June 29, 2011

Dahlias Done Two Ways

It's time for more vase trials!

This glass one was a too wide and shallow to use the ol' taped top trick, or even the ol' hand-tied trick, so I resorted to the ol' ball of chicken wire (which is easily recycled here through Napa's curbside pick-up or drop-off facility) trick, which worked like a charm. Well, save for the fact that, if someone were to look at the stems really closely, with their ear pressed against the tabletop to get a good view of the arrangement from below, they'd see the wire. Which bothers me. If anyone knows a better way to design in really, really shallow glass (aside from metal frogs, I'm working on gathering enough good ones), please let me know!

Vintage footed silver vases, which avoid the visible mechanics issue altogether, are another option. They'd of course all be slightly different, but I think adds to their charm.

But ah, with dahlias, how could one go wrong?

June 28, 2011

Elegant SF Wedding Part 3 of 3: Go!

  . . . And last but not least, we headed down to San Francisco and up to The Fairmont, perched at the top of Nob Hill with spectacular views of the city and bridges all around. We delivered the flowers to the Pavilion Room via the loading dock and service elevators, but I later went back to take a peak at the guests' entrance, famous for its flags, marble, and gold detailing.

 I was especially impressed by the Cirque Room, apparently the first bar to open in San Francisco following Prohibition (seen below through it's brass gate entrance), which the wedding guests would pass on their way to the celebration. This gilded mural depicting a welcoming bride and groom seemed especially appropriate.
In the Pavilion Room, three walls of expansive windows, a multitude of candles, and a great, fanciful chandelier set the mood for an elegant and magical night of celebration.
Congratulations, D&J!

June 27, 2011

Flowers in the House

Our tuberous begonia is making its summer debut, just in time to be brought indoors and enjoyed with the morning's coffee for Jane's flowers in the house shin-dig.

June 25, 2011

News Flash: Scorpion Attack!!!

This morning, as I was making coffee (so read, before coffee), a scorpion finally went and stung me on the big toe. I looked down in time to see that is was a just little one, which for a while had me worried (I learned as a kid that over-enthusiastic baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adult ones . . . mightn't the same be true for arachnids?). But here I am, apparently having escaped with just a rude wake-up call and the foiling of my plan to post about the Napa Farmer's Market before attending it.
Instead, I'm here now sharing a montage of recent markets past and reporting that The Monkey Flower Group will be at next Saturday's market again. Hope to see you there!

June 24, 2011

Elegant SF Wedding Part 2 of 3: Get Set

And here's what became of all those lovely, fragrant, local materials, shown here all set for their little journey into the Big City. Next up, "Go" . . .

June 22, 2011

Elegant SF Wedding Part 1 of 3: Get Ready

I spent the better part of last week moving buckets and buckets of gorgeous flowers back and forth between various levels of relative coolness and warmth, coaxing the buds into just the right stage of openness for Sunday's elegant wedding in San Francisco. By Saturday I had assembled and opened one of the most fragrant ensembles imaginable for this time of year: carnations from Petaluma, peonies (hundreds of them!!) from Oregon, freesia from Watsonville, stock from Pacifica, garden roses from Petaluma, and gardenias and sweet peas from Napa. Can you imagine? Upon coming inside from the studio, Ben noted that I "smelled like flowers", which I think makes up for those days in Vermont when I came home smelling like something else : ). Up next, "Get Set" . . .