Posts Tagged: locally grown flowers

Color Inspiration – Pears

11/16/2016

This morning, I was making breakfast for my girls.  A common task, one that I can do without really thinking about it.  My mind was wandering and my eyes settled on two pears sitting in a bowl.  Their color struck me as being really beautiful, the blush that is developing as they ripen.  The thought struck me: “What a great color palette for a wedding!” I am inspired by nature all the time. Some of my best ideas come from observing elements in my garden: a flower bobbing in the breeze, how a branch is bending, etc. I bring these observations to my floral designs, creating weddings that are garden-inspired and romantic in their look and feel. This time, inspiration came from two little pears. Pears have a lovely shade of yellow-green as their base color, a color found many times in new leaf growth.  It also happens to be a shadeRead More

French Country Garden Wedding Inspiration

07/02/2016

Wedding Tours are a new wedding show trend, giving couples a chance to view multiple venues in a city or area on the same day.  For the recent Skagit Wedding Tour, I helped plan the decor at one of my favorite venues, Christianson’s Nursery. Our inspiration was a French Country Brunch, in shades of lavender and cream. One of my favorite items to plan for a wedding is the dinning table. For this look, we chose to feature a rustic farm table and wooden chairs.  The florals were a combination of potted lavender plants and urns overflowing with garden flowers. The venue offers two ceremony locations, one of which was set in the historic school house. The front porch is the perfect location for an entry table. The school house offers a perfect blank wall to create wall art on.  This is one of my new favorite ways to frame a couple for theirRead More

How To Make A Floral Crown

06/20/2016

To help celebrate Midsummer Solstice, many people wear flower crowns. Here is a quick guide on how to make your own crown. Making a flower crown can be a fun project to do. Offering lots of creative opportunities, the look can change with the flowers and colors chosen. Step One: Gather Your Supplies You will need the follow items to make your floral crown: floral tape floral wire clippers fresh flowers The first few items can be found at your local craft store.  Flowers can be purchased from your florist, local store, farmers market or picked from your own garden. I chose to use ranunculus, poppies and anemones for this example. It is important that you gather your flowers and let them sit in water for a few hours, so they are nice and hydrated before you start making your crown.  Some flowers last longer out of water than others, so testRead More

On the Flower Farm – Spring Planting

06/13/2016

Growing flowers is a large part of who I am as a floral designer. I actually consider myself a farmer florist, someone who grows the flowers they design with.  My garden in the Seattle area is a source of constant inspiration for me and a place where I find peace. I realized I tend to only take pictures of my finished floral designs, not of the process that leads up to it.  A goal of mine this year is to capture the process, starting with planting in the Spring. Starting in February, I start seeds inside my house.  Some plants take as long as 12 weeks before they are ready to be placed in the garden outside.  I am always amazed at how quickly a seed can turn into a plant in such a short time.  These seeds and plant are scabiosa zinnias. I source seeds from many places, including harvestingRead More

Flower Crown Workshop

05/05/2016

Flower crowns are one of my favorite floral items to create.  There’s something so carefree and joyous about wearing flowers in your hair that makes me just smile. When Jenny Cookies asked me to teach a workshop on floral crowns for her Mother’s Day Ladies Lunch, of course I said yes! How much fun to spend the afternoon playing with flowers and eating chocolate. Sign me up! The dessert table was stunning, full of color and yummy treats. We thought hoops with flowers on them would look like flower crowns, providing the inspiration for the focal wall. Placing small clusters of flowers on the hoops gave just enough color, still allowing the gold hoops to be seen. Think this idea is one of my all time favorite backdrops! Instead of creating centerpieces for the dining tables, I placed the flowers and greens for the crowns in various sized vases and ran them down the center ofRead More