Friday, December 23, 2011

Roses in December...

During the first week of December, Jaime from the Monkey Flower Group and I met up at my studio at Garden Valley Ranch with the intentions of making wreaths for the holidays...

To our surprise, we found some determined Roses still blooming in the fields along with some stubborn Hellebores begging us to play with them. We couldn't just leave them there to rot, could we?

Jaime created the stunning bouquet featured above using Honeysuckle, Hellebores, and gorgeous garden Roses. Jaime is a floral designer as well as a master of photographing flowers. I admire how she can capture their glow when illuminated by the sun and their natural color. She photographed our creations just before the sun dropped which she archived on her inspiring blog here.

The arrangement I made below includes Honeysuckle, Hellebores, variegated Sage, and a variety of garden Roses-pretty much everything I could find in the garden except for Rose hips (saved those babies for the wreaths).

We were amazed to find such gorgeous specimen in the fields at this time of year, so we did what we love to do...

Run through rows of Roses. Play with the plants. Squeal over our finds. Forage through the fragrance garden. Photograph. Photograph some more. Re-arrange. Photograph. And keep the beauty alive as long as we possibly can!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bouquets for Beltane

Photography by Dinno Kovic
About a year ago I met Danielle and Jimmy in Sonoma, handed her my card with a "just in case you're getting married"-

...and seven months later, they did!

I had the honor of designing her wedding flowers and working with such a sweet couple at a beautiful wedding site.

Beltane Ranch is such a picturesque location for a wedding; it's charming barns and scenery are absolutely stunning. Their gnarly Oaks are out of this world and dripping with moss & lichen (which colors matched the sea foam green of the Dusty Miller leaves).

Danielle's Bouquets were designed with Ivory Peonies, Apricot garden Roses, Lily-of-the-Valley, Buddleja, and Dusty Miller to create a vintage-inspired palette. 

Wrap it up pretty in lilac beaded lace...

and watch her walk the aisle with grace.