Saturday, November 8, 2014

Landon Reunion

This is Reunion weekend at Landon School - lots of activities for the old boys.  I made a couple of these large pieces for the buffet and used lovely antique hydrangeas, rust mums, Leonides roses,  bright red celosia, green hypericum berries, a few magnolia leaves, sweet gum leaves, hanging burgandy amaranthus and bay leaves that smelled so great.  I like the quiet opulence of this piece.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dinner party

I delivered these flowers for a dinner party tonight.  The linens were a nice gold and rust brocade and I used Coffee Break roses, warm gold and red spray roses,  some faux Florentine vegetables, veautiful maple leaves and gold filler.  Gold vases and votives added to the warmth of this event.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Claire's wedding

Claire got married this weekend.  Hers was the my last wedding of the season.  The venue was Woodend in Chevy Chase, a nice mansion in a nature preserve.   Claire wanted a bright fall color palette and I was happy to oblige.  I used lots of dahlias, gomphena, solidago, roses, hypericum, sunflowers, millet, broom corn and mexican sage. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Landon party

I made some small arrangements for a party at Landon yesterday.  I love the carpeting - it is mocha, light turquoise, pink and cream and so pretty, I always try to key the arrangements to it.   For the dining room I used an old Turkish brazier that I have had for years - it is a wonderful piece. 

 I used Juliette garden roses, succulents, bronze mums, Coffee break roses, burgandy foliage, pin cushions, green hydrangea, silver brezillia berries, hydrangea berries, eucalyptus - lots of elements in these pieces.

Queen Victoria's left hand

Found this lovely hand at one of my favorite stores in Frederick, MD called Paul's Great Stuff - he really has great stuff in two locations and you can always find some interesting prop.  My little wrist corsage looks good in it.  I used Red Mikado sprays, gold painted hydrangea berries and a little bling on the leaves...all this on a gold wire base.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dinner party

We delivered the flowers for a law firm dinner party tonight.  They wanted bright fall colors and I had a great time playing with the wonderful colors and flowers available at this time of year.  I used yellow Duet roses, artichokes, sunflowers, flame celosia, purple ageratum, hydrangea berries, bronze mums, marigolds and millet.  This is my favorite time of year.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wishing tree

Our latest bride and groom wanted a wishing tree at their reception.  Their guests wrote their wishes for the couple on cute tags and hung them from the branches.  We made it from a couple of manzanita branches rising from a mossed container.  The container itself was decorated with air plants, succulents and other rustic items.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Yesterday's Bride's bouquet

Juliette garden roses, Senorita roses, white astrancia, lamb's ears, Luviana spray roses, and cream lisianthus.....such a pretty combination for a pretty bride.

Fall color

This piece went out last week - lots of deep rich fall colors in here....some garden flowers - limelight hydrangea and celosia....

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Peaches and Oranges and Creams

Today I delivered this pretty piece to a good client.  She loves peach and cream but hates roses!  Without roses I am sunk but I found wonderful orangey peach ranuculus (my second favorite flower), pink mink protea, orange gloriosa lilies, peachy tulips, grey dusty miller, cream lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus and my last few blush dahlias.  I love this piece and hope that she does as well...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick backyard bouquet

Cafe au Lait Dahlias, Black Dragon Sedum flowers, Caramel coral bell leaves, burgandy coleus leaves, little limelight hydrangea flowers and some peppermint geranium leaves....all from the garden..

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.