Best of: August

Late summer in California brings about some of the best local garden rose selection at the Flower Mart, as well as in my garden. I have really been enjoying working with roses this past month. Here are some of my favorites from the single arrangement work that I did in August. Not really an arrangement, but just a photo of the roses because it was too gorgeous not to! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Bouquet of zinnia, dahlia, rose, sweet pea, ranunculus, rice flower, and begonia for a pink-loving bride. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

On a weekend with dinner guests, I decided to fill my mixer with flowers and garden trimmings. It was a hit! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Last minute garden-style arrangements for a party in someone's garden! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

One of my most favorite floral combinations: gardenia, hellebore, snowberry, rose (from my garden) and basil. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This was for someone who likes yellow roses. As a garden-style designer, it's hard when someone wants 2 dozen yellow roses, and a traditional approach just wouldn't suit me! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Garden-style happy boutonnières for a colorful wedding. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Nruphoto takes the BART to work every day, and I give him a ride to and from the station. One day when I went to pick him up I saw him walking down the stairs with the raddest vintage suitcase - as if he was living sometime in the 50's going on a trip! He had purchased the camera on the right and it came in the suitcase. I'd say that's a major bonus! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I wish you all a happy and flower-filled weekend!

Credits:

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

Humans with Bouquets: Grace

I've been a fan of Grace Bonney and her amazing blog Design*Sponge for several years now. Design*Sponge was one of the first major lifestyle blogs that I became aware of when I started blogging. It goes without saying that it is one of those corners of the web where I look for inspiration, and is a go-to source for nearly everyone that I deal with in the design world. I was really pleased when Grace said that she would participate in this series, and on a recent trip to NYC for some location scouting and event work, I stopped by Makeshift Society Brooklyn to catch her in her element.

To say that Grace is sweet would be an understatement, which is something that one already senses from reading Design*Sponge, and it was great getting to know her a little bit better in person. In my opinion, one of the admirable qualities about Grace is her desire and willingness to highlight artists and makers who otherwise might not be seen. Great examples of that are her "A Day in the Life" series as well as her usage of Instagram hashtags to share others' beautiful photos and talent on her well-followed feed.

I really love these poppies that I was able to find at the Chelsea Flower Market, and although I had had a peony-based bouquet in mind for Grace, I think that the poppies stole the show.

Thank you for being a part of the series Grace!

Flowers: poppy, peony, astilbe, bleeding heart, sweet pea, blueberry, begonia 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

Beautiful Begonia

I recently did a wedding where the bride wanted me to create lush garden arrangements with a unique element. I immediately knew that I wanted to use begonia once I set foot inside our local nursery and saw the variety of begonias oozing with beauty. I know that some of you on Instagram mentioned that begonias don't last in arrangements for you, but somehow I haven't had that problem. Perhaps, it's because I cut directly from the plant and into my arrangement. In any event, I really really love them in all shapes, sizes, and colors - and I would not hesitate to use them whenever I can. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: begonia, magnolia, garden rose, peony, fuscia, snapdragon, bower vine, privet, birch, grapevine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.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