A walk in the Enchanted Forest
This is the inside of the fence in a tamer part of the garden. My rose trellis was covered in pink roses a few weeks ago. The trees on the right are in the woods. They occasionally attack the garden with their branches. One fir once threw 30 feet of it's top on the trellis destroying the original structure.
This is the shaded side of my raised bed garden. In this garden the beds are arranged in a circle. I grow kale, cabbage, broccoli, foxglove, feverfew and whatever volunteers in these beds. I garden in raised beds because the soil is toxic from a copper smelter that operated in Tacoma on the other side of the Puget Sound from here.
At Kiana Lodge Paulsbo WA. The wedding arch defined the sacred space where the vows were exchanged. The wedding took place on Palm Sunday so I used palm branches for the background. The roses were from the wholesaler and were not organic. I ordered 125 roses. The arrangement was constructed at home and transported to the site.
This wedding took place on one of the hottest days of the year. The bride and groom chose this shady grove as the place to exchange vows. I used shepherds crooks to hang baskets of flowers. Under the baskets we used blue vases with flowers to created an intimate feeling for the the exchange of vows.
RECEPTION: For the reception area we are faced with lots of challenges. We're asked to to wall hangings, table bouquets and bouquets for the buffet table. Table bouquets must be short enough that diners can see the person sitting across from them. If you must use mason jars for the table, use pint jars with a narrow mouth. Mason jars are a challenge because they don't have pleasing dimensions.
These arrangements were for the beach wedding. While I massed big flowers on the beach, I chose just a couple zinnias in clam shells with water holding beads for the dining tables. The table also had plastic confetti strewn down the center. The groom's brothers and friends amused themselves by stuffing confetti into the water holding beads and pretending it was dinosaurs preserved in amber. Yes, these were grown men.
BODY FLOWERS: Order a couple extra. One of my most horrifying stories is of the rose that popped off the groom's boutonniere when someone bumped into him. I'd made a spare so all proceeded nicely. Herbs and succulents are popular right now, but about anything goes for body flowers. I used hop flowers for a group of groomsmen who were into brewing beer. They loved it. In case of disaster, table arrangements can be grabbed up to substitute for the bride's maids. While brides love a sunny day for their wedding, their flowers prefer misty and misbehave in the hot sun.
For the bride who loved peonies and got married before they were in full bloom. We provide organic, locally grown, seasonal flowers. I did have two large red peonies that bloomed in time for this wedding. Greens were Sweet Cecily, and I used allium and snowball to round out this woodland style bouquet.
This is the bride's bouquet for a wedding in Portland. I found the succulents to be fragile and heavy. After working with them, I advise brides to be prepared to pay extra for succulents in a bouquet. We seldom deliver to out-of-town weddings, but do have the equipment to do so. (No, that isn't the bride. Well I was once and Hubby took this picture of me with the flowers. It's unfair because I was exhausted.)
This spring after Hubby fell off of the garage roof. I hired a young man, Seth to do the chores Hubby wouldn't have done if he hadn't fallen. After all they had not been done in the past two years. The keyhole garden was one such chore.
Pink is a popular color this year. Every color seems to take it's turn at being everybody's favorites. Here are some of my favorites.
Abby's Wedding Colors were Eggplant and Cream
I love doing weddings. All of the flowers fro Abby's wedding came from my garden. I didn't know what to think when her mom said Eggplant and Cream with Pink were the colors. I have a rose Midnight Blue that is the right color and the dahlia Diva came through for the deep purple.
This is my arrangement for Easter Sunday. I called it abundant exuberance. I used a palm branch from my garden as background, and added masses of red and white flowering currant. I like the way the clematis armandi dangles and its white flowers have a pleasant citrus scent. You can find some euphorbia in there and of course the daffs. Many of the daffodils are doubles. The arrangement was 40" high by about 30" wide. It is a challenge to construct an arrangement big enough to suit the front of the sanctuary. In the past, I've brought in 15-20' trees.
I was wandering around the garden looking for things to photo. The side of our garage is not usually a dramatic object.
I wish I had a water feature like this at my house.
A well designed garden is interesting even in winter. I love the gnarly old tree in the foreground.
The combination of these cherry blossoms, new green leaves and the sky blew me away.
Gardens don't have to have flowers to be colorful and interesting.
The sun hitting the top of this cherry tree made it glow.
This striped camelia stood out stood out among the solid colored flowers.
I got down on the ground to photograph this red camelia against the sky. If I got down on the ground and back up again, you are going to look at this flower.
I thought the shading on this camelia was exquisite.
I have no idea if these camelia blossoms fell upright into the calla leaves or if someone had fun placing them there. I hope someone had fun.
I love how the morning light highlights the leaves of this bird of paradise.
the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
I loved this informal combination of grass and flowers with the contrasting colors.
This sassy cat is made of stone. I loved the blue ey
I loved this gate. James Curtis from Edge of Glass Gallery was the glass artist for this piece.
These pictures are from my own yard. Mama duck is the white one with her head hidden. She just turned ten or eleven years old. She is queen of the flock. On the right are my chickens. The Little Red Hen is, of course, the dark red one. Chicken Little is the whitest one in front, and Henny Penny is off to the right with a copper colored head. Poultry is so soothing in the garden.