Wild & Wooly

This week I was honored and delighted for the chance to cover a few floral accounts, belonging to a fabulous designer I assist.
This involved a very early visit to the San Francisco Flower Market, which is just one of the wonderful perks of the job. I was a little skeptical about my ability to choose flowers before 7 a.m. I sometimes also feel this way about holding sharp objects before 7 a.m. But as a professional, I downed my hot black tea, spiked with a little almond milk, and began the flower selection.
The Market is just beyond amazing, and it is very easy to get lost in the bounty available.
I spotted a few bunches of red Scabiosa, so used that as the base of my palette. It was easy to build on this, by adding a bunch of fragrant Geranium leaves and a few stems of  Red-Yellow Pincushion Protea. The Protea are so special, as they are even a little fuzzy. Nice compliment to the soft leaves of Geranium, which are so clean and fresh smelling. The smell reminds me of menthol. To complete, I added a few strands of stray Eucalyptus to the lower left side of arrangement.

This is one of my new favorite compositions.

Ornithogalum

Just can’t seem to escape this larger than life Ornithogalum. Again this bloom, sometimes known also as Star of Bethlehem, lasts for almost 2 weeks.

A few blooms look cute cut down in a square vase (above). Perfect for a bedside table, or in this case a bathroom sink.

Below, I added single stems to white tear drop shaped bud vases. The blooms are destined to open from bottom to top, like dazzling white firecrackers..

A bundle of Spring

It is officially Spring and there is no escaping the abundance of Tulips and Ranunculus at the Market. This arrangement also features cut Jasmine (trailing around the base) and peach colored Hyacinth- clustered above the Jasmine.

This will look stunning once the blooms have all opened. Spring fragrance at Coco this week.

Ornithogalum

Ornithogalum is one of my favorite flowers. Also known as Star of Bethlehem, it is very long-lasting ( two weeks) and looks great all on its own. Last week the Designer I worked with picked up several large bunches of some super-size variety at the Flower Market. Notice in the picture her hand in relation to the blooms. The flower head is usually about 2 inches in length. This jumbo variety was amazing and gorgeous and opened up like giant white firecrackers.

Forget-me-not

Currently growing all over the back area of my residence are Forget-me-not flowers.  Twice now, I’ve happily gone into the back and trimmed a good deal of them (for ground control et al). They’ve been fashioned into several arrangements, in more than several corners of my space. Recently I opted to stuff a beautifully tangled bunch into a round blue vase. I think the tiny blooms are so dainty and sweet. I must add these Forget-me-not flowers are also successfully distracting me from a neighbors now blooming Lilac tree….

 

Cerinthe

Cerinthe is a lovely specimen. I picked some up while lazily wandering through the Ferry Building in route to my Wednesday appointment at Blue Bottle  (they know me by name now!)

It caught my eye as I passed McEvoy Ranch. I’m glad I took the time to interrupt the clerks (from a personal conversation) to inquire about this eye-catching cut. I wondered is it a plant? Is it a flower?  As I’ve never seen it before….

I was told it had been cut fresh that morning (from the Ranch) and it did work well as cut. I quickly bought a bunch for 6 dollars, along with one of their (very edible) assorted herb bouquets. The Cerinthe has lasted a week now.

Just loving it. All on its own in a simple blue vase.

White Freesia

I was given some extra Freesia to take after assisting with a wedding about a week ago. This double white Freesia, keeps opening and opening and is bursting with a sweet pepper smell.

I’m usually one for cutting stems, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to chop these elegant white stems.

Atelier Henson

While I was in Houston last week I visited with a dear friend of mine,

Mr.Henson (a world-class Chef and Master Florist).

He was kind enough to cook me a most phenomenal meal that began with fresh Pimento cheese and Egg salad sandwiches (which we drank with Heineken served in goblets). For the main course he served a fantastic herb-roasted chicken which were accompanied by  crisp potato and sweet potato fries. He even went so far as to whip up some roasted-garlic aioli to dip the fries in. Unforgettable! It was a truly lovely evening filled with great conversation, special friends and generous hospitality. I wanted to include some images I took of Mr. Henson’s atelier. It is always changing, always evolving, and always fabulous. Just like he is.

In a previous life we worked together at a flower boutique in Houston. Mr. Henson taught me a lot about design, style and showed me how to turn Carnations and Baby’s Breath into something fabulous (arrange in huge over-the-top masses).

Mr. Henson transforms Casual into Chic (or shabby-chic to some) without really trying. I love the way he drops a stem of yellow Kangaroo paw into an old beer bottle. The painting (in first photo) I gave to him years ago, looks appropriate now in front of a newly painted lime green wall. Mr. Henson manages to pull off lime green in a kitchen with ease. Not many can.

I admire his choice of putting several bunches of pink Statice in a vase and making it look elegant. He does the same in the bedroom with a few stems of Eucalyptus overflowing out a vase that is set atop a glass pillar. In in his sitting area he features a short glass cube stuffed with orange Alstroemeria and garnished with twisted copper wire.

I love him for his incredible charm, impeccable taste and self-less generosity. I look forward to the chance to return the favor by cooking him a wonderful dinner and creating a display of Carnations, like no other..