August 26th, 2014 by Sarah

I have a lot of brides that love sunflowers for their weddings, and what is not to love?
They are beautiful, bright, and big!

Sunflowers can be used in bouquets, wedding ceremony decor, or they are perfect for table arrangements at the reception like the one pictured below from a Petals & Twigs wedding. They go great with burlap and mason jars and start to give us the sense that fall is right around the corner.

Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend.
- Sarah


Castelamare & Penner Wedding

August 14th, 2014 by Sarah

Thank you to David Clark Photography for sharing these great pictures with us of the Castelamare & Penner Wedding!  The bride’s choice of a sweet romantic bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and boutonniere  looked perfect for her big day!

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A Blog About a Blog About a Blog

August 8th, 2014 by Sarah

If you follow me on Facebook then you know that I have been busy this week making floral crowns with friend and blogger, Laura Trevey of Bright, Bold & Beautiful.  She was selected as a featured blogger for Martha Stewart’s #SavorSummer series. We enjoyed our time putting together wonderful pieces for her blog post, DIY: 4 Ways to Make Floral Crowns with Martha Stewart.  This morning we opened and her blog post was on the front page!!  And just as exciting…my beautiful daughter, who we asked to model our pieces, was also on the front page!  Check it out here!

Can you believe it!  Thank you Laura for including Petals & Twigs in this great adventure with you!!

Here are some more pictures from our great day!IMG_2287


Have a great weekend!


I Made Compost…Now What?

July 30th, 2014 by Sarah

Most of us know the benefits of composting…less waste in landfills, free fertilizer, reduces greenhouse emissions, and better soil for less money.  Most of us know how to compost and what to add to our compost…grass clippings, garden debris, vegetable and fruit scraps, eggshells, coffee grinds, leaves, etc.

But do you know what to do with your compost when it is finished?

We have done a great job of creating what many gardeners call “Black Gold” but now how do we add it to our garden?

Here are a few ideas.

1. For a new garden add 3-6 inches of compost to the top layer.  Rake and water it in.  Your new plants will love it.

2. Already have an established garden?  Two weeks before the growing season, add about 1-3 inches to the top mix it in as much as possible.  Adding a layer of mulch will help it as well.

3. Or, as an alternative, add compost to your garden before after the growing season and before the ground freezes.  Cover it with leaves or pine needles.  Microorganisms will work it all into the soil for you and you will be ready to go in the Spring!

4. Don’t forget to add it to your potted plants.  Just keep it 1/4 to 1/2 of your potted plant mixture.

Happy Composting and have a great weekend!

- Sarah

Don’t be afraid!

July 23rd, 2014 by Sarah

Summer is in full bloom!  Don’t hesitate to cut in your garden.  It will grow back – and better than before!  Think Zinnias!

Photo from Mount Airy Gardens

Photo from Mount Airy Gardens


Have a great weekend!


Carly & Rick’s Wedding

July 16th, 2014 by admin

We loved being part of Carly & Rick’s big day!

They were married at First Baptist Church with a beautiful reception at the Jefferson.

Luckily, they were married in June and the bride was able to use nothing but beautiful peonies in her bouquet.

The groom’s boutonniere is a spray rose, peony bud, and boxwood

The darling flower girl’s head wreath is baby’s breath

The bridesmaid’s bouquets included peonies, lisianthus, wax flower, peach hypericum berries, and pink spray roses

The junior bridesmaid’s bouquet was full of peonies, lisianthus, wax flower, pink spray roses, and white roses.

The church arrangements included peonies, lilies, lemon leaf, fern, spray roses, and roses.

The table arrangements (which looked so cool!) were spray roses, astilbe, peonies, boxwood, fern, lisiantus, dusty miller and scotchbroom.

Thank you to Megan Garrison Photography for providing us with these gorgeous pictures.


















Have a great week!


How to Arrange Orchid Stems

July 9th, 2014 by admin

Do you follow my youtube channel?  If not, you can subscribe here!

This is one of the videos I made about how to arrange orchid stems.  I hope you enjoy it.

How to Arrange Orchid Stems

 Have a great week!


Happy 4th of July!

July 2nd, 2014 by admin

For the 4th of July, glue an American Flag to a twigs and put it in your flowers!                                                                                  It is much more attractive then a plastic stick!

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I hope everyone travels safe and has a great holiday weekend!


Alexandra & John’s Wedding

June 25th, 2014 by admin

We loved being part of Alexandra & John’s wedding this spring at Tuckahoe Plantation!  We enjoyed making their bouquets, boutonnieres, a head wreath for the flower girl,  church pew arrangements, and table arrangements full of amazing spring flowers including peonies!  Thank you to Jen Fariello Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us.

Wasn’t Alexandra a beautiful bride??




A close-up of the bride’s bouquet full of seeded eucalyptus, peach stock, peach french tulip, peonies, roses, spray roses, garden roses, veronica, dahlia, peach hypericum berries, rosemary, and queen anne’s lace.


This adorable flower-girl wore a head wreath full of poets laurel, boxwood, and some pretty white flowers


The groom’s boutonniere was made with a peach spray rose, a cream spray rose and rosemary.


The aisles were decorated with arrangements made with peach spray roses, queen annes lace and poets laurel.



And finally we filled the tables with boxwood, peach stock, garden roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, veronica, scotch broom, peach spray roses, and campanula.








Hope you have a great week!


Beach Arrangements

June 20th, 2014 by admin

Heading to the beach this summer?  Bring in a few seashells and a few sprigs of whatever is near and you will have a great centerpiece!


image via Ideas for Interior


Have a great weekend!