Into the Woods

Woodland floral design is a favorite of mine. Foliage takes center stage. Small blossoms are celebrated. And texture is the design element that guides your flora choices. 

Image found on Greensinners.com

Image found on Greensinners.com

My appreciation for this type of design deepened when I took a two-day workshop last June with Françoise Weeks. Belgian born and raised, floral designer for over twenty years in Portland, Oregon, she is known for taking her gorgeous woodland designs and making them wearable (think shoes, intricate hairpieces, and even dresses). Her designs have strutted down catwalks around the globe. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to learn from her. She is kind, soulful, passionate, humble, and ever so clever. A true MacGyver in the field.

Flower ingredients: anemone, columbine, allium, chive flower, parrot tulip, hellebore, lupine, nigella seed pod

Flower ingredients: anemone, columbine, allium, chive flower, parrot tulip, hellebore, lupine, nigella seed pod

Foliage ingredients: trichilium, spirea, currant, mint, hosta

Foliage ingredients: trichilium, spirea, currant, mint, hosta

Woodland- texture driven, no large focal flowers-inspired this week's designs for my subscription clients. Shades and tints of purple (a common hue found among the wild flower clan), lots of interesting foliage, and textural features were married together in these cool bark-wrapped vessels that have recently shown up at the wholesale market.

Design delivered to subscription clients this week

Design delivered to subscription clients this week

The black-centered anemone is my favorite woodland inspired bloom to use. The white pops against the rich green foliage and the purple- navy center reflects the purple hue of the other flowers.

The black-centered anemone is my favorite woodland inspired bloom to use. The white pops against the rich green foliage and the purple- navy center reflects the purple hue of the other flowers.

Peonies are getting ready to bloom (and break my heart) in all their unapologetically gigantic splendor. Before I become completely hypnotized by those damn flowers, this week I am proclaiming my love for the delicate- often woodland-feeling- flowers of early to mid spring. Fleeting and ephemeral. Into the woods I go with my flower club clients this week ;).

The black parrot tulp is one of my favorite backyard bloom this spring.

The black parrot tulp is one of my favorite backyard bloom this spring.