Lancaster County

Pink and Snowy White Wedding


This post takes us back to one of the coldest months of Winter 2015. Stephen and Jenni got married on a beautiful snowy day in February and we were so happy to add a touch of spring warmth to their winter wonderland. One challenge with this wedding was just making sure the flowers didn't freeze from the below zero temperatures outside. The floral cooler in the barn that usually keeps the flowers fresh and protected from the heat actually acted as a heater this time to keep these beauties alive.  Spring peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and succulents all wrapped together with dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus gave this wedding a lovely touch of warmth and color. We hope you enjoy these photos captured by Optika Photography.  

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Pretty Peonies


Today we are going to focus on the beautiful pink and white blooms you may have noticed showing up left and right in gardens and arrangements since the middle of may. Peonies are very popular for wedding bouquets because of their round delicate faces. We can't wait to use the ones we have set aside for some weddings coming up soon and have already crafted these pretty yellow and white arrangements for a rehearsal dinner. image1 (1)

Peonies are perennial plants that come in many varieties with different shades of color and sizes of flower. They can thrive year after year without very much care over the winter. You can expect to see the peony plants starting to grow in April and blooming from the beginning of spring through summer, depending on the type of plant.  Ours bloom from the middle of May and continue into June. Here are a few tips for planting, harvesting, and keeping your peonies as fresh as possible after they're cut:



  • Peonies should be planted at the end of summer, before the first autumn frost. Plant the roots about 2 inches below the ground with the eyes facing toward the surface.
  • It is best to cut peonies in the morning or the evening when the temperatures are not as intense. If you cut your blooms in the middle of the day, the plant may be stressed from the heat and your flowers won’t last as long.
  • For peony flowers that last for a week or more, cut the blooms when the bud is soft and just beginning to open. You can gently squeeze the bud to see if it is soft and ready or still hard and tight.
  • Whether you are enjoying a bouquet on your kitchen table or keeping your peonies fresh in a cooler, remember to change their water every other day and trim the end of the stem at an angle so they can absorb as much water as they need.





We have a cooler FULL of peonies at the barn at Trisha's Flowers and you are welcome to call ahead and have us put some aside for you or stop by and pick out your favorite ones! The peony season isn't long so come and get them before its too late!


Coming and Going


This is an exciting time of the year as we get to watch new blooms opening every day! It's so fun to see the gardens come to life and each variety of flower take it's turn, there is never a dull moment. 1234348_10152194746444466_444557596_n

Trisha's Flowers is experiencing another kind of change this season as we say goodbye to one of our favorite team members, Lindy Paurus. Lindy has been helping with everything from blogging to arranging since 2012 and has been such a blessing to our business. She has brought so much enthusiasm to every project and is always such a delight to be around. We will miss her creativity and ideas for the business but we'll miss her friendship the most!

Lindy and her family are making a big move to Minnesota, where her husband's family is from. Lindy is so appreciative of everything she got to learn while working with Trisha and the team and hopes to do some weddings of her own when they get established in Minnesota. The experience has been invaluable to her and has brought her so much life and joy.

We are so confident that she will do well with whatever she puts her hands to and we wish her the very best! Keep your eye out for Lindy Paurus in the flower business world!

You can follow along with Lindy at


The Paurus clan loading up for their big move

You may be wondering who is writing this post if it's not Lindy, so I am going to take the chance to introduce myself. My name is Rachel Nowakowski, I am good friends with Lindy, and Trisha's Flowers did the flowers for my wedding in September 2014. I grew up with a big backyard where some of my favorite memories took place,  including taking "flower walks" around the yard with my mom and dad, searching every corner to find what was blooming. Beauty in nature is a passion of mine and flowers are my favorite part. I am SO excited to be part of Trisha's Flowers and can't wait to learn everything I can!


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Doorstep Dairy Collaboration


Trisha's Flowers is so excited to announce that we are partnering with Doorstep Dairy to provide weekly flower subscriptions for their customers.  Every week for 20 weeks starting in June, customers will receive a fresh bunch of locally grown flowers right on their doorstep!  Some of our favorites in store for them are; peonies, larkspur, snapdragons, zinnias, dahlias, sunflowers and many more!  

Just a glimpse of last years summer garden

Doorstep Dairy is a small family owned business dreamed up by Daryl Mast of Morgantown, PA. His idea behind the company is to bring back the concept of “The Milkman” from years past by providing a delivery service for your grocery items so you don’t have to make that weekly stop at the store. Except Doorstep Dairy has taken it a step further by teaming up with many local vendors who provide fresh, quality, and even organic products that customers can order each week to fit their needs. Just a few of their many partners include: Fiddlecreek dairy, offering organic regular and greek yogurts, Weavers Orchard providing homegrown fruits, and Stouts Bakery specializing in breads of all kinds.

This season Doorstep Dairy is offering a Spring/Summer weekly farm share that includes fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, locally made cheese and bread, and bouquets specially arranged by us!

If you want to learn more about Doorstep Dairy you can check them out at

If you are interested in benefiting from this awesome service contact them through their webpage to see if you live within the reach of their Lancaster, Chester, and Berks County delivery routes!

What's Happening in the Barn


This was another 3 wedding weekend here at Trisha's Flowers (I believe the third one we've had so far this year!) That many weddings means a full cooler, glue covered fingers, double and triple checking lists, and loads of beautiful flowers. Here's a few pictures of the team at work in the barn this week.

Lindy working on boutonnieres

Trish arranging one of the many beautiful bouquets

Buckets and buckets of babies breath

Stacks of boutonnieres

Delicate babies breath wreaths

Lots and lots of bouquets




Today we're here to tell you a little bit about hydrangeas. Though our own hydrangea bushes only began to flower this season, we have had many weddings bedecked with these lavish beauties over the years. You can find these rich blooms growing on shrubs, and ranging in color from white, to pink, to purple or even blue, all depending on how acidic the soil is. Here are a few tips on working with hydrangea for floral arrangements:



  • Before cutting your hydrangea stems, you want to be sure that the plant was well watered a day ahead of time. The word 'Hydrangea' comes from the root word 'hydra' meaning water. In other words, this plant loves water!
  • It's best to cut hydrangea in the morning or evening when the temperatures are not as intense. If you cut your blooms in the middle of the day, the bush may be stressed from the heat and your flowers won't last as long.
  • After cutting, place stems directly into warm water and then straight into a cooler or refrigerator. Be careful though, the ethylene emitted from produce can damage your flowers! If you do not have access to refrigeration, simply place stems in cool water treated with flower food.
  • If your blooms begin to wilt prematurely, do not fret! There may still be hope! We have found that giving the stems a fresh cut, and then placing them in warm water has revived hydrangea in the past.
  • With freshly cut hydrangeas in water, you can usually enjoy their blooms for about a week. This flower however, does not do well in floral foam (oasis) and will only last about 12-36 hours in foam.

We hope you enjoy these bountiful beauties!


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The Open House in Pictures


This weekend we had the privilege of being a vendor at the much anticipated Harvest View bridal open house. We enjoyed seeing the other vendors, tasting the delicious foods, and chatting with potential brides. We learned a lot since this was our first time attending something like this. We created a variety of floral arrangements to show what our team is capable of and here is a little glimpse:

This garland was over 9 feet long and heavy! We had so much fun making it, and loved to see people's reactions as they saw it while coming up the stairs.

Bridal Open House

Just a reminder that the Harvest View Barn is having their Bridal Open House this Sunday June 8th! It's from 1-4 pm and you'll have the opportunity to win prizes, sample desserts, and check out the beautiful venue! Trisha's Flowers will have a stand there and we look forward to meeting some future couples! Here are some pictures from a photo shoot done at the Harvest View Barn. We were able to supply the flowers for this photo shoot and we think the pictures turned out excellent.


Harvest View Barn Wedding Venue

We are proud to announce that Trisha's Flowers was chosen as one of the preferred floral companies for Harvest View Barn at Hershey Farms located in Elizabethtown, PA. Whether you want to be a summer or winter bride, Harvest View's climate-controlled barn offers a spacious indoor and outdoor venue to accommodate up to 295 people for your special day. From a balcony overlooking the peaceful pond to a grand fireplace and original stonewalls, Harvest View Barn provides the perfect blend of country elegance and convenience.
Please mark your calendars and join us at Harvest View Barn's Bridal Open House on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 1 pm - 4 pm. 
This elegant, countryside event will be fun-filled day featuring music, complimentary food and drink, dessert tastings, opportunities to win door prizes and much more! So bring your fiancé, as well as your friends and family, and discover for yourself what Harvest View Barn and Trisha's Flowers can offer you for your big day! The first 25 people to reserve a spot will receive a special gift.  Please RSVP by May 25 to Shirley at or 717-665-7284 to provide the number of guests you will be bringing to the event. We look forward to meeting you!

Time to Plant!


Today was a seed-planting day at Trisha's Flowers. It's still amazing to us that such beauty and life can come from such a tiny seed. We love to watch the garden change and grow over the next months and still get giddy when we harvest all that colorful goodness!

We're trying some new techniques this year in the garden. Weeds can be an expensive and time consuming problem. This year we're trying some new methods of planting that will hopefully cut back on the amount of weeds in our cutting gardens. For some of the seeds we planted today, we laid down a layer of newspaper, 'watered it' and then added a layer of topsoil. The hope is that the seeds will be able to grow in weed free soil. Secondly, we laid out some weed fabric or 'woven ground cover' for planting some of our bigger plants. Just cut an 'x' in the fabric and then plant your flowers in the small opening. We'll see how it turns out this year and let you know! Here's hoping we can spend a lot more time harvesting and a lot less time weeding!


Tulip Care


On the heals of the sunny daffodils comes our other spring staple, tulips! Here in the gardens at Trisha's Flowers we're bursting with colorful tulips! We thought you might like to know some of the ins and outs of tulip care.



  • Tulips grow from bulbs which should be planted in fall, around October
  • You can expect to see your first tulips popping up late April to the beginning of May (depending on variety)
  • Tulips are perennials so you won't need to plant them every year. However, after the first couple of years, (depending on variety) they tend to not come in as nicely. For example, purple tulips will revert back to the more dominant colors of red and yellow after a few years. For the best blooms, you may need to replant every couple of years.
  • Once cut, they should last about 4-5 days.
  • Tulips actually continue to grow after they've been cut. You'll notice the stems getting longer and bending towards the sun while in your vase
  • There are a wide variety of tulips to choose from. From shape, size, and color you can find a little bit of everything. Some with fringed and twisted petals, streaks, multiple blooms per head, double the petals for a nice full bloom, short, tall and of course almost every color imaginable.

So, what are you waiting for!? Bring a little bit of Spring indoors with a handful of perky tulips, or start scheming your own flower beds for this fall!

How to: Make a Boutonniere


Hey everyone! Today we'd like to teach you how to make a simple boutonniere. Here's a list of the things you'll need:

- floral wire

- floral tape

- clippers

- glue

- pin

- sturdy leaf

- focal flowers

- filler flowers

- twine or ribbon to cover the stem at the end (optional)

Ok, now that you have all your supplies, let's get started! First you'll want to start by making a 'base' for your boutonniere. Taking your sturdy leaf, 'stitch' through the back and back down so that your leaf looks like this:

Now, bend your wires down. We're trying to create a stem!

Next, using your floral tape, tape the wire all the way to the bottom so that no sharp edges poke through. You'll want to catch a little bit of the leaf in the tape to stabilize. Floral tape isn't like other tapes that stick with little to no pressure. This tape is almost like a wax and becomes adhesive when stretched while applying pressure.

This is what your leaf will look like from the back:

Next you'll want to wire your focal, or main, flowers. Why wire them, you may be asking? Well, because you want your flowers to be flexible in order to get the exact shape and angle for your boutonniere. Stems easily break or become floppy when moved around too much, so wiring makes your work more moldable. Here is one way that we wire flowers:

Taking a piece of thin floral wire, create a very tiny hook

Pull the wire carefully through the center of your flower, stopping when you can no longer see the hook.

Once it is pulled through, tape it the whole way down (including the existing stem) so there are no sharp edges poking out the bottom. Now that you have your focal flowers wired, and your base ready, you can tape them all together. Maneuver your flowers into the right position, and hold on tightly so they don't shift as you tape them together.

Now you're ready to glue in your filler flowers. We use glue instead of wire for a couple reasons. 1. Most filler flowers that we use are too small to wire, and 2. You want your boutonniere to be as light weight as possible, so adding more wire and tape would weigh it down. This process can be a little messy so you might want to lay down some newspaper to catch the drips. A little bit of glue goes a long way, and be careful to keep everything tucked behind your main flowers so you can't see the glue.

We keep a mirror in our workspace so that we can check how our boutonniere will look pinned to a shirt. It's amazing how different it can look while sitting flat on a table compared to on a person. Lastly, now that you have everything in place, you'll want to cover your stem with something. Depending on the occasion it could be ribbon, burlap, twine, fabric, ric rac, or whatever you can think of!

And of course, don't forget the pin! You did it! Give yourself a big pat on the back!


Behind the scenes


We received the pictures from our photo shoot with Mark Van Scyoc and we are so pleased with them! Expect to see some changes on the website in the coming weeks, a long with a blog or two of the finished product. What you won't be seeing on the website are the behind the scenes shots that we enjoyed  and chuckled at. We thought we'd share a few with you here on the blog.

One of our helpers at the photo shoot was a day old lamb. She followed us around and overall made for an adorable addition to the photos.

Hanging the pomander balls from the barn rafters

Feeling dizzy yet?

Trish and Lindy kept forgetting to keep their eyes opened during this part of the photo shoot.

Careful, if you lay on the ground you might get covered in flower petals.

Photo Shoot


We made a few pretty things this past weekend for a photo session with Mark Van Scyoc. We're looking forward to seeing the end product and be able to use the photos to update our website and promotional material. Here's a glimpse into what we made.

Here's the photographer hard at work! He was awesome to work with!

Working on a simple floral crown

Some happy poppies waiting to be used


One of the bouquets

Wood you like some help?


Have you ever been in the process of planning a party and felt like you didn't know where to start? We wanted to give you some examples and tips on how you can use the different rental items here at Trisha's Flowers. For this baby boy's first birthday party, the wood slabs and branches were used for some decorative and practical needs. Check it out!

This food table was spiced up with a variety of wood slabs and branches to give different heights and points of interest.

They made a month by month timeline of the birthday boy. What else could you use these cute wood-burned table numbers for?

Try using this long birch branch to make a unique sign.

Feeling inspired to party plan yet? We hope so!

Delightful Daffodils


As winter begins to melt away and the days start getting longer, one of the hopeful signs that spring has arrived is the appearance of the first daffodils. These perky flowers are sure to bring joy as their sunny heads sway in the breeze. Our first little bits of green are poking through and we can't wait till they make their full debut. We thought it might be good to give you a few helpful hints and tips for the world of daffodils.

  • There are actually a variety of daffodils that vary in shape, size, and color; some are full and fragrant, others dainty and classic.
  • Planting time is in the fall and you can expect to see their happy faces at the end of March to the beginning of April.
  • For a longer life in a vase, harvest daffodils as soon as you see a little color and watch them stretch their petals out over time.
  • When harvesting daffodils for a mixed floral arrangement, you must let them condition for at least 1 hour in water by themselves. Daffodils secrete a sap that is toxic to other flowers and could harm them when mingled immediately.

We hope this is helpful! Enjoy!

Do it Yourself


It can be very fulfilling and satisfying when you push through hurdles and mistakes in order to do something on your own. With the resource of the internet at most people's finger tips, it seems like the options are endless for what you can make without prior knowledge or skill. Here at Trisha's Flowers, we are passionate about seeing your event made special and complete, even if you'd rather do it on your own. Contact us for a free consultation and estimate for your wedding or event, and then order your flowers and greens through us. We've had the pleasure of supplying many brides, and here are a few pictures of what they came up with!

Certified and Bona fide


Lindy here, one of the team members at Trisha's Flowers, writing to tell you about one reason you can trust your floral needs with us. I specified who was writing this post so I could do a little bragging on Trish and her accomplishments. Trish has been working with flowers since 2001, but more recently has acquired some professional training and received a "Certificate of Merit in Floral Design" from Longwood Gardens. If you've never visited Longwood Gardens, I highly suggest you try. It is one of the "premier botanical gardens in the United States" and is well known all over the world! There are over 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows and it has one of the "worlds greatest green houses." It is a breathtaking place, and is equally as excellent in training and educating their students. Trish received a wide variety of instruction including; basic floral design, advanced floral design, intro to Ikebana, topiaries, wreaths, and much more! She sat through 14 classes and roughly 120 hours of class time taught by experts in the field! Her creative eye and outstanding execution were sharpened and she doesn't plan on stopping there as she's always looking to cultivate her skills in a greater way. We're all looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that await our team in this new year and couldn't be more confident in our competent leader. Here are a few of the designs Trish created in her Longwood Gardens Classes