Becca and Tom’s Wedding

September 17th, 2014 by Sarah

Another wedding in the books for Petals & Twigs!  We have loved all the weddings we have been involved in this year.

 Thank you to Becca and Tom for including us in your wedding!

And thank you to Erin Forehand Photography for taking such beautiful pictures of the flowers!

And now we want to share it all with you!

Becca’s awesome bouquet was full of succulents, seeded eucalyptus, peach spray rose, peach roses, white veronica, white spray roses, white dahlia, salidago, white rununculus, pods, and queen anne’s lace.


Her bridesmaid’s bouquet was about the same with some variegated pitosorum also.

Tom’s boutonniere was spray rose and seeded eucalyptus.

And finally we did the ceremony flowers and table arrangements that include most of the same flowers used in the bouquets.

Hope you have a great weekend!

- Sarah

Why do Brides Carry Bouquets?

September 11th, 2014 by Sarah

As long as we can remember it has been tradition for brides to carry a beautiful bouquet down the aisle…but why?  Sure, they are pretty and they sometimes tie the rest of the decor into the ceremony….but how did it start?  According to the Huffington Post it was because brides were pretty stinky.

“Back in the 15th Century, most people got married in the month of June because they took their yearly baths in May and didn’t smell too bad a mere month later, the time it took back then to plan a wedding.

Just to be on the safe side and not drive the groom back out the door gasping for fresh air while holding a handkerchief protectively over his nostrils, brides began carrying bouquets of flowers to hide their body odor. That was preferable to the groom’s cries of “Oh My God, What’s that Stink!” at the alter. Unlike the bride’s, his bath had been taken only the day before the wedding.”

Luckily, today they aren’t there to mask an odor.  Just a pretty piece of tradition.

Have a great weekend!

- Sarah

Video – How to Pick a Container for Your Arrangement

September 3rd, 2014 by Sarah

Have you ever been so excited to bring in beautiful flowers from your garden only to have no clue which vase you should use? My video on picking a container for your arrangement will hopefully help you make the right decision and you can show off your flowers and flower arranging skills!



If you would like to view more of my how-to videos visit my youtube page here.

Hope you are having a great week!

- Sarah


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!