I happened upon these Magnolia blooms the other day. They immediately were swept into a 5×5 cube and paired with wild onions and a lovely nondescript purple flower.

Magnolia is a fleeting beauty that should be enjoyed while it can. The bloom opens quickly, bruises easily and lasts a short time under delicate conditions. The leaves on the other hand are a different story. They are incredibly hearty and can lasts weeks at a time. We used them quite frequently in restaurant accounts specifically for their longevity and complimentary aspect to various arrangements.

  The bloom is here one day and gone the next. The larger open bloom in this photo has turned and faded in color today. Just like that. Also not as fragrant as I am used to. Not sure as to why.

Wild Onions

Found these wild onions and sweet wild white flowers (with yellow center) in the Bayou yesterday after my run…completely elated (as you can see) with the intricacy and free growth of the stems of the onions. The white flowers remind me a bit of the flowers from the strawberry plant. I’m not sure what they are exactly.

And I’m guessing the other lot are wild onions and not wild chives, as during a search it appears the wild chives bloom purple flowers. I could be wrong. Will research some more. Regardless these are part of the Allium family. I’m keeping them in a vase and they won’t end up in my eggs until I can determine it is not Crow’s Poison.

Yellow, Pink and Green

Ventured out yesterday to properly enjoy the phenomenal 77 degree weather that was occurring. If only it would last and last…but anyhow I happened to notice some lovely mini-sunflowers and lantana growing in a vacant lot near the train tracks.
In the bag they went. Where else would they go?

There’s also a lime and fig tree nearby, so I delicately snipped some trimmings from each tree. Also added a few stems of nondescript greens, that were clogging a pathway in the front and really needed to be removed.

Because the flower elements were short to begin with, I went with a natural hand-tied bouquet which I later plopped into the aqua ball jar.

Simple and understated.

Blooming Peach

I did a double-take the other day when I spied these Peach branches at the market. And then I saw the sign with the pice: $8.99? Yes, please and thank you. Beautiful branches and a ridiculously great price (for CA. grown)….I adore blooming branch season (which is upon us).

Enter: Forsythia, Cherry, Quince, Apple, Pear, Peach. I’ve also spotted  Tulip tree (blooming locally) which to my surpirse and delight grows here in the Gulf coast region.

Clippers are in hand.

Spring Yellow

I have been fortunate these days doing some freelance work in the city working with several very talented local floral designers. One in particular was out-of-town and asked if I might help out with a restaurant account earlier this week. What a delight being at the SF Flower Market at 8 a.m. which is way late in the floral world (most are there picking and choosing by 5 a.m.). I am also marveled walking among the endless stalls and mazes. The selection is unsurpassed (maybe except by Holland’s huge flower warehouses where people come far and wide to bid on fresh cuts).

I simply picked up the flowers ordered and took them back to the restaurant (known for its fried green beans) to arrange them. I love the monochromatic yellow. So bright and vibrant, perfect for this time of year when the sun seems to peek and hide at will. The arrangement includes: Dogwood branches, Protea, lemon on the vines and French Tulips.

Above is a spring arrangement I did over the weekend in celebration of our friend’s special Birthday weekend that lasted 4 days. What a great time we had and flowers were everywhere. Not pictured are many bunches of tulips and large stalky blue Delphinium. I just love Delphinium, the color is wonderful. And funny enough, none of the flowers included were plucked off the side of the road or on a daily hike. Yes, they were all purchased at a local florist down on Bridgeway. The arrangement includes: Freesia, Iris, Marguerite Daisy, Bupleurum and its leaves.