Thursday, April 28, 2011

What a pretty mess to clean up!

What a fun day with Champagne Events and Emily G!

Today I worked with Emily G Photography and Mandi from Champagne events on a photo shoot. Here's a sneak peak but we'll have to wait to see all the beautiful images from Emily...stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A little party at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Figs and hydrangea with deep purples and blue on butter cream. Mmmmm!
I just love old barns and the one at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse is amazing. We created a welcome arch with native salal, willow and masses of hydrangea in greens and earthy brown tones for a casual feel.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Oh so lovely!

Such perfection! I just now discovered the most amazing ceramic artist - Nathalie Derouet! Go to her site!!!

A beautiful day to visit one of our most favorite nurseries - Xera

I will have to wait for this little lady as Xera is still in the process of cultivating this wonderful Solamon seal.

Columbine - oh columbine - how I love you!

This epimedium is a close relative to our own native variety

Who knew glads could be so perfectly delicate

3 tiny pieces and one dancing lady

My favorite flower frog of all time.

Sweet little ring pillow that we made for a fun green wedding.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Two hikes in the gorge in search of Wild frittilaria

Little brown mushroom just one of about 5,000 different varieties found in the Pacific Northwest

We didn't find any chocolate fritillaria but we did come across these lovely Yellow bells - Fritillaria Pudica

These purple beauties are commonly called Satin flower. Clark said of them " a slope covered with these sprightly bells, sensitive to every whisper of wind, is one of the floral delights of early spring" We missed the similar Blue eyed grass which looks like a miniature iris by only a few days.

Manroot is a strange plant that later in the season produces "wild cucumbers" on delicate reaching tendrils.

Arrow leaf or Balsam root is just beginning to open but in a week or so the entire hillsides will be covered in gold.

Lichen in a splash of striking blue color.

Shooting star is one of my most favorite flowers. Its Latin name comes from a Greek word meaning protected by the Pantheon. I can see why the gods would cherish this diminutive little flower.

I had an giant patch of wild fawn lily in my home in Leavenworth. When I moved I couldn't bare to leave them behind so I brought a few with me and now every spring they come back and remind to to get out into the mountains for a walk with their sisters.