Early Autumn Arrangements

I don't often do single arrangements, but I won't lie, when a lovely gentleman calls you, and asks for a "spectacular" arrangement for his wife on their anniversary, it is hard to say no! So, here is my version of spectacular. With autumn it is so easy to create "knock your socks off" arrangements because the colors and textures available are simply beyond amazing!! As a designer, I am truly in heaven in autumn.

Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This is a little something I put together just for me to enjoy. One of the great things about visiting the flower mart is that I usually have leftovers for myself, and I always take advantage of it and put together a few little things for around the house. Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

The raindrops on my roses this morning were truly a novelty given the serious drought we've been having in California. Early Autumn Arrangements / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Bill

Today's human is one of my husband's best friends - Bill. I've known Bill for many many years now, and he is always a delight to spend some time with, even if we don't get to do it very often. He happened to be coming to San Francisco for a couple of days of work, and I pestered him into shooting with us on busy Market Street. It was a lot of fun to shoot during the morning commuter rush hour with the hustle and bustle of the city all around us. Bill has a great and unique look - and I wanted to make something a little wild to match up with his eclectic style. We all had fun, and he was a gracious and patient participant. Thanks Bill!

Flowers: peony, ranunculus, fritillaria, maple (leaf), quince (branch), pieris

A taxi for my bouquet? Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

At the market 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

Floral Teapot for Mom DIY

As you must have figured out by now, I love using unusual vessels for my floral arrangements. I believe that a vase/vessel plays as much of a role in the beauty of an arrangement as the flowers do. For this Mother's Day DIY, I decided to use an old teapot that I scored (for $10) from a yard sale in Long Beach while visiting a friend. For a mom who loves orchids, this combination of flowers and foliage could be a lovely Mother's Day gift. Given the asian style of the vessel that I was working with, I chose varieties that would yield a complementary arrangement. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

This time of year is perfect for maple leaves as they are just blooming and their leaves are fresh and unblemished. The red Japanese maple has beautiful little flowers as well, which add a delicate touch. The maple leaves and the rhododendron came from the backyard/neigborhood, and the orchid is from the local Trader Joe's ($12). The total cost of materials for this arrangement came to $22. That said, I think it came out looking like a million bucks.

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you'll need:

  • Teapot
  • Green Japanese maple
  • Red Japanese maple
  • Rhododendron
  • Orchids

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Begin by adding the different maple varieties tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Continue with the rhododendron tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Finally, place the orchids tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet