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.


Just fooling around with things on hand...anthirium leaves, beautiful parrot tulips, eucalyptus and a burgandy airplant in one of my favorite black glass containers.