Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Decor

With the holidays upon us we will have be having or attending some kind of holiday festivity. SoI have gathered some examples and items from etsy to decorate for the holidays with. They may not be your traditional decorations but they will add some festive cheer none the less.

Here is our colorful holiday decor with some green elements to it.
A. Use a fallen tree branch with ornaments for a table centerpiece that doesn't get in the way.
See other great ideas from The Bella Life Blog
B. A wreath made from holiday cards!
C. Colorful French Macarons from Sparkles Kitchen
D. Soft blue bowls from Up In The Air Somewhere
E. A festive mobile, Pukapu
A modern metallic holiday
a. Mirror Mosaic Wreath
b. Brass reindeer, High Street Market
c. Beautiful metalic bowls, Syma Small Works
d. A lobby in a Paris hotel

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Hellebore Flowers
As part of trying to offer unique and beautiful flowers, the on that I am investigating this weeks is the Hellebore. It is a winter/early spring flower that comes in many shades of purple, red, pinnk and green. I love the look of this flower and it is something unique for those winter weddings.

You can learn more about the flower {here}

A Hellborus bouquet by Martha Stewart

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peonies, Olives and Llamas, Oh My!

The farm is Cheateau CharMarron Peony Gardens, the home of Monte Carlo Tuscan Olive Oil as well as a llama farm.  The reason I was there was that I went to go pick up a special peony bush to add to my garden of cut flowers that I will be using for the various events I will be doing this coming year. 

Maria the owner was great and showed us around the peony gardens as well as the olive groves which they were harvesting today. The weather was sunny and a bit windy however that didn't effect the beauty of this place that was set high in the East Bay hills looking over the bay and surrounding area. 

Another thing I discovered is that when all her peonies bloom you can come and buy the stalks! So, if you or you know of anyone getting married in April or May, I will be up there picking the most amazing flowers...which would be perfect for a wedding. 

Enough chat here are the photos:

If you want more information on the farm click {here}

Sunday, November 7, 2010

How beautiful is a rose.

I love roses and if you aren't a rose lover maybe you just haven't found the right one as there are over 100 species in a variety of colors.  Most are native to Asia, with smaller numbers of species native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa.

One species is the Gallica or Provins roses that are a very old class developed from R. gallica, which is a native of central and southern Europe. The Apothecary's Rose, R. gallica officinalis, was grown in monastic herbiaries in the Middle Ages, and became famous in English history as the Red Rose of Lancaster. Gallicas flower once in the summer. The gallica comes in shades of red, maroon and deep purplish crimson. 

I plan to post more about plant species, so stay tuned for more. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


As part of my business, I am always trying to find interesting flowers. So, to help in this search as well as learn more about cultivating plants, I am going to try to grow my own. The first thing on my task list was where to plant these flowers, so I have created a raised bed especially for my cut flowers. Depending on the specific needs of the flowers, they will also be spread around the front and backyards.
Currently filled with compost and made with salvaged wood.

Second, find some cool flowers to plant now for spring.
Here is what I have so far:
Clusiana Lady Jane Tulip
Honkey Talk Tulip
Calgary Daffodil
Deinashaugh Daffodil
Snakes Head