The days are getting longer, the sun is getting brighter, and everyone is looking to shake off cabin fever. Spring is almost here, but you can get a jump on the season by bringing bright color and natural beauty into your home.
Here are some easy and cost-effective ideas to get you started:
1. Blooms: Nothing says spring quite like flowering plants. Violets, begonia, kalanchoe, cyclamen and Phaleonopsis orchids are all easy care and just need a home near a bright window for cheerful blooms over an extended period.
Bulb plants such as hyacinths, daffodils and tulips offer an added bonus. In the fall, you can plant the bulbs outside so that they deliver a splash of color next spring.
2. Think green: Green foliage plants add oxygen and humidity back into the air that we breathe and remove some impurities. Rejuvenate and dust off your houseplants. Better yet, pick up a new plant to replace one or two that are tired or to fill a bare corner or tabletop. Add a new basket or ceramic pot cover to add color and enhance your décor.
3. Common scents: Candles aren’t just for the fall and winter holiday seasons any more. Vanilla and lavender are two of the most popular scents, but you’ll find plenty of fresh, clean fragrances and styles of candles that have increased in popularity and are perfect for year-round use. Try a fresh linen or spring floral scent.
4. Bring the outdoors in: Trees and shrubs are just starting to bud. Trim a few branches and bring the outdoors inside to force open the blooms in a vase. Some good choices are forsythia, pussy willow and flowering cherry or crabapple stems, each of which produces colorful blooms.
Becoming more popular are curly willow and red twig dogwood branches. Although these branches do not have visible flowers, they look great in a vase and give texture when you add a few fresh-cut flowers. When you’re at the florist, be sure to pick up floral preservative to add to the water.
5. Front and center: Don’t forget about the front door and porch. Hang branches or a nice door piece for instant spring. Bulb plants, pansies and primrose all do well on a porch or patio. You may have to cover them or bring them inside overnight in case of frost or low temperatures. A cheerful front door will put a smile on your face and on those of your neighbors.
6. Treat yourself: Studies show that flowers are a great weapon against the morning blahs, boost energy and workplace productivity, and improve emotional health. So pick up a mixed handful, a weekly special or even just a few loose stems of your favorites.
At the end of the rainbow is another free Royer’s Kids Club event for ages 5 to 12.
Join us March 15 for an opportunity to decorate a white carnation by giving it a smiling face. You’ll be able to take your creation home in a bud vase and watch as the green dye in the water changes the color of the flower.
Participants also will receive a balloon.
Time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at 17 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.
Registration is required by calling your nearest store. Click here for locations and contact information.
You’ve found Mr. Right, but understand that there’s no wrong when it comes to your wedding flowers.
That’s the message that Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, conveyed during his “Wedding Week” appearance on Fox 43.
Five or 10 years ago, for instance, few brides-to-be would have thought of combining lime green and pink. Not so today.
“If I can get through anything, there’s no wrong,” Barry said, “and, frankly, it looks really cool.”
You can view Barry’s interview with Fox 43′s Andrea Michaels in the two segments below.
Meanwhile, click here for wedding resources on our website.
It’s most famous as Chocolate Town, but Hershey also is home to one of our 17 stores.
The Hershey store was a popular destination on Valentine’s Day morning. Here’s a glimpse into what was going on.
Love came to town, destined for our corporate complex in Lebanon in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.
Besides receiving a half-million roses and carnations for the holiday, we handcrafted thousands of arrangements for delivery to our stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.
With the Valentine’s Day fast approaching, NBC’s “Today” put three national floral delivery services to the test. The results weren’t always pretty, with “Today” concluding that what customers received didn’t always match what they ordered from the 1-800-Flowers, Teleflora and FTD websites.
In the clip above, “Today” consults with a flower expert on the subject of getting the most bang for your buck.
The takeaway? Shop a local florist.
In his introduction, “Today” correspondent Jeff Rossen said: “Here’s tip No. 1: Experts say call your local florist. Most of them deliver. You can say to them, ‘What flowers are fresh today?’ You have that personal communication, so experts say you’re more likely to get what you pay for.”
Love is in the air. And don’t you forget it.
Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, visited Fox 43 today to remind viewers that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In fact, it’s just one week away.
“With this ugly weather, everybody’s hankering for some spring,” Barry told Fox 43′s Amanda McCall. “This is a way to do it. So don’t forget Valentine’s Day.”
Barry quashed the notion that Valentine’s Day flowers have to involve big bucks. He got to the heart of the matter with five options for below $50 each:
1. Single rose: $5; “So let’s say it’s a father looking for Mom, a couple kids … . That happens a lot,” Barry said.
2. Flower handful: $5 to $10; “Some people are a little less traditional. They like tulips. We sell a lot of tulips over the holiday.”
3. Single rose with bear: $15 to $18; “Really cute. That’s a great thing for a kid, as well.”
4. Mixed bunch: $15 to $20; Barry noted that these easily can be dropped in a vase: “Most people have vases around the house.”
5. Dozen rainbow roses: $40; “They’re just mixed-color roses. We put them in a vase. We do have a little better price than red roses because [the non-red] colors are a little less expensive at this holiday.”
As an added bonus, Barry noted, Royer’s is offering an incentive to encourage customers to have their Valentine’s Day orders delivered by Feb. 13: The recipient will get a coupon for a free dozen-rose bouquet.
Looking for ideas for your upcoming nuptials? Perhaps you’ll find inspiration from these photos from Weddings Year Round’s bridal show, held Jan. 19 at Eden Resorts & Suites in Lancaster. The centerpiece of the event was a live wedding, for which Royer’s provided the ceremony and reception flowers.
You’ll find more information about wedding packages and other wedding resources on our website. We look forward to assisting with your special day.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the first Royer’s Kids Club event of 2014.
You can view photos from our Ephrata and West York stores below.
Meanwhile, we have four more events scheduled this year. If you are the parent or guardian of a child ages 5 to 12 who would be interested in participating in one of these events, we encourage you to join the kids club for free by clicking here.
We hope to see your family at Saturday’s Royer’s Kids Club event. But even if you can’t make it, you will have four other opportunities to join us throughout 2014.
Be sure to mark your calendars for these dates and event themes:
Registration is required for all events, which take place on Saturdays and are open to children ages 5 to 12. Typically we offer sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
To keep up on the latest kids club news and events, join the club by clicking here.
See you soon!