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

Garden-inspired Lush Centerpiece

Spring is one of the best seasons to work with flowers, and luckily, a lot of weddings happen in the springtime. For this DIY I had a lush, organic, and feminine theme in mind. So, when I stepped into my garden, which has been blooming beautifully since late March, I had no problem finding all sorts of gems with which to implement my vision for this centerpiece. That said, while we didn't get much rain (at all) in Northern California, what we did get came late, and caused a bunch of fungus problems with my roses. I had to do a lot of pruning in the middle of their growth to get them healthy, so I am especially happy with what I was able to gather for this arrangement, and what continues to grow and (finally) flourish.

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

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

I usually choose my vase(s) after I have chosen the flowers. For this particular centerpiece, since I had some climbing roses and larger branches, I felt that this milk glass pedestal vase would look great and allow the florals to flow out of it.

Flowers: garden rose, climbing rose, tea rose, clematis, hydrangea, ornamental kale Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin with the kale and create a base within the vase from which you can then build the rest of the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Create the asymmetry of the centerpiece by placing the taller hydrangea branch on the opposite side of the kale. From here on, you can build a free flowing and natural looking arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin adding the climbing roses - some underneath the hydrangea and some above. In between add a couple of stems of the kale. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Now you can begin to add the single roses to the arrangement. These roses are so beautiful and aromatic, and an absolute favorite of mine. As you add your flowers to the vase, be sure to take a step back and examine your arrangement to make sure that you are adding flowers and foliage just where you need them - not too many and not too little. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Finally, add the clematis. I only had one and it was perfect for added color, texture, and an overall beauty. Sometimes flowers placed in an arrangement singularly can make such a lovely statement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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

Humans with Bouquets: David J.

Today's human has been quite an influential person in our lives for the past 3 years. David Jacobson is a distinguished violin soloist - first performing with major symphony orchestras in his teens - and he and his wife Audinga (also a distinguished violinist) are my sons' most wonderful music teachers. Both David and Audinga have a fantastic approach to music education steeped in the history and tradition of Russian/European musical mastery. While the Suzuki method most popular today may produce technical ability via its rote approach, it often doesn't produce students who truly feel and understand the music that they are playing. This is something unique about how David and Audinga teach, and I truly appreciate it.

I have played the piano since I was 6, and never really had the best experience with my music teachers. Today, I am fortunate to live vicariously through my sons, and appreciate these lovely teachers for the greatness they add to our lives.

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

Flowers: orchid, dogwood, tea rose, carnation, silene, columbine, sweet pea Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

It all happens, the lessons and frequent recitals, here at the San Francisco Institute of Music. I love this place, and the sound of the violin and piano carry to the end of the street. It smells like music, do you know what I mean? If you have been around music all your life like I have, you know that the piano has a certain smell, and sheet music, it smells like old books. However, the welcoming vibe that I get from this place is what makes me love it the most. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

My little violinist and his teacher. These two have a very special relationship. I have never quite met a music teacher who is as patient and positive as David is with Aram, and I am so very grateful for that. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Thank you for being my human David! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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