Winter Styling: Clementine and Peony

Usually peonies are nowhere to be found around the flower mart in December, but I have been able to find them quite frequently these days due to Southern Hemisphere imports. It was a true delight, however, when I found these tree peonies along with the loveliest bunch of clementines at Garcia Greens the other day (by the way, I'am a great fan of Mr. Garcia, he's the sweetest). I decided that I wanted to combine some flowers that are not traditionally used together, and I don't think I have ever seen mistletoe and peonies in an arrangement together (all the more reason for me to do one right?). In addition, the hellebores in my garden have been gifting me with lovely flowers, so of course I incorporated them into my arrangement as well.

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

Begin by placing the floral frog in the bottom center of the vase. The frog is mainly needed for the clementine branches. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Arrange the clementines throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the mistletoe (or whatever winter berries you can find). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue by arranging the ranunculus. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I know I have said this before but carnations are so underestimated - can you believe the color of these? I love them, and they last forever! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Place the carnations where there is space without squeezing them so that their fluffy texture remains unhidden. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Can you believe this peony? So very lovely! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Finally, add the peonies - I added just three. 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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Winter Styling: Hellebore and Ranunculus

I love putting together holiday arrangements that don't scream "holiday arrangement". While I love poinsettia, amaryllis, and other traditionally "holiday" flowers during this season, it is also really easy not to use them if you don't want to. The white hellebore along with a couple of varieties of reddish ranunculus give a holiday feel, but without being overt. The addition of the clementines gives it a warmth without being too "sunny" and bright. Stepping outside the box and looking at new ways to give an eclectic twist to a traditional set of colors or flowers is a lot of fun, and I urge you to give it a try over the coming weeks!

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Flowers: ranunculus, pokeweed, popcorn garden rose, hellebore, clementine, cocklebur Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Begin with the pokeweed berries until the urn is well filled and the berries are hanging over the sides of the urn in a natural (asymmetric) manner. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Continue to fill the urn with the popcorn garden roses, keeping with a natural style. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

You will have noticed by now that the beauty of this centerpiece is found in its asymmetry, while still maintaining shape and beauty from every direction. Continue this theme with the addition of the white hellebore. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Add your clementine branches so that they sit within the design without becoming lost amongst the other flowers. Small bunches in a couple of different spots will work best. Be mindful when trimming the branches so that they do not become too short, as the top heavy clementines will easily fall out. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Add in your reddish holiday colors with the ranunculus throughout the arrangement. I was able to find a beautiful variety with a green center, which really ties the holiday theme together. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Finally, for texture, add in the green cocklebur. Only a couple of branches were used within the design, and the purpose was to augment the asymmetry of the design with varying height. Any locally available spiny green pods may be substituted. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao

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.

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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