Thursday, May 31, 2012

Calla Lillies and orchids

When hosting a party it is best to coordinate the flowers with the theme of the occasion. For a rustic summer bbq you might have wild flowers in mason jars or for a baby shower, soft pastel colors would be sweet. If there is no theme to your party, then choosing seasonal flowers to best compliment your homes color scheme is the way to go. If it's spring indulge in tulips and if it's fall dahlias are always fun.

A client of mine recently hosted a "Thai dinner " evening. Orange calla lilies, yellow cymbidium orchids, yellow pin cushions and bamboo accents were chosen to add some asian flair.

Give your guests something to remember. Small details like flowers at each place setting are sure to be appreciated by most.

(bird of paradise could be seen by guests in the living room next to the dining room)

Be sure to put flowers in all the rooms your guests will frequent. I think everyone loves to be greeted in an entry with flowers. And my personal favorite room for flowers is the bathroom. Because usually all it takes is a single stem!

Good luck with all your future party planning.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

iPhone Inspirations

My mind is tired from screaming children and having to repeat myself a hundred times a day, so this post is just going to resort to iphone photos from the last couple of weeks.....

(mother's day hike)

(tree peony that I have to rip out to make room for the new hoo)

(my garden tulips)

(wine tasting afternoon in Summerland with my sis!)

(sparkles at the car show)

(Studio Tour in Naramata - Allen + Maurer house)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Clematis Flowers

Last year I planted my first clematis vine. I am patiently waiting for it to grow. I am envious of all the mature vines around town as my vine looks so small in comparison. But, in the mean time I have lovely friends who will generously share flowers from their yards with me. These are a few pale purple clematis blooms I came home with this week.