Dogwood Days, cont.

Told you I would be using dogwood in my arrangements this week! They look gorgeous with the light blue hydrangeas and peach french tulips.
I met with a great couple this past Saturday, Chris and Jessica, who will be getting married in July. Chris is studying at Columbia Seminary and Jessica is at UGA. I'm working on a proposal for them in colors of lilac, lavender, purple and ivory. As I do for most of my proposals, I will include several different flower combinations at different price levels so they can choose which best fits their budget.
If you are planning a wedding in June, July or August - call me soon because these dates are filling up!


Dogwood Days

Guess what bloom floral design will be using in arrangements this week?? That's right...dogwood branches. If you cut them at an angle they will last a good long time in water.
I love my giant lantern that I have on my kitchen island and this week it is filled with slender spice jars holding small dogwood branches in a bed of green moss.
The dining room plant stand has my grandmother's pitcher filled with larger, more substantial branches.
Locally grown is best. Bring the outdoors in!


bloom floral design and Ted Turner

Remember the P.R. firm from yesterday? Well, one of their clients is Ted's Montana Grill. Here is the man himself at a ribbon cutting for a new Ted's Grill in Nebraska. Guess where the giant red ribbon/bow came from?????? You got it - bloom floral design!
Less than six degrees between me and Ted. Cool.


Monday, Monday

A few pix from the Tybee trip. Nice.

And then, back to work! Mondays are my corporate account delivery days. Here's a groovy arrangement I did for a P.R. firm. Yellow calla lilies, yellow alstromeria, steel grass.


Tybee Island

Off for a little tiny break...be back soon. Hoping to be inspired and see some great flora and fauna!

Buddha Lemon

It is a gorgeous day! It's nice to see the sun after so much rain.
I was looking through some picture files and saw this arrangement from the Decatur Tour of Homes. I provided floral designs for all 10 homes on the tour. This arrangement was in a very cool house that had a beautiful marble island in the kitchen.
The funky lemon I found at Whole Foods and just had to use it. If I remember correctly it is called a Buddha finger lemon and it smelled divine. Not to mention it looks just like a flower - or a big burst of sunshine!


Rehearsal Dinner

I live in the Oakhurst area of Decatur and one of the best restaurants over here is Wahoo - A Decatur Grill. And luckily, it is close enough to walk to!
I do a weekly flower arrangement for them as well as provide a little greenery for their Sunday brunch. Tonight someone is having a rehearsal dinner there and I've put together two little arrangements for the tables.
Purple tulips, unbelievably gorgeous deep red dahlias, yellow spray roses, purple wax flower, green hypericum berries, leucodendron and some carolina jessamin vine (straight out of the back yard). Perfect.


Chantilly Lace

Had another meeting today at Sun in My Belly, this time with Danielle who is getting married at the Houston Mill House in May. She's a gorgeous Italian girl who will wear an ivory gown of chantilly lace over organza. She's also an accountant and pointed out early on that she has a preference for things to be symmetrical, neat and tidy! And instead of a Best Man, her groom will have a 'Best Woman' - his sister. (I have another wedding this year where there will be a 'Man of Honor'. Love it!)
She told me that she loves tulips so we discussed the idea of ivory tulips and roses for her bridal bouquet. I suggested the girls carry a pale pink bouquet of tulips and roses which will photograph nicely and look lovely against the deep burgundy of their gowns.
Better get to work...


Brittany and Adam

I just met with a great couple at Sun in My Belly (my favorite place to meet clients). Adam telephoned yesterday and we were able to set up a meeting for today. I love when the groom is the one who makes the phone call!
Brittany is a recent UGA graduate with a wish for "simple, elegant and classy" flowers. She loves hydrangeas and is pretty set on a bright purple and blue color palate. They will be married at the McDaniel-Tichenor House in Monroe, Georgia in June. Adam will graduate from UGA in May and get this, his 5-year old twin brothers (no siblings in between) will be the ring bearers. I have to say it - how cute is that!
And bless his parents - one child graduating from college with the others about to enter kindergarten!


The Solarium

These photos are from Kristen and Joe's wedding at The Solarium in the Oakhurst area of Decatur. A bright and cheerful color palate of white, orange and green was expressed using tulips, tulips and more tulips. Accent flowers were gerbers, kermit poms and chamomile.
The groom was from England so we used vintage tea tins for some of the centerpieces along with a collection of milk glass containers. Kristen mentioned during our consultation that she collected milk glass so I suggested she use her pieces along with a few more I purchased at an antique market.
They were married on the steps of the building next toThe Solarium. I created a "ribbon curtain" to hang in the doorway to give them a colorful backdrop for their ceremony. The flower girls carried paper cones adorned with ribbon streamers. I also created a ribbon "awning" over the entryway to the Solarium.
The late afternoon was quite breezy making all the ribbon come alive!


Circus Roses

I wish this would happen all the time!! I bought these roses last Monday and look at them today - Saturday! They almost look like they are made out of paper they have opened so perfectly. When you purchases roses be sure to cut the stem at an angle so there is a greater surface for water uptake. If the heads start to droop, you can always submerge the whole stem, flower and all, in water for a few minutes, recut and they should perk right up.
These roses however had no special treatment at all and they have bloomed spectacularly. And their fragrance is divine.


My assistant

As you can see, my assistant Stormy is not working very hard today. She seems to be really good at getting in the way of my typing the letters a, z, q, s, etc.

You just can't get good help these days.



These photos are from Corie and Anuj's wedding. They combined aspects of both Lutheran and Indian religious customs to celebrate their wedding day. Her elegant Vera Wang dress mimicked the style of a traditional Indian sari. Her cascade bouquet included white and green cymbidium orchids, white dendrobium orchids, lavender and peach roses, hypericum berries, french lavender and fingerling seeded eucalyptus.


Anticipating Spring

With the snow melting away, I delivered these great "moss purses" filled with brightly-colored flowers to several ladies from their boss. They had worked hard on a project and flowers are the perfect way to say thank you. Anticipating spring, the purse was filled with snapdragons, tulips, asters, roses, alstromeria, billy balls and purple iris. I wanted to keep one for myself!


Inspired by the snow...

For my corporate accounts this week the color scheme was, of course, white! Masses and mounds of football mums, creamon and tulips.


I couldn't resist posting some snow shots! It was an amazing sight - snowing in Atlanta for six hours! It even thundered during the snowstorm which was really bizarre. All the daffodils were covered up, but fortunately I cut most of mine the day before and brought them in (upon recommendation from the mother-in-law).
I was hoping for snow this winter and right now I am completely satisfied.