When the seasons change from summer to fall, most of us feel sad that summer's ending. Some people are excited to get the kids back to school and watch the leaves fall. I think all of us love the sweater weather, bundling up to keep warm and cozy. A chill in the air and the smell of campfires comfort us knowing winter and snow is not far off. However if you live on the west coast of California you know that it doesn't get nearly as cold as the east coast. California bears some of the most beautiful end of summer flowers I have ever had the privilege to experience. This design was created in a gorgeous turquoise blue glass pedestal bowl that I acquired at a local antique store. I foraged some blooms and paired with locally grown blooms from the wholesaler. The beautiful green and deep plum pokeweed is from the escondido area, the white garden roses are foraged from Oceanside, the pink oat grass was clipped from Valley Center and the brilliant coleus I had growing in pots in my backyard in Historic Vista. The remaining flowers are lisianthks in a deep shade of purple, peach gladiolus blooms, Juliet garden roses, coral stock, Rosita vendela roses and Pink Floyd roses.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
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Thursday, August 20, 2015
The secret to making the perfect sangria is mixing just the right amounts of wine, fruits and sodas. Sangria is a delightful beverage that originated from Spain. Designing an captivating celebration for your visual senses using flowers and fruits was the high point of my day. I waited 5 days so that the pink Floyd roses were ripened, perfectly fermented like a fine Merlot. A white garden roses concentrate was added for body. Jasmine vine was added with the right amount of sweetness. Fresh raspberries were put into the mixture that just soaks up the flavor of the roses. Tangy coleus compliments the berries and vines while the dianthus adds the fizz.
Monday, August 10, 2015
After a day at the beach collecting beautiful rocks in all different sizes and shapes I went through them all and separated the small black ones from the mound I had. I washed them in a warm soapy bath and let me dry completely. I used white acrylic paint to create the domino dots and lines. I let them dry and sprayed with clear coat spray paint. Now my dominos are ready to be played with.
Friday, June 5, 2015
It was super easy for me to find brightly colored tin cans here in Southern California. The spicy sauces and Mexican flavors of San Diego are everywhere. Spanish culture is celebrated on a daily basis and is so prevelent in our society. I pay homage to this culture with my California tin can planters brimming with whimsical celosia, portulaca, strawberry vine and darling succulents.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
When I think of happiness it's definitely flowers. When people receive flowers they have an immediate smile and sense of joy. Studies have shown that flowers make people happy.
Gardeners are know to be the most patient people. They wait for their gardens to bloom, then instant happiness.
Color also has a lot to do with feelings. There has been hundreds of studies the clearly indicate color has an affect on mood whether its positive or negative. Yellow increases concentration. It's an attention getting, energizing and refreshing. Yellow is a sign of caution, can produce anxiety and can even make you self critical. Yellow is the color that helps clear the mind and makes the world go round.
This floral design is created with clippings of white garden roses, loquat branches, and California gold medallion in a Chinese ginger vase.