Why are our plants different from other plants?

Hmmm, that’s a good question! So I wonder…

1. First of all, there’s Pamela. She has a degree in floriculture from Michigan State University.

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That means she learned all about soil and fertilizer and light and bugs and disease and a million useful things, which is akin to having a green thumb!

2) Pamela became known as “The Plant Doctor” when she opened her first flower shop in Oak Park, MI, following graduation from MSU in 1971.

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3) Then there’s selection. Pamela has learned which green plants will survive in the desert and which ones won’t and we don’t sell anything from the second option.

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4) The Plant Doctor says, Don’t let their feet sit in water. The #1 reason plants die, their leaves turn yellow brown or black and they fall off is TOO MUCH WATER. If the plant is heavy or the soil on the top is damp, No Water.

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5) How to water your plant? That’s easy. Water it. Drain it. Put it back in the basket or pot.

6) Treatment. I, Tina, like to tell people to treat their plants (and flowers) as they treat their children. If it’s too hot for your child, it’s too hot for your plant. Bring ’em in, people!

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7) Local. We are your local flower shop. That means you can depend on us to design and deliver the perfect plant for the occasion, whether it’s a birthday celebration, a get well, or an expression of condolence. Count on us at Roadrunner Florist Basket Express!


Are We Getting Ready? You Bet’cha We Are!

You bet’cha! We’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day,

ImageImageImageBut in the meantime we are celebrating other occasions, too!

Here are flowers and gift baskets we delivered today for Birthdays.




And anniversaries.


And we extend our most sincere condolences to families who have lost loved ones.

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We look forward to hearing from you for Valentine’s Day and your special occasions!

Such a busy day!

We love it when we’re busy at the flower shop! WHEW, I finally have a minute to post some pictures of the amazing floral arrangments going out today. Do you have a favorite?



And then there are Hawaiian Tropicals!


And 2 funeral covers, one all white and one pink and white.


And plants! We love to decorate our plants. Do you like them?



I know what we’re doing today to make is special. We’re delivering flowers and smiles!

What are you doing today that’s making it special?

Smile! :)

Can you think of a few reasons to smile right off the top of your head? I’m sure I can…

A new baby. Sure, that’s a reason to smile.


A birthday. Sure, that’s a reason to smile.


An anniversary. Sure, that’s a reason to smile.


A new business contact. Sure, that’s a reason to smile.


A new neighbor or friend. Sure, that’s another reason to smile.


Which “smile” would you like to send to make another person smile?


Smile #1


Smile #2


Smile #3


Smile #4


Smile #5


Smile #6

Tell you what? You comment here and I’ll take down your name and email address. Then I’ll have a CONTEST and I’ll pick a winner, One lucky person will win a free SMILE from Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express! Good luck!

Fresh and Healthy Vegies

News from the Gift Basket Extraordinaire

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Brought to you every Tuesday by Tina Ashburn, owner of Basket Express, located inside Roadrunner Florist in Phoenix, AZ.

Tina is an award-winning designer of gift baskets for all occasions. What makes our gift baskets unique? No two are alike.

You choose the theme and Tina works her gift basket magic and can also add fresh flowers!


Who could argue with fresh vegies?

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Custom designed, each one unique. Fresh fruit purchased daily.

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Great for summer. Always fresh and delish!

The perfect birthday present, anniversary gift, great for a get well wish or a conveyance of sympathy.

$45 small   $65 medium   $85 large

Delivery available


News from The Plant Doctor

Brought to you every Thursday by Pamela E Smith, owner of Roadrunner Florist in Phoenix, AZ.
Pamela has been known as the Plant Doctor since 1971 when she purchased
Esquire Flowers in Oak Park, MI.
Pamela is a Michigan State University Floriculture Graduate 1964.
Pamela opened Roadrunner Florist in Phoenix, AZ in 1979.

The Chrysanthemum

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Botanical name: Dendrathema.
Beautiful long lasting flowers, in a multitude of colors, the varieties are daisies,
cushion, flat heads, quills, spoons and buttons. All known as “mums”.
Chrysanthemums are easy to grow outside in your garden.
They’ll freeze in the winter and they don’t take temperatures above 90,
but they are pretty and bright, happy flowers.

Stop by Roadrunner Florist & Gifts
2007a W Bethany Home
Phoenix, AZ 85015
for a FREE STEM of Chrysanthemum

Flowers & Gift Baskets that Guarantee a WOW!

Coming next: Roses

Happy Anniversary!

#flowers #florist #gift baskets

Who says you need a wedding anniversary to send flowers? Not me!

Today is the 6th anniversary of my moving into my little condo. I downsized from a large home in north central Phoenix to a small patio home about 7 miles away. It was a HUGE endeavor, and I am eternally grateful to Pamela and Pedro for all the help.

My home has been described as “soft and romantic”. There are always projects going on and I truly USE my home and enjoy it.

Here are a few pictures I took this morning just as the sun was rising about 5:30 a.m.
This is the little garden in front of my house. I grow calla lilies and canna lilies, but it’s getting a little hot and they are starting to go into remission.

This is my living room. It’s about as soft as a room could be!

This is my 1910 player piano.

These 2 pictures are outside in the common area. This is where we used to have grass and trees and now we have xeriscape.
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And this is the playground. Although we have over 100 homeowners, this isn’t used much.

I forgot to take a picture of the pool!! But then you know what a pool looks like, right?

Now, let’s see, which flowers would I like to bring home for my anniversary? Hmmmmm

I think I’d like this one! Do you happen to know a great florist?short

Happy Saturday to everyone!