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Christina Montemurro from Christina Montemurro Photography recently interviewed Tim and Jim for her blog, which features some of Pittsburgh’s best wedding vendors. The questions and answers give a “behind-the-scenes” peek at the wedding floral business. Check it out here.

Christina also featured beautiful photographs of our flowers!

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Bridal bouquet for a Phipps Conservatory wedding…

The wedding of one of our couples from this past weekend took place in the Broderie Room of Phipps Conservatory.  Befitting the location, the bride’s bouquet featured both flowers and succulent plant material.

BW-149 Bride's bouquetIncluded in this hand-tied bouquet are blue hydrangea, pink dahlias, lavender freesia, succulents, seeded eucalyptus and variegated pittosporum.

 

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Why send flowers?

We sometimes hear negative comments about the gift of flowers.  Some Society of American Florists flower deliverypeople mistakenly think that because flowers are not long lasting, they are not a good value.

Those same people are surprised when we tell them that the product we florists actually sell is not really flowers, but rather emotions and feelings.  Remember the old marketing slogan, “Say it with flowers?”  Well, your local florist uses flowers to convey all of life’s sentiments, from “I love you” to “I’m sorry” to “We grieve with you” to “I hope you are feeling better today.”

Flowers are a gift that speaks to the heart of the recipient.  Our friends at the Society of American Florists write of the excitement that accompanies any delivery of flowers…you don’t even have to be the actual recipient to be captivated by a beautiful gift of flowers!

When you give flowers, you give a gift of instant delight – you give a gift of joy and beauty and a memory that can last forever!

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Taste of Pittsburgh gift basket updates…

We’ve been tweaking recipes to our Taste of Pittsburgh gift baskets, as we add some new La Dorita Dulce de LechePittsburgh products we’ve recently discovered.

One product we especially like is Dulce de leche from La Dorita in Sharpsburg.  Dulce de leche is a milk spread from Argentina that is similar to caramel.   It can be used as a spread for bread or toast, as a topping for pancakes, or can be served warm over ice cream.  It’s great this time of year as a dip for apples.  It is featured in our A ‘Burgh Homecoming basket, or may be added to any of our fruit and gourmet baskets.

After many years, we are again using a Natrona Bottling product in our baskets.  Natrona’s Red Ribbon Natrona bottling Red Ribbon Cherry Supreme SodaCherry Supreme soda is their flagship product.  It is made in small batches using 100% cane sugar and other high quality ingredients.  Natrona is one of the last soda makers still bottling in glass.  A bottle of Red Ribbon Cherry Supreme can be found in our Pittsburgh Snack Sampler and Black and Gold baskets.

Biscotti Brothers traditional Italian bakery in Greensburg is our new source for biscotti and pizelles for our Pittsburgh baskets.  Their classic biscotti have no preservatives, no trans-fats, no artificial flavors and no GMO ingredients, while being Kosher certified.  Both biscotti and pizelles are delicious, and can be added to any of our fruit and gourmet baskets.

Our Taste of Pittsburgh baskets are a favorite gift for anyone who is a fan of “da Burgh.”  We can deliver them locally, or ship anywhere in the US with FedEx.  Keep them in mind for the upcoming holidays!

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Send flowers to Andy Warhol for his birthday…

Today would have been Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol’s 85th birthday.

To mark the occasion, the Andy Warhol Museum and EarthCam launched a collaborative project titled Figment, a live feed of Warhol’s grave site. This live feed, is viewable 24 hours a day, seven days a week, worldwide.

Andy Warhol grave siteClick here to view the live feed

Visitors to EarthCam’s website have the opportunity send Andy a gift of flowers or a soup can (from the Blumengarten, of course!) delivered to his grave site.  A portion of the proceeds from the orders will be donated to The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

Aside from the normal camera view on EarthCam’s website, there’s a “pop” view that displays the grave in Warhol-esque colors and another camera set up at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, where Andy was baptized. The cameras allow users to make screen captures and post images to Twitter and Facebook.

Andy Warhol died in 1987 when he was just 58.

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Wedding flowers for the Memorial Day weekend…

Our featured bride this weekend chose all white flowers to contrast with a teal color scheme.

Bride's bouquet of hydrangea, ranunculus and lisianthus

Bride’s bouquet of hydrangea, ranunculus, freesia and lisianthus

The reception flowers were loosely arranged, with clouds of baby’s breath and bupleurum surrounding white hydrangea.  Teal organza ribbon accented the vases.

Place card table vase of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby's breath

Place card table vase of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby’s breath

Entrance hall vase of lilies, hydrangea, delphinium, lisianthus, bupleurum and baby's breath

Entrance hall vase of lilies, hydrangea, delphinum, lisianthus, bupleurum and baby’s breath

Centerpiece of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby's breath

Loosely arranged floral centerpiece of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby’s breath

The reception was held in The Columbian Room, Wexford, PA.

The Columbian Room, Wexford, PA

The Columbian Room, Wexford, PA

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May wedding flowers

 Here are some photos from our wedding this past weekend:Bride's bouquetBride’s bouquet of peonies, lisianthus, roses, succulents, stock, seeded eucalyptus and assorted brooches.

Bridesmaid BouquetBridesmaid bouquet of hydrangea, freesia, roses, seeded eucalyptus and variegated pittosporum, tied with burlap ribbon.

Wedding centerpieceWedding centerpiece of hydrangea, roses, snapdragon, succulents and hypericum, at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory

Wedding pew cones with hydrangeaPaper pew cones with hydrangea

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Our secret to ordering the best flowers online…

Is choosing the prettiest photo on our website and clicking “order” the best way to purchase a floral gift?

Maybe yes, maybe no.

Our website features lots of beautiful arrangements, and makes ordering flowers easy.  However, if it has a drawback, it’s that it can’t convey up-to-the-minute information.

Consider, for example, a pretty floral design that we have featured on our site.  A customer orders the arrangement online, but unfortunately, we just sold the last of the stargazer lilies featured in it.  Additionally, the photo shows tulips, but the tulips we received from our supplier this week were of poor quality, and had to be rejected.

Furthermore, from looking at our website you would have no way of knowing we have some amazing garden roses in stock, that we got a special buy this week on mini calla lilies, and that our white oriental lilies are fabulous today.

Fortunately, you have an easy option to take this into account when ordering on our website!  Order our “Glory of the Garden” arrangement, and your gift will be custom-designed from the choicest, freshest and best value of the flowers we currently have in stock.

Mixed flowers

In the “special instruction” box at check out you can tell us any additional information you’d like us to know.  For example:

  • What is the favorite color of the recipient?  Does the recipient have a favorite flower?
  • Where will the arrangement be displayed?  In the middle of a dining room table?  On a desk? On a side table?
  • Does the recipient favor sleek, contemporary designs, or are they more traditional?
  • Would the recipient prefer a design that is low and compact, or taller and more loosely arranged?
  • Would the recipient prefer a highly fragranced choice of flowers?  Or are strong fragrances a potential problem?

We are honored that so many of our customers tell us, “We trust you to create something beautiful – you always do!”

Thank you for the trust you, our customers, have placed in us!

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Weekend wedding at Armstrong Farms

Bride's bouquetOur bride today is carrying a bouquet of mini sunflowers, gerbera daisies, circus roses, alstromeria, tulips, rannuculus, alstromeria and hypericum.  This is a stunning color pallette, for a stunning local wedding venue.

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