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/




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?

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



OMG!! Cinco De Mayo Story

Southwest gift basket

OMG! Cinco De Mayo Story!

Remember I told you there are 3 holidays happening right now?  Well, here’s a great story about the second one!!  Actually, it’s tongue and cheek, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (known as Best Foods on the West Coast) was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know. the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank. and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery. were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning which they still observe to this day:
The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th, and is
known of course as, Sinko de Mayo!
I just couldn’t resist, and I thank my friend Kenny Knaster for sending this to me!
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). We refer to it as Mexican Independence Day, and in Phoenix it’s a great day of celebration and parties.
Never mind that this year it happens to be 3 days before Mother’s Day and 5 days before Mexican Mother’s Day!
We love love love to celebrate holidays!
Here are a couple options for you! Fresh flowers (of course) and southwest gift baskets!
Southwest gift basket  Go To Flowers for Mom
Southwest Party Grande                    Go To Flowers for Mom
How do you celebrate these holidays? We’d love to hear from you!
Tina and Pamela

Artisan Gift Baskets and Flowers

Artisan Gift Baskets and Flowers

I never thought of myself as an Artisan. Sure, each gift basket I design is unique, each floral arrangement designed by Pamela is unique, but does that make us “Artisans”?

I decided to ask Wikipedia the definition of “Artisan”. “An artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative, for example furniture, decorative arts, sculptures, clothing, jewelry, household items and tools or even mechanical mechanisms such as the handmade clockwork movement of a watchmaker. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist.”

That brought me back to my original question: is a gift basket or floral designer an Artisan?

I spend a lot of time telling you that Pamela and I are real people. We own a beautiful brick and mortar shop in Phoenix, AZ, where we custom design gift baskets and floral arrangements for our customers and friends. We also work with a network of florists across the country and around the world who design custom arrangements, so we know any order placed in our hands, whether it’s professionally delivered by us or by someone we recommend, is an exclusive work of art that makes all of us proud.

<img src="image.gif" alt="These are Pamela & Tina heads only" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is our Business Sign" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is our New Sign Standard" />

I also spend a lot of time baking. It’s a hobby for me, and the goodies are always delicious! I take a lot of them to the shop to share with people who come in, and I give oodles and oodles away to neighbors and friends.

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is Homemade Pletzel" />  This is Pletzel. My brother Gary requested it. Yummm… soft dough topped with lots of onions and poppy seeds! C’mon over and get some!

There’s even a floral birthday cake that I love to design. It’s different each and every time, but then so is the birthday person! What a great way to wish someone unique a Happy Birthday!

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Floral Cake for Julie" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Floral Birthday Cake" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Florist Pink Slice of Cake" />

Here are 3 Christmas Bags I designed last month. Each one was different, as you can see.

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is Christmas Gift Bag 1" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is Christmas Gift Bag 2" />   <img src="image.gif" alt="This is Christmas Gift Bag 3" /> Does the fact that I custom design each gift basket make me an Artisan?

Here are 4 Christmas centerpieces designed by Pamela in the last couple weeks. Sure, you can go online and order one that looks just like all the rest, or you can contact us and have us design something that’s unique and special, like these.

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Merry Christmas Centerpiece" />   <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a One Candle Christmas Centerpiece" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Christmas Centerpiece with an Angel" />

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is a 3 Candle with Green Centerpeice" />

 OK, I’ll admit it, this one is my favorite of all!

Last Christmas I baked some great brownies and cookies, then delivered them in a pretty box to the nail salon in our strip-mall. In return I received a beautiful ornamental Lenox candle holder. That lead me to think: did the goodies that I had baked so lovingly in my kitchen have the same value as the purchase my friend made at Macys? Indeed, they both have equal value. The time invested in looking for something special is what counts, be it at a store or calling someone like us to design and deliver a unique gift.

We believe each gift basket and floral arrangement we design is a work of art. We also believe each person who orders from us is entitled to a custom designed creation that is an expression of you, the sender and the recipient. That’s why we devote so much attention to making sure our gift baskets and floral arrangements are special, unique and creative, and that’s why our websites, www.giftbasketsbytina.com and www.roadrunnerflorist.com offer flowers and gift baskets you won’t find anywhere else on the ‘net.

Tell us what you think! Does that make us Artisans?

Pink | October | Breast Cancer | Pink

Pink | October | Breast Cancer | Babies Pink

We celebrate PINK in October. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s baby month and gee, it’s time for Pink!

So, let’s celebrate healthy breasts and healthy babies!

small short pink  baby beautiful

Designed exclusively by Pamela E Smith, Michigan State University Floriculture Graduate and owner of Roadrunner Florist, a Local Phoenix Flower Shop, these unique arrangements are soft and pretty, and appropriate in October or any time you wish to celebrate.

We call this one Small, Short Pink. It’s one of our favorites.

These are Precious Baby Flowers. Perfect for a new baby girl (or designed in blue for a baby boy).


pink gerbs and more  <img src="image.gif" alt="Breast Cancer Pink" />


Gerbera Daisies are a favorite flower all year round. Combined with roses and daisies, they create a festive floral arrangement that is sure to please a new mom, a happy birthday girl, or a lady celebrating a happy occasion.

Love Pink Gerberas

Let’s Celebrate! 

<img src="image.gif" alt="Pink Box" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Pothos Plant and Pink" />


The pretty box is filled to the rim with spray roses and lilies for a festive, pretty celebration.

Pink Celebration

Adding flowers (fresh or silk) to a green plant is a beautiful addition of long-lasting beauty.

Pothos and Pink


<img src="image.gif" alt="Pink Carnations" />  baby girl Holt

Carnations are so pretty. They are very long-lasting and happy flowers. See how great they look when designed by the dozen with baby’s breath and a nice bow. Add a few roses, a gerbera daisy and a great bear and whola! A perfect floral arrangement for that perfect someone!

Pink Carnations

Soft Pink Baby Flowers


<img src="image.gif" alt="Baby Girl Gift Basket" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Baby Girl Basket" />

Adorable Baby Girl Basket

Precious Baby Girl Gift Basket

Each of these baby baskets can be designed in pink or blue, perfect for a baby shower or after the baby is born. We deliver to all of the hospitals in the Valley of the Sun and can arrange deliver across the country.

Local, National and Worldwide Delivery

 Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary of cancer remission or the birth of a new baby, let Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express help you! We can design and deliver a beautiful pink floral arrangement or pink gift basket that’s perfect for you!

Call, click or come by! 602-246-1271. We’re happy to hear from you!




Fancy Fun Autumn Gift Baskets

Fancy Fun Autumn Gift Baskets

We love autumn in the desert! What’s not to love? The weather finally cools (ok, down below 90, but it’s cooler)! The trees start to change color (ok, maybe not the palm trees or palo verde trees but we do have some trees that change color).

What’s happening in your part of the world that’s showing the change of season?

I know what’s happening at Basket Express. We’re designing and delivering beautiful fresh fancy fun autumn gift baskets! What’s so special about that? Let me tell you.

The fresh fruit season is changing now, and although the summer fruits are disappearing the autumn fruits are INCREDIBLE. We have pineapples from Hawaii! We have local mangos, grapes, oranges, lemons, limes and kiwi. We have apples from Washington.

Here’s an autumn fresh fruit basket from Basket Express. Don’t you want one?

<img src="image.gif" alt="Autumn Fruit Basket" />

Remember, Boss’s Day is October 16. What are you going to send to your boss this year?

Fresh fruit or veggies are a great option.

<img src="image.gif" alt="Fresh Fruit Basket" />    <img src="image.gif" alt="Veggie Basket" />

We offer fresh fruit, cookies, candy, coffee, and yes flowers, all dressed up and ready to go.

Sassy Flair Flowers by Roadrunner Florist

Great Fall Flowers by Roadrunner Florist

Amazing Fall Flowers by Roadrunner Florist

<img src="image.gif" alt="Boss's Day Flowers" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Fall Flowers" />     fall with wheat

Or maybe a Boss’s Day plant or dish garden.

     <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Pothos Plant" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Dish Garden" />

Custom orders don’t upset us, like this gift basket of nuts, beef jerky and cheese. Nice, isn’t it?

Or a traditional Southwest Gift Basket from Basket Express.

<img src="image.gif" alt="Nuts and Jerky Gift Basket" />

    <img src="image.gif" alt="This is a Southwest Gift Basket" />

Or  2 dozen fresh baked cookies with a little bit of chocolate! Yummm!

<img src="image.gif" alt="Cookie Basket" />

Don’t Procrastinate! Order your Boss’s Day gift TODAY! Why?

a. You don’t have to worry about it any more.

b. You know your gift will be designed and delivered on Boss’s Day, October 16.

c. You’re going to look GREAT when your boss receives their Boss’s Day gift from you.

Contact Basket Express and we will help you celebrate autumn when you send good wishes for a birthday or anniversary a boss or co-worker, a baby or a thank you, and yes a get well or condolence wish.


Stunning Fresh Flowers www.roadrunnerflorist.com

Happy October! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina & Pamela

Back to School with Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist

Welcome Them Back to School with Gift Baskets and Flowers

from Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist

It’s that time of year: Back to School!

Students of all ages, from pre-school to college, are returning to the Halls of Education for another year of instruction.

We LOVE designing Back to School gift baskets and flowers! Why?

Because Back to School with Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist means custom designed, age appropriate Back to School Baskets and beautiful Back to School Floral Arrangements.

Small children would love crayons, a coloring book, large pencils and erasers, large print books and puzzles. We design age appropriate gift baskets that are perfect for your little one!

Is the student going into the primary grades?

age approp back to school medium

School necessities such as crayons, pencils, scissors, writing books, post-it-notes and more! Tell us the age and we’ll design a basket that’s perfect!

Is the student in middle school?

<img src="image.gif" alt="Older back to school basket" />

Maybe a few snacks would be appreciated, along with the school goodies. What a great idea!!

High school and college students might prefer flowers. Or a beautiful green plant.

<img src="image.gif" alt="Back to school" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Plants" />

Whatever the grade, we can custom design and deliver the perfect Back to School Gift Basket or Floral Arrangement for you.

Do you know a great teacher? The person who is SO VALUABLE that he or she is going to spend the next 9 months teaching your favorite student. Send a fruit basket to that teacher (don’t worry, it’s share-able) as the school year starts as a special “thank you” !

<img src="image.gif" alt="Fruit basket" />

Of course you shouldn’t forget the office and administration staff. They’re the people who make the school run like clock-work! These are the smiles of a principal and school administrator as they accept flowers from Roadrunner Florist for a job well done!

<img src="image.gif" alt="School Flowers" />

Many students are starting school now.  Today is the day to call  602-246-1271 and tell us the age of the lucky student, teacher, principal or office staff and we’ll do the rest!

Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express! Your One Stop Shopping for Back to School Gift Baskets and Flowers!


Phoenix City Light Rail Party

Phoenix City Light Rail Party

The City of Phoenix held their “half way” completion party for the Phoenix City Light Rail Party Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

Your first question, of course, is why through a party so early in the morning? That’s an easy one… at 7 a.m. it’s reasonably warm (as opposed to unbearably hot) in the desert southwest! So when the City of Phoenix decides to throw a Light Rail party in the middle of the summer, they do it at 7 a.m.

Your next question is: what was the purpose of the party? The City of Phoenix is working on a 3-1/2 mile extension to the Light Rail, and Saturday marked the half way point in construction.

This construction, which is through an older part of town, is hindered by lack of locational maps of things like gas lines, electric lines, water lines, sewer pipes and phone lines. That means, even though there is no doubt that the lines and pipes are there somewhere, they have no idea where they are! So they’re tearing up 3-1/2 miles of street, replacing all of the old lines and pipes, replacing the asphalt, ripping up an additional 3-4 lanes for additional traffic, and then putting down the electricity and the track. Whew! It’s a lot of work!

What did they do at the party this morning? They completed laying the first a piece of track!

The fun part was, it wasn’t the workers doing the labor, but the “desk guys” …the engineers and planners (the guys who know absolutely nothing about concrete!!)

<img src="image.gif" alt="Light Rail Party" />

This is a picture of the men pouring the concrete on the last piece of rail. We drove by yesterday and saw that the rail itself had already been installed, but today they finished the project by topping it off with concrete. I would have loved to have put my initial in that concrete!

The construction crew has a mascot. She helps them with their daily projects. Here’s a picture of the Light Rail mascot. Can you see her sitting on the ice chest? She has a hard hat and a big grin!

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is the Light Rail Mascot" />

We have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people who work on the Light Rail project. Many of them come into our flower shop. They tell us updates, give us maps, help us with road closures, and generally offer any assistance they can to the 300+ businesses affected by the construction of the Light Rail.

Here are a couple pictures of people we know from the Light Rail Project.

First is Jorge, the Business Assistance Coordinator for the Light Rail. I would say Jorge is the all around go to guy when there’s anything going on with the Light Rail. He answers all of our questions, bring us flyers and calendars, sends out emails, and generally helps facilitate anything he can between the businesses and the project. Jorge always has a smile on his face and a keen ear for listening to everything that is happening on the project.

The other gentleman is Rich, the man in charge of all of the city street closures for the entire City of Phoenix. The Light Rail construction is one of his many projects, and this one changes from day to day. Imagine having to know where the workers will be on any given day, and then arranging for traffic to flow in all directions and still guarantee the safety of the workers. That’s his job.

<img src="image.gif" alt="Jo" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="This is Rich" />

I took this picture of Pamela and she took the picture of me.

Behind us you can see palm trees (they look like balloons!) and the track.

<img src="image.gif" alt="Pamela at the light rail party" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Tina at the Light Rail Party" />


Our friend Gail, who lives a few houses from the light rail construction, brought Clark to the party this morning. Clark is a 150 pound Great Dane, one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever met. Gail, Clark, Abbie and I go to the doggie park together, so I know what type of dog Clark is. Among his talent is being a therapy dog at John C Lincoln Hospital. You can see him on the very right on the picture of me, and here’s a great picture of Gail and Clark taken just a few days ago at a summer school class.

<img src="image.gif" alt="This is Clark" />

What was missing at this party? They had cookies. They had hand-outs. They had tents and chairs and music.

Oh, yes…

Did I mention the Mayor?

Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, AZ, had quite a conversation with me while Pamela snapped pictures!

<img src="image.gif" alt="Tina talks to the Mayor" /> <img src="image.gif" alt="Tina and the Mayor" />

You’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist. Our beautiful, local Phoenix Flower and Gift Shop is located just 2 blocks off the Light Rail line. That means when construction is complete people will be able to get off the Light Rail and walk to Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express!

We invite you to call, click or come by!

<img src="image.gif" alt="Summer Flowers" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Springy flowers" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Mix Spring Flowers" />  <img src="image.gif" alt="Spring Basket" />


Saturday’s Rush Wedding

Saturday’s Rush Wedding

Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014, we received a phone call from a lady in the San Diego area who asked if we could design a bridal bouquet.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Me. “Sure we can! When is the wedding?”

Her. “Saturday.”

Me. “Saturday? 2 days from now?”

Her. “Yes.”

Me. “Where’s the wedding?”

Her. “Sedona.”

Me. “Are you the bride?”

Her. “No, I’m her aunt. We’re driving in from San Diego Saturday morning for the wedding in Sedona”.

Me. “What type of flowers does she want?”

Her. “Roses, carnations and daisies.”

Me. “What colors?”

Her. “Pink and white.”

Me. “What time will you be in Phoenix to pick up the flowers on the way to Sedona?”

Her. “About 11 a.m.”

Me. “What time is the wedding?”

Her. “5:30”

Me. “I’ll be happy to design the bridal bouquet for you. Do you need any other flowers, too?”

Her. “How about 2 bouquets for her sisters.”

Me. “What about the groom?”

Her. “Yeah, I guess something for the groom. And his brother.”

Me. “I’ll see you Saturday morning around 11 with a bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid’s bouquets, and 2 boutonnieres for this rush wedding in Sedona.”

Saturday morning I called her around 7 a.m. to make sure they had left California. They walked into the shop about 11:10 and picked up the flowers.

I designed the bridal bouquet using pink and white roses, pink garden roses, pink carnations, white carnations, pink mini carnations, white mini carnations, white daisies, and pink alstroemeria. Then I had tied it with pink ribbon and white pearls

I designed smaller versions of the bridal bouquet for the maid of honor and the bridesmaid. I used fewer roses, carnations, daisies and alstroemeria, while keeping the same theme of the bridal bouquet.

I designed the groom’s boutonniere using a smaller pink garden rose, a pink mini carnation and a white daisy, and the groomsman boutonniere using 2 pink mini carnations.

They LOVED THEM. Do you?


<img src="image.gif" alt="Bridal Bouquet for Rush Wedding" />   <img src="image.gif" alt="Maid of Honor Flowers for Rush Wedding" />

<img src="image.gif" alt="Bridesmaid Flowers for Rush Wedding" />   <img src="image.gif" alt="Bouts for Rush Wedding" />



Funeral Homes Prey Amid Difficult Times

Funeral Homes Prey Amid Difficult Times

You DO NOT HAVE TO BUY your family flowers from the funeral home! Corporate Owned Funeral Homes will strongly suggest that they can take care of ordering your casket spray and other flowers and include it in the bill. When corporate owned funeral homes “arrange” for flowers for the casket etc. they take anywhere from a 25% – 30% cut either off the top of the price you paid or there are less flowers than what you actually paid for. Their “preferred” florists are those that fill these orders for the funeral home feel that they are “caught in a trap”. Since cremation has become a more popular, less expensive alternative, funeral homes have had to find another source to maintain and increase their profit margins. (Ex. a $300.00 casket spray = approx. $90.00 that the funeral homes have kept for themselves.)

Secondly, do not purchase sympathy flowers on the Funeral homes web sites or links on the obituary page. Prices to order through these affiliates are more than double what you would pay at your local florist. The funeral homes are again getting kick backs with these orders being placed online.

Not only can your local florist tell you what is REALLY available at the time of the services (besides a funeral director promising you that it will look just like the picture in the book), but your floral designer can create something specific and special for your loved one. *

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Etiquette Advice Expert Rebecca Cole suggests this: It’s never easy comforting someone who has lost a loved one, but flowers can say what is often difficult to express in words. Flowers are usually sent to the funeral home to provide warmth and beauty to the service. If a service is not planned, grief experts recommend sending condolences to the bereaved person’s home.

The phrase “In Lieu of Flowers” can often be found in death notices and obituaries. In most instances, this phrase is used as a convenient, polite way to meet requests for memorial contributions. However, most people don’t understand how important flowers are to the bereavement process.

Sympathy flowers have been a part of funeral and memorial traditions in nearly every culture throughout history. In ancient cultures, floral and herb essences were used to anoint the bodies of the deceased and aromatic flowers and greens were displayed.

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Flowers add warmth to the service and provide the visible emotional support the bereaved need during this time.

If you’ve ever been to a funeral that is void of flowers, it is a cold and somber environment. A funeral without flowers is a sad, lonely, cold place.

Flowers honor the deceased’s life, express sympathy is a heartfelt way (providing a way to be there even if you physically can’t be), and provide a warm, pleasant diversion — something to talk about during the visitation and the service.

Often time grieving family members take home green plants as a long-lasting remembrance of their loved one.

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Flowers are something that can be there when you can’t be, and we all know how they can express our feelings in so many ways.

Flowers can be a great source of comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one, and should be regarded as an important gesture.

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Recent research indicates that sympathy flowers may not only brighten and warm a funeral or memorial service setting, but also have a positive impact on the emotional well-being of the bereaved.

A behavioral research study conducted at Harvard by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., reveals some of the calming, fortifying feelings flowers create. The study reveals that flowers feed compassion and chase away anxiety and worries. Research participants lived with fresh flowers for just a few days and reported increases in feelings of compassion and kindness for others. Overall, people simply felt less negative after being around flowers.

Many services are now being held at home. Sometimes called a “Celebration of Life”, a local florist can assist you in sending the perfect flowers to help remember the life of a loved one. Your care and compassion is conveyed with softness and sincerity through these beautiful flowers.

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Remember,  only your local florist tell you what is REALLY available at the time of the services (besides a funeral director promising you that it will look just like the picture in the book). Your floral designer can create something specific and special for your loved one.


Visit ROADRUNNER FLORIST for more custom designed floral arrangements that are appropriate for a funeral or Celebration of Life.

*Written with the help of Tim’s P Lawing, Aifd, Tim’s Touch Flowers & Gifts, Lexington SC

People Visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express

We love when people visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express!

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express, the place to come for fresh flowers & gift baskets in Phoenix, AZ

Meet David

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David came into our shop to buy 2 dozen beautiful roses for his wife. Here he, carrying them out of the shop! He looks like one happy guy!

Meet Omar

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Omar’s story is very interesting. I was at the shop one Sunday designing flowers for a funeral. The door was locked but the lights were on. Omar and his family came to the door and he was carrying the largest candle I had ever seen! They had pictures to show me, and although none of them spoke English, I managed to figure out that they wanted flowers to surround this candle for a baptism. We agreed on red and white roses, lots and lots of baby’s breath, and an hour of my time.

When Omar picked up the candle he was one happy uncle!

Prom season is over in Phoenix! These 2 ladies loved the corsages we designed for them.

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We love it when other florists drop by! This one is from Beaverton Florist in Oregon.

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Meet Norman and Robbie

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They came into our shop after enjoying a lunch at the restaurant next door. He purchased one rose, which Pamela wrapped with greens and baby’s breath, and I handed it to him. He then handed it to her! That was one of the nicest gestures I’ve seen in a long time!

This is Marthanna

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For their wedding anniversary, her husband ordered these beautiful pink roses. He was kind enough to send us this picture of Marthanna standing in front of them at her home.

Meet Cheryl

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Cheryl brought her family in to pick up her wedding flowers she had ordered from Roadrunner Florist. They loved them!


YOU can join the gallery of People Visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express!

Simply come into the shop, introduce yourself and let us take your picture with your beautiful flowers or gift basket!