Love of Flowers | Peonies

It's May so it's the perfect time to talk Peonies.  They range from white, creamy almost with a hint of butter, yellow, blush, soft pink, coral, medium bubble gum pink, deeper pink, magenta, red, dark burgundy. You will find 

SINGLE petal peonies are composed of a single row of broad and wide petals which surrounds a large center of "pollen-bearing" stamens and see-bearing carpels.

Types of peonies that are Single peonies include 'Athena', 'Dad', 'Krinkled White(pictured on the right)', 'Scarlet O’Hara;,

Another variety are the JAPANESE-type blooms where you see the doubling of the petals has begun.  In this group area also Lotus or Anemone Peonies.  The filaments of the stamens have broadened and the anthers have become extremely large.

Examples: 'Nippon Beauty, 'Madame Butterfly'(pictured on the right), 'Lotus'(on the left).


SEMI-DOUBLE flowers contain filaments which have widened irregularly, making petaloids of varying widths throughout which stamens are mixed. The guard petals may or may not be clearly differentiated.

Examples: 'Paula Fay', 'Coral Charm'(pictured on the left), 'Miss America'(on the right), 'Buckeye Belle'.


The BOMB-type bloom is a large and full peony with petaloids derived from both carpels and stamens with are much broader, without any crown, but still are clearly differentiated from the guard petals. It reminds me of a large pom pom with guard petals.

Examples: 'Red Charm'(Pictured on the top row, far left), 'Raspberry Sundae', 'Monsieur Jules Elie'(top row, on the right).

The FULL DOUBLE bloom completes the process of doubling. All the stamens and carpels have developed into petals resembling the guard petals. This is a grand peonies. It's big, it's fluffy.  This is my favorite blooms. 

Examples: 'Ann Cousins'(Pictured on the left), Gardenia, Kansas, Paul M. Wild(pictured on the right), Tourangelle.

Art of the Pin | Curry Flavors

Each year I spend an awful amount of time in the sun, mostly in beach towns because I find the water, the cloudless skies, the warmth all a bit of heaven.  Typically the wedding season is hectic and there are weeks where I'm working days straight without a mental break so to refuel, I go to Cabo, Sayulita, Punta de Mita, Monterey, Chiang Mai, Danang to get away.   I dream of Santorini, Maldives, Jimbaran Bay, and Wailea.  These are places in my mind that remind me of romance and collectively, inspires me.

This vibrant board is inspired by my travels and the many sights and tastes during those travels.  Be it the water of the sea,  the sky, the color of a wonderful Margarita or a citrus iced tea.    This is me in a wedding board --- all the things that remind me of happy beach and summer places, it's the color of a tropical Lemonade, lazy daisies, yellow wildflowers blooming on the side of a road,, mustard on a hot dog bun, blue tiles in my hotel room, the peacefulness of the crisp ocean water,  the sun setting, the clarity of a swimming pool, mosaic blankets, Mexican ceramic in souvenir shops, and the twinkle of candles.

When creating your own board, look to things that have always given you joy.  Look at colors that inspire.  Look at details that remind you of love. 




Art of the Pin | Lilac + Cornflower + Mauve

When April ends and May begins, the flower market in San Francisco fills up with lilac, anemones, sweet peas and delphinium. You see the lovely tulips, hyacinth, Italian ranunculus, lily of the valley, and peonies piled high in the stalls. And from the magic hues, you get inspired.  Suddenly, all I want to do is create with light pastel hues.  

So it's not a surprise that May is perfect for these soft cool pastels of mauve, lilac, cornflower blues.  You pair them with black and taupe and it becomes a modern palette.  You change it up and mix it with plum, rose gold, French blues and it's romantic.  You adjust it and go coral, rose, Skyblue, magenta and it becomes warm.  So many possibilities, it's a matter of how you use these hues.