Irresistibly Lush

Those of you who regularly read my blog know that garden arrangements are my absolute favorite, and springtime is the best time for creating the most lush arrangements. There is just so much beauty blooming in every corner of my yard and neighborhood that it is hard not to be inspired. Shower tree and mock orange are in full bloom right now, so I had to do a couple of arrangements with them.

Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

I really like the shape of these vases, but they can be tricky to do large and free flowing arrangements in due to the fact that their opening is not particularly wide. I knew that I needed tall branches and stems that would drape from the vases, and that is where the mock orange, snowberries, vibernum, and the shower tree came in.

Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Here I used only a few of each floral variety, but it worked perfectly because the stems were quite long and flexible, and made for a lovely free form arrangement. I added some color to my arrangement by adding just 3 roses from my garden.

Flowers: vibernum, snowberry, mock orange, garden rose Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

I love, love, love shower tree, but you have to watch out for those thorns!!

I really like the combination of the shower tree and sweet peas. The sweet peas are sort of the extension of the shower tree blooms. The soft pastel color theme carried out by the sweet peas, poppies and ranunculi creates a very feminine, garden look for this arrangement.

Flowers: shower tree, sweet pea, rose, poppy, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Yours truly with her garden arrangement. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

One can never ever tire of poppies, roses, or ranunculi! Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood Rondeur Vases available at Anthropologie

Garden Corsages for Mom

I asked my mom what I could make her for Mother's Day, and she said that she would love a corsage that she could pin to her dress. Rather than make just one, I thought it would be fun to make a few and have her pick which one she would want to wear this coming Sunday. After looking in my garden, I picked a bunch of different flowers - roses, geranium, camellia, lavender, mock orange, hellebore, hydrangea, clematis, and some tiny flowers from one of the succulents. You can use anything that you'd like for a corsage, so please don't feel constrained by the selections noted. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

A selection of garden flowers / Kiana Underwood

A pretty ribbon really makes the corsage, and I keep a big basket in the closet containing a wide variety of widths, colors, and styles. If you are into crafting at all, I'd encourage you to stop by your local craft store and pick up a selection - you can always find uses for it. / Kiana Underwood

Making a corsage is easy - and doesn't require more than a few flowers (and greens, if desired) / Kiana Underwood

Start with the greens, and then the flowers - making a small bouquet / Kiana Underwood

Use a small amount of floral tape to secure your bouquet, and then tie a bow with your ribbon / Kiana Underwood

This could easily be used as a wrist corsage as well / Kiana Underwood

I asked my mom to come and model - she loved them all and is still deciding on which one to pick / Kiana Underwood


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet