Colorful Cosmos

You know autumn is just about here when cosmos are in full bloom and bursting with beauty and amazing color here in Northern California. To me, they look like a decadent daisy (indeed they actually are part of the daisy family), and add just the right touch of playfulness to an arrangement. I did this bright arrangement over the weekend, and I paired the cosmos with some bougainvillea (which by the way is also at the peak of its beauty right now), godetia, and some amazing ruffly ranunculus. Here are the results.

Colorful Cosmos / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colorful Cosmos / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colorful Cosmos / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Colorful Cosmos / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: David

Today's "human" is one of my favorite people in the world - David, a dear friend of 16 years! He is a well-dressed individual; always perfectly put together. Even when he is dressed casually, he looks better than most people dressed up for a night on the town! I wanted to make an unexpected bouquet for David to hold - something a bit out of the ordinary - and of course in my garden style. I think that it turned out perfectly.

Sometimes the weather does not want to cooperate, but we didn't let rain keep us from doing our photo shoot! So, David grabbed an umbrella and did his best "English gentleman on the streets of London" in the rain.

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

Flowers: bougainvillea, pepper, ranunculus, rhododendron, garden rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Thank you David, for being my 'human', and for being you! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Thanksgiving Centerpiece, California Style

I know that a Thanksgiving centerpiece should traditionally have autumn colors and only those flowers that are the staples of the season, but then again, I'm just not that traditional. The other day on my walk, I saw that bougainvilleas were in full bloom and gorgeous, and that my citrus tree had some lovely clementines. At the flower mart, I also found these lovely gloriosa lilies and tulips, along with some unusual green and yellow ranunculus and decided that there would be nothing stopping me from putting together an arrangement with these beauties for my Thanksgiving table. I call this one a Thanksgiving Centerpiece, California Style.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: bougainvillea, tulip, ranunculus, garden rose, gloriosa lily, clementine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Start with the clementine branches. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the bougainvillea, trying not to cover the clementines. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now add the gloriosa. I just love these lilies - they are so funky and delicate (and last quite a while). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

In this step you can add the tulips. Tulips in general add a unique beauty to a floral arrangement; their droopy stems add such gracefulness. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I had just a couple of stems of these fun green and yellow ranunculus and garden roses and used them for a finishing touch. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I don't know about you, but I love the way this turned out and am happy to use it as my Thanksgiving centerpiece! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For those celebrating tomorrow, I wish you all a joyous Thanksgiving!

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood