Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all my lovely blog readers!

wish this was my idea but it wasn't.....Thanks Garden Works, Victoria, BC.

my talented mother made and sent my kids this card

my daughter was really trying to make a scary pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In my home - Cyclamen

I love to use potted flowers especially when life gets busy. Are you are a flower lover? And always trying to have fresh flowers in the house? Well, let's face it, fresh flowers can be high maintenance. Changing water, cutting stems, removing dead flowers, buying new flowers, it all takes time. So, potted flowers are a great alternative to use in your home. But, what is not allowed in your home decor is the plastic pot...... so cover it up please! Right now beautiful cyclamen are available, and I love using their bold colors in my home.

My dining room feels empty unless I always have something on the table. Although, I will admit most of the time my flowers are surrounded by bags, school work, snack containers, laundry, you name it!

Flowers for me just finish a space. I probably could have just done one here but they were so darned affordable I couldn't resist! These would also be great on a coffee table. Go and treat yourself today!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Party Flowers - hydrangea & godetia

Last week ended with a really fun "party" order. I went with some very saturated colors. Deep purple statice, coral godetia, and green hydrangea made these colorful designs really pop against the white walls of my clients entry. I had suggested doing a grouping of flowers because the entry table was quite long. I did one taller design in the middle flanked by two smaller designs. I also added a branch to the center design once I arrived.

It's something to consider when doing flower arrangements for your own home. Instead of one big design, turn it into three and line them up down your dining table or on your buffet. And remember, using different heights also adds interest.

The leaf I used is called hawaiian flag. I just love seeing patterns through the glass!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thanksgiving Flowers

Who says your thanksgiving flowers have to be orange? Not me! For some of my clients this year I chose more sophisticated palettes. At this time of year green mini kale are so great to use, not only because they are long lasting but because they add a nice fullness and texture to the design. Look at the gloss on those black peppers! Love them. I wish this photo had better light quality, but by the time I finished doing these flowers it was my bedtime. And I just wanted to pack them up for delivery the next day. With kids still at home, I tend to work late into the evening. And drag my kids on deliveries!

Below is a more feminine autumn design. This was an order from a daughter to her mother for Thanksgiving. Pink dahlias how I love you! If only you were around all year. All you local Victorians, dahlias are out in full force at road side stands. Keep your eyes open and change in your wallet!

I am so thankful for the beauty in nature. Happy Thanksgiving to all my wonderful readers!