Floral Friday: Sunflower

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009



Helianthus Annuus

*Availability- All year round

*Colors- Yellow, Brown, Bicolor and Dyed

*Meaning- Haughtiness; Power; Adoration; Devotion

Today I thought I would talk about the super cheerful sunflower. One reason it seems appropriate to talk about the sunflower is because I live in a city where the sun never sleeps. We are almost into September and there are still plenty of days over 100Ëšahead of us. By this time we Phoenicians are DONE with the heat!

Sunflowers are so bright and cheerful, check out this beautiful sunflower wedding picture-18from The Brides Cafe. I love the look of this wedding because she used only sunflowers- no filler, no other flowers. Using sunflowers alone is my favorite way to use them because they make SUCH a big statement, adding anything else can cheapen the look.


This inspiration board came from Snippet & Ink, she does inspiration boards to perfection. Check out her website, it’s just a little bit addicting.

Warm regards,


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Floral Friday: Chinese Lantern

Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2009




Also known as Paper Lantern Plant, Winter Cherry, Bladder Cherry

*Availability- July, August, September, October, November and phasing out into December.

*Colors- orange only

*Meaning- enlightenment

Welcome back to my series on Floral Fridays, I thought I would jump in with a flower that I find so unique and interesting- Chinese Lanterns. My son is back in school and I thought I saw football on the tele a couple of days ago (this is my husbands’ favorite time of year). All of this makes me so excited for fall and two of my favorite holidays- Halloween and Thanksgiving.

How fantastic this flower is! Either alone or in an arrangement, they are simply a show stopper. Whenever I use them people always ask me “are those real?” They just look too unusual to be from nature. But after watching (hopefully all of you did) the Planet Earth series on television, we know that many things from nature are as beautiful and perfect as an artists painting.

Start looking for these in your local market as fall arrives. I have seen them many times at Trader Joes, buy a bunch and put them in a simple tall glass vase on your kitchen counter and wait for the comments.


This gorgeous arrangement came from Yukiko Neibert Studio in Marin.

Thanks so much for stopping by, it’s great to be back in the swing of things.

Warm Regards,


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Bragspot: It’s great to be back

Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009

Hello everybody and thanks for your patience, it’s great to be back in the swing of blogging. This past June I was faced with some serious health problems with my son. It has been a trying summer but we are all doing much better now. I thought that my blog should take second fiddle for a while as my family is just too precious to me and needed all of my attention. Life has a way of mellowing out and I am glad to be back into the swing of life again with some healing time behind me.

Now onto some good stuff, like bragging…….he he.

I am pleased to announce that White Poppy has been featured in a national magazine, the summer issue of The Bride and Bloom.


I got a very exciting phone call this past spring from Liene Stevens of the ever-so-popular blog Blue Orchid Designs and owner of Splendid Communications. She asked me if I would like to collaborate with her on a photo shoot that involved the color yellow and featured lemons as a focal point. We decorated a rustic wood table with gorgeous trifle bowls filled with fresh flowers and lemons.





I was also asked to create an adorable bridal bouquet. Since our colors were predominately yellow, I chose daffodils to be my main flower, I also chose to wrap it with the cutest green gingham ribbon. This bad boy got a full page.


Well, once again glad to be back. So visit me this week for Floral Friday when I will be talking about an unusual flower called Chinese Lantern.

Warm Regards,


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