Early spring is possibly my favorite time of year for flowers. These were special because they were sourced entirely from the LODEN cutting garden and a few greenhouse bits.
Photography by Jenna Greenawalt
While in England in September, I spent two days with Jess and Alex of Aesme Flowers. Their West London studio is tucked into the railroad arches at the Shepherd's Bush tube stop. Shepherd's Bush was far more bustling than the sleepy Kew Gardens stop where I got on, after a few minutes of getting my bearings, I found my way - it's just beyond the impossibly skinny rockers standing outside Bush Recording Studio and the grimy mechanics in jumpers. Once I found their arch, I was greeted by Alex and her Irish terrier, Mavis. Once Jess and our roses arrived, we fueled up with coffee and croissants, and headed out of town to do some cutting and foraging in their country garden. Through the rain, we cut and filled the van breaking only for snacks and tea in the poly tunnel. Obviously, I was in my element and couldn't have been happier!
Day two was filled with in depth conversation and design. Jess and Alex worked in tandem on their still life, followed by me. Our third design of the day was a team effort. We took down the dark hand painted backdrop we had been using for our Dutch Master inspired arrangements and opted for a beautiful bisque colored cloth which paired well with our pink toned design.
Thanks to Alex and Jess, who were a perfect pair for me to spend time with. It's always a treat to link up with like minded designers and spend a couple of days chatting about all the things - flowers, houses, food, family, business, life. If you find yourself in London, and are considering a flower class - look these women up!
Tis the season for winter wreaths! The LODEN look is always a bit wild with lots of natural elements. They can be designed with evergreens for an outdoor wreath to last through the holidays or with dried elements for indoor/outdoor use to enjoy through the winter months.
Mini, perfect for a kitchen window or to give as a gift... $35 each
Minimal, perfect for a light and airy look or smaller accent area... $75 and up
Maximal, perfect for a statement on the front door or above a mantel... $150 and up
*mini and minimal sizes are available for shipping
Wishing you a warm and cozy winter season!
A few garden moments from last year... Cobwebs, compost, dog, messes - it's all part of the process. If you are interested in supporting this cutting garden project, consider a summer bouquet subscription. Click here for details.
During the quiet months of winter, I often enjoy taking on a design project for the pure joy of it. Winter is appropriate in part because I have the luxury of time to spend thinking and playing with an idea and in part because I crave the freshness of flowers throughout our cold months. This winter I was inspired by Art in Bloom, a springtime exhibit hosted by museums across the country, and chose to embark on an independent study of Toledo Museum of Art's works alongside my florals. After choosing a few obvious pieces and a few personal favorites, I took time to think about particular flowers, colors, and forms that felt representative of the artwork. This project was immensely rewarding by allowing me to design with new varieties of flowers and design styles, playing with photography, and exploring our fabulous museum in a new way. So much so that I've decided, I will continue to explore this study throughout the year in order to play more with artwork that inspires me at different times of the year and the seasonality of flowers at those times. Enjoy a look at part one...
Flower Still Life, Rachel Ruysch
Icelandic Poppies, Garden Roses, Carnations, Ranunculus, Parrot Tulips, Spirea, Sweet Pea
Flower Brooch, Sterle' Jewelers
Dancer Resting, Henri Matisse
Fritillaria, Ferns, Roses, Ranunculus, Anthirium, Icelandic Poppies, Heather
Still Life with Bottle, Giorgio Morandi
Flowers and Fruit, Henri Fantin-Latour
Flower life has been good lately. With the bulk of my weddings in the fall this year, I've had the opportunity to fill my summer calendar working for other designers. Seeing old flower friends and making new ones is a really special part of my job. A few years ago I didn't know freelancing was an option, and now I'd miss it if I didn't get to do it.
In addition to freelancing, I spent time working on the Flower House preview. If you haven't heard, check it out. October in Detroit, mark your calendars!
Here's a peek. All photos are quickie phone shots because I'm usually busy, hot, tired...
This was a pinch me moment in my career. I'm sure I never said to myself that I would love to work for Saipua someday, because it never occurred to me that it would be an option. Sarah, the head honcho, has been an inspiration to so so many florists and I am no exception. When I discovered her work a few years ago, I was ready to move on to a new career. She's the reason I'm still in the game. So when you hear she's coming to Detroit, you make sure to get on the designer list!
Sue from Passionflower in Ann Arbor working her magic. I seriously learn a lot from this lady.
As I spent some time thinking about how I wanted to spend my winter, one of the items on my to do list was a styled photo shoot. The kind where I plan and style the look however I choose. It's fun, playful, and a way for me to boost my portfolio.
What culminated was a really fab group of wedding professionals pooling their talents for this little project. So on a particularly frigid day last week, I hauled my flowers and props to The Savory Suite in Perrysburg and set to work. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!
Big thanks go out to the following...
Photography: Mary of Mary Wyar Photography
Stationary: Kelly of UpperCase Designs
Calligraphy: Yvonne of Max and Molly Design
Cake: Veronica of Earth To Oven
Location: The Savory Suite
Makeup: Aislinn Colapietro (upon request)