Remember the Bride I had never met? I designed her wedding flowers without ever speaking to her! WHEW, that was an experience!
Here are the pictures she sent. I think she was ONE HAPPY BRIDE!
What do you think?
I had never met the bride.
Why is that important? Because it’s HER day. She’s the one who matters the most (sorry, grooms, but it’s true). Brides are special and their wedding day is the most important day of their lives.
They’ll spend hundreds, yea, thousands of dollars on a dress they’ll wear one time.
They’ll spend thousands of dollars on food that is consumed and then, well, disposed.
They’ll spend thousands of dollars on a limo, a venue, a cake, a DJ and a photographer.
But their flowers? Nope. Brides don’t realize it’s the flowers that last throughout their entire marriage! Sure, I pressed my bridal bouquet and I still have it almost 40 years later!
In this case, the bride lives in Phoenix and she didn’t want any flowers. None. But her mother, who lives in New York, insisted that she carry something. Bride reluctantly said OK, pink and white. So mom called and ordered a bouquet for the bride, a smaller one for the bridesmaid and a floral arrangement for the mantle. The next day she called and changed it to orange roses and white gerbera daisies. Why? The bride decided it’s not such a bad idea to have flowers after all!
So, sight unseen, never ever talking to the bride, here is the wedding bouquet I designed for her. She picked it up and she LOVED it! When Pamela handed it to her I watched her eyes light up!
Her Bouquet and His Boutonniere!
And their mantle piece:
A HUGE hit!
If you’re the bride, remember this: Your florist needs to hear from you! You need to tell them what you like, what colors and flowers you like, and let them work their design magic for you!
I spent some time last week asking myself why we blog.
I came up with 3 main reasons
1. We blog to sell a service.
2 We blog to sell a product.
3. We blog to post ideas, recipes, fun times with family and friends.
Does your blog fit into one of those main categories? And even more importantly, are you actually USING the products and services offered on the blogs?
I am happy to tell you I am using the products and services offered by bloggers I know!
Oils! Have you checked out the oils? Loretta Smith and DoTERRA Essention Oils
I have peppermint. WOW! It works for whatever ails ya!
And then there’s Send Out Cards. I LOVE Meli Horwitz and Send Out Cards! Have you tried them yet? They’re perfect for thank you cards (I send them out regularly) and reminders, birthday cards, sympathy cards and, my most recent find: Oops, when you need just the right words to apologize!
So, here are 2 items I purchased for Harper.
The Harper Doll. From Real Sisters Gifts & Accessories. Check out their facebook page! They custom designed this doll to look like Harper (red hair and all!)
The Harper Bear! From Hand Knitted Dolls & Teddy Bears. Talk about a great teddy bear!
Norma. What can I say about Norma? If you haven’t joined Norma’s business group, you are MISSING OUT! It’s luv luv luv. And I’m honored to tell you she designed the cover pages for my facebook and blog pages, too! Want great coaching on social media? Norma’s your gal!
Then there’s us, Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express. When is the last time you called us (or your local florist) to send flowers to someone you love?
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m going to be using more and more businesses on these threads in the future. Don’t be surprised if there’s a present in there for you, too!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Today I want to spend a little time writing about appropriate sympathy tributes.
Although many obituaries say something like “in lieu of flowers”, we have learned most families appreciate the beauty and softness flowers provide at a funeral or memorial service. The obituary request, often suggested by the funeral director, is more a suggestion than a demand, and people are certainly welcome to send condolences in whatever manner they deem appropriate.
Funeral flowers come in all styles and colors, multiple colors, red, white and blue, or all white. Ranging from large funeral sprays and casket covers (sometimes called blankets), they are expressions of sincere loss. Here are a few examples of funeral sprays and casket covers designed by Roadrunner Florist.
Another very popular floral arrangement is the traditional basket. These can be filled with flowers or all types and designed in all price ranges. Here are a few examples of traditional funeral baskets.
Many people choose to send green plants to funeral services as a long lasting tribute to the deceased.
Appropriate for Jewish funerals are fresh fruit and goodie baskets.
It is important that each of us convey our condolences in our own special way.
Let us help you send your thoughts and prayers to a grieving family with fresh flowers or a gift basket from Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express.
What a holiday it was! Thank you, thank you, thank you, to our customers and friends, who shared Valentine’s Day with us! We had a blast designing and delivering beautiful roses and floral arrangements!
How can I resist posting pictures? Here we go!
Let’s start with roses. Why? Because they are the #1 best seller for Valentine’s Day.
Our roses were top-florist quality, not the stuff you find at the grocery store. Long stems, large heads, long-lasting, professionally arranged and delivered.
RED ROSES WITH LILIES
MIXED COLORED ROSES
MIXED COLOR ROSES
TINA’S FAVORITE: STUNNING BEAUTY
MIXED FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
DID I MENTION THE BEARS? OH, YES, WE DELIVERED LOTS OF BEARS!
One of our customers told me he would be my “surrogate Valentine” (after he ordered flowers for his wife!) when I told him I don’t have a Valentine. Did you get flowers from your Valentine this year?
Share your Valentine’s Day experience here! I’d love to read about your day!
#flowers #florist #giftbaskets
I love to talk about flowers & gift baskets! I love posting pictures of our designs and sending them to you for your perusal.
But do you know who we are and when we started doing what we do? Let’s see…
Pamela E Smith was born in Detroit, MI in 1944. Her dad was born on a street corner (honestly!) and was a policeman for the City of Detroit for almost 30 years! Her mom was a homemaker and a terrific cook. Pamela attended Michigan State University
(Go, Sparty!) where she received a degree in Floriculture in 1971. She then opened a flower shop in Oak Park, MI, which she sold to move to Phoenix in 1979. That’s where she opened Roadrunner Florist and she’s been here ever since.
I’m Tina Ashburn, a Denver girl, and a Denver Bronco fan!
I attended Clark College (now part of the University of Washington) in Vancouver, WA, before moving to Tucson where I met and married Richard. We moved to Phoenix in 1984 and I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Lauren in 1985. I’m a grandmother now, to Harper, age 18 months.
In 1992 I purchased Basket Express, and the previous owner introduced me to Pamela, who at the time was the full-time care-giver to her friend Lizzy, who had suffered a serious stroke a short time earlier. Lizzy wanted nothing more than to see the turn of the century, but alas she didn’t survive, and after her death Pamela and I decided it would be a perfect “marriage of 2 businesses” if I brought Basket Express inside Roadrunner Florist. So that’s how we became
Roadrunner Florist Basket Express, Phoenix, AZ
I have been honored to have had an article published in The Basket Whiz Report .
We are proud to be a small business working hard to benefit our community including Desert Mission Food Bank and Washington High School. I sing in the choir at North Phoenix Baptist Church and Pamela plays in the band at Phoenix College and the City of Glendale Summer Band.
We strive to provide our customers with the freshest and finest flowers available (more about that later), custom designed gift baskets and terrific customer service.
Today we wished 3 people Happy Birthday! Here are the custom designed arrangements we made for them.
And we shared in the loss of loved ones with these flowers to soften the sorrow.
We look forward to telling you more about us, including information about The Cold Chain! Stay tuned!