This will be my second year year growing heirloom mums. The first year I had six varieties. This year I added 12 more new varieties to the garden, and fell in love with mums even more. These aren’t your typical store bought mums.
With the end of October comes one of my favorites flowers — the heirloom chrysanthemums. Just as all the other flowers are dying back, these beauties come on the scene filling the garden with color with their funky shapes and sizes. I have been collecting brass (I have thrifted) and brown glass bottles this season
This month I was asked to participate in the Curate Gathering along with other local artists and vendors. The gathering is “A dinner to celebrate the creative community around the Charlotte area. An invitation to gather with individuals seeking beauty in simplicity, finding magic in the every day, and striving to live a creative life
This summer I teamed up with You Make Me Shutter to do some Pups in Petals collaborations. We wanted to do some photo shoots with puppies sporting the flowers — flower collars. First is Luna, she is a 1 year old Morkie. Her floral necklace is made up of herbs (sage, eucalyptus), fern, roses and
April in North Carolina is really when the flower season begins. All of the cool flowers (hardy annuals) begin to bloom along with most of the bulbs and spring vines. Its a riot of colors in the garden and a welcome excuse to finally be outside. Fillers for April: Bachelor Buttons Orlaya Love in a
Spring has to be one of the most anticipated seasons for a gardener. Finally getting to get back outside with the flowers tending and growing things. Most of the spring flower began opening up in mid-March and April this year with most of the tulips opening in April. The thrillers for April include: Tulips Narcissus
This year Easter fell right when the tulips were in full bloom here in NC. All the gorgeous colors went stunningly with my clearance Homegoods tablecloth and Jadeite look accessories (mason jar mugs and salt and pepper shakers) from Sur La Table. The garden was blossoming with tulips, narcissus, early rannunculus, anemones, peach blossoms, lavender,
This year spring came very early in North Carolina. We had a mild winter and it seemed like everything woke up earlier than usual. In March there are not as many fillers or spillers as in other months, as most of the greenery is waking back up and there are not a lot of supporting
Last February I had the pleasure of making flower crowns for a local business, Chapter 2 Boutique’s Sweetheart photo shoot of their spring clothes. The photography was done by You Make Me Shutter Photography. The girls looked great in the various crowns. One of my favorites is the baby’s breath and rose crown. This daisy
One of the things I always wonder when I see a beautiful, filled in garden in the magazines or in books, is how did they get it that way? By the time we are seeing these inspiring gardens, the owners have probably been working on them for at least 5 years or more (unless they are on a TV show on HGTV). Most people’s garden evolve over time.
After reading about heirloom mums on Floret Flowers and Love -n- Fresh Flowers blogs in 2013, I was excited to try these beautiful flowers in the garden. Unfortunately in 2014, there was a catastrophic failure with the mums at King’s Mums and I had to put it on hold for a year. Under new ownership
It is so fun to design flower crowns through the different seasons. This crown was made for a high school senior, Hannah, who was having her senior photos taken by You Make Me Shutter Photography this past Halloween. Almost all of the flowers came from the garden, mainly consisting of heirloom mums which are in
For the longest time I have been wanting to do a photo shoot featuring a bike full of summer blooms. This summer I got the chance to do that with my daughters and son in law. My daughters, who run You Make Me Shutter Photography, agreed to both photograph and be the model along with
For my daughter’s 21st birthday we pinned and planned a fiesta-themed party. The weather had finally cooled down some and we were excited to have a party outside in the garden. We planned an eating area, as well as a fire pit section for later in the evening. The invitations set the tone with an
In July, I had the pleasure of making a floral crown for Chelsea for her maternity pictures taken by You Make Me Shutter. For this crown I used lavender as the base on wired jute along with sage, roses, echinacea, scabosia, zinnia and veronica. All of the crowns are adjustable by rebending the two ends
I had the pleasure of getting to do flower crowns for both Emily’s engagement pictures, as well as her wedding this past year. We kept the crowns simple using mainly herbs and baby’s breath. The engagement crown was a simple wreath of eucylptus and baby’s breath. For the wedding I did a crown for the
I had been wanting to write a few posts this year that documented what flowers are growing locally here in which months in North Carolina. I am going to seperate them in to a well-known classification of: Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers. Most commonly known as a way to fill containers in the garden, I think
This weekend I decided to make a flower crown with all of the wonderful ranunculus in bloom in the garden. All the bright colors reminded me of a fiesta. The anemones are still hanging in there despite the heat, but its exciting to see the roses are finally starting to bloom. I also added some
Every spring one of the first flowers to arrive is the anemones. Their bright little eyes chasing away the winter and finally giving us something to play with.
One of the things that inspired me to want to become a boutique flower grower, was the lack of roses that really smell like roses in the market place today. There are thousands of roses out there, yet, we only see such a limited variety in the market, and so many of those have been