Autumn Color Series: Blue

I'm generally not a fan of blue flowers or blue-themed floral arrangements, but in thinking about this Color Series and looking around at the SF Flower Mart I realized that there are a lot of different shades and textures when it comes to blue. So, I was pushed to challenge myself and put together something in blue that I didn't find "tacky", and this is the result. Feel free to let me know what you think! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: delphinium, belladonna, privet berries, hydrangea, thistle, viburnum, tweedia Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the privet on one side. These berries are just lovely this time of year, as their color changes into lovely shades of blue and pink. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the hydrangea opposite the privet. The puffy look creates a great contrast to the other side of the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the tweedia in between. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Arrange the thistle in the middle and behind the privet. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the delphinium. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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And finally, add the viburnum. It's still not a personal color fave, but if I had to have a blue arrangement, I think I could live with this one for a little bit! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Unique Vessels: Colorful Summer Lanterns

Nothing screamed "summer" more to me than these lanterns while I was shopping with the kids for some crafy stuff at Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft. As soon as I saw them, I knew that they would make wonderful vessels for an Independence Day or general summer picnic centerpiece. Why put candles in them when you can put flowers (at least in my world)?! One can never go wrong with a little early summer combination of peonies, dahlias, geranium, and roses. Throw in some unusual species and you have yourself a unique and beautiful table setting. For U.S. readers, have a wonderful 4th of July!

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tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Flowers:

pitcher plant, tree fern, amaranthus, rose, peony, mountain hyacinth, geranium, delphinium, dahlia

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood