Early Autumn Highlights

Here are some highlights of what early autumn has looked like so far for me. Due to a very warm September, my garden still thinks it is summer, so I have been enjoying my roses quite a lot. Everything in this arrangement is from my garden.

Flowers: honeysuckle, lemon, garden rose, tea rose, jasmine, iresine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

I was pleasantly surprised to find peonies at the market this month - with all sorts of beautiful peonies coming from Chile. So, of course I took the opportunity to create an arrangement around this rich color pallete pairing tree peonies with these awesome carnations! The fuchsia is a touch from my own garden.

Flowers: peony, carnation, rose, ranunculus, silene, zinnia, privet, sumac, astilbe Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers in a grocery bag. No, I did not pick them up from the market like this! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

A harvest arrangement for a client who wanted green and white for a dinner table centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

An all-white arrangement upon client request.

Flowers: rosemary, tea rose, peony, rose hip, nodding abutilon, privet, japanese anemone, parrot tulip, tuberose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A happy bouquet for a bride who wasn't expecting peonies in October! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

An arrangement for a client who wanted a sweet garden bouquet! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Lily

As I have mentioned in some of my other Humans with Bouquets posts, this series is about people who I admire. Today's human is no exception whatsoever. Lily has been a dear friend of mine for nearly fifteen years now. I first met her when I was a college student visiting home and working during my time away from school. We worked in retail together, and if we wrote a book about our experiences, it would be a best seller - guaranteed! Needless to say, we have quite a lot of unique memories together. Lily has always been a positive and very strong character - honest, loyal, and full of words of wisdom. What I have come to admire most about Lily is that she has chosen to dedicate her life to helping girls in her home village in Kofele, Ethiopia. In 2008, Lily visited home, and after having been away for so long, she was shocked by the level of intense poverty that so many people were living in. It was during this trip that she decided to make a difference, and founded the Tangible Hope Foundation. For the past several years, Lily and Tangible Hope have been sponsoring girls from the village and ensuring that they have adequate clothing, housing, food, health care, and schooling. Running on a shoestring budget, Lily sponsors 51 girls - her "daughters" - from Kofele.

Through her patience, tenacity, and hard work Lily has been able to accomplish so much. In February, she was honored by the Dalai Lama as a 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion. Thank you Lily for participating in this series!

Fort Baker on a hazy/foggy morning. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: tulip, ranunculus, garden rose, geranium, peony, honeysuckle, bottlebrush buckeye, smoke, dusty miller (flower) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

The sun started coming out just as we were finishing up. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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

Flower Boys

Next to music, reading, and sports, in our family we emphasize recycling/reuse and gardening (for obvious reasons). My boys have recently shown great interest in having flower arrangements in their room, where they each like to put one on their nightstands. So, the other day we used some recycled vessels and gathered some flowers and greens from our garden and had a little floral arrangement sesh - here is how it went! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We love the glass milk jars and the big tomato cans, so we rinse and save them. I let the boys choose their vessels and pick their own flowers, and these are the varieties they chose: honeysuckle, rose, geranium, ranunculus, peony, poppy, hydrangea, and some blooming cilantro. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I gave them a few basic tips on how to start and they went for it. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We are obsessed with this rose from our garden. It produces massive, aromatic, and beautiful roses. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

This activity was a hit with my boys. They enjoyed it, I enjoyed it, and it was a great way to reinforce the importance of reuse and appreciating floral arrangements. Don't you think?! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Photography and styling by Kiana Underwood