Big Old Rose Bouquet

My mother in law recently celebrated a milestone birthday, and my husband had the wonderful idea to create a bouquet with a rose for each year of her life (I had previously been on a quest to track down these “Joyce” garden roses, since her name is Joyce, with no luck).

I’ve been loving roses and rose-centric designs lately, and this was fun and challenging for me to arrange in a vase sans foam because of the quantity involved.  I won’t say exactly how many roses there were, but for any of you florists, we used three wholesale packs ; )  The varieties we selected that morning were Pink Finesse, Message, and Big Fun.

finesse big fun message roses


Carondelet House Wedding – Preview

I am finally catching up on some long overdue blog entries!

First up is a preview of an event that was a total pleasure back to create flowers for back in early September.  It was the wedding of a truly lovely couple, held at my new favorite venue (the Carondelet House in Los Angeles).   Their photographer was the very talented Nirav Photography out of San Francisco, and I hope to have some of his photos to share shortly, but in the meantime, here are some of my snaps.

The bridal bouquet was all garden roses accented by jasmine vine and maidenhair fern.  The varieties used were Romantic Antik, Finesse, and King Arthur.

garden rose wedding bouquet romantic antik king arthur finesse jasmine vine maidenhair fern

And we did tiny little posies for each of the mothers – again with roses and maidenhair fern, plus raspberries on the branch and andromeda (aka pieris).  Here they are together:

And a close up of the mother’s posy:

posy raspberry roses maidenhair fern andromeda

For the centerpieces, we did low ceramic bowls in shades of ivory and gray, and a variety of shapes and sizes.   Each arrangement was dominated by a single color / palette, rather than being all mixed up – some were mostly burgundy / red, some medium blush pink, and some pale peachy.   Here is one of the pale ones, boxed up and ready to go:

centerpiece dahlia cafe au lait astilbe anemone oAnd ready to be set out on the table:

One of the blush pink arrangements:

And one of the family style tables adorned with so many mini arrangements:

And on the round tables, we did clusters of three, one of each color:

One of my favorite details about this wedding was the ceremony backdrop, which doubled as sweetheart table backdrop during the dinner.  It was a garland / swag from the exposed ceiling beams, made of smilax with clusters of roses.   Here’s how it looked for dinner time:

And a closeup:

Like I said, I can’t wait to see the pro pics from this wedding.  And a big belated blog congratulations to a beautiful couple!


Favorite new foilage

Along with some sweet new rose varieties, I’ve fallen in love with two new foliage varieties recently too.  Unfortunately, I only have the phonetic spelling of this first variety from the wholesaler, and it didn’t yield any google results – so if anyone knows how this stuff is actually spelled, please let me know! It was imported from Holland and is just the most delightful stuff – airy little baubles on spring green stalks.   They told me Tillasphia, and I’ve tried googling various possible alternate spellings, all of which are just getting suggestions for Tilapia ; ) But I hope to see this stuff again some day!

More common but still new to me is knifeblade acacia – this stuff almost shifts colors from gray-green to blue-green to touches of purple and it looked awesome with some fall dahlias I picked up the other day!

knifeblade acacia

knifeblade acacia dahlias ranunculus

October 20, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Sally Castellini - Hi, Kate. Love your site and designs…filled with inspiration!
I believe the top photo of your new favorite foliage is pepper grass, which grows around our farm here in NJ.

January 29, 2013 - 4:41 pm

flowers by busy b - Hi Kate,

Tillasphia is called thlaspi green bell. i bought some this weekend and love the stuff too. i remembered reading this post sometime ago and thought you might find the proper spelling helpful.

Love your work, this blog and all the helpful information that you share, particularly to a budding florist like me.

– BB

March 14, 2013 - 9:28 am

Kate - Thank you SO much! And sorry for the late reply : )

March 14, 2013 - 9:28 am

Kate - Thank you!