Taste of Pittsburgh gift basket updates…

Linda LudwigGift baskets, Pittsburgh Florist

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!

Calling all plant nerds…

Linda LudwigPlants

Jim Ludwig writes:

Are there any plant collectors out there?  Back in the 70’s I fell in love with plants.    When Linda and I got married, our first apartment was very small.   I didn’t have room for any large plants.  I collected Gesneriads: mini violets, miniature Sinningias, Episcias, Nematanthus (goldfish plants) and Aeschynanthus (lipstick plants.) My prized rare plant was a variegated Chirita sinensis.

Recently, when I found a grower in Florida that sold episcias and chiritas, I had to buy them.  Does anyone else have a love or fascination for these colorful relatives of the African violet?  They could be your introduction to the wonderful Gesneriad family of plants.  My wife long ago had the philosophy that if we were going to spend the time watering and caring for plants, they better have some redeeming values. These plants are easy to grow, and reward you with colorful blooms throughout the year.


Episcia, chirita and wave fern

We have episcias in 5” pots priced at $18.50 and chiritas in a 6” pots at $28.50.  My special offer to anyone who actually reads this blog is 1/3 off!

Our latest shipment of plants also contains some other beauties. We have a Kimberly Queen fern in a 12” pot, 40” tall and full (great for the front porch or patio!) at $29.50.  Have you ever seen a large pink anthurium plant full of blooms?  We have one in the store, priced at $75.00.


Anthurium plant

How about a plant with vibrant lime green leaves?   It’s called a  dracaena limelight, and we have it in 6” and 8″ pots.

Dracaena Limelight

Dracaena Limelight

We also have a new crispy wave fern that has not even been introduced to the market. Finally, people often ask for the aloe plant, which is a great item to have around the house, as it’s gel will soothe burns.  We have aloe hedgehogs in stock!

If you ever get the desire to talk to a plant nerd, I guess I am one.  Drop by, or give me a call at the store.  I always love to talk plants!

Send flowers to Andy Warhol for his birthday…

Linda LudwigPittsburgh Florist

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.

August wedding flowers…

Linda LudwigBanquet flowers, Centerpieces, Event florist, Event flowers, Pittsburgh weddings, Wedding bouquets, Wedding centerpieces, Wedding flowers

The first weekend in August was a busy one for weddings at the Blumengarten!

One of our brides this weekend carried a simple, yet sophisticated, bouquet of white calla lilies:

BW-133 Call lily bouquet

Another featured bride chose exquisite Picasso mini calla lilies with ivory roses and purple alstromeria for her bouquet:

BW-132 Bride's bouquetYet another bride picked centerpieces featuring gerberas, spray roses, Asiatic lilies, bells of Ireland, hypericum, alstromeria and waxflower.

Wedding CenterpieceThe wedding cake was decorated with clusters of pink spray roses.

Wedding cake with flowersThe reception venue was the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University.


Flowers for a Pittsburgh summer wedding…

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Flowers for a July wedding day…

BW-130 Bride's Bouquet

Our featured bride last weekend chose blush roses and spray roses, locally grown white dahlias, freesia, succulents and variegated pittosporum for her bouquet.

Carnegie Music Hall Foyer weddingFor the reception, the Carnegie Music Hall foyer was adorned with tall and low centerpieces of hydrangea, roses, snapdragon and lisianthus.

Summer wedding flowers

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BW-126 Bride's bouquetThis week’s featured bride is carrying a beautiful bouquet of tinted hydrangea, Esperance roses, Creme de la creme roses, snapdragon, ivory spray roses and Queen Anne’s lace.

Wedding CenterpieceAnother bride chose this vibrant reception centerpiece, containing orange Asiatic lilies, hot pink roses, white spray roses, green hypericum, purple statice and variegated pittosporum.

June wedding flowers…

Linda LudwigPittsburgh weddings, Wedding bouquets, Wedding flowers

Here’s a preview of three beautiful bouquets for our weekend weddings…

Bride's bouquetA bride’s bouquet of white hydrangea, white peonies, Asiatic lilies, ivory roses and white freesia.

Bridesmaid bouquetBridesmaid bouquet of white hydrangea with yellow roses and yellow freesia.

Bride's bouquetCascade bride’s bouquet of hot pink roses, Asiatic lilies, white dendrobium orchids and montecasino.

Flowers from a Carnegie Museum wedding…

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A glimpse of flowers from the Blumengarten, provided for a recent wedding at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh:

Bridesmaid bouquetsBridesmaids bouquets of hydrangea, spray roses and kermit pomps.

Img_2539.jpg reducedHuppah with dogwood, spider mums and snapdragon, set up in the Hall of Sculpture

Img_2542.jpg reducedChair decorations of silk rose pomander balls

Img_2532 reducedTall centerpieces of oriental lilies, larkspur, hydrangea, and lisianthus

Img_2534 reducedLow centerpieces of white and green hydrangea and beargrass

Img_2536.jpg reducedCarnegie Music Hall foyer

Two beautiful color palettes for wedding flowers…

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Here are bouquets from recent weddings that highlight two beautiful color combinations: Bridesmaid bouquet

This elegant and contemporary pairing uses green flowers to highlight the traditional bridal white.  Our bridesmaid bouquet features two shades of green with mini hydrangea and kermit pomps, combined with white hydrangea and ivory spray roses.

BW-122 Wedding BouquetThis vibrant and contemporary color combination combines bold orange gerbera daisies, hot pink roses and lime green hypericum with variegated pittosporum.  A knockout!