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Are Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Eco-Friendly?

Are Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Eco-Friendly? Flowers are all about the experience.  Perhaps no other gift engages your senses like a flower delivery. Part of this experience, is enjoying the scent and the joyful act of arranging the flowers in a vase.  Here on the farm, we love to get up close and personal with our flowers.  For that reason we’ve dedicated our business to making sure that our flowers are as safe, sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. Our farm has gone through a rigorous certification process by the Rainforest Alliance, which you may be familiar with from buying coffee and bananas, or other tropically sourced food. Ironically our farm, located among the redwoods of Humboldt County, is in a temperate rainforest. So the certification is rather apropos, and the frogs love it here as well! We want you and your love ones to enjoy your flower delivery to the fullest, and a big part of this is knowing that the flowers were grown in a sustainable manner, in harmon

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends Growing up one of my favorite movies was The First Wives Club. I remember my mom commenting on what an odd choice it was for a nine year old, but there was something about women supporting women that really drew me in. Looking back at the movies and TV shows I have been obsessed with at various stages of my life, The First Wives Club doesn’t seem odd at all. It is merely one movie in a string of movies championing female empowerment and the value of friendship. There was Spice World, The Joy Luck Club, Gilmore Girls, and Parks and Recreation —just to name a few. As we in the floral industry gear up for Valentine’s Day, I am championing a lesser known holiday— Galentine’s Day. It is a day that my enthusiasm for comes as no surprise given my penchant for, as Netflix calls it, “Movies with a Strong Female Lead.” I have heard Galentine’s Day brushed off as millennial folly. Another day for self-indulgence and silliness; the holid

What the Heck Is Galentine’s Day?

What the Heck Is Galentine’s Day? Fans of the TV show, Parks & Recreation have been celebrating (or at least have known about) Galentine’s Day for years. The holiday first came to be during an episode in 2010, when the show’s heroine, Leslie Knope proclaims February 13, a day for celebrating the joys of female friendship. As Leslie explained the holiday: “Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” Galentine’s Day may have been born out of fiction but it resonates with many real-life women. Unlike Valentine’s Day, which is a holiday designed for couples to profess their love for one another with chocolates and fancy flowers, Galentine’s Day is for women to embrace the platonic love they have for one another—preferably over brunch. The day is not a bash on the lover’s holiday. It is a celebrat

Send A Great Big XOXO For Valentine’s Day

Send A Great Big XOXO For Valentine s Day Valentine’s Day is almost here–a day to celebrate the one you love by showering them with a gift they’ll love! This year we went all out with our largest bouquet ever of fancy tulips. We’re talking about a massive and beautiful bouquet of 30 Crispa and Double Petal Fancy Tulips. Sending this very unique Valentine’s Day bouquet to your sweetheart is a great way to show your love! With Valentine’s Day landing on a Wednesday this year we can’t think of a better way to surprise your sweetheart than by sending flowers to his or her office. We’re sure that after a full workday of staring at the beautiful bouquet on their desk, your sweetie will come home ready to return the gift by showering you in X’s and O’s. Not only will you get the joy of knowing that you sent a beautiful and throughtful gift but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you made a smart gifting decision by ordering from Stargazer Barn where delivery is always free. Or as

Pinot Under the Tree-O

Pinot Under the Tree-O Pinot Noir is the perfect wine to give as a gift. Why? Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile wines, so it pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods.  Our wine maker Wil Franklin specifically crafts all our wines to go with food. And Wil’s mantra is “What grows with it, goes with it.” Here in Northern California, our fertile river valleys are home to grass-fed beef and seasonal produce.  Our rivers are brimming with salmon and steelhead, and Humboldt Bay is one of the most renowned oyster hatcheries in the world. In our neighboring woodlands you will find wild mushrooms, wild turkey and even wild boar, which is a true local delicacy. So as you can see Pinot Noir is a perfect gift for the holidays, as it pairs with nearly every entrée you can imagine. This vintage shows the warmer side of Pinot Noir. The flavors and aromas are dark and brooding, but still light, crisp and smooth compared to Bordeaux wines. There is a touch of spice and baked fruit fl

I Won’t Be Home For The Holidays : Millennial Thanksgiving

I Won t Be Home For The Holidays : Millennial Thanksgiving Hear that sound? It’s my phone buzzing with the dreaded call form Mom inviting me to Thanksgiving.  Notice, I‘m not answering it.   Instead, I’m ordering a flower and wine delivery for her and Dad. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and will be travelling the few hours south to see them next month for Christmas, but Thanksgiving is my holiday. This is the time all my friends try to avoid getting saddled with family obligations, and actually have fun. We don’t want to be judged as we drink too much, make fun of cranberry sauce and create wacky “Alt-Thanksgiving” culinary creations. In my view Thanksgiving is more about celebrating with your friends you see every day, not your second and third cousins that you barely know. It is about being thankful for the crazy times you survived in the last year. It’s about laugher and hugs, not about football and sweater weather. So I have a plan. My excuse is that my ol