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Blooms in Season: April

Blooms in Season : April | Sacramento Street


Spring has arrived, especially at the flower mart. It burst with tons of favorites – blooming branches, lily of the valley, ranunculus, poppies, and peonies are slowly on the way in. This time of year makes my flower heart sing.


This month, Natalie and I wanted to highlight the art of simplicity when it comes to showcasing one flower.


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I love the mockorange. Tell me more about them.
These are one of my favorites during this season! They are delicate and abundant and remind me of my own mother’s garden. They are commonly called mockorange because their bloom mocks the buds of lemons and oranges. Their latin name, Philadelphus, is named after an ancient Greek king of Egypt.


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Hyacinth are one of my favorites, but I notice they are available in flower shops year-round?

This is true, however this is their actual season. Hyacinth are bulb plants that are easy to transport and ship, therefore they are now grown and shipped throughout the year. Tulips are the same. I find that they are so much better this time of year because this is when they are naturally in season and they are such a sign of Spring. In California, you can find locally grown bunches that are not coming from Holland.


I love Lily of the Valley but don’t see it very often here in San Francisco. Why is that?
Lily of the Valley loves conditions that are much different than what we have here. It grows wonderfully in the mid-west, back east and in the pacific northwest. It can grow here and if it does, it spreads nicely.


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I noticed you kept the flowers simple and only used one variety per vase. Why is that?

In my own home, I keep my floral arrangements simple. I like to use a single variety as a way to keep the arranging simple and also really appreciate each individual bloom. I like seeing one variety in a vase as it helps me enjoy the true grace and individuality of each stem. Keeping the design simple works beautifully next to a bedside or sink basin. Anything too fussy just takes over and loses impact.


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For readers that live in the Bay Area, I highly suggest going to the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the de Young Museum. Natalie is showcasing an incredible piece!


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street.

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Blooms In Season: March

 

Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street

 

As we enter into a new season, Natalie and I wanted to teach a class together about something that we truly believe in – that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” As we progress in life, it’s not about the quantity of items we have, it’s about the quality. I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that the meaning and purpose behind the pieces in your home is something I whole heartedly believe in when designing a home.


At the end of March, Natalie Bowen, Jessie Black, Fullosophie and I will be teaching you how to incorporate and understand the foundations of beautiful bedroom design and styling via:  florals, textiles, textures, and design. We’ll be focusing on the differences in materials and textures, incorporating seasonal flowers and colors, and the do’s and don’ts of styling bookshelves, tabletops, and your bed. Although this is focusing on the bedroom, you can use these tips for any part of your home.


Details are at the end of this month’s stunning post that Natalie created for you. I’m madly in love with the texture of this arrangement!

 

Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street
Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street

 

Flowers used in this arrangement:
- Liberstar Tulips
- Snow drops
- Ranunculus
- Acacia
- Fritillaria


I’ve never seen these checkerboard flowers. What are they?

They are called fritillaria and they are one of my favorite springtime blooms. They feel like they are the perfect fairy flower with their curved stems and small bell flowers.

 

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I’ve seen the Acacia before but doesn’t it usually wilt?
This is a stem I use when I don’t need the branch to last more than a few days. The tips wilt immediately, so I snip of the ends and the rest of the branch lasts much longer.

 

How does “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” play a role in your life?
With flowers I always suggest getting king lasting flowers for your own home. This way your money is well spent and you will enjoy them for as long as possible. Then, sometimes splurge on the perfect single bloom and out it on your desk or next to your bedside where you will see it often.


Blooms in Season : March | Sacramento Street


If you live in the Bay Area we’d love to see you at this workshop – pop over to Fullosophie for more information. It’s going to be an evening filled with loads of inspiration!

Date: Thursday, March 26th  |  6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Jessie Black SF ( 3252 Sacramento St, San Francisco)


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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Blooms In Season: February

Blooms in Season | Sacramento Street

 

While the flower market is bustling with florists getting ready for Valentines Day, Natalie and I wanted to bring you a dose of inspiration on what’s in season this time of year. It completely depends on the year and whether it has been warm, cold, wet or dry. This year branches are usually in full bloom, which is my favorite thing to have in the house. It’s a sign that Spring is right around the corner.

 

Over the past few years I’ve wondered which branches come into season first and how to care for them. There are dozens of varieties out there to choose from so I turned to Natalie to get a little more insight into what you can expect to see in the markets when it comes to branches.

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The Flowers:
- white liberstar tulip
- almond branches
- jasmine

 

Blooms in Season | Sacramento Street

Blooms in Season | Sacramento Street

 

I see so many blooming branches this time of year, what type are these?
These are almond branches. I love watching the Spring season progress by watching each variety bloom. It always starts with magnolia blossoms and then moves on to almond, quince, peach, plum, cherry and dogwood. I grew up in Northern California where almonds are grown and the look and smell of these particular branches bring back such good memories for me.

 

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What makes flowering trees so special?
I love that they represent the beginning of Spring. After a long dark winter, they can be one of the first flowers of spring and represent new beginnings.

 

Do branches need any special care?
Another reason I love blooming branches is that they are so easy, yet so beautiful. Just a couple stems make a huge impact on a room. Simple beauty at its absolute best. The only thing I’d say, is that the mess cleaning them up after the petals fall and they “snow” is not so fun!

 

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We hope you enjoyed this month’s inspiration. Check back next month for our next post!

 

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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Blooms in Season: December

Blooms in Season: December | Sacramento Street


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!

 

Blooms in Season: December | Sacramento Street

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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