Birthdays are always worth celebrating! Here are some ways to incorporate flowers into the party this year – from classic gifts to unique decorations
{1} Planting as a Gift: Flowers are a beautiful gift to celebrate a birthday, but giving someone a house plant or flowers for their garden is a constant reminder of how special they are to you house plant
{2} Flower Décor: Decorate the birthday party with flowers! Use them to make creative centerpieces that will surely catch the guests attention!
 bday decor
{3} Cakes: Cakes are a staple to any birthday celebration, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative! Use fresh flowers to decorate whatever kind of cake it is for a unique & easy dessert.
 bday cake 
{4} Bouquets: Flowers are a beautiful and timeless way to show someone you care about them, but they are especially meaningful on a birthday! Choose a bouquet full of their favorite colors or flowers, and send them to their place of work for a  birthday surprise!
 birthday flowers

Anniversary Flowers

Looking for a fresh way to celebrate your anniversary this year? Try incorporating beautiful flowers into your special day. It will surely make this year another memorable one.

roses{1} Send Her Flowers at Work.  Just because you both may have to work on your anniversary, doesn’t mean you can’t still make it special! Send  flowers at work! The surprise and attention is bound to make anyone feel loved!

content_restaurant4 {2} Decorate The Dinner Table. Whether your making a delicious home cooked meal, or going out to your favorite restaurant, make the meal extra special with a floral centerpiece.  The decorated table surly will bring a smile to your loved ones face.

rosepetals{3} Red Rose Bubble Bath.  Maybe you just need to unwind this anniversary.  Create a romantic bubble bath with floating red rose petals, calming music, and some chilled wine.

Real-Flower-Wedding-Cake-Topper{4} Something Sweet. Cake, cupcakes, or anything to get the sweet tooth going can be adorned with flowers.  It’s the perfect finishing touch to really make the dessert extra special, for your special day!

Gifts For The Graduate

Graduation is a big step in life! Help them cerebrate with a gift on their graduation night, or at their party later this summer.  Here are some ideas:


{1} Arm Bouquet: A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a perfect gift for a graduation. You can present it to the graduate right after the ceremony.  For an added touch, consider incorporating the graduate’s school colors into the bouquet.

Cookie Bouquet{2} Cookie Bouquet: Some graduates may be more interested in food than flowers. So why not make get them something sweet?  A cookie bouquet filled with an assortment of cookie types might be just the thing to put a smile on their face!

gift5_thumb[1]{3} Essentials Gift Basket: Whether it be graduation from high school or college, they all need those few things to help start their next step in life. Essentials for a college dorm room could be perfect for a high school grad. As for a college grad, what better than a basket full of office supplies to start off their new career!



Father’s Day In A Basket

Father’s Day is almost here! Have you gotten your dad something yet? Gift baskets are the perfect gift with endless possibilities. Personalize it to fit just your dad.

6133178_f520{1} Favorite Sports Team Basket: Whether it be football or hockey, no dad could turn down some new game day apparel! Think about adding some of their favorite couch-gating essentials, such as, snacks and soda!

HW0_488495{2} Gourmet Cheese Basket: Does dad like the finer things in life? Give him the gift of gourmet cheese. Add a kind of cheese he has never had, you never know he might just love it! Oh, and add some crackers & sausage too!Golf Basket

{3} Golf Basket: Four! Treat your dad to a day on the golf course this father’s day. Add some new golf balls and tees, and maybe a new golf shirt! He’ll be sure to love it!

Coffee Basket{4} Coffee Basket: Wake up your dad this Father’s day with a basket full of his favorite morning essential, coffee! From coffee beans to K-Cups, every dad needs that little bit of caffeine in the morning. You could even think about adding a mug, it could become his new favorite!

Boy's Night Basket{5} Boy’s Night Basket: Every dad needs a break once in awhile! Help him out this Father’s day by giving him the gift of a basket full of all everything he will need for a boy’s night! Cards, poker chips, pretzels, popcorn, candy; doesn’t get much better than that!

DIY Teacher Vases

A simple vase of flowers is the perfect way to put a smile on any teachers face.  But to really make that extra impression, why not DIY a school inspired vase.  Inspired by Pinterest, we’ve seen so many varieties of DIY vases, with techniques of filling material between two vases, or wrapping it around the outside of the vase.  A great feature of these vases are that your teacher can use them after for more flowers, or as a pen and pencil holder.


Here are some ideas for back to school inspired materials:

  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • Numbers & Letters
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • School Inspired Scrapbook Paper
  • Paper Clips

3a91cdc124f977d4fc0e2c5166cc3c31Be sure to fill your vase with bright and cheerful flowers.  Some suggestions include:

  • Sunflowers
  • Gerbera Daises
  • Craspedia
  • Bold Carnations
  • Button Mums

Graduation Flowers


Looking for the perfect day of graduation gift?  Flowers are the only way to go!  Classic red roses would be appreciated by any graduate, but there are many other options for those who don’t want roses.  Mixed bouquets are a great way to show a graduate that you are proud of them.  Additional customization can be added in though showcasing their favorite flower or ribbons in their school colors.  When working with a florist, think how you can make the bouquet truly represent the recipient.


If you’re planning on sitting through a long graduation ceremony, opt for a tussie mussie bouquet.  These bouquets are cut shorter, making them lighter and easier to handle.  And it makes for an easy hold while the graduate receives plenty of graduation hugs!
Maybe flowers aren’t exactly what your graduate would want, don’t worry there are other options.  How about a cookie bouquet!  Arranged in a beautiful basket, these big cookies are just the treat for your new grad to eat.  At Rockcastle we have many designs, including: colored m&m’s, chocolate chips, and event 2013 written out in sugar!

Teacher Gifting

As the school year is coming to a close, finding that perfect gift for that special teacher is on everyone’s mind.  But you don’t have to go big to be the apple of your teachers eye.  Small gifts are the perfect way to say “thank you for all your hard work this year!”  Here are some ideas:

Order a small vase arrangement of flowers.  Choose one to two different flowers with a coordinating filler.  You can splurge on a luxurious flower, like a garden rose or orchid, for something with great impact, that they may not see in a larger bouquet.  For a special touch, select your school colors or their favorite flowers to really brighten their day.
Looking for another way to say thank you, without braking the bank?  Having the flowers wrapped is less costly then having them arranged in a vase.  Try a wrapped bouquet of colorful carnations or gerbera daises to send a smile.
If a bouquet isn’t fitting for the teacher in your life, think about getting a potted plant.  A small pot of african violets or a lovely dish garden would make a great addition to the classroom, with lasting enjoyment.

Father’s Day

Trying to think of a great way to show your Dad you care about him this father’s day?  We all have done the cute pictures, cards, and any power tool he may be missing from his collection.  So it’s time to think outside of the box with… flowers!  Flowers are a great way to recognize any individual, male or female, and show how much you care.  Now don’t come rushing to our store to get him a dozen long stem roses.  Now a days there are more masculine arrangements available for any occasions.
Here are a few tips to help you select an appropriate arrangement. When buying flowers keep in mind that you should look for bold colors like red, orange, or purple.  These strong colors make an eye catching bouquet without being too “pretty”.  Another thing to remember is that linear or natural bouquets are going to look the best in a mans eye.  Rounded or fluffy bouquets are seen as more of a girly style.
Don’t want to be too bold the first time?  Send a simple potted plant or small table arrangement to see how he reacts.  Remember you don’t have to send just flowers.  Add in his favorite candy, little gadget, or something to do with his favorite hobby or pastime.  For example if you Dad loves cars try out the Teleflora’s ’48 Ford Pickup Bouquet.  As your florist for other unique containers available.  Adding in small touches of what dad enjoys is a great way to show him some love.

So next time you are looking for a unique gift that says “happy father’s day,” remember that flowers aren’t just for women.  With a lovely plant or arrangement you can show anyone how much they are loved and appreciated.