English Garden Inspiration

Happy Friday friends! I have been in New York all week and it has been amazing. I never get sick of this city; there is always so much wonder around every corner! Today's DIY was inspired by the camellias growing in my garden and neighborhood right now. I think of camellia as the winter rose; it is just so beautiful and delicate. I wanted the arrangement to have a bit of an English garden look, so I included garden rose and used a wonderful urn as the vessel. Some fluffy pampas grass was added for height as well as to add to the dreaminess - completing the styling.

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Flowers: camellia, garden rose, artichoke, pampas grass, andromeda, veronica Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the camellia branches. I used quite a lot of them, as I wanted the leaves to add fullness and a bright green color. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the andromeda. These are not quite yet flowering, and have a "lacy" look to them. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Start adding the garden roses - spreading them around the arrangement as desired. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The veronica adds height and texture. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, finish with the artichokes and pampas grass. The artichokes lend a very natural and earthy garden feel, and the pampas grass adds height and a lovely ethereal quality. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Unique Vessels: Floral Mortar DIY

I have this marble mortar (and pestle) in my kitchen that I use from time to time. The other day as I was using it to grind some cardamom, I decided it would make a pretty vessel for flowers. So, I chose some flowers for a tropical arrangement with some unexpected elements (fig and silene). Since the mortar is a pretty shallow vessel, it is essential to use a floral (pin) frog for placement of all the flowers. As you have seen by now, I am a big fan of free and asymmetrical pieces. My goal was to make this into a centerpiece while maintaining asymmetry, but I also wanted to make sure it looked beautiful from all directions. We have taken shots of the final result from all directions. For readers in the U.S., have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

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What you'll need tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Place the floral frog at the center of the mortar, and begin by arranging the lamb's ear. The ends of the stems are secured into (either speared by or in-between) the pins tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Continue by adding the climbing and garden roses tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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Now you can add the figs - making sure that the branches are cut short enough so that they are not too top heavy - this vessel is heavy, but a lighter vessel could become off balance and tip over tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Add the andromeda tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Now the vessel is full, and the orchid and the silene can be added as the final touches tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao