December 29, 2014

Wedding style: dramatic bridal bouquets

Not all bridal bouquets have to be white, these wedding bouquets use dramatic color palettes with deep shades of plum, burgundy and eggplant. The first bouquet shown combines rich reds, copper and burgundy, with accents of peach.  The second picture shows bridal and bridesmaid bouquets in deep eggplant and blue gray. The third example below is combination of silver, plum, burgundy and cream.

December 10, 2014

In Season: winter foliages

As winter approaches, foliages are a great way to add seasonal interest to arrangements. We like to add many varieties with different shapes, textures and colors to our designs. They can be used alone, combined with other greenery, or mixed with flowers as shown in our winter arrangements on our website. Pictured above are princess pine and blue ice. Click on the link below to see pictures of classic noble fir, juniper, and cedar.

December 2, 2014

It’s Della Robbia time

It must be the holidays, because it is Della Robbia wreath time! Handcrafted by Sammy’s Flowers, Della Robbia wreaths have a been a customer favorite year over year. Sammy’s classic Della Robbia wreaths are available in three sizes: candle ring, 24" door size and the larger 30" version.  Stop by either location, order online, or give us a call to reserve your own unique Della Robbia wreath.

November 29, 2014

Memorials to honor

Shown here are two traditional memorial arrangements in whites and green. The top picture is a standing spray arrangement, the bottom a standing memorial wreath. Easel arrangements are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor services. To see a few more examples of memorial arrangements, click on the link below.

October 26, 2014

In season: berries and pods

The fall season delights with an abundance of berries, fruits and seed pods that add bursts of color to autumnal arrangements. Shown from top to bottom: Ilex, pepper berry, rose hips, and beauty berry. Ilex berry comes in vibrant yellowish and peach hues, in addition to the classic red. The dainty pepper berry ranges from green to orange to red. The larger rose hip fruit also comes in green, orange and red with a variety sizes and stem lengths. The show stopper beauty berry wows with its bright purple color.

October 7, 2014

Wedding style: succulents


Succulents continue to be a popular addition to the bridal bouquet mix. Shown above are two late summer/early fall bridal bouquets that combine dahlias, roses and lots of texture. The fiery hued first example includes yarrow, echinacea, scabiosa pods, and crespedia. The soft palette second bouquet has touches of sage leaf and lavender. Interested in succulents? Then click on our succulent label to view previous blog posts.

September 27, 2014

Welcoming Autumn

The fall season has officially arrived. We’re loving the autumn palette, with its warm and rich shades. Fall foliage, pods, berries, and grasses are adding interest and texture to our mixes. Ready to embrace fall, too? Then visit our updated our website to view our new arrangements that reflect the best of the season.

August 21, 2014

Whimsical Mt. Hood wedding

Under the backdrop of majestic Mt. Hood, this summer wedding was filled with whimsy and color. The table centerpieces were unique mixes of flower tableaus, each different from one another. Seasonal locally grown blooms and foliages created the look in hot pinks, magenta, purples, greens with pops of yellow. 

To view the ceremony decor, bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages, click on the link below.

August 19, 2014

Our Favorite Plants: No. 7

Easy to grow, kalanchoes are fun, flowering succulents. Like most succulents, water kalanchoe plants more in summer, and less in winter or when resting between flowering. Allow the plant to dry out between waterings. Kalanchoe flowers are long lasting and easily coaxed to re-bloom with simple deadheading. When chosing your kalanchoe, consider a pop of color: yellow, orange, red, coral, and hot pink. Or if you prefer, chose a softer shade such as soft pink, peach, pale yellow, or classic white. 

Care: Bright Light • Low/moderate water • Warm indoor temperature

August 12, 2014

About Flowers: White O’Hara garden rose

Just a quick shout out to a wedding season favorite: the White O’Hara garden rose. It is larger than most garden roses and has a longer vase life. But best of all, is its captivating blush center that draws you in and rewards you with its amazing fragrance. We just can’t get enough of these lovelies in wedding season!

July 21, 2014

Summer sunshine

Right now, one of our most popular flowers is the classic summer sunflower.  Whether presented with height, or in a low arrangement as shown here, the sunflower practically defines bright and cheerful. Those who love sunflowers often comment that they just seem so very happy. And many have childhood (and adult - Tuscany, anyone?) associations with sunflowers. Look for variations including: green and brown centered, large and mini sized, teddy bear and bi-color. Ready to bring a smile to someone’s face, or a pop of sunshine into your home? We would be happy to make you a cheerful mix.

July 10, 2014

Wedding style: coral bouquets

Corals are a popular color trend this wedding season. Mixed with hues of cream, peach, and tangerine, bright coral adds a lot of pop to a summer bridal bouquet. Here are three recent examples we’ve made at Sammy’s, all with wonderful, seasonal accents and lots and lots of texture. 

June 22, 2014

Pale peony wedding bouquets

The start of wedding season means many, many romantic peony wedding bouquets. Peonies are always a popular bouquet choice for May/June brides. In the 2014 season, we are continuing to see the popularity of pale peach and blush pink bridal color palettes. To see a few more pictures of recent pale peony wedding bouquets, click on the link below.

June 8, 2014

Seeking the unique

Seeking bold and colorful blooms that make a statement? In our displays you will find a variety of the unique and interesting product that changes day by day. Shown here are some of the flowers that commonly elicit the question: What is that? From top to bottom: ginger, banksia, pincushion protea, and crespedia (aka billy balls). Want more? Stop by either location and we can show you our daily selection.

May 25, 2014

Soft hued elegant roses

Shown above are some of our favorite elegant roses in soft peach and dusty pale pink. 
Varieties pictured above are:  Peach Avalanche and Quicksand. Other pale favorites featured in photos on the next page are Mondial, Senorita, Sweet Avalanche, and Esparance. 

To see more soft hued elegant roses, click on the link below.

May 12, 2014

Love for Peonies!

Finally, it’s peony season and we’re loving the elusive showstopper. Peonies are locally available in Oregon in May and June so now is the time to enjoy. Early season varieties in reds, bright pink and white are currently on stock. Check our displays for more colors and varieties as they are available. And enjoy them while they last!

April 23, 2014

Springtime mix

Lilac, hellabore, and tulips mixed with tons of texture create a wonderful spring arrangement. This lovely mix shows that spring color does not have to be pastel. Springtime color can be vibrant and sometimes surprising. And there is no need to wait until summer to go bold.

For more spring inspiration, click on the spring label listed on the right side of our blog.

April 15, 2014

Celebrating springtime

The sun is out and springtime is in full force all over Portland, Oregon. This amazing and HUGE floral display utilizes many of our springtime favorites. Show here are glorious French tulips framing beautiful blooming Dogwood branches. Other springtime favorites to enjoy now include lilac, snowball viburnium, and cherry blossom. Both locations are bursting with springtime color, so come visit us soon!

March 23, 2014

Timberline Wedding

This summer Timberline wedding fully embraced Portland’s woodsy feel with tons of texture and detail. The eclectic mix in shades of greens and whites included many interesting flowers.  Included in the designs were green eyed roses, green tea roses, goosenecks, queen anne’s lace, lady slipper orchid, scabiosa,  and pods. To finish the look, the flowers were partnered with varieties of fern, herbs, hosta, lichen, moss and other local seasonal greens.

For more Timberline wedding pics, click on the link below:

March 15, 2014

Our Favorite Plants: No. 6

The Staghorn Fern is a majestic, fascinating plant. Like orchids, the Staghorn does not require soil to grow. This variety resembles antlers, and is mounted with its own foliage draped around its base. With the right conditions, they are relatively easy to care for. Water either through soaking the base in a bucket or sink of water, or in center of fern once a week. Allow the fern to dry out between waterings. The Staghorn prefers some humidity and should be misted around the plant frequently. 

Care: Indirect, Bright Light • Moderate Water • Warm indoor temperature

March 4, 2014

Flowers to wear

Not all corsages are white! These colorful beauties are in vibrant hues of fuchsia pink and red. Bright hued corsages work perfect for an special event, celebrations and weddings with color. To view a few more colorful wrist corsages click on the link below.

February 25, 2014

About flowers: Green Tea rose

Presenting another favorite rose selection, shown here is the Green Tea rose. This one has a beautiful blush pink center that fades to cream. Its outer petals are green, hence the name Green Tea. It is included in the mixed low arrangement shown, along with mango calla lilies, green hydrangea, peach spray roses, magnolia tips and foliage. 

February 19, 2014

Blushing bridal bouquet

The cream and blush combo continues to be a popular wedding choice in 2014. Shown here are the bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquet for a summertime wedding. This combination includes: romantic Juliette garden roses, white O’hara garden roses, Vendala roses, hydrangea, sage leaf and lambs ears. Want to see more blushing bouquets? Click here for more examples.

February 15, 2014

Caring for cut flowers

Did you receive a gorgeous bouquet for Valentine’s Day? Wondering how to care for it?
With a few simple steps, you can keep it looking its best.

The three steps to follow: keep flowers cool, hydrated and clean.

1) Cool - keep flowers away from direct sunlight, heating / cooling vents and heat generating appliances

2) Hydrated - check water level in your vase frequently

3) Clean - replace water and when possible re-cut the flower stems

February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yay, Valentines Day 2014 is finally here! Last week was such a surprise, with all the snow we received in Portland. But that didn’t stop us from getting ready for the big day, and we’re so excited to see what this year brings. Valentine’s Day at Sammy’s is quite the production, and we always manage to make it fun. Stop by, we would love to see you this Valentine’s Day.

And yes, this is a naturally heart shaped hydrangea. Don’t you love it!

February 7, 2014

Pre-order for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is Friday 2/14 and it's the perfect time to pre-order your custom gorgeous floral arrangement. We’ve posted our favorite designs to our website , click here to take a look. Pre-order today via our website or by calling our locations in Northwest (503) 222-9759 or the Pearl district (503) 281-0310.

Our stores are filled with special gift items in addition to our expanded floral selection. We have stylish home decor, creative cards, scented candles, succulent terrariums, unique plants and potted floral. So if you are in need of a special gift for your special someone, please call or give us a visit.