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Blooms in Season: August

Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street


Each month I feel inspired after we shoot Natalie’s creations. Sometimes we plan a certain theme or color but other times I want to be surprised. This month when I opened the door,Natalie had a tons and tons of beautiful grass – the bucket had an ombre look to it. I knew I was in for a spectacular surprise. She knocked it out of the park friends. Not only were the different varieties stunning, but she pulled out the lotus pod and carefully unfolded it. You are in for a treat when you see what it looked like before and after. It’s truly amazing what Natalie creates for us each month. Read on to find out more about this hidden gem of a flower!


Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street

Flower Varieties:
Left to right: Maiden Grass, Lotus Pod and Purple Fountain Grass

 

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I love these lotus pods. They are incredible. Where were they grown?
These lots pods are so beautiful in their shape, clean lines and simple yet complex form. This may be the very first time in our three years of doing this post, that I have used a flower that was not grown locally. This lotus is an import from Hawaii, however under the right growing conditions you could grow them other places.


Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street

I love these grasses. Why did you chose them?
I know many people, including myself, have one tall vase in their house where they like to have long lasting branches on display. It’s such a easy and inexpensive way to keep the presence of greens in your home without needing to have a full arrangement. At a certain point in the year I get a bit tired of having branches and want to try something new. That is exactly what happened this month and why I chose the grasses. They are long lasting and have such an elegant look. The same look can be achieved with tall weeds you find on the side of the road. It sounds crazy, but trust me, they can look so elegant when placed in a vase all on their own.


Blooms in Season - August | Natalie Bowen Design x Sacramento Street

Our mother’s were both at this photo shoot, wasn’t that special?
Yes! I loved that unplanned we both brought our mother’s to this shoot. We are both so lucky to have our Mama’s live close and share our mutual passions. Yours for interiors and mine for flowers. I appreciate that more and more older I get.


Thank you Natalie for this incredible feature this month. I’m constantly in awe of what you create for us!


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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Blooms in Season: July

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With the exception of a few times a year, flowers in my house are always white. Of course white can sometimes look plain and one dimensional to some. One way I get around this, is to mix the white flowers with other grasses or greens in season. This month, Natalie has succeeded in creating a rich, wild and innovative way to mix the season into my white flowers. I think you’ll agree that these flowers are a winning bunch!!


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What inspired you this month?


I love color so much but sometimes I need a break and to have a  calm arrangement. I think white and green feels so summery and I always think of white as your signature color, Caitlin. While vibrant summer colors are wonderful, there is something about the freshness of white and green that feels so soothing during the hot months.


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I love this white rose. What is it?


This is an iceberg rose. They are one of the only pure white garden roses and they grow really well in this part of California. They are also incredibly long lasting. My mother has bushes in her back yard and the flowers on them last for weeks! The only draw back to this rose is that they have zero scent. You can’t have everything, I guess!


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I love these little guys you call Love-in-Mist. 


I love those, too! Love-in-Mist can also be called Nigella There are so few blue flowers that I really love and these are one of them. I also have a very special association with them as my husband and I got married in a field of poppies and Love-in-Mist. They can also be called “Devil-in-a-mist”, but I”l stick to the devil reference.


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Looking for more flower inspiration? Be sure to check out the arrangements Natalie has created in the past – I’m always finding inspiration through them.

 

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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Blooms in Season: June

Blooms in Season : June| Sacramento Street

I’m smitten over the latest Blooms in Season post. The fragrance in summer flowers is like no other season. Natalie will discuss the selection of blooms but in case you are interested, there are two different varieties of both lavender and sage. My wish is that all of you could smell these blooms from your computers (or iPhones)!

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Have you always loved lavender?

 

I have to admit, this year is the first time I’ve really gone crazy over it. I walked in to the market this week and it was filled with the most exquisite lavender from a farm north of San Francisco about three hours. It stopped me in my tracks and I’ve while it hasn’t always been a favorite of mine, I have a hard time resisting any flower that is showing so beautifully.

 

How many varieties of lavender are there?

 

A lot! Thirty-nine to be exact. I am surprised by how many there are, but when you look at them, they are all so different. Even though the color name “lavender” is named after the plant, they range in color saturation, too.

 

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Does all Lavender have the same scent? 

 

Some varieties have a much more saturated and dense scent than others. Lavender essential oil is extracted from English lavender. If you give the lavender a gentle squeeze, the oil will get on your hands and it can be easily inhaled.
 

 

Tell us a little secret about Salvia (sage).

 

The salvia (sage) is in the mint family. Anything in the mint family has a square stem. If you twirl the stem in your fingers you can feel the shape of the stem and easily identify it as being in the Lamiaceae (mint) family.

 

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It sometimes seems hard to design with, since the stems are so straight. Do you have any tips on how to make arranging with lavender easier?

 

I agree that arranging with lavender can be hard. I don’t like the way it looks with the stems are poking out from an arrangement as if they were toothpicks. I prefer to cluster the stems and mass them together. When grouped, they look much more impressive and mimic the way they grow on a bush.

 

Natalie Bowen Designs Workshop

 

Friends, Natalie is teaching a unique floral workshop this summer. Not only do you get to have Natalie’s guidance, knowledge and inspiration at your fingertips but you’ll have the opportunity to pick your own flowers from a flower ranch and then have your arrangement photograph. The spots are going to go quickly so be sure to sign up!

 

Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street
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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: 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!


Blooms in Season: December | Sacramento Street

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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