Weekly Inspiration: Lily of the Valley

I had a wedding last weekend and the bride wanted soft colors - specifically white peonies, silver succulents, and parrot tulips. In general, my style is such that I like to include a variety of different elements in each bouquet. So, I was not about to make a bouquet with only those three ingredients - it's just not me, and it wouldn't be very interesting as far as I'm concerned. So, here is what I came up with: Flowers: bellflower, ranunculus, parrot tulip, garden rose, climbing rose, peony, flowering onion, jasmine, lily of the valley Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Lily of the valley is always such a treat - so delicate and beautiful, and with the sweetest aroma. While I couldn't mix these in the bridal bouquet (just too delicate and small next to the large peony - they would get lost) I wanted to still incorporate them somewhere, so I used them for the boutonnieres and and corsages. And I think it was the perfect unexpected touch! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I don't think I could ever get sick of peonies. Look at these - they look like the feathers of a swan! 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

Garden-inspired Lush Centerpiece

Spring is one of the best seasons to work with flowers, and luckily, a lot of weddings happen in the springtime. For this DIY I had a lush, organic, and feminine theme in mind. So, when I stepped into my garden, which has been blooming beautifully since late March, I had no problem finding all sorts of gems with which to implement my vision for this centerpiece. That said, while we didn't get much rain (at all) in Northern California, what we did get came late, and caused a bunch of fungus problems with my roses. I had to do a lot of pruning in the middle of their growth to get them healthy, so I am especially happy with what I was able to gather for this arrangement, and what continues to grow and (finally) flourish.

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

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

I usually choose my vase(s) after I have chosen the flowers. For this particular centerpiece, since I had some climbing roses and larger branches, I felt that this milk glass pedestal vase would look great and allow the florals to flow out of it.

Flowers: garden rose, climbing rose, tea rose, clematis, hydrangea, ornamental kale Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the kale and create a base within the vase from which you can then build the rest of the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Create the asymmetry of the centerpiece by placing the taller hydrangea branch on the opposite side of the kale. From here on, you can build a free flowing and natural looking arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin adding the climbing roses - some underneath the hydrangea and some above. In between add a couple of stems of the kale. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now you can begin to add the single roses to the arrangement. These roses are so beautiful and aromatic, and an absolute favorite of mine. As you add your flowers to the vase, be sure to take a step back and examine your arrangement to make sure that you are adding flowers and foliage just where you need them - not too many and not too little. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Finally, add the clematis. I only had one and it was perfect for added color, texture, and an overall beauty. Sometimes flowers placed in an arrangement singularly can make such a lovely statement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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

Unique Vessels: Floral Bird Bath

In my opinion there is nothing more representative of spring than the combination of a bird bath and flowers. When I saw this beautiful bowl at Pottery Barn the other day, I knew that I wanted to create a garden centerpiece in it. The jasmine in my garden is currently in full bloom; not only is it beautiful, but every time I walk through my garden I am greeted with the most amazing aroma - one that brings me back to spring at my grandmother's home when I was a little girl. This arrangement would be perfect for a spring wedding, an easter centerpiece, or just a lovely table centerpiece for yourself to add some beauty to your kitchen or dining table!

I wanted to create a truly lush garden in this bird bath, so I used what was blooming in my garden (camellia and jasmine), and paired them with some other spring beauties from the San Francisco Flower Mart.

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

A little spring floral guide! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

For this arrangement I used a kenzan (pin frog) as the bird bath is very shallow and the stems would not have stayed inside the water on their own. Place the kenzan in the center of the bowl and begin arranging the flowers by pushing the stems between the pins. I started with the jasmine and camellia first and then added the geranium.

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

Add the sweet peas and climbing rose. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the freesia. This spring freesia is quite something - it is bigger and lovelier than I have ever seen! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the parrot tulips. They add a beautiful grace to the arrangement hanging down from the bowl next to the jasmine. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the peonies in the front where they can show themselves off. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I arranged my flowers off to one side of the bowl so that the pretty bird wouldn't get completely lost in the arrangement. 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 Footed Bird Bath Serve Bowl available at Pottery Barn