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Royer’s to honor active military and veterans by collecting ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ Nov. 11-25 in all stores

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Royer’s Flowers will collect cards and coloring pages for active military and veterans in each of its stores Nov. 11-25 as part of the American Red Cross’ “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

Collected cards and coloring pages will be handed over to the Red Cross, whose volunteers will organize them for delivery. Destinations include military installations, VFWs, American Legions, the Lebanon VA and retirement homes in 22 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Cards may be dropped off at any Royer’s during normal business hours. Free coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded here:

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The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member” as cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
  • Include messages of support and thanks.
  • Sign your name to them.
  • Don’t include letters or other personal information (photos, addresses).
  • Refrain from choosing cards with glitter.

The American Red Cross (redcross.org/centralpa) prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Last year in central Pennsylvania, the Red Cross assisted close to 4,000 people affected by more than 400 local disasters.

101 The Rose Bridal Party

Join us Sunday, January 18, 2015 from Noon to 3pm for 101 The Rose Bridal Party at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. View the latest trends in wedding flowers and learn how we can help make your walk down the aisle spectacular.

Dream Weddings PA will bring back their spectacular Grand Prize Wedding Giveaway for the 4th year in a row. The Grand Prize Wedding will be given to one lucky couple at the end of the show! Every registered bride will automatically be entered, every PRE-REGISTERED bride will be entered TWICE (pre-registration ends Friday 1/16 at 2PM)!

Poinsettia Care Tips for This Christmas and Next!

Tartan Poinsettia
Tartan Poinsettia – A 5+ bloom red poinsettia wrapped with a gold wrap and decorated with gold balls and a plaid bow.

Keeping your poinsettia looking great this Christmas takes two easy steps, but did you know with a few more steps you can have a wonderful poinsettia next Christmas as well?

This Christmas

1. When the surface of the soil is dry to the touch, water the plant.

2. Keep the poinsettia in a room with temperatures between 60 and 72 degrees. Keep the plant out of hot and cold drafts, such as those from a heating vent or open door.

 

Next Christmas

1. When leaves begin to drop, let dry slightly between watering.

2. In late spring (early May) cut back plant to 6 inches, shake free of soil and repot in new potting soil, then resume regular watering. Fertilize with a 30-10-10 fertilizer twice monthly. Stop fertilizing November 1st until December 30th.

3. Place outdoors in a warm sunny location when the temperatures are consistently over 60 degrees.

4. Pinch the tips of new shoots when they reach 6 to 8 inches long until late July. Continue to fertilize every two weeks.

5. Bring indoors before cold nights (early September) and place indoors in full sun. Three to six hours of sunlight is needed.

6. In order for poinsettias to bloom, they must have 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness each day for 40 days (late September through October). Place in a dark place such as a closet or cover with a bag from early evening and remove the next morning so that the plant is in total darkness.

7. When #6 is followed, your poinsettia will bloom at Christmas, but remember, it only takes 10 minutes of light per day during the time it was dark and your plant won’t bloom until January or February.

Christmas Preparations in Full Swing

It’s the busiest place south of the North Pole. Our Lebanon headquarters is receiving some 30,000 Pennsylvania-grown poinsettias this holiday season. Meanwhile, our design team is decorating poinsettias and handcrafting thousands of holiday arrangements. Take a look at some of the photos we took as we prepare for the Christmas season.

Picking The Right Flowers

At Royers Flowers & Gifts, our huge selection means we have the right flower for every occasion. The hardest part is deciding which of our gorgeous blooms to choose! Browse the information in these links to help you narrow down your options, and then call us at (717) 273-2683. We offer same-day delivery, so it’s never too late to send a beautiful gift.

4 Occasions Where Flowers Make the Perfect Gift

The gift of flowers is always a welcome breath of fresh air for the recipient. Flowers make excellent gifts for many different occasions and can be the perfect choice whether you’re giving a gift to a casual acquaintance or a close loved one. Here are just a few times when flowers make a great gift:

Birthdays

Who doesn’t love to get a bouquet of flowers on their birthday? A bright arrangement of flowers is a celebration of having someone in your life. When it comes to birthdays, flowers make a thoughtful gift for a co-worker, but they’re equally special when they come from a close family member or friends. When you’re not sure what to get someone for their birthday, think flowers.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the time that florist sell the most flowers. Of course, roses are Valentine’s standard, but you aren’t limited to them for this occasion. If your significant other has a favorite flower, a gorgeous bouquet of his or her chosen blooms is every bit as romantic as standard red roses.

Retirement

Coming to the end of a career is a major achievement, and flowers are a good way to mark the occasion. Let the retiree know how highly you regard his or her accomplishment by giving the retiree a bright bunch of tulips or a mixed arrangement featuring daises, carnations, and more.

Anniversary

An anniversary is a time for you to show your loved one how appreciated he or she is and to celebrate your ability to stick together as a team through whatever life throws at you. It’s not just women who can receive flowers on an anniversary. Flowers can also be a special gift for a man, especially when you choose flowers in yellow, red, and other less feminine shades.

There’s hardly an occasion that can’t be made more memorable with flowers. To order flowers and for help selecting the perfect arrangement, call Royers Flowers & Gifts at (717) 273-2683. We have a huge selection of top-quality flowers and can add on vases, gift baskets, and more. Contact us to place your order today.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

After your dress, your wedding flowers are one of the biggest style decisions you will make for your ceremony. Your flowers can do so much to set the tone for your wedding, from making it feel casual or formal to dictating the color scheme that is used for your table settings and cake. For most brides, the real trouble with wedding flowers is that there are so many options that it is nearly impossible to narrow down the choices. If you can’t decide which flowers to order for your ceremony, these tips will help:

Consider Your Budget

There are beautiful blooms to be had for every wedding budget, but it’s helpful to have your bottom line in mind when you shop for wedding flowers. Knowing what you can spend will let you rule in and rule out certain types of flowers. It will also get you thinking about the sizes of the arrangements you need, which will influence the types of flowers you should choose.

View Your Options

A little inspiration from other weddings will help you decide what kinds of arrangements you like and which ones won’t work for your wedding. Plus, wedding flowers can be so much more than a simple bouquet. Seeing what florists have done for other weddings may open your mind to opportunities you didn’t even know existed.

Think Seasonal

One way to approach your wedding design is to embrace the season. Flowers in fall colors like orange, yellow, and red can be beautiful at an autumn wedding, while pinks and purples are great for spring nuptials. You can also build your arrangements using flowers that are in bloom during the time of year you’re holding your wedding. Not only is this idea a nice design trick, but it will also help you save money, since flowers in season are less expensive.

At Royers Flowers & Gifts, we can help you choose the perfect wedding flowers from our extensive collection. Call us at (717) 273-2683 for advice on building wedding flower arrangements and to place an order.

How to Choose the Right Vase for Your Flower Arrangement

You can have the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers in the world, but if you choose the wrong vase, you won’t be able to enjoy their beauty. Sticking flowers in a vase that doesn’t fit can look awkward and sloppy and lessen their impact. Selecting the right vase comes down to considering the size and shape of your blooms.

In this video, learn which kinds of vases work best with which flowers. You’ll learn that tall and slender vases work great for long-stemmed flowers, while a small, round vase is perfect for short-stemmed varieties. Mixed arrangements call for a wide, heavy vase. You will also get tips for working with a single flower and what to do if you cut your stems too short.

At Royer’s Flowers & Gifts, we can match the perfect vase with our stunning arrangements, taking the guess work out of the process. Call us at (717) 769-1413 to learn about our selection and to place an order.

Check Out These Articles For Ideas About Purchasing Flowers

Flowers can add beauty to any event, and they make great gift ideas for recipients of every age. Moreover, florists can create memorable and affordable floral arrangements for all weddings, big or small. To learn more about how florists can help you choose the perfect wedding flowers for your nuptials, please read the following articles.

  • You can have the perfect wedding flowers with the help of an experienced florist. The Knot breaks down how to make sure your floral arrangements fit your budget and tastes.
  • For brides on a budget, florists advise buying seasonal wedding flowers. Martha Stewart Weddings lists when wedding flowers are in season.
  • Tulips symbolize true love, while white roses mean purity and innocence. Real Simple explains the symbolic meanings behind the most popular wedding flowers.
  • Do you want a cascading bridal bouquet, or an arm sheaf? TLC Weddings describes how to choose the bridal bouquet that best suits your personality.
  • No matter your floral needs, consider purchasing them from a neighborhood florist. Sustainable Connections discusses the benefits of buying from local businesses.

With 17 convenient locations in the greater south central Pennsylvania region, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts can provide flowers for all of your occasions. Our friendly and experienced florists will help you pick out the perfect wedding flowers, holiday flowers, or sympathy flowers. To learn more about our services, or to speak with one of our qualified representatives, please call (717) 769-1413.

Save Money, Support Local Business

Supporting local business is essential for the economic and environmental prosperity of America. Local business success is good for everyone involved, from the owner to vendors to you, the customer. When you support local florists, grocers, restaurateurs, and other entrepreneurs, you put more money back into the local economy and your pocketbook.

Supporting local business means lower prices.

Unbeknownst to most customers, national chains must mark up their prices to account for their large infrastructures. When you pay for roses from a faceless corporation or gift baskets from a nationwide business, you’re not just paying for that item; you’re paying for the additional costs that go into shipping those wares to the store, the fees that factor into the company’s marketing strategies, and even the price of the CEO’s personal expenditures. Local businesses don’t have those added expenses. When you buy from a local business, what you see is what you get. You won’t be paying for anything other than the service or product you want.

Supporting local business creates more jobs.

By supporting local business, you may be creating a job for your neighbor. When you buy from neighborhood florists, you might be giving those in your area the chance to provide for their families. When your community is healthy and thriving, it means less money is needed for unemployment services. It can also translate into less crime and poverty, which means less tax money is required to combat these problems. In the end, both your neighborhood and your bank account benefit.

Supporting local business reduces our carbon footprint.

Local businesses like working with local vendors. Not only does it cost less to work with other area entrepreneurs, but also it means less natural resources are needed for transportation expenses. Not only will you be saving the environment when you buy local wedding flowers, groceries, or other desired wares, but you also will be benefiting from the savings passed on from the business to you.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has 17 south central Pennsylvania locations that offer customers the best quality floral arrangements and gift baskets. Our florists can provide beautiful wedding flowers, holiday flowers, and sympathy flowers to suit every style and budget. To learn more about our services, or to speak with one of our friendly representatives, please call (717) 769-1413.