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
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
The centerpiecesThe bride and groom had asked for a lot of green and also wanted to include elements like blue thistle and lots of eucalyptus and kangaroo paw to note their heritage. (The groom is from Australia, so the kangaroo paw and eucalyptus or "gum leaves", were a special notation for him)
The happy coupleThe bride and groom looked wonderful and they were a joy to work with. Cheers! G&G
Weddings, Green Weddings!Like most florists and wedding coordinators out there, I've been busy. So busy, I haven't been keeping up on my blogs. So sorry. But, I hope to have some wonderful pics from wedding photographers in the coming weeks to show you all that I've been up to. First though, a sneak peak at a few of my concoctions. A few weeks ago I had a wonderfully organic wedding in Lafayette, Ca. The bride trusted me to develop a plan for her day and we came up with a plan for collecting recycled cobalt blue vases for her centerpieces. She wanted pink and since there was so much blue, I added a few touches of yellow, namely from some beautiful sunflowers that were in season. All her flowers came from local growers, and about 75% of them were organic. Thankfully, a local grower had an abundance of rose colored mini callas. So I used them wherever I could. I must have had at least 2 dozen just in the bride's bouquet. Take a look:
And I added plenty of those callas in the bridemaid's bouquets as well. I also added some orchids that yours truly had grown. For some reason I have good luck with orchid plants. Nock on a tree.
I just had a lovely wedding in Kensington at the community center, and the bride was not a big fan of flowers. She wanted fruits and vegetables instead. So I worked some magic with some locally grown fruits and veggies and created some beautiful centerpieces. Here are some mock centerpieces to give you an idea of what I did:
I just love getting creative with what the local earth has to offer in it's abundance. As you can see, it's dahlia season and I couldn't help but add some locally grown organic dahlias into the mix.
All the centerpieces I've been doing, whether flowers, veggies or branches have included some key elements of sustainability. All the vases we used in these two wedding ended up getting reused, either in to my collection or into someone's home. That feels so good!
In Green Weddings and Health,