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

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

Winter Styling: Kale and Citrus

Happy Friday friends! I hope that you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Mine was wonderful and very busy with preparations for a rather large wedding this weekend. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I will be primarily sharing "winter styling" on the blog through the remainder of the holiday season. For this post I wanted to use the traditional holiday colors, but decided to throw in a little purple for a different color element. Ornamental kale is so lovely; to me it looks like a rose, and I think that its soft purple hue really complements the rest of the flowers. I also love to include fruit in my arrangements, and so added some citrus to boost the organic and natural look of the design.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: ilex, ranunculus, anemone, kale, lemon, geranium, inkberry, smoke Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

For this arrangement I used a basket frog to secure the citrus branches inside the vase in the way that I wanted. Sometimes larger branches have a mind of their own (due to their heaviness) and are not easily manipulated. Place the frog at the center of the vase. You can use floral clay to secure it at the bottom of the vase so that it does not move. Begin placing the citrus branches inside the frog. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the ilex - this is going to give the arrangement some height. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Place the inkberry on one side of the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Continue with the anemone. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And the geranium leaves. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

These ranunculus are absolutely amazing. I love the red and green color combination and amazing texture! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the kale...filling in some of the empty space. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, add the smoke to give the arrangement a little more body, and to add to the purplish hue that began with the kale. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood