Monthly Archives: September 2009

Guess Who’s Engaged?!

…the girl that designed this bouquet of ranunculus and lilac for our booth at the wedding show…

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… the girl that makes me smile till it hurts…


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Kit was the first designer I hired when I started Bliss Flower Studio. She called to order flowers for her sorority sister, Kat, which got my attention. Really? Kit ordering flowers for Kat? Kit Kat? I thought it was a joke! But after a short visit with Kit, I filled her flower order and hired her to help me with weddings…and I am SO glad I did! She worked with me all the way through college and we had lots of time  while doing weddings together to talk about what sort of wedding she would want … someday.

And here we are…Justin asked her to marry him!

Congratulations Kit and Justin!

50th Birthday Luncheon

When the hostess called wanting flowers for this 50th birthday luncheon, I was thrilled. Several reasons…the hostess is so much fun, the luncheon was to be held at her beautiful home, and she had once owned an event venue which meant she had quite an inventory of tableware to choose from when decorating.

She chose a palette of deep velvety crimson to complement the ivory and gold tones in her china and the Old World charm of the dining space.


Centerpieces of ‘Black Magic’ roses, ‘Black Baccara’ roses, thistle, hypericum berries, rosemary and plums were seated in oval serving dishes from the hostess’s personal fine china collection.

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Gold toned accessories added  formality to the luncheon.


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Other centerpieces were designed in vintage vases from the hostess’s personal collection and held ‘Black Baccara’ roses, upright amaranthus, hypericum berries, rosemary, thistle and a plum on top.

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Love is in the details…


Montgomery (40) edit Each chair back held a tiny pitcher with a single ‘Black Baccara’ rose for the guest  to take home as a favor.

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On the way out, each lady picked up a stopper for her pitcher…

If you are looking for a deep red rose, these two varieties are my absolute favorites! ‘Black Baccara’ is slightly darker than ‘Black Magic’, but both have velvety petals. ‘Black Magic’ opens nicely to a full blown appearance. ‘Black Baccara’ has a perfect shape and stays a bit more compact.

One other note…I prefer to buy hydroponic roses from the US if given the choice. They are a bit more expensive, but worth every dime in my opinion. The time from harvest to delivery is cut down significantly when buying locally which means longer vase life and better flower quality. One of my favorite growers is Eufloria Flowers. Check out their website here.

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start…

Storefront Botanicals

Anyone else love storefronts? I know I’m not the only one who can be buzzing down the road at 50 mph and involuntarily slam on the brakes at the sight of a quaint storefront! My husband and sons still don’t understand this urge, but have come to accept it as a quirky part of my personality. Storefronts are never fully dressed to me without the addition of a botanical element.

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Rachel Ashwell included this picture of the new (but original) location of her Shabby Chic store on her blog last week. I adore everything about Shabby Chic Couture…

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Robbie Honey designed this Dior storefront…amazing! Love the precision of the design.

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Ralph Lauren evening 001wild at heart …baskets of botanicals and a perfect lawn at Ralph Lauren..

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DSC_8841wild at heart …straight red hedge, topiaries and nickel lanterns…

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Bamfords-Chelsea_lg wild at heart shop covered in turf A shop covered in turf?! Add two square pave arrangements of (what looks to me like) white roses and…I am impressed…

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Hope everyone is enjoying a restful weekend. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share with you the botanical things that inspire me…it’s always more fun when you share with a friend! Thanks for stopping by…

See you back here on Monday with a new week of flowers…