White Lotus

Happy November friends! I honestly can't believe it is November, I mean we were just on summer vacation! It is always amazing just how quickly time flies when things are busy, and with a business, three kids with school and activities, and various other miscellaneous things, the year has zipped along at breakneck speed. I have had my eye on lotus for some time now, so when I saw that this Australian variety was available, I didn't waste any time. The lotus, along with the candy cane tulips with some gardenia added, were both eye candy as well as beautifully aromatic. It is amazing what beauty you can achieve by simply adding some different textures and shades of color together in a vessel!

Flowers: lotus, passion, ranunculus, rose, tulip, silene, gardenia, flannel, hydrangea, tweedia White Lotus / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

White Lotus / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

White Lotus / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Best of: August

Late summer in California brings about some of the best local garden rose selection at the Flower Mart, as well as in my garden. I have really been enjoying working with roses this past month. Here are some of my favorites from the single arrangement work that I did in August. Not really an arrangement, but just a photo of the roses because it was too gorgeous not to! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Bouquet of zinnia, dahlia, rose, sweet pea, ranunculus, rice flower, and begonia for a pink-loving bride. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

On a weekend with dinner guests, I decided to fill my mixer with flowers and garden trimmings. It was a hit! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Last minute garden-style arrangements for a party in someone's garden! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

One of my most favorite floral combinations: gardenia, hellebore, snowberry, rose (from my garden) and basil. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This was for someone who likes yellow roses. As a garden-style designer, it's hard when someone wants 2 dozen yellow roses, and a traditional approach just wouldn't suit me! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Garden-style happy boutonnières for a colorful wedding. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Nruphoto takes the BART to work every day, and I give him a ride to and from the station. One day when I went to pick him up I saw him walking down the stairs with the raddest vintage suitcase - as if he was living sometime in the 50's going on a trip! He had purchased the camera on the right and it came in the suitcase. I'd say that's a major bonus! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I wish you all a happy and flower-filled weekend!

Credits:

Styling, photography, and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Autumn Color Series: White

Happy weekend friends! I don't know that I would consider gardenia and tuberose "autumn" flowers necessarily, but what I do know is that when I find them at the market with a white arrangement already in mind, they are a must! Their aroma alone takes your breath away, not to mention the delicate and lovely texture! White is such a universal color. While it can truly be used for any occasion, I wanted to create an autumn look by mixing some amazing flowers with tallow berries and autumn leaves.

Note: For another great example of white in autumn, check out my friend Elodie's latest blog post!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: nerine lily, tuberose, gardenia, hellebore, tallow berry, autumn leaves Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the berries. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the gardenia carefully in between. Gardenia is very delicate and gets bruised easily, so the less it gets handled the better. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the hellebore throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now you can arrange the tuberose for some height. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The lilies add a lovely touch of softness in between (and they last quite a long time). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, add the autumn leaves to lend a strong autumn feel to the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood