December 22, 2012

Winter whites pt.2

Another look at a popular winter wedding bouquet continues our winter white theme. This lovely bouquet contains white freesia, ranunculus, football mums, and star of bethlehem. It’s accented with blue ice cypress foliage and pine cones.

December 19, 2012

Winter whites

Clean winter whites will add a pop to your holiday decor, as well as brighten a gray, rainy Portland day. Here’s three great winter white flowers that also make excellent holiday gifts. Examples shown below are: phalaenopsis orchid, fragrant paperwhites, and the stately white amaryllis. We say let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

December 6, 2012

Deck the Halls

We’ve been busy decking the halls, walls and everything else at both Sammy’s locations! Our popular Della Robia wreaths have arrived. Available in candle ring, medium 22" and large 30" sizes, each unique wreath is handmade by Sammy’s Flowers. We have classic holiday plants including poinsettias, amaryllis, paperwhites and a selection of living evergreen trees perfect for decorating your home. And don’t forget your holiday cut tree — chose from a variety of full stately nobles or its hipster cousin the lodgepole pine. Stop by either location and load up on some holiday cheer!

November 14, 2012

Coming Soon - Thanksgiving!

So you are probably starting to plan your Thanksgiving feast, why not take one more
“to do” off your list and place your Thanksgiving centerpiece order today? Just give us a call and we will create a beautiful table centerpiece available for pick up (or if you prefer delivery.)

Perfect for your dining table is the seasonal long, low arrangement. (single $75 or
large double $150) For your buffet table or breakfast bar, choose a seasonal medium height.
($60-$85) A small low arrangement ($35-45) is lovely for a side table or hostess gift.
And of course, we can create something custom to fit your specific needs or budget.

Top example: single long and low arrangement. Bottom example: small, low arrangement

November 7, 2012

Autumn wedding color

Personal flowers for a perfect autumn wedding. Shown here are the bridal bouquet, boutonniere, and floral head wreath in rich fall hues. Mango calla lilies, Leonidas sweetheart roses, orange spray roses, agonis, bumble bees, hydrangea, millet along with assorted pods and berries make this lush combination.

November 1, 2012

Fall branches and accents

Fall brings us the opportunity to work with fabulous autumn leaves and branches to create fun, seasonal arrangements. Autumnal foliages such as pin oak, ninebark, magnolia, viburnum, and smokebush add great seasonal color. Branches and berries round out the color selection: bittersweet vine, manzanita, dogwood, huck, ilex and witchhazel are are fall favorites. Shown above are two tall statement arrangements that are striking examples utilizing fall branches and accents.

October 19, 2012

About flowers: Pansy Orchids

There are quite literally thousands of orchid varieties. Just one of our favorite orchids is the Miltoniopsis, aka Pansy orchid. Multi stemmed and multi bloomed, the Pansy orchid provides a great pop of color. The Pansy orchid prefers to be moist, so water when its soil is starting to dry. If the orchid leaves develop wrinkles or striations, this means it's dehydrated and requires more water. Like most orchids, this one prefers indirect, bright light and warm daytime temperatures. 

Care: Bright, indirect light • Ave Water • Ave indoor temperature

October 8, 2012

Sending love with roses

Large and lovely autumn dome shaped rose arrangements. The top design contains three dozen sweetheart roses in peach, pink and orange creating a lush medium sized arrangement. The second picture shows a large mixture of standard and piano garden roses with poppy pods and geranium leaf. 

And finally, shown below are a mixture of five dozen standard roses that create a very big statement!

October 1, 2012

Autumn Wedding

Loaded with texture, these bouquets have both garden and woodland favorites in their mix. Hydrangea, garden roses, lisianthus and dahlias make a lovely combination with grasses, pods, fern curls, and fern leaf. Shown here are the bridesmaid and bridal bouquet (top), along with (below) the corsage, boutonniere and groom's boutonniere.

September 25, 2012

Custom creations

Mixing cut flowers, succulents and foliages make for surprising and fun arrangements. Housed in gorgeous silver chalices, these contain freesia, orchids, snowberry, and geranium leaf. Combined with sedum, succulents, scabiosa pods, and angel vine, they are fully loaded with texture and interest. Bring in your favorite containers and we'll make up a special creation just for you!

September 20, 2012

About Flowers: Scent

If you enjoy fragrant flowers, these blooms are probably some of your favorites. From top to bottom: gardenia, rose, freesia, mix with oriental lilies, tuberose, and stock. The classic gardenia has a strong perfume-like scent. Of the roses, garden roses tend to be the most fragrant. Freesia has a soft, slightly spicy scent.  Stock is mild, while the oriental lilies and tuberose pack a strong room filling aroma. Not pictured: lilac, hyacinth, peonies, sweet peas, lavender are other fragrant seasonal choices.

September 10, 2012

Classic wedding bouquet

Dramatic in red and white, this wedding bouquet features classic wedding flowers including white calla lilies, white freesia, red roses and red hypericum berries. 

September 5, 2012

Vintage Chic Wedding

Shown above are the bouquet and vintage ball jar centerpieces from a recent summer lodge wedding. The bridal bouquet contains hydrangea, dahlias, garden roses, orchids, fern curls, scabiosa pods and maidenhair fern. The centerpieces contain hydrangea, queen anne's lace, stock, eucalyptus, garden roses and scabiosa pods. So soft and romantic!

August 31, 2012

Big and Bold

Perfect for weddings and events (or even that large credenza in your living room), these large arrangements really make a statement. Try a bold, brazen pop of color, or relax with a soft, soothing palette, whichever suites the mood. Either way, go big.

August 23, 2012

Fun with sunflowers

Sunflowers are by far one of the most popular flowers in summer. Shown here in the pictures are a bohemian style wedding head wreath with mini sunflowers, as well as, three sunflower mixed arrangements with various pods, berries, accents and foliages.

August 16, 2012

Summer Succulent Terrariums


Succulent terrariums are ideal for your busy summer. Requiring very little water, they are easy to care for. We make them custom so any size is a possibility, whether for a desk, table, or large showy centerpiece. For more info on terrarium care, see our previous succulent posts.

August 6, 2012

Summer events

What’s a lovely summer soiree without some cheerful color? These sunny little table arrangements are perfect to brighten up any event. Asiatic lilies, gerbera, mokara orchids and fiddleheads make up these cheery mixes.

August 1, 2012

Summer dahlias

We’re so excited that summer dahlias are back. In bright, vibrant hues, dahlias warm up these summery mixes. Other fun accents include: (top) sedum, geranium leaf, bee balm, scabiosa pods and circus roses (bottom) blackberries, super green roses, oregano, weigela and stock.

July 26, 2012

Succulent boutonnieres

Succulent boutonnieres are adorable. We made these recently for a wedding, and just had to share them! Shown here with simple accents of eryngium and angel vine.

July 20, 2012

Summer wedding color

Colorful personal flowers from a recent summer wine country wedding. Shown above are the bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, pin-on corsage, wrist corsage and boutonniere. Flowers used are green hydrangea, orange standard and spray roses, celosia, ranunculus, white freesia, white lisanthus, scabiosa pods, green hypericum berry and a touch of curly willow.

July 15, 2012

Color study: blues and greens

Soothing and cool, a mixture of blues and greens are perfect for a hot summer day. And even cooler, accents of icy white finish the look. Thankfully, summer brings us a greater selection of blues flowers to choose from. Our favorites include delphinium and scabiosa (shown above) as well as agapanthus, echinops, eryngium, and bachelor's buttons.

July 12, 2012

Winter Wedding with succulents

It's not just Sammy’s that loves succulents, many of our brides do, too! Above are some shop pictures of a recent winter wedding with succulent bouquets and boutonnieres. Additional texture is added to the bouquets with seeded eucalyptus, queen anne’s lace, brunnia and pure white cotton plumes. The combination creates a beautiful winter palette with a surprising twist!

July 1, 2012

Hanging succulent terrariums

Continuing our fascination with all things succulent, these hanging glass orbs make cute mini terrariums. Fun (and a little challenging to create), their care is so so easy! A little sun, a little water every once in awhile and you are good to go. See our other blog posts about terrariums by clicking on the succulents label.