Thursday, November 1, 2012

June boom

Things are slowing down's bittersweet.

These happy flowers were stunning in Sonoma despite the heat. They even look hot. It was over 100 degrees that day and I was melting. panicking about the flowers. spritzing them with water like a maniac. trying not to look like a maniac in the process...

Now I wish I had some of that warmth from that gorgeous summer day at Kate and T's wedding. 

Imagine they're somewhere in Australia, still celebrating...

Stunning photography by Stephanie Court Photograhpy

Monday, October 29, 2012

my new bigger family...

My family gained a member at Garden Valley Ranch this year when my Mom married a wonderful gentleman I am proud to have in our family.

Since the studio is at the ranch, I didn't have to haul things too far...

and I couldn't have done it alone-my dear friend Bonnie helped to put everything, including myself, together that day to make it happen.

Sally Holmes, one of my all-time favorite roses, showed up for the party. Along with those incredible Peonies and Bells of Ireland-because my Mom is an Irish gal.

White Passion vine was hanging around all over the place.

The head table spread with some of my Mom's Depression glass collection...

all the girls all dressed up!

Her glorious bouquet with Cattleya Orchids...

to the happy couple
I love you both

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall fleurs

Just a little something I put together.

I'm ready for fall palettes, how about you?


Monday, September 24, 2012

florals for Jen Huang's Sonoma Workshop


Photography by  Jen Huang

Hair & Makeup by  Jess Wilcox

Dress by Winifred Bean

Velvet Bowtie by Boutaugh

Check out Grey Likes Weddings for the full spread of this fabulous workshop!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

roses in the shadows

Roses...what is there more to say, really?

I adore them...

can't live without them


Monday, August 27, 2012

I'm so very excited to get the opportunity to work with the talented
Jen Huang next week for her workshop in Sonoma!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

press pause

I'm beginning to realize how essential it is to rest these days, even plants go dormant at least once a year...the roses are resting as of now, they are in between blooms and I'm trying to take a moment to collect myself.        I                     am                        all 


A carnation for your thoughts-they are one of my most favorite flowers. 
Not only because they last for weeks but for their effortless versatility. 
I'm trying to channel the carnation...

and the glorious branches of beech, its leaves tipped with colors catching the light...

along with two beach-bound beauties propped up with a plastic bag and a pair of tom's.

June was good fun. 


Thursday, May 10, 2012

may oh may

May is crazy, need I say more? My eyes are sore from darting all over the garden, from the blossoms, to the birds, to the Rose slugs skeletonizing leaves, to the birds chirping, to the weeds we never seem to keep up with...

It is mating season at the ranch and EVERYTHING seems to be nesting and multiplying right before our eyes. The Roses have exploded overnight, from a few blossoms here and there to... well, let's just say I could spend days harvesting...

...and it begins starting tomorrow.

Life is good.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

oh , to reminisce

Roses hold a special place in my heart. 
In October, I paired them with Dahlias, Dusty Miller, Smoke Bush, Scabiosa, and believe it or not, Blackberry bramble...

Olive branches...

as well as Amaranthus...

all in a vintage champagne urn


Friday, April 13, 2012

these days

I can't resist yellows, especially during this time of year when the wind whips and feels as if it's slapping me in the face. Bright colors soothe my soul and bring me happy thoughts. These early flowers whisper promises of the Rose bloom soon to come. Lupin are beginning to show their cheery faces along with white flowering Currant, Pieris, Daffodil, Fern and wild Tulip and some Lily.

Those yellow and orange posies are the wild Tulips; they look like they are on fire.

Lilacs are here in abundance, their scent perfuming the air...Hellebores still holding on. Muscari are poking out amongst the green of spring along with other cool-toned Hyacinth. Blue Honeywort is really spectacular right now, in the moodiest purple hue.

The Peonies are making me swoon, so perfectly puffed and pink. I paired a few with late-flowering Cherry blossoms and white Lilac to watch them gracefully unfurl. 

Cheers to you and yours during this lovely spring!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

just the beginning

Yesterday I made this bouquet with my March bride in mind. 

I felt like a princess carrying these flowers around, and was so giddy I didn't want to put it down.

It smells divine, too. Like sweet peas and jasmine blossoms.

 I love the bounty of spring and I'm so happy for L+R