Edible Easter Table Scape

We’re celebrating Easter early at our house this year!! Now that our Daughter lives away at school, I like the house to feel festive when she’s home on break. Mary and her cousins are grown now, so we are beyond Easter Egg Hunts and other Holiday traditions.


This year I am incorporating Easter Basket elements into my table scape.  I love my Mackenzie Childs pieces and look for every opportunity to use them, even when they may not be an obvious fit.


A solid chocolate bunny perched on my pedestal dish with Easter grass and malted candy eggs in two sizes are the focal point of the design.  Adding small vases with tufts of Babies Breath compliment my black and white table settings. The black and white check carried through the ribbon is an unexpected element for Easter, but works well with my Décor. To finish off the design there are sprinkles of candy and edible Easter confetti sprinkled along the table.  Guests can feel welcome to nibble on candy after dinner along with other desserts. But please Don’t Eat the Babies’ Breath!!


Look for my upcoming class that I will be teaching at the Rochester Brainery….Entertaining with Flowers.


Robin’s Trip To The Philadelphia Flower Show

We’re excited to have one of our own designers, Robin, as a guest blogger this week. She will be sharing her experience on the Philadelphia Flower Show:


Brilliant!  Was the motto used for the Philadelphia flower show this year. The theme was English Garden, which is a personal favorite of mine.  Our American interpretation of an English Garden included everything from tropical palms and exotic orchids, (Yes, some mild zones in Great Britain have tropical floral and fauna!) to lush beds of tulips, iris, crocus and azalea.  In true fashion there were wrought iron gates left open just enough to invite you to look inside the well manicured turf paths lined with every shade of Foxglove and Delphinium.  Gargoyles kept watch from secret corners and Alice found her way to the rabbit hole after dining at the most whimsical of tea parties.
Not only do artists, growers, designers, gardeners and engineers work all year thinking of ways to express their creativity while staying within a theme, but how to efficiently set up and tear down perishable and permanent items in less than a week and still showcase their passions and livelihood.  It’s personal.  Every person that gazes at your prize Bromeliad or stops to smell the reddest of the Camelias is a judge.  No matter what their opinions are though, everyone agrees it is an honor to be there on display and an honor that you have earned with patience, hard work and flair.
Schaffer designs out of Philly created a labyrinth of dark, industrial cubicles that each held an interpretative representation of Jack the Ripper’s London scene around 1888.  It was by far, the most intriguing space to me and was simply titled “Jack”.  The bloody rose laden bedroom sheltered a bed of thorns and hypnotised viewers with sensual fear.  There were feminine, cymbidiums representing the young woman so viciously taken.  Even the underground sewers that became someone’s hell were elegantly designed with the use of fresh flowers, strangling vines, sculptures and creepy lighting.
Your royal highness did not make it to the show, but a lovely throne of scarlet roses and a crown of the deepest magenta celosia was there to represent.  On the hour Big Ben would transform into a source of loud, mad British pop fun.
Everyone from Benny Hill to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles to Monte Python were there.  It was not at all peculiar to look around and see old and young setting down their bundles of curly willow and fresh roses to start singing along to their favorite songs.  All that dancing and frivolity can make for a thirsty crowd.  So off to one of the 5 portable pubs located between the live floral design shows and the potpourri of vendors!  I had to brace myself in hopes that the bags of alternative peat moss would cushion my fall after finding out my Vodka tonic was $7.50, but the day trip to Philadelphia, PA from Rochester, NY was worth it.  The pure banquet of color and inspiration helps shed the winter blues and inspires all to make their space, no matter which side of the pond, a magical space that feeds your senses and creativity and makes you stop and smell the roses.

DIY Dyeing Carnations

Nothing says “top of the mornin’ to ya” like a green carnation on St. Patrick’s Day.  And what a fun activity to do with the kids this March!

At Rockcastle Florist we prefer to dye our own Green Carnations because we find that they last longer than the pre-dyed that we can order in.  The difference?  All carnations are cut from the farm, dry packed, shipped and hydrated when they reach their retail location.  Pre-dyed carnations are cut from the farm, partially hydrated with dye and water and dry packed again.  We find that dying them and hydrating white carnations once on are end provides a longer lasting product.

While we dye our own carnations in house, you can dye your own carnations right at home!  Here is how:


{1} Gather your supplies: white carnations, green food coloring, knife, two glass vases or jars, paper towels, and water.

{2} Cut the stems with a knife about and inch or so above the end of the stem.  Make sure to cut at an angle.

{3} Immediately submerge the stems in clean water.  Make sure the water is a few inches above the stem end.

{4} Drop the food coloring in the second jar of water to dye the carnations.  More is better.  Try 20 – 30 drops.  Make sure the water is a deep deep green.

{5} Place the stems in the colored water.

{6} Check back in 30 minutes to an hour and the color should start to peak through.  In about 24 hours the color will be as deep as possible.

{7} Take the carnations out and gently clean the stem and place into a fresh vase of water.

{8} You can arrange the carnations in a bouquet or even wear one on your shirt or in your hair.

Note that an unconditioned white carnation is best for coloring.  Meaning it is a carnation that has not been hydrated yet.

2013 Prom Trends

{1} Necklines: For an unexpected touch, unique necklines are turning heads on prom dresses this year.  Whether it’s an asymmetrical strap or a high neckline with glamorous embellishments, you can still have the classic prom glitz and glamor with an updated twist.

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{2} Peplum: In the fashion world peplum is everywhere!  So of course it would be hitting the prom dress trends this year.  Add it to a short or long dress to accentuate the waistline.


{3} Gold: In glitter or metallic, gold is definitely a show stopper this year.  For an unexpected twist, pair with silver and rhinestone accessories for a full metallic look.

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{4} Vintage: Our favorite vintage looks this year are old hollywood glamour and 1920s flapper.  Go for an actual vintage dress or try a more modern vintage inspired look.


{5} Illusion: Cut out dresses have been so popular in the prom world, but now illusion dresses are taking over.  With skin tone mesh mixed with lace or sequins, this is the perfect on trend look for prom.

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And for the latest prom floral trends, check out some of this years prom corsage and boutonniere designs by Rockcastle Florist.

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