Botanical Inspiration: Dahlias

IMG_2430 Last week, Natalia and I ventured to the San Francisco Flower Market for a much needed botanical inspiration.  While she checked out seasonal pods and interesting objects for her Pod Art, I became immersed in the rich colors of the Dahlias that are ever so bountiful this time of year.  Although I'm most often attracted to foliage plants, I couldn't resist the deep burgundy hue of this season's petalled beauties.  After selecting a perfect sampling of them, I added some sedum, eucalyptus branches and weeping celosia to create a weekend arrangement for our home.  There's something deliciously self-indulgent about creating something beautiful for oneself, and that's precisely why I highly recommend you try it.  Here's how:

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Out And About: Floret

This week's Out And About features Floret, a new floral shop in Lafayette, CA.  The shop is filled with unique stemmed botanicals, plantings and vessels, all of which may be custom arranged for any occasion.  Take a peek into Floret:

 We're pleased to announce that Floret is also featuring several Cocoon Home succulent compositions.

Botanical Inspiration: Persimmon Fruit

This week's botanical inspiration is a persimmon tree that grows outside our bedroom window.  This time of year, its fruit ripens and its leaves turn golden yellow and bright orange, perfect for  materials for floral arrangements.  Most people would make pudding or pie from this harvest but not I.   Using one of my favorite vases, I created a fall bouquet with our tree's fruit and other autumn garden finds.

The persimmon tree outside our bedroom providing lovely [california] fall foliage.