Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I love this succulent piece - I accidentally broke a little orchid plant and the stem looked just right with the purple succulent in the turquoise vase.  A little dusty miller completes the arrangement.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today's wedding

Chris and Ed got married tonight at 2941 Restaurant in Virginia.  Such a beautiful place. the restaurant is on the ground floor of a very modern office building set in a park.  There is a large lake and a waterfall and beautiful grounds.  We used a metallic color scheme for the containers and rust, gold and cream flowers. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Oriana's wedding

Today Oriana married Arzan.  I worked with Oriana's mother Claudia and Arzan for the most part but communicated through emails with Oriana.  We came up with a silver and white color story.  Claudia bought mirrored vases and very interesting votive holders in 3 different styles.    I used lots of great textures within the color range - brunia berries, callas, roses, lisianthus, eucalyptus, dusty miller leaves, freesia, astrancia, anemones, pierus, succulents and more.   It was wild and loose looking and I thought it worked out very well.  I have been working on this style of bouquet for a little while now and like it very much.  The first picture shows the bouquet.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Yesterday I took these flowers down to Sidwell Friends School.  I am going to be doing a weekly for them this year and wanted to start out with a bang. I used delphinium, pincushion proteas, yellow yarrow, yellow Billy Balls and Creme de la Creme roses.  I love the urn - I am looking for interesting opaque containers these days in good colors.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Joyce and Joel's wedding

Joyce and Joel got married yesterday at Woodend in Chevy Chase.  We made lots of fun things for them, used some wonderful weathered shutters for the place cards and made some blackboard bird shaped signs for the games area.  The color palette was mint green, yellow and coral and it was a beautiful day.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Samples and more samples...

Playing with lots of things the past few days helped along by MY NEW COOLER!!!  I am pretty excited to say the least especially because it is going to be 97 degrees tomorrow and I have a wedding and then more work during this week.

Anyway, I have been doing logs of samples for my brides and these are a few of the ideas.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School

It really felt like fall yesterday and fittingly I did the arrangements for the first school event of the season - a dinner party at Landon.  I use a nice green and yellow combination with touches of cream.
I once again used a lot of garden elements - Peegee hydrangeas and scented geranium leaves are my current favorites.  I also used Creme de la Creme roses, yellow spray roses, eucalyptus seeds and millet.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Final wedding sample

This is the final sample for a wedding coming up - silvers and whites....lots of textures of both foliages and flowers.

Flowers for Frances

Tonight is Frances' birthday party,  Her favorite color is peach so I used wonderful huge Faro peach roses, peach sprays, peach ranuculus,   two types of garden scented geranium leaves,  peegee hydranges, sedum flowers, arborvitae foliage, varigated pittosporum and wonderful eucomis flowers.    The party was in her house by the bay so on one long table I used elevated candle holders, votives and single roses in cylinders with a tidal line of sea shells.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Silvers and whites

I feel as though I have made a big leap toward using more types of foliages in arrangements.  I usually try to use at least 3, now I am upping that to 5 or more at times.  This one has nandina, arborvitae, lambs ears and 2 types of scented geranium leaves, all from my garden.   It is not a look for everyone but for some clients this is just the thing. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

And a few more ideas...


A few tweaks to the piece to the piece in the previous post, ranuculus instead of anemones in the first bouquet photo and in the second, Amnesia roses, silver succulents, purple lisianthus and white veronica added in for a centerpiece sample

Such fun to play with different ideas and be able to go into the garden and pick a few things to add to the mix. 

and more samples

I am doing more samples than ever before - it makes everyone more comfortable and not worried that the idea they have for their flowers will not be what shows up for the big day.

It also helps me work in ways that are a bit different than my usual.

Today I am working on bouquet ideas.  This bride wanted an open gardeny bouquet and after a couple of false starts I think I am getting close.

Such fun to work in a bouquet holder.  It allows one to work in a very open loose way as opposed to gathering stems in one's hand and tying them together.

We will see what the verdict is later today.  This bouquet has lots of elements, succulents, heather, arborvitae and nandina and geranium leaves from my garden, anemones, viburnum berries and seeded eucalyptus berries.  The lavender flowers are also from my garden - it is a wild verbena I think.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

more samples

I have been playing around with colors today - I love Amnesia roses and Cafe au Lait dahlias (even if they are not real Cafe au Laits according to some parties who will remain nameless).  I like this murky color scheme...purple Astrancia, purple artichokes, callas fill out the piece.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bouquet ideas

I am working on samples this week and love this silver and white idea.  I used tree fern,  white callas, roses, lisianthus, veronica and astrancia and silvery lambs ears, dusty miller, brunia berries, lavender, a pretty succulent and a collar of eucalyptus leaves.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lime green and purples

This weekend I did two weddings with lots of purples....the first wedding had a lime green and purple color story and it was lots of fun....lovely purple lisianthus, Super Green roses - great but thorny as hell, green succulents, green hypericum, a few cream roses and varigated pitt (of course)....

Kristin's wedding

Kristin and Cedric got married today.  She wanted a vibrantly colored wedding and we used bright hot pinks and purples with some cooling lavender.  It was beautiful and she was a happy girl.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Early fall wedding ideas

I have been working on some ideas for early fall weddings - a little bit of fall coloration but the brightness of summer. Dahlias, teddy bear Gerbers, Sahara roses, burgandy foliage, some small pale yellow filler and sage foliage.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

White theme

I seem to be in a white and green phase these I made this little piece for delivery.  Some peegee hydrangeas  and baptisia foliage from my garden with regular white hydrangea, tulips, lisianthus, and roses.  I like the asymmetric almost unbalanced look of this piece.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bridal Bouquet

Today I made a small bridal bouquet in a holder.  The bride wanted all white flowers so I used spray roses, white callas, white dendrobium, white lisianthus and a little ruskus.   

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Succulent arrangement

Last week I made this succulent arrangement in an old fountain for a wedding.  I love the play of colors in succulents and this container was great to work in.

Today's arrangement

This arrangement just went out the door to a bridal shower.  The client wanted a fresh green and white arrangement.  I used baby green hydrangeas, white Vivianne spray roses, white lisianthus and white scabiosa from the market and white peegee hydrangeas in bud, mountain mint, baptisia, and scented geranium foliage from my garden.  My green hostas line the vase.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Container gardens

Every year I plant up lots of pots for a client in Virginia.  They are scattered around the property mostly in pairs but there are close to 20 on the pool deck.  The color palette is usually lime green and red with pops of burgandy and fuschia.  I use a ton of coleus in these pots.  Coleus is such a dependable plant for containers - it gets better and fuller all season long and the colors are just incredible.  Don't mind the chewed up sweet potato vine - apparently the deer and rabbits have discovered these pots.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Free style ikebana

Today in ikebana class we made free style designs.  I used sago palm - one of my least favorite types of greenery.  It is thorny and stiff and just not my cup of tea.  But it has a bit of flexibility so I took the "leaves" off of one side, bent it into an oval and wired it together.  I made two of these and tried two different looks in a cream boat shaped container.  One with orange gerbers and solomon seal leaves, the second with scabiosa pods and the same leaves.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Luncheon Party at Holton

Some little posies for a lunch party at Holton this spring.  I love pierus - it really extends the lily of the valley season in a way - it has a lovely scent and a slightly similar look.  I also used matricaria, scented geranium leaves, Sahara and coral roses.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Holly Chapple workshop

Last July I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Holly Chapple at her home studio in Virginia.  We did a collaborative wedding set up and these are some detail shots that I liked very much.