As I was driving around the neighborhood the other day, I saw a short, leafy tree (tall bush) with amazing yellow flowers peeking out of one of the alleyways. Since I never leave home without garden shears (you never know when you'll see something amazing on the side of the road), I immediately pulled over and did a little "snipping". I had seen the tree previously, but honestly, had no idea what it was called. Thanks to the almighty power that is Google, I was able to determine that it was the fantastic Fremontodendron "San Gabriel" (also called San Gabriel Flannel Bush). For those who are interested, it can grow quite large and is very drought resistant. Its beautiful yellow flowers are 3-4" in diameter. So, with my San Gabriel in hand, I thought I would combine it with some gorgeous Princess Irene tulips, ranunculus, and geranium that I picked up from Garcia Greens at the SF Flower Mart. I had a very garden-style arrangement in mind, and it worked out really well with an antique silver vase that a friend graciously loaned me.
What you'll need
Begin by trimming and placing the geranium
Add the Fremontodendron "San Gabriel"
Continue with the tulips and ranunculus
Voilà - a beautiful garden-style arrangement for your table
This specimen of Princess Irene tulip was especially photo-worthy. So gorgeous.
Photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet