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

The Great Summer Road Trip

My family and I are big fans of road trips and when the summer rolls around we usually go on one. This year we have embarked upon the longest road trip we have ever been on - 5 weeks on the road. Our first stop (from California) is usually Texas to visit family, and then we go on to New Orleans and the deep South (which is one of my absolute favorite parts of the country). This year, we'll continue down to Miami, and then up the East Coast to New York City, and then back across the United States through Amish country, Chicago, Mount Rushmore, and (most likely) parts of Washington and Oregon before returning home. Last week I stopped in Dallas for a workshop with Fullosophie at a great location - Chicken Scratch/The Foundry. It was so much fun, and the ladies who attended were absolutely lovely (and Chicken Scratch was a great venue). I had all of my flowers shipped from California, and Brannan Street Wholesale sponsored the workshop and shipped them in immaculate condition. Everyone was so thrilled to have California-grown flowers in Texas!

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

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

Flowers: parrot tulip, carnation, anemone, garden rose, spray rose, lisianthus, smoke, agonis Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

It certainly was a warm afternoon, but as someone who lives in Northern California and does not get much heat in the summer, I really loved it. 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

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

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

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

Weekly Inspiration: Lily of the Valley

I had a wedding last weekend and the bride wanted soft colors - specifically white peonies, silver succulents, and parrot tulips. In general, my style is such that I like to include a variety of different elements in each bouquet. So, I was not about to make a bouquet with only those three ingredients - it's just not me, and it wouldn't be very interesting as far as I'm concerned. So, here is what I came up with: Flowers: bellflower, ranunculus, parrot tulip, garden rose, climbing rose, peony, flowering onion, jasmine, lily of the valley Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Lily of the valley is always such a treat - so delicate and beautiful, and with the sweetest aroma. While I couldn't mix these in the bridal bouquet (just too delicate and small next to the large peony - they would get lost) I wanted to still incorporate them somewhere, so I used them for the boutonnieres and and corsages. And I think it was the perfect unexpected touch! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I don't think I could ever get sick of peonies. Look at these - they look like the feathers of a swan! 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

Credits:

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