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!


Best Geraniums in RVA

June 6th, 2014 by admin

Geraniums are a easy summer perennial that looks great in a pot or in your garden.  And if you are not buying your geraniums at the Greenhouse on Mountain Road or it’s little sister the Greenhouse II, you are missing out!  Their geraniums have strong sturdy stems, are more resistant to disease, and bloom profusely.

photo via The Greenhouse Facebook page

photo via The Greenhouse Facebook page

George at The Greenhouse has been growing geraniums for years at his family-owned business. His are superior because he uses a special homemade compost mix. Go see these beautiful geraniums for yourself and be sure to check out the heavenly zinnia planters as well.

For more information about The Greenhouse visit their website.

Have a great weekend!


Where Did All the Flowers Go?

May 30th, 2014 by admin

June is that weird month in the summer that begs the question…where did all the flowers go?  It is right in the middle of  spring flowers finishing and summer flowers getting ready to bloom.   So what can you fill your vase with in the meantime?  Well…here are a few ideas!

IDEA #1 – Fill your vase with greens!  Be sure to choose different textures and colors.  

IDEA #2 –  Add fruit to your arrangement for pops of color!

IDEA #3 – Terrariums!  Click here to see the great Terrarium board I have on Pinterest that will help you get started.

What other ideas do you have?

Everyone have a great weekend!

- Sarah


A Fall Wedding

May 23rd, 2014 by admin

We LOVED being part of Tyler and Jeremy’s wedding last fall.  Thank you to Matt Stanton Photography for sharing these beautiful pictures.  Flowers used throughout the wedding included white hydrangea, white dahlias, lizzianthus, spray roses, zinnias, dahlias, queen anne’s lace, moss, gomphrena, amaranths, rex begonia, solidageo, and of course some greens.   Enjoy the pictures!









3 Reason Why You Should Use Local Seasonal Flowers at Your Wedding

May 16th, 2014 by admin

Wedding Season bouquets are in full bloom in my studio today.  And if you are getting married this weekend and wanted local peonies…they have finally bloomed!


This got me thinking about how lucky Virginia Brides are this week to be able to use Local Peonies in their bouquets and why Local Seasonal Flowers are so great to use!

But, before I give you my top 3 reasons to use Local Seasonal Flowers I must make a disclaimer…


Not all of the bridal bouquets that I arrange are completely Local Seasonal Flowers.  However, I try to use as many as I can and fill in with Florist Seasonal Flowers, as needed.  There is a difference in those two.  The florist may be able to get me the flowers that my bride wants, that are in season, but just not locally.  Make sense? They are both great options because they are SEASONAL.

Anyway…here are my


#1. Save money -Most brides have a budget and if you really want a winter wedding using peonies, they are going to be hard to find and expensive to ship.  Instead try greens, berries, and pinecones! And if your heart is set on peonies, get married in the Spring, when they are locally in season.

#2. Support your Local Community – My last blog post (A Simple Arrangement with a lot of Heart) was about working with a local grower in the Northern Neck of Virginia.  I try to buy Seasonal Local Flowers from local growers as much as possible.  Their flowers are the freshest because they have usually been cut within 24 hours of making an arrangement or bouquet instead of riding in a refrigerated truck for the previous four days.  On top of that, I like to support local small businesses…it just makes you feel good!

#3Going Green - By using Seasonal Local Flowers you help cut down on carbon emissions and promotes energy conservation.  If you go the extra mile and buy Seasonal Local Flowers from organic local growers you won’t be carrying a bouquet down the aisle covered in pesticides and preservation chemicals.  That sounds like a pretty good reason to me!

As I said before, buying Seasonal Local Flowers is not always an option, but it is a GREAT option if it is available!

Happy Friday and enjoy your peonies!

    Petals & Twigs