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Blooms in Season: December

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Tis the season for wreath making. For the last Blooms in Season post of 2014, Natalie and I wanted to do something a little different. We’ve featured beautiful arrangements all year long helping inspire and teach you what flowers are in season. We’ve both been asked by family, friends and readers about the details that go into wreath making. I can honestly say, I had no clue. I usually venture down to the flower market after Thanksgiving to buy mine.


That’s when Natalie and I decided it would be fun to put together a simple and easy wreath making tutorial for all of you to use. What I quickly learned from Natalie is that it’s not that hard and it’s quite fun to play around with the greenery and branches in order for the wreath to reflect your style.


Read on to learn more from Natalie!


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Wreath Making Step – by – Step:

1.) Making a wreath is far easier than it may appear. Once you have your supplies it is easy to play around and a get a feel for how it all comes together. The first tip is to have a wire wreath-ring. This is the frame and backbone of your wreath. With medium gauge wire and a pair of clippers, you will be able to make a beautiful wreath.
 Blooms in Season: December | Sacramento Street

Blooms in Season: December | Sacramento Street

Blooms in Season: December | Sacramento Street


2.) Start your wreath by gathering some of your foliage and attaching it to the ring and then repeat and add in a circular direction. Personally, I like to start in the lower left corner, where I usually concentrate more of the design, and move around the ring in a counter clockwise direction. You will feel this part out, and depending if you are right or left handed, you may go in a different direction.

 

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3.) While designing the wreath, I keep in mind the overall shape that I want the wreath to have, whether it is asymmetrical or full and even. I continue to add as I go around in a circle but once I am done I always go back and fill in where I want to make the wreath more dramatic. This is the stage that could go on forever. It can be hard to know when to stop!

 

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4.) Once you are done you can either hang the wreath on a nail, a wreath hook on the door, or create a little hook in the back with a wire. You can even use ribbon and tie it to the wreath to hang it lower. Like all arranging, there is no right and wrong way to do it. Once you have your materials it is up to you to create and play.

I hope all of you enjoyed all of the arrangements Natalie and I created together this year. We have a lot more in store for you in 2015!

Wreath by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street
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Blooms in Season: November

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Just in time to inspire you for Thanksgiving, Natalie and I wanted to share a few tips on effortless entertaining and creating the perfect holiday centerpiece. For my tips on effortless entertaining, head over to the SF Chronicle where I spilled the beans on how anyone can have a flawless fete. Today, Natalie is sharing her go-to tips on creating a beautiful arrangement for your holiday season.


Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

1.) Never make anything that is too tall. If you cannot see over the arrangement, your guests will ask to remove it from the table and then there is no point in having it in the first place. You can measure your arrangement by putting your elbow on the table and measuring to the tip of your fingers. If the arrangement is taller than your fingers, then it is too tall.


2.) Try and avoid flowers that have pollen because many people are allergic and having a sneezing guest does not help a dinner party.


3.) Don’t use any flowers with strong fragrance. While it can be nice to have the faint scent of a rose at the table, strong floral scents can compete with the food. The aromas of the meal should take center stage.


4.) When selecting the color of your centerpiece be sure to take in account the other elements on the table. Tying in the other tones really turns your look in to a complete table scape. I selected the roses to match the honey colored taper candles and the two balance and play off of each other beautifully.


5.) Think ahead and take account of what other elements will be on the table. Will the table be family style or plated? If family style, be sure to leave room for serving dishes on the table. As a rule of thumb you will need less floral and candles if you are serving family style and more if you are not.


6.) Don’t over think it. So many people are intimidated by floral arranging. Just go for it! Flowers make such a difference on a table and your guests will appreciate the effort so much! Trust me…I know this for sure!


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I know that this Thanksgiving and holiday season I’ll be using all of these tips Natalie had to share. I hope this helps you create a stunning arrangement of your very own!


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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Blooms in Season: October

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

 

October is one of those months where I find myself surrounded by friends and family that are incredibly excited for the change of season. As you all know, this is one of my favorite times of year. When Natalie and I sat down to brainstorm ideas for this months arrangement, all we knew was that we wanted to fully embrace fall with the colors and seasonal items that surround us. Well, as you can only imagine Natalie hit it out of the park with this month’s post – the way she used different green hues, pumpkins, acorns, and more is honestly phenomenal. Read on to hear more about what inspired this beautiful post.

 

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What was used for this October’s arrangement:

 

Heirloom pumpkin
white ice king protea
persimmons
scabiosa
casperita white pumpkin
acorns
privet berry

 

I love the color palate. The components are so seasonable but the colors are not the expected orange autumnal colors. What made you decide to use these hues?

 

I love this time of year! October is my favorite month and I love seeing the season change. I wanted to share a look that felt very seasonal yet was still slightly unexpected colors. I was initially inspired by the green persimmons.

 

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These green persimmons are amazing, the color is just fantastic. Tell us more about them.

 

I like using under ripened fruit for a couple of reasons. First, I like that it shows the fruit in an unexpected and less common color. Green blackberries also work really well for this reason. I also like using fruit that is not fully ripe because it lasts much longer and does not fall off the stem the way ripe fruit does.

 

I’m always on the hunt for different pumpkins, how did you know we would love them?

 

Yes, I knew you would love the white one. It is called “casperita.” I don’t know the variety of the darker black/green one, but it was grown in Half Moon Bay where the largest pumpkin festival has been held since 1971.

 

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Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Caitlin Flemming
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Blooms in Season: September

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

It’s officially the heart of Dahlia season. You’ve probably been seeing a plethora of instagram photos of stunning Dahlias in an array of colors, sizes and textures. But have you ever wondered about the different varieties? Every year I’ve always wondered if each variety had a name. One afternoon, Natalie asked me to go on a walk to the Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park (if you’ve never gone I highly recommend it!). As we walked around the garden I was in awe of the name each of them had – not to mention how different some can look from one another. That’s when we had our ah-ha moment of what we should focus on for this month’s feature. We wanted to bring you fifteen different dahlias, which doesn’t even make a dent in the varieties. Since there are so many out there some Dahlias don’t even have names, but we found as many as we could.


Read on to learn about this flower that brings so much joy to peoples homes and gardens.


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Dahlia varieties from left to right.
(Growers were not able to tell me the name of all of them.)

1.) Fox Maroon
2.) Royal
3.) Red Fox
4.) Naomi
5.) Carona Red
6.) —
7.) —
8.) —
9.) —
10.) Lagoon
11.) Carona Pink
12.) —
13.) —
14.) Sangria
15.) Cafe Aux Lait

 

What inspired you to only use Dahlias this month? 

 

Dahlias are in the height of their season and I’ve been seeing so many beautiful varieties at the SF Flower Mart and it just reminds me that these flowers are so special because they are only available for certain months out of the year. They are not a flower that can be grown in other countries and imported so we only get them when they are locally in season.


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I love seeing the Cafe Aux Lait dahlias. Are they a new variety?

 

Everyone loves this variety! They are so beautiful and range from soft pink to soft peach and everything in between. They were first available about six years ago. We buy ours from a local grower in Half Moon Bay.
 

 

What growing environments do dahlias like?

 

I spoke to a local farmer named Louie Figone and he was telling me how the draught has positively affected his dahlias. He said that the water is low but the humidity has been high in the Bay Area this year, which has resulted in the best crop he has had since he started growing dahlias in 1994.

 

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street
Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

 

Do you have any tips for making cut dahlias last?

 

Dahlias do not like a lot of water. Give them only a few inches of water and keep your eye on the water level to make sure that they don’t dry out. The other tip I’ll give you, which will lead you to think I am a crazy person, is make sure the water you give them is the hottest you can get out of your tap. I don’t know why this helps, but it does.

 

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So next time your out picking up a dahlia bunch look out from one of these fifteen varieties!

 

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Caitlin Flemming
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Blooms in Season: August

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

As we celebrate the close of our summer season, Natalie and I wanted to bring you an arrangement that depicts the epitome of summer to us. Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better arrangement to say ta-ta to summer. Read on for Natalie’s tips on roses and more!


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Flowers used in this arrangement:


Sally Holmes (rose with single petals)
Crocus (peach rose)
Romantic Antique (coral rose)
Pieris
Cabernet Grapes


I see that you used Grapes. What inspired you to do that?


I have been getting grapes in my veggie box every week lately and was inspired to use them in the arrangement. I love using fruit in my designs and grapes have a lovely drape to them that look so pretty over the vase line.


Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street


These roses are so delicate. Tell me about them.


I am in love with the “Sally Holmes” rose. It is an heirloom rose that grows on a bush. There are clusters of blooms on each stem and each blossom has a single row of petals. I love how delicate they are and that with the few number of petals their yellow center is really visible.

 

Are we in rose season? Where are these from?


All of these roses are from Sonoma, which is about an hour north of San Francisco. Roses have two cuttings which means they bloom twice each season. We are seeing some beautiful varieties right now, including the soft feminine Crocus that I also used in this arrangement.


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If roses wilt, is there any way to save them?


Yes! Roses should always be cut at an angle and put in plenty of water. Some people even suggest that you cut the stem under water so that the air never seals the skin. If a rose is soft and wilted but not dead, you may horizontally submerge the rose in warm water for thirty minutes and it will revive!


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