Irresistibly Lush

Those of you who regularly read my blog know that garden arrangements are my absolute favorite, and springtime is the best time for creating the most lush arrangements. There is just so much beauty blooming in every corner of my yard and neighborhood that it is hard not to be inspired. Shower tree and mock orange are in full bloom right now, so I had to do a couple of arrangements with them.

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

I really like the shape of these vases, but they can be tricky to do large and free flowing arrangements in due to the fact that their opening is not particularly wide. I knew that I needed tall branches and stems that would drape from the vases, and that is where the mock orange, snowberries, vibernum, and the shower tree came in.

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

Here I used only a few of each floral variety, but it worked perfectly because the stems were quite long and flexible, and made for a lovely free form arrangement. I added some color to my arrangement by adding just 3 roses from my garden.

Flowers: vibernum, snowberry, mock orange, garden rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I love, love, love shower tree, but you have to watch out for those thorns!!

I really like the combination of the shower tree and sweet peas. The sweet peas are sort of the extension of the shower tree blooms. The soft pastel color theme carried out by the sweet peas, poppies and ranunculi creates a very feminine, garden look for this arrangement.

Flowers: shower tree, sweet pea, rose, poppy, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Yours truly with her garden arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

One can never ever tire of poppies, roses, or ranunculi! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood Rondeur Vases available at Anthropologie

Humans with Bouquets: Victoria & Yulia

It's always a delight when my friends Victoria and Yulia come over. Although each post in this series to date has featured only one human at a time, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to do two humans and two bouquets. As we all know, there is something fascinating about twins. These girls are identical twins, but I wanted to create two very different bouquets for them. A bouquet with the soft touches of climbing clematis and rose for Victoria, and one with bright and vibrant touches of crimson for Yulia.

Thank you girls - I love how this turned out!

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

Flowers: snow flakes, clematis, rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: ranunculus, garden rose, blackberry, amaryllis, anemone Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood Archimedes Shift dress available at Anthropologie

Unique Vessels: A Gaggle of Geese

The other evening my beautiful friend gifted me with these delightful and totally wintery measuring cup geese. Well, I wouldn't be me if I didn't try to put flowers in them, and so I did. The one cup measure actually holds quite a bit more than expected. A little mistletoe and some soft colored flowers make for a perfectly beautiful, unique and wintery arrangement. If you have any fun measuring cups (or even regular ones) at home, there is nothing holding you back from doing a little flower arrangement in them!

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

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

Flowers: mistletoe, carnation, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the mistletoe. Just a couple of branches will do. The flower mart has been abundant with mistletoe lately, so it has been hard for me to stay away from them. They are so beautiful. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Then, add your flowers in whatever way your heart desires. This is a pretty "freestyle" arrangement. No particular way about it. I just put flowers wherever I thought they were needed. 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

Thank you Sadia - I love my beautiful geese! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood "Measuring Gaggle" available at Anthropologie