Humans with Bouquets: Sam

I asked my friend Sam to stop by this past weekend for an hour or two as I really wanted her as my "human" for this week. Not only is she tall and beautiful, but she was a great sport and brought this lovely blue dress that you see in the shots - I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! The cooler weather gives ornamental kale the most amazing color. I noticed their incredible beauty when I was at the flower mart the other day and I decided to make them the star of this bouquet. I mean, they might as well be roses!!

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

I have been wanting to use flowering maple in a bouquet for some time now, since it is blooming around the neighborhood, I took the opportunity. They are so delicate, and the bell shaped flowers add nicely to this bouquet.

Flowers: amaranthus, ornamental kale, lisianthus, carnation, queen anne's lace, flowering maple, lilac, ranunculus, hellebore, eucalyptus

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Autumn Color Series: Green

Green is another color that is readily available in a lot of different shades and textures at the flower mart in autumn (and all year long). Whenever olive branches are available, I'm the number one customer, as I love them. Olive branches combined with the beautiful green carnations and roses make for a very green, but beautiful arrangement. You could use an arrangement like this for a St. Patrick's day party too! Note: Neither blue nor green are my favorite primary colors for design, but I wanted to include them in this color series so that you could get a sense for what is possible.

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Flowers: Bupleurum, carnation, spray rose, olive, lotus, amaranthus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the olive branches. They look so pretty hanging against the white vase! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the lady's mantle. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the amaranthus to one side of the vase. They add a lovely draped look. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Start filling the vase with the spray roses and carnations. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And finally, add the lotus so that it does not get lost with the rest of the greens. These have such an interesting shape and texture, don't they? Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Unique Vessels: Colorful Summer Lanterns

Nothing screamed "summer" more to me than these lanterns while I was shopping with the kids for some crafy stuff at Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft. As soon as I saw them, I knew that they would make wonderful vessels for an Independence Day or general summer picnic centerpiece. Why put candles in them when you can put flowers (at least in my world)?! One can never go wrong with a little early summer combination of peonies, dahlias, geranium, and roses. Throw in some unusual species and you have yourself a unique and beautiful table setting. For U.S. readers, have a wonderful 4th of July!

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Flowers:

pitcher plant, tree fern, amaranthus, rose, peony, mountain hyacinth, geranium, delphinium, dahlia

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood