Pick a Side!

I’ll bet you thought this is a political statement, right? Well, it’s not!! Sure, we love politics! We love talking about it! We love our customers like Valerie who are so politically motivated that we’re 100% positive that she, and she alone, arranged for Mr. Donald Trump’s recent visit to the Phoenix area! And we love talking about the other politicians, like Secretary of State Clinton (and certainly you read my blog about “secretaries”) and Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as our own Senator John McCain.

Did you know we were guests of Senator John McCain in his Washington, D.C. office and the in the United States Senate in 2008? We had the opportunity to hear Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy speak on the senate floor about immigration (that was when he and Sen. McCain had a bi-partisan “plan”).

Did you know Pamela and I had an audience with Senator Barry Goldwater shortly before his death? It was the election year of 1998 and all of the presidential-hopefuls were visiting him in the hospital. We came to visit him dressed as clowns! (Yes, Pamela and I dress up as Sweet Pea and Baby Cakes the Clowns). He told us we were MUCH MORE FUN than any of the politicians he had been “forced to see!”


But we are a flower and gift basket shop, and unless you want to come in and talk politics, then our “side” has to do with flowers!  Got’cha!!

Today I thought I’d share the sides with you.

There are 2 schools of floral design thought. One is that you, as the customer, should see all of the flowers in an arrangement, and the other is that the flowers should be designed all the way around. There’s no right or wrong! So we thought we’d show you the difference and then you can decide which one you prefer.

We must start with roses.  Roses are the #1 best way to say I Love You. They get you out of the dog house. They wish you the best for every occasion. They’re prefect for a wedding anniversary. They’re great for Mother’s Day or a birthday. Actually, I can’t think of a reason not to send a dozen red roses!

This is the way Pamela designs a dozen roses.  Stunning! You can see each rose! We love it! Do you?

A Dozen Red Roses

Maybe you prefer roses designed in a cube like these we call Butterfly Roses,

or our Pretty Soft Cube or our Butterfly Cube. 

cube flower bouquet   cube butterfly  butterfly cube

Here are some examples of all-the-way around floral arrangements. Can you tell they are the same arrangement from different angles?

Dally One Side  Mary One Side  Joan one side

If the flowers are for a table, then yes, they need to be designed all the way around. Here’s a small centerpiece we recently designed for a small, intimate party.

Leona on one side  Leona's other side  Leona's third side

Our best seller is Marcia’s Florals. Marcia is one of our friends who was in rehab and Pamela designed these garden-style flowers for her. We took them over to the rehab cheer her up! I wrote about the etiquette of sending flowers to a patient in a hospital or rehab here. As you can see, every flower has a face (in this case a happy face) in this unique, one-sided floral arrangement by Pamela.  Another example of a one-sided arrangement we call Special Occasion Flowers  which people seem to love because you can see all of the flowers at one time.

Marcia's Florals  Special Occasion Flowers

It’s not political! Because we are a real florist, we can custom design your arrangements, including color choices, favorite flowers and more! You get to decide if you want your arrangement to be seen from one side or all the way around. The more information you know (including how and where the flowers will be used) the better we can help you make the right decision and custom design the arrangement just for you!

Which way do you prefer?

Tina & Pamela

Roadrunner Florist





  1. Those are all beautiful arrangements! They are perfect for so many occasions.

  2. I would love to receive something like this in my anniversary. I will leave this page open so my hubby *accidentally* see this

  3. The arrangements and designs are amazing, I specially loved the Butterfly Cube!

  4. My friend just opened a flower shop. It is amazing how the pieces look at different angles.

  5. I am loving these flower arrangements! Fresh flowers just make me so happy.

  6. Whenever I arrange flowers I always go all the way around. I never really thought about it.

  7. When we’re talking about flowers it’s definitely tough to pick a side. They are all so lovely! Can I just pick all of them instead?

  8. I never thought that it will look differently from the other side. Nice post, I love the flower arrangement too!

  9. Who knew that there was so much to flower arrangement, it truly is an art and looks amazing at different angles!

  10. Same arrangements, different angles? Wow, I can’t believe you can do that! Wonderful arrangements!

  11. What a lovely flower arrangements! I like these and I am surprised to see the changes in different side.

  12. Such amazing arrangements. I love the yellow roses so cheerful.

  13. I love the ones that are designed all the way around. They look like completely different arrangements on each side. All are stunning, though.

  14. I worked in a floral shop and I would do arrangements both ways. I would make my own designs and do customs for customers.

  15. Your arrangements are amazing. I love the vibrant colors! The butterfly cube is great!

  16. All of those flowers are so beautiful. I need to get some and send to my mother. I don’t see her often and I think she’d love them.

  17. I love them all, contrary to the average eye, my own regular pair can see the difference in elegance between the arrangements. But yes, I was drawn in because I thought it was something about politics, haha!

  18. I can appreciate all the arrangements. Sometimes I like them one way and at other times another way. You chave so many options with flowers.

  19. I love these flower arrangements! Fresh flowers just make me happy! I wish I could have them every week in the house!

  20. Very interesting post! Just like in life – we see what we are mainly looking for:)

  21. Beautiful arrangements that can be used for just about any occassions

  22. i love how the flowers are arranged. they all look beautiful. I’m not of a flower kind of girl coz i dont like seeing them die on my table/vase haha but everytime i see one im always mesmerize

  23. What an incredible opportunity you had. Also, your flower arrangements are absolutely beautiful, great article!

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