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Google-ish Humor

Google-ish Humor

Today’s Google-ish Humor is presented by the men and ladies who spend an hour or so with me every morning at the doggie park! Yes, because we are REAL people, (that’s Tina and Pamela) at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express, I spend about an hour at 5 a.m. with my dogs and any other desert rats  who want to enjoy the best time of the day in Phoenix!

Dogs aside (if there is such a thing) today we were talking about the weather. It’s a common topic, even when it’s always the same: either 106 or 108 or 110 or more! It’s always a discussion about how “cool” it’s going to get at night (might be down into the 90s) or how hot it’s going to get tomorrow!

For Example:
Excessive Heat Warning
Central Arizona
9 hours ago – National Weather Service

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST THIS … Hot temperatures of 105 degrees and above will significantly increase the potential for heat related illness …

Where do we get our information? The answer, in this case, is the National Weather Service! Which prompted me to say, “Where do THEY get their information?” The answer, of course, is Google! And where do THEY get their information? Of course the answer is the National Weather Service!

You get the idea!

So the question arises: Where does Google get their information?

Google

We decided the answer is there’s a little old lady with her Farmer’s Almanac, Dictionary and Encyclopedia and she tells Google whatever they want to know. Her name is Mrs. Googlestein.

So, if you’re wondering where Google gets their information, and want to share a little bit of Google-ish Humor, remember Mrs. Googlestein! She’s in charge of everything you ever need to know!

What does Google (and Mrs. Googlestein) know about us? They know a lot! Google knows people LOVE Roadrunner Florist (read the reviews here!)

Google knows people LOVE Basket Express (read the reviews here!)

I wonder where THEY get their information? Probably from Yelp!!!  Haha! Made you smile!

  Another Smiley

We hope this Google-ish information helps you have a happy day!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day June 17

Father’s Day June 17

Father’s Day 2018 is June 17.

I’m fortunate to have visited my 95 year old dad this past week. He and my 90 year old mom are living at a Brookdale in Denver, and they’re doing amazingly well for people their age!

Dad

For Father’s Day this year I sent him some new shirts, some fresh FRUIT WITH FLOWERS! What are you going to do for Dear old Dad?  How about FRUIT AND COOKIES!

Farmer's Market  Pedestal Fruit

 

I wondered about the history of Father’s Day, so, in the words of my daughter Lauren, I Googled it! Here’s what it says:

Father’s Day is coming up, so in honor of dear old dad, the Art of Manliness is presenting a series of father-themed posts. Today we look into the history of Father’s Day. Sadly, retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have bastardized the original meaning of Father’s Day. A holiday that was supposed to honor dad and enumerate his special qualities, now is used to sell chili pepper ties and shop vacs. Hopefully by understanding why the concept of Father’s Day was created, we can better celebrate and honor the fathers who raised us into men.

The History of Father’s Day in the United States

There are two stories of when the first Father’s Day was celebrated. According to some accounts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise (She would probably be displeased that Mother’s Day still gets the lion’s share of attention).

Sonora’s dad was quite a man. William Smart, a veteran of the Civil War, was left a widower when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. He went on to raise the six children by himself on their small farm in Washington. To show her appreciation for all the hard work and love William gave to her and her siblings, Sonora thought there should be a day to pay homage to him and other dads like him. She initially suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death to be the designated day to celebrate Father’s Day, but due to some bad planning, the celebration in Spokane, Washington was deferred to the third Sunday in June.

The other story of the first Father’s Day in America happened all the way on the other side of the country in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local Methodist church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men.

While Father’s Day was celebrated locally in several communities across the country, unofficial support to make the celebration a national holiday began almost immediately. William Jennings Bryant was one of its staunchest proponents. In 1924, President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. But no official action was taken.

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.

If you are fortunate enough to still have your dad, remember him on this special day with a gift from Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express.  If you dad is no longer with us, may his memory be a blessing.

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express, Phoenix

602-246-1271

 

 

 

June

dozen roses with tails

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s talk about June.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

Honeysuckle,  Rose

The birth month flowers for June are the honeysuckle and the rose. The honeysuckle represents everlasting love between two people. This is not too different from the meaning of the rose.

honeysuckle

I wondered if hummingbirds are attracted to honeysuckle, so I did what my daughter would say: GOOGLE IT!

From our at Melinda Myers at Birdsandblooms.com:

Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees love native honeysuckle. Planting it in full sun or partial shade and moist soil will encourage the best flowering. The orange-red, trumpet-shaped flowers appear in clusters amongst the blue-green leaves, which persist through winter in southern states.  Why we love itUnlike a lot of other plants, trumpet honeysuckle grows in clay soil and near black walnut trees.

And then there is the rose! 

Pink rose  red rose  White rose   yellow rose

The rose has hundreds of meanings, depending on the color it has. For example, a pink rose symbolizes happiness, while a red one stands for true and passionate love. White roses are offered as a symbol of purity and innocence, while a yellow one means friendship. If you offer jut one rose, this underlines the meaning of that color. A bouquet means sincere gratitude instead.

Our customers LOVE roses! Even my daughter, who is about as “yuppy” as can be, loves the design of a dozen red roses by Pamela. And who doesn’t?  Pair them with Stargazer Lilies for an amazing look of love!

A dozen red roses  Roses and lilies

A stunning Dozen Red Roses                  Red Roses and Stargazer Lilies

There is no need to limit yourself to a dozen red roses!

3 colors of roses  Roses and Tropicals  Roses and sunflowers

3 colors of roses   Roses and Tropicals   Mini Roses & Sunflowers

sunflower cube with roses  Modern 16 roses  'Tis Pink with Roses

Sunflowers & Roses          Uptown Roses                      ‘Tis pink with roses

    Contemporary pink roses            Unique roses tall

Lavender Roses            Contemporary Pink Roses      Unique Tall Roses

Did you know that on November 20, 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the national floral emblem at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden?

Celebrate this month with Roses from Roadrunner Florist!

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

 

May

Kate's lily of the valley

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s talk about May.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley

The birth month flowers for May are the hawthorn plant and the lily of the valley. The hawthorn plant stands for hope an ultimate happiness. If you give a hawthorn to someone, this means that want the best for that person. At the same time, the lily of the valley has a strong fragrance that symbolizes humility, sweetness and even a return of happiness. They also have a romantic meaning, showing the person you give a lily to that they complete your life.

Hawthorn plant  lily of the valley

I was so surprised to read this about growing a hawthorn plant in Phoenix! Thanks to http://www.public.asu.edu/~camartin/plants/Plant%20html%20files/raphiolepisindica.html for the information (we can always count on ASU!!)

Scientific: Raphiolepis indica
Common: Indian hawthorn
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: India to south China

Pronounciation: Ra-fee-o-LEP-is IN-di-a

Hardiness zones
Sunset
 8-10, 12-24
USDA 8 (sometimes foliage in winter is damaged by cold)-11

Landscape Use: In Phoenix, Indian hawthorn is a serviceable shrub for many types of mesic and oasis design themes such as a flowering accent, foundation plantings, border shrub, small informal hedge, tree standards (mostly seen in southern California landscapes), and bonzai.

Form & Character: Rounded, informal, clean, well behaved.

Growth Habit: Evergreen woody perennial shrub, moderate to slow growth habit ranging in height from 2 to 8 feet in height depending on cultivar.

Foliage/texture: Leathery green, dark green to sometimes burgundy red, oblong to lanceolate to 2 to 3 inches long, sometimes tinged with purple, oval leaves with sometimes crenate margins; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: Flowers grown on many 1 to 2 inch terminal panicle clusters, individual flowers small, ranging in color from white, pink to wine red; fruit is a small black drupe borne in summer and fall.

Seasonal color: Brilliant display of flowers mostly in Phoenix during March.

Temperature: Indian hawthorn is tolerant to 10oF, but foliage is damaged if temperatures exceeds 115oF.

Light: Full sun to partial shade, not for full shade, eastern exposure best in Phoenix.

Soil: Tolerant except of high alkalinity where intervenal chlorosis will develop.

Watering: Mildly drought tolerant, but looks much better with some regular water especally during summer.

Pruning: Little, except to rarely use heading cuts to promote shape. Prune in May only after bloom.

Propagation: Seed, though vegetative softwood cuttings are best.

Disease and pests: Aphids, firelight, and bacterial leaf spot during periods of moist cool weather (like that ever happens in Phoenix).

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to have that blooming in my garden!

The lily of the valley grows mostly in the south, appreciating the humid climate, full shade and rich, dark soil. That lets us out, we desert-dwellers, whose “soil” is really caliche (gravel, sand, clay and silt).

Perhaps the most famous arrangement with lily of the valley carried this century belonged to Kate Middleton when she married Prince William.

Kate's lily of the valley Lily of the valley with Kate

If you are fortunate to have a May birthday, you represent  the beginning of spring and blooms for both hemispheres. In the North, spring is gradually blooming into summer, while the South celebrates the beautiful colors of autumn and its harvest.

Welcome to Flowers in May!

It wouldn’t be nice of me if I didn’t mention Mother’s Day, which is celebrated the 2nd Sunday in May (this year May 14th) and Mexican Mother’s Day on May 10th.  Don’t forget to order your Mother’s Day flowers early!

Love is in the air  dozen roses with tails

Love is in the Air                                         A Dozen Stunning Roses

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

Safety and Efficiency: Tools and Resources for Disabled Parents

Safety and Efficiency: Tools and Resources for Disabled Parents

I was contacted by Ashley Taylor of Disabledparents.org and she asked if she could write an article for my Blog. It didn’t take me more than a moment to be both honored and humbled by her request and interest in Basket Express.

Her story is one of strength and courage. This is the request that she sent to me.

My husband and I both have disabilities. We’ve always wanted children, and knew that because of our disabilities becoming parents and parenthood, in general, would require extra planning and prep. From the get-go we started saving for IVF treatments and making modifications to our home that would make us and our future children safer. Along the way, we’ve picked up a lot of great resources on planning and preparing for parenthood as parents with disabilities and we’ve learned some valuable lessons, too.
Can I write an article for your website with advice for people with disabilities on how they can prepare their lives and their homes for parenthood? Today, my husband and I have two amazing kids, and I thought this might be a good way to show my gratitude to the universe for all the ways we’ve been blessed.
Imagine how I felt when I read this story, and the shivers that went up my spine when she sent me this information, which I gladly share with you today.
Disabilities

The days when disabled people were considered unfit to be parents are behind us thanks to the efforts of organizations like Through the Looking Glass, a resource that provides training and services for the disabled. Their advocacy, and that of others, has made it easier for the disabled to find products that help them care for their children effectively and efficiently. Many have been forced to use their creativity and ingenuity, devising new, more convenient ways to breastfeed, change diapers, and bathe their children. Performing these tasks is a lot easier with tools that can help save time and allow parents to multitask, an important capability for any parent. Fortunately, there are many products with designs and features that can make it easier to care for your child, both independently and safely. (Also remember that any modifications you make to your home, such as an entrance wheelchair ramp or widened doorways, may be a great help to subsequent owners.)

Wheelchair ramps can be works of art! Check out these pictures of home that have used their ramps to accent their flowers!

  

Accessible sleep space

This has long been a major hurdle for disabled parents. The traditional baby crib configuration is incompatible for most disabled parents, especially those who are in a wheelchair and can’t reach into the sleeping space. The Cocoonababy is a soft, cushioned platform with no sides or attachments. Your baby is safely secured with an adjustable strap that can be removed quickly for diaper changes. The Cocoonababy is light and easy to carry as you move around the house. For parents who prefer the conventional design, a side-opening crib allows parents to reach directly inside.

(I don’t know about you, but I had no idea this existed, let alone how important it would be for parents with disabilities.  The baby looks so comfy, and I can understand how easy it would be to use this great bed! )

Breastfeed with ease

Finding a comfortable breastfeeding position is a subjective thing for moms. Some prefer to breastfeed while lying in bed without having to move their child around. An adaptive cot with one open side can be wheeled up to the side of your bed, allowing you to lie on your side while feeding and keep your baby safely next to you while you sleep. It’s an ideal multitasking product – you can breastfeed, burp and put your baby to sleep all without having to change location. If you prefer a more mobile solution, the Breastfeeding Sling lets you feed your child anywhere. Its padded shoulder strap allows you to feed for as long as you need without getting tired.

(Don’t forget the privacy involved with breastfeeding, not only for the baby but for the mom as well.  As an able-bodied mom, I remember the issues I had breastfeeding Lauren. I imagine these are magnified 10-fold for a disabled mom.)
Convenient potty training

Potty training time can be a real challenge for disabled parents. If your mobility is limited, it’s difficult to be as encouraging and physically supportive as you’d like. Many training aids are heavy and difficult to move or lift with ease. The Disney Baby Winnie the Pooh Training Seat is lightweight and clips easily and securely to the top of your toilet seat. It’s also an excellent option if you need to move it between bathrooms.

(Oh, my, the joys of potty training! Just when you think it’s mastered, the “fun” can start all over again!  I guess the best part is this takes a short period of time and then it’s forever!)

Bath time

This is one of the most challenging tasks that disabled parents face. The inflatable Bambino Duck Bath is a light and convenient alternative for parents with limited reach. It can be placed on a low table to take the strain off your back when lifting or stretching. The soft sides can be pushed down easily for improved access.

(It was difficult enough for me, at 5’2″, to bathe Lauren in the sink or tub.  Somehow we manage. Imagine having to “manage” on a daily basis when you are disabled. It’s a good thing these kids are so resilient!)

IVF

In-vitro fertilization is a proven successful alternative for couples having trouble conceiving, but it can be a pricey proposition, with couples paying an average of $19,000. You can defray some of the cost by using your Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Plan. Shared risk or IVF refund programs can also help you prepare for the financial burden. As expensive as it can be, IVF has been changing lives for the better for decades. According to Qunomedical, “The success and availability of in-vitro fertilization have given hope to many infertile couples who have not been able to conceive. Since 1978, 5.4 million babies have been born worldwide with the help of IVF.”

Ergonomic efficiency

Thinking in terms of your physical challenges can help you identify tools that will make it easier to provide care. There are products and resources that make bathing, feeding and dressing your little one much easier. Remember that the best products are those that provide ergonomic efficiency.

  

Self-care

As important as your daily activities and amenities are to your parenting abilities, the way you care for yourself also plays a part. A warm bath each evening, a chapter of a good book while your baby naps, or a moment of quiet with a warm cup of coffee in the mornings can all enhance your mental health. And there are plenty of ways your friends and family can encourage you to focus on self-care. A gift basket with your favorite things, a bouquet of fragrant flowers to brighten up the room, or even just a friendly phone conversation and well wishes are all great gift ideas for new moms. With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s never too early to drop a few hints…

Daisies and butterflies  Top 'em Off with Fruit and Flowers  

Thinking in terms of your physical challenges can help you identify tools that will make it easier to provide care. There are products and resources that make bathing, feeding, and dressing your little one much easier. Remember that the best products are those that provide ergonomic efficiency and make life a little more comfortable for your entire family.

No matter the road you took to become a parent, it was and will continue to be an exciting journey. As a disabled parent you will face obstacles and have to make some modifications to your home and life, but at the end of the day you are a parent just like everyone else. Welcome to the ride!

Courtesy of Pixabay.com.

 

April

cube of roses and daisies

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s talk about April.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

Daisy, Sweet Pea

In April, we can already see spring in full bloom. (Those of you who know me are aware that Mr. T, my desert tortoise, who has been hibernating all winter, peeks his head out in April to welcome Spring!). But which are the birth month flowers for this month? April comes with the daisy and the sweet peas for those who are born now. Daisies are used to represent purity, loyal love and innocence. Yellow daisies are also popular choices when it comes to giving flowers. Moreover, friends give this flower to each other to signify keeping a secret.

daisy  Yellow daisies

All white daisies  Daisies and butterflies

Mixed daisies Smiling daisies

Daisies are no longer boring! A professionally designed bouquet of all daisies, as seen here, is long-lasting and refreshing. When we add other flowers, WHOLA!

cube of roses and daisies  roses and lav daisies

The sweet pea symbolizes blissful pleasure. However, they are also used to represent goodbye. The fragrance of this flower keeps flies at bay, so maybe this is a good kind of goodbye!

Sweet pea Another sweet pea

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

 

 

March

Daffodils and stunning beauty

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s talk about March.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

March – Daffodil, Jonquil

For March, the representative flowers are the daffodil and the jonquil. The daffodil symbolizes unrequited love, so if you receive this flower you might be missing something along the way. The bright yellow petals are quite positive though, bringing a little bit of sun into your life, just like it happens with nature.

The other flower, the jonquil, is a special kind of daffodil. In its turn, it shows a desire for affection to be received. At the same time, it is also shown to convey sympathy.

Daffodil  jonquil

The Daffodil season is short-lived in the Valley of the Sun.  They love the spring weather, when it’s not yet too hot, but they don’t last into the 90 degree heat.  We love designing arrangements with daffodils! They are unique enough to be delivered all by themselves, or beautiful additions to spring floral arrangements.

Daffodils and stunning beauty  Daffodils  Daffodils and other flowers

Read more at Gardening Know How: Information About Snowdrops And When To Plant Snowdrop Flower Bulbs https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm

If you are a March baby, you share your happy month with some very famous people.

Albert Einstein, Peyton Manning,  Bobby Fischer, Lady Gaga, Ben Rothlesberger, Eric Clapton, Elton John, President Grover Cleveland, President Andrew Jackson, President James Madison,  David Niven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carrie Underwood, Dr. Seuss, Mr. Rogers, Vincent Van Gogh, and many more! But the most important person born in March is YOU!

I found this interesting about people born in March:

Affection and charisma are the qualities which are often associated with people born in the month of March. They are very compassionate and love to serve others, if given their due respect. Honesty and reliability are among the various virtues possessed by individuals born in this month. While most of them are born under the zodiac sign Pisces, they are many others who are born on the Pisces/Aries cusp. Pisceans can be described as romantic, sensitive, emotional, honest and sympathetic. Generally, they are selfless and very generous. Artistic by nature, Pisceans are attracted to beautiful things. They are imaginative and intuitive and are good in the field of art. Considered to be the most romantic zodiac sign, Pisceans are great lovers. They are the ‘givers’, in their relationship and do everything that would fascinate their partners. They remain secondary in their relationships and do not mind their spouse/partners’ dominance.  They are most sensitive and intuitive of all the zodiac signs. They adapt to their surroundings very easily. People who are born in the month of March and are Pisceans tend to live in two worlds – the real and the mystical. They do so to evade the pain and the suffering of the real world and sneak into an imaginary world of their own.  Source:  http://www.thefamouspeople.com/famous-people-born-in-march.php

Perhaps you know a March baby! If you do, then consider ordering a fresh floral arrangement that includes Daffodils from your local flower shop! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina & Pamela

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

 

 

 

February

Tina with Violets

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s take about FEBRUARY.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

February – Violet, Primrose

Violet Primrose

As surprising as it may be, the flowers of February is not the red rose, despite the Valentine’s Day celebration. The violet and the primrose are the flowers that represent the second month of the year. The violet symbolizes loyalty, watchfulness and faithfulness, so give a violet to someone if you want them to rely on you. Meanwhile, the primrose goes to show that you can’t live without the person you’re giving it to.

Contrary to its name the primrose is not related to the rose. They are beautiful perennials that come from Europe. They are the first to bloom when winter goes away and, if grown outside,  they can multiply each year with a little bit of shade and some moist soil.  They bloom in early spring, offering a variety of form, size, and color. They are suitable for use in garden beds and borders as well as in containers or for naturalizing areas of the lawn.

violet container Tina with violets

Read more at Gardening Know How: Information About Snowdrops And When To Plant Snowdrop Flower Bulbs https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm

 You can say what you want, but February is always associated with a red, red rose.

The holiday of Love, Valentine’s Day, is always celebrated on the 14th. It’s our busiest day of the year and we plan, plan, plan and plan for it.  We love that day because we have so many people who call us once a year and we get to speak with them, and oodles of new people who call us and then end up loving us, too.

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Today is the day to order your roses for Valentine’s Day. Get the order into our queue for delivery on the date that you’d like and let us work our magic for you!

A dozen red roses

   A dozen red roses

 

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

January

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s start with JANUARY.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

January – Snowdrop, Carnation

Carnation mini carnations  Snowdrop

The birth flowers in January are the snowdrop and the carnation. The carnation is a flower that comes together with various meanings, depending on its color. For example, a pink carnation represents affection, while a red one means love. White represents purity (of love). The carnation, scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus, is a historically rich and meaningful flower choice. With its scientific name dianthus roughly translating to “flower of love” or “flower of the gods”, depending on the source, this flower is one that has been revered for centuries.

The carnation is fragrant and long-lasting. The less color (aka white, yellow and pink) the more fragrance. White carnations smell like peppermint! In the heat of the desert, we know carnations are the longest lasting flowers, even though they might not be your favorite. They are grown in hues of the rainbow and can be designed to highlight or accent other flowers in a beautiful floral arrangement. We know people who prefer “all carnations” of either all one color or mixed colors, too.

Mini carnations are a cluster of small carnations grown on one stem.  They open a few at a time, into a small perfect carnation.

Carnations for theresa  Carnation fantasy  Carnation funeral spray

festival of carnations Carnation spray Multi-colored carnations

lotsa carnations carnations for cheryl perfect carnations

Carnations are considered good luck for a newborn baby! We can customize a gift basket to add fresh carnations for good luck!

Meanwhile, the snowdrop was thought to bring bad luck, since it always grew in graveyards. However, nowadays people think it means beauty and hope.

Snowdrop flower bulbs (Galanthus) are grown in both cold winter regions and moderate winters, but keep in mind they truly dislike warm winters. So, if you live in Southern California, Florida or other hot climates, you will have to pass on having the snowdrop flower in your garden. Information about Snowdrops Bulbs Snowdrop flower bulbs are small bulbs that are often sold “in the green” or undried. They can very easily dry out, so they won’t be happy sitting around for weeks on end waiting for you get around to planting them. You will want to purchase your snowdrop bulbs and plant them immediately after you receive them.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Information About Snowdrops And When To Plant Snowdrop Flower Bulbs https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm

If you’re fortunate to be a January baby, then remember the beautiful Carnation and it’s amazing fragrance. May the long-lasting life of the flower shed its joys on you as you celebrate your January birthday!

Order your January Carnations from your local florist today!! www.roadrunnerflorist.com

602-246-1271  Tina & Pamela

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

Who’d a Thunk it?

snacks for christmas

Who’d a Thunk it?

Have you been in any retail store lately? Your neighborhood grocery store, a big box store, anything? Who’d a thunk you’d see Christmas in October? One of our local news stations asked people if they thought it’s just TOO DARN EARLY to see Christmas items in the store, and more than 78% of the people said Yes! And I’ll admit, we totally agree! But there it is, big as day, staring you in the face, asking that you BUY BUY BUY now now now before they run out (as if they’re going to run out) of inventory!

Trees in Walmart

Kinda makes me wonder.  I wonder if we’re really thinking about Christmas!

Nah, can’t possibly be!

(Of course those of us who craft start making our Christmas gifts for next year January, but we’re the exception to the rule!)

Most of us are going to wait until November, or even December, before we start making our lists and checking them twice!

If we wait, then we get to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving! Those are 2 great holidays that seem to disappear more and more each year. Sure, you see lots of candy and the frozen turkeys are starting to appear, but are you really enjoying Halloween and are you honestly thankful on the one-day-of-the-year-set-aside-to-say-THANKS?

Halloween Gift Basket  

Cornucopia Thanksgiving centerpiece

So, then, you’re wondering why I’m writing to ask if you’d even begin to think about Christmas! I dare say, YES!

The inventory at Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express is arriving fresh daily. We have limited supplies of delicious cookies, cakes, pies and pates. We are ordering our fresh fruit by the bushel, both organic and non. We have ordered our Christmas Greens (I can hardly wait for them to come into the shop because they smell so great!) as well as our holiday flowers! We have containers in various shapes and shades of red, green, silver, gold and white. We are setting out our candles for your centerpieces. We’re lining up our delivery drivers.

It’s quite a season for us, and a busy one, so we’re excited! But who’d a thunk you’d get excited too?

Well, I THUNK SO!! I think you can’t help get excited when you hear the music (Santa Claus is Coming to Town), when you start to think that YOU are Santa Claus and that we’re here to help you!

Our beautiful websites are ready to accept your holiday orders, for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. www.roadrunnerflorist.com  and www.giftbasketsbytina.com are loaded with ideas, and if you don’t see your favorite, then simply call us and we’ll design unique gifts for you!

I dare say it’s not too early … not too early to Thunk About It!  Happy happy happy holidays!

Snacks for Christmas  Awesome Roses and Lilies Christmas centerpiece

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271  888-446-1271

 

 

What do you Fancy?

What do you Fancy?

YOU, yourself and YOU, what do you fancy? We’re sending emails and posts and, for some reason, you don’t seem interested in what we have to say.  It’s surprising to us, really, because we are a real, local, fragrant flower shop and gift basket store and we try to send information that we think will appeal to you.

But we seem to be failing…   failing

So, what topics would appeal to you? What would compel you to read from the top to the bottom, to look at the pictures, to enjoy the antidotes and to “click” and make the Internet “magic” work for you?

Fancy Internet magic

We’ve told you the differences between us and a floral order-gather 1800flower type of guy (you know, the one sitting behind a computer who doesn’t have a clue about flowers) or the flowers shipped in a box. We’ve shared with you the problems people have when they order on-line and the flowers don’t show up, or when they order from a Big Box Store and the flowers never arrive.

in a box

We’ve told you about the importance of seasonal flowers, vibrancy, life expectancy and safety. We’ve told you that we don’t design floral arrangements until they are ready to leave our shop, insuring the freshest quality possible.

We’ve told you when it’s appropriate to send flowers or gift baskets (like sending fresh fruit to a grieving family). We’ve told you we drop everything (and I mean everything) to get flowers to Hospice.

Yummy Fresh Fruit Basket

We’ve told you about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and how important it is that you order early so the delivery can be made in a timely manner.

Halloween Gift Basket Cornucopia snacks for christmas Christmas centerpiece

We’ve told you about Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and pleaded with you not to wait until the last minute to think about mom and your loved one!

Order early

We’ve told you about ourselves (Pamela, the graduate of Michigan State University Floriculture) and me, the published gift basket designer).

We’ve told you about the times we have cried when we learn about a loss and the times we have cheered for a new job and a new baby. We share in your life as you share in ours.

We’ve even shown you pictures of people who have come into our shop to pick up flowers (and that could be YOU).

Happy Man Annie Amanda Gabriel Jim

Troy and fancy roses Flagstaff friend Anthony Christine Nick

We’ve told you about plants and how to care for them. We’ve told you about our home sports teams and offered to design gift baskets for your favorite team.

Football Gift Basket  Denver Broncos Baseball  Baseball gift basket

We’ve told you about the  designs on our website and how we choose them, and how we custom design each and every item just for you!

What else can we do to please you?

Please take a moment and tell us! You can respond here or send an email to tina@giftbasketsbytina.com or call 602-246-0672.

We would LOVE to hear from you!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home

Phoenix, AZ 85015

ASU

ASU

ASU

Phoenix is home to every major sports team as well as the ASU Sun Devils and Dare-I-Say The UofA Wildcats!

Boy, it’s a long list.

We are the exclusive gift basket sponsor of the Arizona State University Sun Devils.

The University of Arizona now has a large presence of medical centers in Phoenix.

Just north of us in Flagstaff is Northern Arizona University.
ASU-Arizona State University    UofA Wildcats    NAU

We custom design gift baskets for each and every college and university.

All of that said, there are the Major and Minor Professional Teams, too!

The Arizona Diamondbacks, The Phoenix Suns, The Phoenix Mercury, The Phoenix Coyotes, The Arizona Cardinals, The Arizona Rattlers, The Arizona Assassins, The Arizona Scorpions and The Phoenix Rising.

I got a kick out of this information from Wikipedia. It’s the name of the team, the sport, the league, the venue, the year formed and the number of championships earned!

Arizona Cardinals Football National Football League University of Phoenix Stadium 1898* 2*
Arizona Coyotes Ice hockey National Hockey League Gila River Arena 1972** 0
Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Major League Baseball Chase Field 1998 1
Phoenix Mercury Women’s Basketball Women’s National Basketball Association Talking Stick Resort Arena 1997 3
Phoenix Suns Men’s Basketball National Basketball Association Talking Stick Resort Arena 1968 0

(*)Note: The Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988, and both championships were won prior to that move. (**)Note: The Coyotes moved to Phoenix in 1996.

When you choose a custom designed gift basket from Basket Express, you choose the team and we’ll work our magic. Yes, you can choose a team from another place, i..e., Pamela’s Alma Mater MSU or Tina’s Team the Denver Broncos.

MSU Logo 

When you place your order, simply put the name of the team on the order form. 

Custom designed gift baskets for ASU or any other team include a banner or other identifying mark or logo, and appropriate sport-themed gifts. Possibilities are peanuts and cracker jacks (for baseball), snacks, cookies, muffins and whatever else I can think of that’s perfect for you!

ASU   

ASU Gift Basket                          ASU Snack Basket

Football Gift Basket    Football cookie basket

Football Gift Basket                                       Football Cookie Basket  

Who Loves Football gift basket           Baseball gift basket

Favorite Football Team Basket          Baseball Gift Basket

You won’t be disappointed, and the recipient will be THRILLED to received this custom designed gift basket from Basket Express!

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