Sunday, October 30, 2011

How to Photograph Flowers

 I stumbled across a great article on how to photograph flowers.   It has lots of helpful hints.

How to Photograph Flowers

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crown flower - Calotropis gigantea

Ever since I was a little kid, I was always fascinated by crown flower.  It's a flower, shaped like a little crown.  It comes in white and purple and grows on large bushes, which left alone can become trees.  Monarch butterflies love this plant.  There is a milky white sap which flows when the flowers or leaves or branches are picked.  Parts of the plant are poisonous.   Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after you are finished handling it and do not rub your eyes.

This is how the crown flower looks  on the bush. Images by Forest & Kim Starr

My interpretation of a scepter bouquet using the crown flower with the outer petals removed.  Silvery Buttonwood foliage is collared below the crown flowers.  Pearl pins add to the "regalness" of the bouquet and the pearl are repeated just below the foliage.

AIFD Artist in Residence Event

Ken Snauwaert AIFD  Sunday Oct. 23 in Huntington Beach, CA

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Calif Flora 2011

Sponsored by California State Floral Association and the Original Los Angeles Flower Market
October 8 - 9, 2011
766 Wall Street, Los Angeles, CA 

"BOUQUET BASH" Presented by René van Rems
Sunday, October 9, 2011
"Wedding Floral Demonstration and Fashion Showcase"

Celebrity Designer, René van Rems, will feature fashion-forward floral creations in his highly energetic program. He will produce a variety of unique wedding bouquets and other décor, complete with models.


To register, contact CSFA at tel. 916 448 5266 or email

I hope that those of you in the area will help support the California State Floral Assoc. by attending these great events!  Wish I could be there!