Unidentified product & recent arrangements

The tall yellow/green blooming branch product is popping up all over the market. I’ve even used it several times, but have just realized now, I have no idea as to what it is. The leaves are almond-shaped and lime-green in color. They hang like delicate pea pods from the few branches. I’m really enjoying using this very hearty and long-lasting (unidentified) product. It worked well along with banksia, tulips, freesia and wild grass. Note to self: Ask what the name of this product is!

For an another account I’ve been covering, I used the clippings of this foliage as filler in an arrangement that also features: kale, grass and one large succulent (I just happened upon outside while on a hike).

Later in the week when I went back to the account to refresh, I added a few stems of bold pink mini Calla lilies for a pop of color. This arrangement sits in the waiting area on a lovely stump of wood.

Here is the arrangement I did in the same space, the week prior. It features another succulent (striped), allium and tulips.

In another waiting area, I created this arrangement (below).It features tiny white chamomile flowers, a few gussied up mums and more wild grass. I particularly love the containers I’ve been left to work with. This one is a vintage water pitcher and I happen to think most everything improves when placed in it.

The previous week I opted to use another vessel that was left to use for this account. This one is short, full, white and has lovely ruffled edges. I filled it with lavender-pink spray roses, trailing jasmine and ixia.


There are many (more than 15) varieties of Leucadendron. Leucadendron are also part of the large family of Protea. The family tree is quite extensive so if you are interested in either, check each link which will take you directly to the Wikipedia page.

When I worked in a floral boutique in Houston, we commonly received various Protea product (grown in California). Incidentally Protea is native to Australia and South Africa, and grows extremely well in California’s accommodating climate. I once spoke with a man whose family owns a Protea farm in California. As you might imagine, they like Protea quite a bit.

Here a few shots of the restaurant installations last week. The photos were shot with my camera phone so please understand why they are a little fuzzy. My camera phone isn’t one of the best, but it’s what I had at the time.

Both arrangements are in the back corners of the dining room.

Safari Sunshine with Pussy Willow

The vibrancy of the red colors of the Safari Sunshine, looked beautiful with the long stems of Pussy Willow.

Below is a better picture of what Safari Sunshine looks like.

photo of Safari Sunshine Leucadendron

from Upland Nursery


In the middle section of the restaurant (separating the bar and the main dining room) are two white boat-shaped pods. Somehow they acquired the nickname ‘Avatar arrangements’. I generally execute one of the large arrangements in the dining area, but last week I was asked to do the Avatar pods.

I really enjoyed doing both. The detail work that goes into these pod arrangements is entertaining to me.

Elements include in both pod arrangements are:

Inca Gold Leucadendron, Seeded Eucalyptus, Magnolia leaves, Banksia and thin stems of Pussy Willow.

It is hard to tell where the Banksia is in this picture. Banksia is also in the extended family of Protea. The variety used this time is brown and dried in appearance. It resembles that of an elongated pine cone (see below image corner right).

I can’t help but share this gorgeous illustration of Banksia from

Ferdinand Bauer’s Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae.

I’m a huge fan of vinatge floral illustrations.


I am too excited and too honored, when this fabulous Floral Designer, asks me to cover her Monday account. She has impeccable style and gorgeous taste, so of course I’m flattered that she would ask me to install.

Last year, I’ve had the great opportunity to work with and assist her with several weddings and it was such a wonderful learning experience. I have also had great fun in covering several of her restaurant accounts (Coco 500 and Foreign Cinema) when she is out-of-town.

Monday is an early day and a busy day at the San Francisco Flower Market. I’m always eager to see what flowers she has ordered for the account. This past Monday I was so happy to see Quince branches in the bundle. This is the time of year when all of the flowering branches are in season. They add such beautiful simplicity to arrangements as well as looking perfect all on their own.

Also included in the arrangement are Mandarin (on the stem), Pincushion Protea, Thistle (Eryngium) and a cluster of blue-gray berries, whose name I do not know.I’ve seen it before, but unsure of the exact name. The berry reminds me a bit of a Juniper berry, but the stems are without leaves.

Here is a close-up of the base of the arrangement.

I just love the way the whole arrangement looks ‘bountiful’ and abundant with berries and citrus. As well the colors and textures are a little on the wild side and remind me of a tropical island.

Yellow & Green

I was asked by a designer I assist, to do the floral installation at one of her accounts. This is my third time and I really feel it is my favorite thus far.

I love the choice of yellow with a touch of green. The arrangement includes flax leaves (zebra grass not available), oncidium orchids (also known as Ballroom dancers), green persimmons (un ripe) and yellow freesia.