Early Spring Inspiration

I know I have said this before, but a walk in spring is so full of inspiration for me. Last week I gathered some branches and foliage from trees and bushes around my neighborhood and mixed them with some flowers from the flower mart and the results were just lovely. It is always amazing how different floral varieties can be paired with different leaves and foliage for unique results. Quince is one of my favorites this time of year, and much like everything else in California, it is in bloom early. For this arrangement I picked some geranium and jasmine from my garden, and arranged them with anemone, lisianthus, rose, ranunculus and parrot tulip. Wouldn't this make a beautiful spring wedding centerpiece?

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

Here I used some blooms from a bush in my neighborhood with sweet little white flowers. I also found these pretty double colored leaves, (the back side of these leaves are a metallic gold shade, as if they were sprayed with fairy dust). I mixed these leaves with hyacinth, tulip, lilac, freesia, and dates. This piece would make a prefect statement piece at a wedding.

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

And finally, this simple union of quince, spray rose, and loropetalum (fringe flower) foliage makes for an exquisite arrangement for any occasion.

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.

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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.

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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

Humans with Bouquets: Arasteh

Out of the three of my children, this sweet girl of mine is most willing to pose for me, so I would be a fool not to bank on that whenever I can. She has recently turned into a little hipster and I think it is quite cute! My husband has been saying: "I went to San Francisco and bought myself a little hipster child". Here she is, my lovely "human" number 6! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

For this bouquet I wanted a soft and feminine palette. In my opinion nothing screams "soft and sweet" more than the combination below.

Flowers: acacia, geranium, impatience garden rose, narcissus, lilac, hellebore 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

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

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

I am really enjoying doing this series. I spent a good portion of last weekend shooting more "humans" - beautiful ones - each in their own unique way. I can't wait to share them with you all. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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