap in the water and stir.  This will not harm the flower, but the ants should drop out.  Also, if you cut peonies when the buds are still tight, there is less of a chance for the ants to go inside of the flower, and the bud will still open in a vase.

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Don’t Forget About Dad!


Father’s Day is June 18!  We know that maybe a florist isn’t your first pick for dad’s gift, but allow us change your mind.  We have a great selection of gifts for your father, grandfather, husband, and everyone in between.

The Father’s Day Gourmet Basket

Everybody knows that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!  What dad wouldn’t love a basket chock full of snacks like chips and salsa, pretzels, coffee, chocolate, and more? We even have Phillies or Eagles apparel to add onto any basket for a personalized flair.  Best of all, everything is served in a bountiful drink cooler complete with a bottle opener attached to the side.  It’s the perfect gift for the dad that likes to get out with the boys and have a cold one.

Handmade Mugs

Speaking of drinks, we have a few more items that dad will love.  We’re proud to carry a line of Healing Touch Pottery that’ll be sure to warm your father’s heart as well as his coffee.  Each mug wears a card with the tagline “Father: the pillar in strength and protection that builds a child’s foundation like a cornerstone. He loves with gentleness, teaches with wisdom, and inspires with words of affirmation and affection.” Each mug has a different stone attached to the handle symbolizing various words of encouragement.  The mugs are Reiki charged and made from the highest quality quartz clay and glazes.

Leather Briefcases and Wallets

Vaan & Co. brings us their finest leather goods, and they’re all unique!  All of these items are upcycled, meaning that they made from discarded leather, stitched together to make something completely unique and extraordinary.  Each item is different from the next, giving your dad an exclusive, upscale look.  Whether he’s carrying his laptop, his money, or his children’s diapers, dad will sure to be in style and still masculine.

Make Dad feel special this year with something different from Matlack Florist.  We pride ourselves in catering gifts for every celebration, and Father’s Day is no different. Stop in to see what else Dad will love, and maybe pick up something for yourself as well!

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How to Choose the Right Flowers for Your Graduate


This time of year we love to celebrate our graduates, and what better way to show your support than with fresh flowers? At Matlack Florist we understand that these grads are important in your life, and you want to choose just the right blooms for their special day.  Here’s a few ideas on what to select for a more meaningful gift.

The Money Tree

Even the name sounds perfect for a graduate! This symbolic plant is perfect to pair with the real gift that all grads need, money.  What a clear way to show your financial support while giving them a beautiful and tangible gift as well.  They’ll think of how much you are sustaining their future every time they see this small tree, perfect for a college dorm room or a first apartment.

Coordinating Future School Colors

Of course it is tradition to incorporate high school colors into a graduate’s floral bouquet, but how about showing your support for their future by using their new university colors in a bouquet instead? This will surprise your graduate and give them a sense of joy rather than nervousness towards their future educational goals.

Find the Meaning of their Favorite Flower

Most people have a favorite flower, and many of these blooms have very special meanings that can coordinate with hope for the future.  Daffodils represent rebirth and new beginnings, which will resonate with your grad.  Consider placing a card with the bouquet reading what each flower represents.  Stock flowers correspond with a happy life and a contented existence, something that all graduates hope for.  Also, a bouquet of irises is a high regarded compliment, for they exemplify wisdom and respect.

Whatever you decide, the gift of flowers is always appreciated.  Congratulations to the Class of 2017, we can’t wait to see what you do next!

Further Reading:

The Meaning of Flowers

Flowers with Surprising Meanings

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