While Sheltering In Place, I have done some live Instagram Stories to share my love of creating with flowers and to spread a little beauty while we are at home and distant from some of the beauty and people we love.
Here is a shortened video I've completed that can be used as a floral design tutorial or just a glimpse of how to make a hand tied bouquet.
This one is my favorite for a few reasons. First, it's all local. Including local roses, which is really important to me, in case you haven't seen the stories about mass rose growers in Ecuador and Latin America and the lack of restrictions in other countries in regard to environmental and social costs. I proudly support local rose growers. Second, it's all about the colors we use. I love the warmth of the orange, red and yellow variations. It reminds me of a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Like so many of the beautiful sunsets we witness here in the bay area, with the San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge skyline. Or the beautiful sunrises I get to witness while I'm traveling over the Bay Bridge to get flowers in SF.
It's called the Bay Sunrise arrangement and it's available in the Gorgeous and Green online store for local delivery via bike courier. It's such a big hit for local deliveries, that we have started to offer in larger sizes.
Here it is in it's grandest size: Just thought I'd share some pretty pics. And share again how important it is to go with local with your purchases when you have a chance! In Green and Local Support, G&G
The host table has one yellow pincusion in a vintage candlewick drinking glass.
The Large French bucket in the back is stacked with bushy branches and some bright organic and local sunflowers.
The vintage vase (my favorite vase) has some pink protea and lovely local amaranth, organic bells of ireland and local branches and berries.
Here you can see wisps of asparagus leaves and kale trailing from a simple bouquet of roses and gerbera that were left over from a past event.Here's a little arrangement I made for the front host table, some lovely maple leaves, local and organic scabiosa pods and organic scabiosa flowers and local crespedia. I love their shapes. In Green and Health, G&G
Last week at Revival Gorgeous and Green reused this chemical glass vase. Since the opening is so narrow, I can only put a couple of stems in. This time a little local flowering kale and a nice flowering branch. I love using flowering kale or cabbage, not only because it's hardy and has lovely petals and color, but because it is tied to a good friend of mine. My flowering kale comes from a local grower and wholesaler in Half Moon Bay, Dave Repetto. I have developed a great rapport with him and he is always clear with me about his flowers and his more sustainable practices, including not spraying pesticides on most flowers. Besides the fact that he's local, I know he employs a good amount of local people and he is kind and fair. My local business of selling local and sustainable flowers (and gifts and cards, and...) in turn supports so many other local businesses and people, and the ripples go on and on.
In the big vase I had some lovely flowering branches that had such great movement up and out, I just added a few greens and hanging amaranth as well as one large flowering kale right near the middle.
And for the entrance, one more kale in a short vase with some sprigs and branches.
In Green and Health, G&G
Gorgeous and Green does the weekly arrangements for the restaurant Paisan, in Berkeley. We usually do just a few pieces, they have a small space and just a few touches of color brighten it up. These were created by my assistant Ryan.
some small arrangements for a few tables
Last week at Revival I used a lot of green for the arrangements. I love all the different textures and strange looking living things that show up in these arrangements.
Hi all I frequently update on our lovely floral designs, but I tend to leave out so much of what is actually beautiful and lovely for sale in the Gorgeous and Green boutique. If you've been to the boutique, you probably know about all the lovely tillandsia we have and the great cards all printed on recycled paper, but there's always new items and small changes, almost on a weekly! We always have locally hand-blown tillandsia terrariums or what I like to call air-iums, (since they float in the air and hold airplants). The local glass blower and I like to work on new shapes that will work for the plants and add a new element of design. I recently started offering a few flat glass terrariums for the airplants to live in, one of which you can see here:
These flat terrariums allow it to rest right up against the wall, so you can hang it from a nail or hook in the wall. I have a new collection of locally made pottery designs from the artist Anna Vaughn, who's eye for color, texture and ornate designs go well with the delicate but very earthy style of the shop. Her art pots continuously sell very well in the boutique, so get them while you can! They take her a lot of time to create!
I also recently started carrying lovely, vintage and sustainably made jewelry from local artist Jessica Fein. Her beautiful and sometimes big rings and earrings make quite a statement, and also great gifts. The pieces I hand select for the boutique are from her vintage collection, so they are often in short supply. Here's a pic of some of the rings we have nestled in an old silverware box I repurposed:
In Green and Health, G&G
This arrangement features the spindly branches and fuchsia lepto with thimble berry and orange juice roses from a local grower in Petaluma. I love the vase because of it's shape and character. It's a wide v shaped vintage vase with touches of gold. It's probably from the 40's although has a hint of 20's charm.
Here's the hot pink lepto with the big branches. It's hard to tell but this thing was probably 7 feet tall with those branches. The lepto itself was 5 feet tall. It was a local bush, probably getting out of hand before it was trimmed down. The pictures don't do these arrangements justice, because you lose the dimensionality of it. Those branches are kind of creeping and winding around the branches.
In local Green and Health,