Late spring is full of wonderful small detailed blooms like the spirea and ranunculus, and some of the bigger summer flowers (like peonies!) are available. More and more foliage is popping up, and the colored leaves of Japanese maple are some of Sarah’s favorites.
From Sarah: The combination of whites with accents of eggplant and oxblood can fit in many different settings. It was made more casual here by the vases and place settings, and feels perfect for an outdoor dinner. I love the mix of white and dark flowers, there is lots of contrast here, but it is blended by flowers that have touches of both the light and dark on them.
Flowers used in these designs: Japanese maple, chocolate cosmo, chocolate queen annes lace, fritillaria, Majolica spray rose, anemone, picotee ranunculus, white ranunculus, festiva maxima peony and spirea.
With Summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to bring back our beloved signature cocktail series! It’s no secret that a cold drink is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer night, and you won’t find anything more refreshing than this week’s original Apple Celery Julep recipe. Grab your cocktail shaker and start mixing with the help of our Snippet & Ink Select members, Josh Gruetzmacher and Paula LeDuc Fine Catering!
• glass – silver julep cup
• method – shake & strain
• garnish – leafy celery top; thin green apple slice
• 1 oz. Vodka
• 1/2 oz. Akvavit
• 1 oz. PLDFC house-made celery cordial
• 1/2 oz. German Apple Liqueur
• 3/4 oz. fresh Lemon Juice
• 2 sprigs of lemon thyme
Add all ingredients above, shake and strain into silver cup over crushed ice,
top up with more crushed ice to form a mound.
With spring in full force, we’d like to celebrate some of our favorite annual blooms: hellebores! “I love their shape, there is really nothing else similar to it. I love the bright colored stamens that they have while they are still on the flower, and I love how sharp and beautiful the blooms look after the stamens have fallen off,” says floral designer Sarah Winward. “If they are cut at the right time hellebores will last a week as a cut flowers.”
Flowers used in these arrangements: hellebores, argutifolius silver lave, double queen, merlin and spotted white lady.
Hellebores are early spring bloomers. They can be found peeking out of the snow as early as February! Although they are often called lenten roses, they are actually related to ranunculus – the nickname refers to their tendency to appear during Lent. Originating in Europe and Asia, hellebores have gained a rich history resulting in a variety of hybrids and a range of applications from medicinal use to the study of toxins.
Their color variations make them floral design superstars. With shades of white, green, lavender, and purple, there is a hellebore for practically every color palette! Rich pigment makes them a wonderful choice for anyone seeking a deeper, more sophisticated look. As an added bonus, these blooms are beautiful from every angle, boasting gorgeous buds and deeply-colored spots on the backs of their petals.