Hanakubari with Anthurium, Willow and Dried Strelitzia Leaf

I love building structures, and this one was quick and easy to make. Hanakubari is the technique of building fixtures with natural materials to support flowers without wire, nails, or screws. But more important is the fact that it is meant to be part of the design, not hidden like a kenzan or kubari fixture […]

Nature Inspired Bouquet

As promised, another bouquet that was nature inspired. Actually the materials are gathered from the woods around my parents home in the mountains in the western part of Virginia. I found so many little mosses and lichens,their growth aided by an usually cool and wet summer, and it was a pure delight. Little pieces of […]

Wedding Bouquet

This is my garden inspired bouquet, using what I could find still in bloom in the late summer heat. I bought the kale leaves and glued them to the underside of the bouquet to start, and glued a leaf to cover the handle. Flowers were collected and cut from the garden and our potted plants […]

Grown and Gathered Flowers

The best part of summer is the wonderful array of flowers the garden has to offer, and if you look carefully you can find great roadside flowers to add to that bounty. Here is my latest collection of garden and gathered blooms in my $3 compote (yes, that price is correct!). I realize this is […]