Garden Series: Peony and Walnut Centerpiece

Before I left for my European vacation, I harvested some lovely flowers from my garden and combined them with some walnuts from a tree I had found during one of my walks around my neighborhood. This time of year has to be one of my favorites, and especially this year with my garden flourishing more than ever. It is really true what they say about gardening and patience. Most of what I have, I planted about 2 years ago, and just now everything is starting to look lush and abundant. The best part of all was that my peonies came back – and I was certain that they weren’t going to. And the roses…well they sure are pretty amazing.

Flowers: peony, garden rose, sweet pea, rhododendron, ranunculus, chantilly snapdragon, godetia, bachelor button, walnut
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Begin with your foliage – in this case, the walnut branches.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the bigger/stronger flowers to the foliage. This arrangement is so full and lush that by the time all the flowers are placed, you can barely see the rhododendrons – just bits and pieces.
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Add the roses, sweet peas, ranunculus and peonies.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

As a final touch I added a few of the flowers from my annuals box. I think that they lend a very organic and unique look to the arrangement.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Unique Vessels: Garden-Filled Candle Holder

I’m always in search of a good pedestal vase, and so when the lovely people over at Williams-Sonoma Home invited me to choose one of their products to work with, I jumped at the opportunity and found myself just the perfect vessel – this Classic Glass Hurricane. I decided to create a lush, garden-style arrangement in one, and I even did a little DIY step-by-step to show you how to do it on your own. After all, it’s been a while since I did a DIY blog post.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

I pretty much used whatever I had in my garden – which at this time of year is quite a lot! All of my roses are in bloom, and the plum and apple trees are filled with lovely fruitful branches.

Flowers: hydrangea, rose, peony, passion vine, foxglove, ranunculus, allium, sweet pea
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Begin with the branches. Try to keep the branches as long as you can – without them falling out of the vase – to create a flowing effect.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add some of the longer-stemmed roses throughout the arrangement. Keep the shorter ones for the front of the arrangement as focal flowers.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

These Koko Lokos here are at various stages of their beauty. I have 3 bushes in my garden and I’m in LOVE!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Another beautiful specimen in the garden which has my heart is this beautiful shade of foxglove – it perfectly compliments the Koko Lokos, and it’s a great flower to use to give height and asymmetry to your arrangement.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

I did save one of my favorite roses as my focal piece. It is big, aromatic, and the color is amazing.
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the allium and passion vine at the end and your arrangement is done!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Workshops: Intensive Floral / Los Angeles

As has become the norm lately, I know it has been ages since I last blogged. Life has been super busy, hardly leaving me any time to breathe.

That said, I have finally reached a point where I can take a moment and reflect back on the past 4 months. I’ll start with the intensive floral workshop I had in February at Hedley & Bennett headquarters in Los Angeles. It was such a fun experience, with some amazing students (and generally awesome people) as well as a ton of lovely flowers.

I hadn’t really spent much time in downtown LA before, and I found out that it is actually pretty amazing. There were a ton of great restaurants (and we got wonderful recommendations from Ellen Bennett), and the downtown area has a unique vibe with its different districts – e.g. garment, jewelry, flower, etc. In addition to partnering with Hedley & Bennett, Pottery Barn was kind enough to provide all of the vessels for the class, and Brannan Street Wholesale sent us some amazing flowers from San Francisco.

Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who attended. Workshops couldn’t happen without you.

Please see the following links for more information on group or private workshops/instruction.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

The famous Hedley & Bennett office swing!
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Nathan Underwood

Welcoming Spring 2015

Happy spring friends! Apologies for my prolonged silence, but I have been super busy these past few weeks with events, workshops, and pretty much a busy life of being a mother of three (with spring sports having begun).

I have to admit, things are crazy (in a good way) this year and I find myself struggling to keep it all balanced. I have gathered some of my favorite images from the past few weeks to share with you. Spring is here indeed – as evidenced in these arrangements.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Styling, design, and photography by Kiana Underwood
Select photography by Nathan Underwood