Early Autumn Highlights

Here are some highlights of what early autumn has looked like so far for me. Due to a very warm September, my garden still thinks it is summer, so I have been enjoying my roses quite a lot. Everything in this arrangement is from my garden.

Flowers: honeysuckle, lemon, garden rose, tea rose, jasmine, iresine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

I was pleasantly surprised to find peonies at the market this month - with all sorts of beautiful peonies coming from Chile. So, of course I took the opportunity to create an arrangement around this rich color pallete pairing tree peonies with these awesome carnations! The fuchsia is a touch from my own garden.

Flowers: peony, carnation, rose, ranunculus, silene, zinnia, privet, sumac, astilbe Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers in a grocery bag. No, I did not pick them up from the market like this! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

A harvest arrangement for a client who wanted green and white for a dinner table centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

An all-white arrangement upon client request.

Flowers: rosemary, tea rose, peony, rose hip, nodding abutilon, privet, japanese anemone, parrot tulip, tuberose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A happy bouquet for a bride who wasn't expecting peonies in October! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

An arrangement for a client who wanted a sweet garden bouquet! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Flowers: Le Jardin

I have this poster of veggies (Le Jardin) that I picked up from a book store in the Mission for 5 bucks; I just love everything about it. Last week I used it as an inspiration for my color palette for the arrangements bellow. I was quite happy with how they turned out. The flowers, and especially the roses and the Japanese anemones are out of this world and add such depth to the designs. Flowers: rose, hydrangea, japanese anemone, longan (the brown tropical fruit on the left ), coleus, maidenhair, foxglove, coral bells Flowers by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Flowers by Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

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

Japanese Anemone

I have had my eye on Japanese anemone for a while now and have been wanting to do an all white arrangement, so once these lovely flowers became available, I took the opportunity. They are not quite like the other colorful anemones - to me they look more like poppies, don't you think? I know that I've been doing a lot of colorful arrangements lately. In general, bright pops of color are all the rage these days. Let's face it, who doesn't like bright and happy flowers!? That said, white can really make a statement too, and so I combined different textures of white and green for this DIY. I think a piece like this would be lovely for an all white or white and green-themed wedding.

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Flowers: bouvardia, Japanese anemone, garden rose, foliage of lacecap hydrangea, whirling butterflies, grass Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin by filling the vase with bouvardia to create a base in which to place the anemones Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the lacecap foliage Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And the garden rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

At this point, you have a strong enough base in which to place the anemones without them falling all over the place. I considered not adding the last two flower types, as it looks beautiful just as is, but I thought that it would be nice to add the last two for a whimsical touch. You could certainly stop right here if you wish. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the whirling butterflies to one side Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And finally, the grass. Now it is a little more dreamy! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood