Evergreen

20 Mar

I love living in the Pacific Northwest!  Even though it rains a lot and is often gray, when the sun comes out I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be.  We are surrounded by beautiful green trees all year long.  No matter how dreary and wet  it may be, we are guaranteed to have evergreens around to remind us why we live here!   I admit, January and February are the hardest months to be here – I am not quite sure why, perhaps it has to do with the month of January being so long and just coming down from the holidays and February is that space between spring and winter.  Now that we are well into March we are seeing a little bit of everything.  Today we experienced wind, rain, hail, and sunshine.  Right now it is sunny but extremely windy and I am crossing my fingers that the pop-up tent I have set up in the driveway won’t blow away!

This brings me to talk about green.  When we are kids we are taught that green is a color combination between yellow and blue and just one of the many colors in our crayon box.  I never thought of green as a neutral until I started working with flowers.  Some may disagree with me here, but if you think about it, in nature almost everything is against green.  I use greenery in a lot of what I do, partially because it finishes the project nicely, but mostly because it makes everything around it pop and adds more of a sense of the naturalness of the work.

About a month ago I participated in an open house at the Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle.   Couples came to view the venue and taste all the fabulous food prepared by the chefs at Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering.  Of course I offered to do the flowers for them and as always they allowed me to be creative and choose the color pallet in which I could work with.  The Hall at Fauntleroy is located in the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse in West Seattle that has two beautiful unique options for event needs.  The Emerald room is a beautiful room with brick interior, soaring ceilings and expansive windows.  The Vashon Room downstairs is filled with natural light and exits to the beautifully landscaped Garden Courtyard.

For the Emerald room I created two arrangements using a more natural pallet of greens, white and brown.  For one arrangement the flowers were clustered in block style using elements of tulips, ferns, roses, mini green hydrangeas, kermit poms, blackberries, wax flowers, fern curl and lotus pods all placed in a vase filled with moss.

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For the second arrangement I chose to use small vases filled with simple clusters of tulips, fern curl, blackberries and white stock placed on a bed of moss then situated under a glass cloche dome.  The added touch of a tag with the words “celebrate” completed the romantic look.  A simple arrangement that doesn’t have a lot of elements, yet gave a romantic feel to the room.

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I have to say, I am partial to glass cloche domes.  At Christmas I often have snowmen displayed under one, come springtime I fill it with spring elements and in the fall you might see mini pumpkins displayed.  I recently passed up buying a dome about two feet tall at the Home Goods Store.  I didn’t think I could sneak it in the house without my husband seeing it and shaking his head so I passed it up – I am still regretting not buying it!  It’s amazing what you can display under these lovely domes.

I will save the Vashon Room for a later time since the colors and look were significantly different than what was displayed in the Emerald Room.    Thank you Laura Marchbanks for the beautiful photography of these arrangements.

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