Making a Rainbow Bouquet

Summer is in full swing in the garden and a rainbow of colors are in bloom so I decided to make up a rainbow-styled bouquet.  All of the flowers are from my garden and I think I counted over 30 different kinds of foliage and flowers in it. This post is going to be part

The first thing to bloom in the garden this year were the Hellebores.   This was my first year growing them and arrival was so exciting, finally something blooming in the garden again.  Our peach trees also bloomed early this year.  Scattering their pink petals all over the ground like pink snow. Next up are the

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.

Autumn’s Bounty

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 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

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

The Evolution of a Garden

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.

Heirloom Mums: Back in Style

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

Summer Floral Bike Shoot

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

Flower Crown for Mother to Be

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 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

Happy Cinco De Mayo

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

Anemone Season has Arrived

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.

Stop to Smell the Roses

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

Welcome to Blossom and Branch

Welcome! It has been a long time coming, but I have finally decided to document some of the exciting things I have been working on to eventually start my new business, Blossom and Branch.