Starring...Fruits

The apple tree behind our back fence has a couple of large branches poking over into my back yard, so I decided that it looked too beautiful not to use in an arrangement. I checked out some of the rest of the goodies in our garden and was inspired to make these two arrangements to show you how really beautiful fruits can be in floral arrangements. I hope that you too can get inspired to look in your backyards for some wonderful flowers to play with - you'll be amazed at what variety you can come up with!

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:

grape, apple, hydrangea, garden rose, caladium

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Father's Day Vintage Floral Trunk

Ok, so maybe flowers aren't the first thing that come to mind when it comes to Father's Day, but I found this cute vintage leather trunk at Pottery Barn, and thought that it would make a great gift for dad (I happen to know that both my dad and father-in-law appreciate flowers very much). I've added to it some flower-filled mercury vases, as well as a little something to help dad celebrate his special day. If you didn't want to use flowers, you could always fill it up with some of your father's favorite things - whiskey, wine, books, clothes, or anything else he might enjoy. A very happy Father's Day to all the dads this weekend!

Flowers: hydrangea / caladium / craspedia / poppy / christa / garden rose / peony / pink bower vine tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood Vintage Leather Trunk and Mercury Vases available at Pottery Barn (in store) Yamazaki 12 Yr Single Malt available at BevMo Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon available via Caymus Vineyards and online retailers

Garden Teapot DIY

How many of you watch Downton Abbey? I really enjoy the show, and of course I notice all of their floral arrangements and am enchanted by them. For this DIY, I was inspired by the show and decided to use the flowers I have available in my garden within a teapot. Although I am always in my garden and checking things out, I am still amazed by what new items are there when I am going to clip something for one of my arrangements. My fuchsias and clematis have been blooming, and the roses, well, they are just lovely everywhere! tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you will need:

  • A couple of clematis
  • Garden roses (I chose the mini climbing roses as well as a couple of boldly-colored larger ones as a statement)
  • 4-5 stems of fuchsia
  • A couple of leaves of caladium (these leafy plants have many shades from red to white and multicolored ones, I chose this particular shade because I thought it complemented my other flowers beautifully)
  • A teapot – any kind that you find wonderful

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Begin with the mini climbing roses as the base of your arrangement. Place them freely within the pot tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Add the larger roses, making sure that you can see them when viewed from different angles around the arrangement tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Add the clematis and fuchsia. The clematis is really the star of this arrangement, so ensure that you add it where it can be viewed well and does not get lost amongst the rest of the flowers. Fuchsia can be placed in spots where its draping is most noticeable as a contrast against the rest of the arrangement tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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Finally, add your caladium as finishing touch. The mottled variety adds a wonderful splash of contrasting (but complementary) color tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

As always, I am fan of natural arrangement where the flowers are allowed to sit in the vessel in their freeform manner. So, it is just fine to have a flower to look a little purposefully out of place here and there.

Examine your piece from all directions to make sure you don’t have any empty spots and that your floral teapot looks beautiful from every angle. And most importantly, have FUN!

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao