Succulent Terrarium

Succulent Terrarium

It has been years since I have made a terrarium and I forgot how much fun it can be! It is like landscaping in miniature. Succulents, moss, stones, interesting pieces of driftwood and twigs all make for beautiful terrarium ingredients. They are a more modern alternative to having a typical houseplant. It adds that touch of green to your space but in a more unexpected...
Seasonal Flower Alliance

Seasonal Flower Alliance

The seasonal flower alliance was started by Erin of Floret Flower Farm. It is all about playing with flowers that are local and in season. In past years she has had people and fans post links of their seasonal arrangements to her blog. But this year all you have to do it post your flowers on Instagram with the hashtag #SeasonalFlowerAlliance. Search the hashtag and you will see local flowers from all over the world, it’s super fun for us flower lovers!! My arrangement consists of clematis, cerinthe, weigela, rhododendron, and bleeding heart. Everything is from my garden except the cerinthe which is from a...
Garden Tea Party Wedding at Villa Marco Polo Inn

Garden Tea Party Wedding at Villa Marco Polo Inn

Jody Nay of Wallpaper Photography had a great vision for her garden tea party wedding at Victoria’s Villa Marco Polo Inn last summer. I had never met Jody before and soon after our first meeting I knew she would be a fun bride to work with. I love meeting people who have an equal passion for weddings, and all things beautiful. She knew she wanted air plants, succulents, wrist corsages, flower crowns and a garland for the aisle. She originally wanted to wear a wrist corsage herself, but in the end I convinced her to let me make her a small bouquet using a protea. And I am so glad she went for it because it looked amazing with her soft pink Vera Wang dress. Photography – Georgie Wilson Photography (view link for more amazing photos of this wedding) Venue – Villa Marco Polo Inn Flowers – Tara McHugh Flora China rental – Victoria Vintage China...
Flower Friday – Ranunculus

Flower Friday – Ranunculus

Do you feel like you have been seeing a lot more ranunculus these days? They are giving garden roses a run for their money if you ask me. The size of some of the ranunculus we are seeing from Japan and Italy are incredible! They come in a whole rainbow of beautiful colors. When buying a bunch of ranunculus the exciting thing to me, is that sometimes there is a lot of color variation within the one bunch. And this is what makes a floral arrangement more interesting. So many other flowers come as a solid color, and it is much more restricting design wise. They have a very long vase life and actually get more beautiful as they age. They just keep opening and their ruffled petals are like the finest tissue paper. They are a costly flower compared to more standard grocery store flowers many people are used to seeing. But so worth every dollar!! (all photos by Spark and Whimsy Photography) I haven’t experimented much with growing them yet but this may be my year! If you have any tips about growing ranunculus in your backyard please share in the comments below. We would all love to learn...
Women of Weddings – Sharon Rai

Women of Weddings – Sharon Rai

Since it’s inception in 2012 I have been a member of Victoria’s Women of Weddings networking group. Around that time I realized that because I didn’t have a flower shop and because I was fairly unknown in the industry (other than my online presence) I would have to get out and meet other wedding vendors in the city. In business you have to really make an effort to collaborate on projects, share ideas and build relationships to expand your horizons. Over the next few months on the blog I am going to introduce and question various members of the WOW community, starting with the founder Sharon Rai of  Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry. (photo credit: Spark and Whimsy) Tara McHugh – Why did you want to start WOW and what do you hope members get out of being involved? Sharon Rai – In 2012, I founded Victoria Women of Weddings (WoW) to bring together the luxury bridal business in Victoria. I recognized that general interest networking groups didn’t provide the direct referrals on which bridal businesses rely, so I envisioned an organization that enabled business owners who specialized in serving bridal clients to meet regularly to get to know one another, showcase our services and products, learn new business skills and industry trends, share experiences and best practices, and generate referral business for one another.  As business leaders we have much to gain from working together. We can refer clients to one another. We can learn from each others experience. We can share tips and trends in the bridal industry to keep us on top of our game....
Autumn dahlia bouquet

Autumn dahlia bouquet

This colourful and bold bouquet full of maple leaves and dahlias is earthy and rustic, and is sure to satisfy all those flower people who love orange, red and fall! Enjoy the autumn...