Spring flower fashion with Fleurs de Villes at the NWFGS

Come visit this joyful Springtime flower event at the NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle (Wednesday, February 26- Sunday, March 1) and revel in the magic creations by Seattle area designers. Below are some images of my flower lady, but these pictures don’t do her justice. Until professional photos are available, you’ll have to see her in person! From her pussywillow cuffs to her lush moss overcoat and flouncy summer dress, she’s full of fun details and bright florals.

I was inspired by the Protea flower, a tough but exquisite plant that originated in South Africa and signifies change and transformation. And every spring we celebrate new beginnings as we too cast off our winter coats and lean towards spring. So this is both a celebration of the lush winter beauty of this place we call home, and a summer daydream of bright colors and warmth. It’s a very eco-friendly floral sculpture, with 100% west-coast flowers, foraged moss & lichen, living air plants & succulents, and dried flowers from my garden. Her dress is made of stitched corn husks and I used water containers or EcoFresh wraps to keep the flowers fresh instead of toxic floral foam.

Thanks to Washington Floral Service for the beautiful flowers & service, and to Hendrick’s Gin & Pacific Place shopping center for sponsorship, the fabulous directors of Fleurs de Villes for spearheading the event, and the NW Flower & Garden Show for the opportunity to showcase our wonderful Seattle floristry talent! Thanks also to my team of flower friends who helped make this a truly fun process.

Floral couture with Fleurs de Villes at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Join Hazel Floral and a host of other Pacific Northwest florists as we showcase true flower power in the form of floral fashion artistry. Annika and her team will be assembling a Spring 2020 runway-inspired botanical outfit where earthy, forest vibes merge with hot, summery tones and textures, displayed for the length of the NW Flower & Garden Show (Feb. 26-March 1). Fleurs de Villes is an international floral event that showcases local florists and engages the public in over-the-top, delightful flower art in the cities where it pops up. Annika and other florists from LORA Bloom are installing another fabulous flower lady at the newly renovated Pacific Place shopping center downtown, which will be up from February 20 – March 1.

Annika will also be teaching an “Herbal Bouquet” demo on Thursday, February 27 at 2pm and hosting a pop-up flower shop on Thursday from 11am-5pm. She will also be teaching a “Meadow-inspired Arrangement” demo on Sunday, March 1 at 4pm. There are many other wonderful demos and pop-ups occurring throughout the Flower & Garden Show. You might be interested to check out other floral demos as part of the Blooms & Bubbles workshop series.

Say it with flowers on 2/14 and all year ’round // pop-up flower shop & bouquet subscriptions

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I’m excited to announce that I will be popping up at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, on Capital Hill (Seattle) this Valentine’s Day! That’s Thursday February 14th, from 4pm-8pm or while supplies last. There’s not much happening in my gardens, but all flowers will be WA/OR/CA grown. Here’s what you can find there, as well as what you can pre-order here (until Tuesday, 2/11):

At Hot Cakes – Molten Chocolate Cakery (1650 East Olive Way on Capital Hill):

There will be hand-tied bouquets ($22 and up) plus a la carte single stems to build custom arrangements for your sweetie; vases; cards; and an assortment of potted mini cacti, succulents & air plants. I’ll also be selling gift certificates for bouquet subscriptions to keep the flowers coming in the Spring, Summer & Fall. You can also pick your pre-ordered flowers up there and grab a molten chocolate cake or other decadent dessert to celebrate the sweetness that exists in your world. Taking the lead from Hot Cakes’ partnership with non-profits Forterra and Washington Wild, we will spread the love to our wild lands by donating a portion of profits to those organizations.

Pre-order here and reserve a bouquet or arrangement for pick-up or delivery:

  • Seasonal hand-tied bouquets (medium $40, large $65)
  • Vased arrangements ($60 & $85)
  • Half-dozen and dozen CA-grown garden roses ($60 & $100)
  • Gift bouquet subscriptions / flower CSA — for 1 garden-sourced bouquet per month for 3 months in Spring, Summer and Fall: $90 (=3x) for 1 season; $175 (=6x) for 2 seasons; $325 (=9x) for 3 seasons. Bouquets are offered in a vintage Mason jar and can be delivered or picked up.
  • BONUS: pre-order any of the Hot Cakes molten chocolate take-n-bake cakes to be delivered with your flowers! Options are: Strawberry, Peanut Butter, S’mores, or Vegan; $15 for a 2-pack. They arrive frozen and can be popped in the oven for a super decadent treat.

Please order below or get in touch directly at 206.351.9407 / hazeldesignscapes@gmail.com

 

Spring garden design & coaching

maple bloomHappy March!

Longer days. Frosty mornings. Peas & radishes planted with fingers crossed. Robins singing their hearts out. GARDEN PLANNING.

Grab a notebook and let’s work through your big garden questions. Maybe you need a general vision for your garden but aren’t ready to tear into it; perhaps you’re looking for ideas to personalize and spice up an inherited landscape; or maybe you want to start a few veggies or a little orchard and want help siting beds and trees. A garden coaching session can address design questions with broad strokes and set you on a path toward more informed DIY gardening. I can also walk you through a local nursery to point out plants that would work for your space.

A garden coaching session is a time to ask questions and get expert advice on a wide range of topics in your garden. I bring my knowledge of landscape design, horticulture, sustainable practices, styling, proper site choice, soil amending, weed control, pruning, and flower & vegetable growing. This is offered on an hourly basis at any time of year, and can be customized to address broad or specific questions about your garden or landscape. If you’re interested in more in-depth landscapes design, I offer an introductory consultation package for $275.

My gardening style leans toward low-water and minimal maintenance in favor of lush, hardy growth that provides year-round interest. I also use a holistic, organic gardening approach which I will encourage you to explore too. What could be better than watching your yard come alive with birds and native pollinators as they find a new haven?

I believe that everyone has a place in the garden, and I love to help people find the confidence and skills that allow them to dig in and truly appreciate their piece of earth. This is the essence of gardening to me: passing along knowledge and helping one another to grow a better garden. Garden coaching sessions also make great gifts!

Other services available from Hazel Landscapes & Design include:

Landscape & planting design; Flower cutting gardens; Summer bouquet subscriptions and floral design; Garden styling (think: backyard wedding or dinner party!).

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celebrate with flowers

Valentine’s Day comes right when we need a little infusion of color, fragrance, and celebration.

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It is definitely still winter but the days are visibly longer. The rain gauge is overflowing but the first daffodils and crocus are blooming, and the winter-flowering shrubs are wafting their fragrance around the neighborhoods. Here’s how you can fill your life with more flowers:

Floral subscriptions ~ Gift yourself or someone else a season of flowers, delivered to your door 1x, 2x, or 4x per month. Large, quart-size bouquets are local, sustainably sourced/grown and filled with herbs and flowers, and available all year round but guaranteed to be homegrown in the warmer months. $25/bouquet and $35/bouquet including delivery. Available as a gift certificate.  Here’s a video introduction for my flower subscription: https://vimeo.com/243256837

Good ol’ Valentine’s Day flowers ~ Vibrant arrangements of seasonal branches and blooms to express love, appreciation & hope for a good year ahead.                     >>Hand-tied bouquet in paper wrap: small $25, medium $35, large $50. Flowers in a vase: small $45, medium $60, large $75. (Please place your orders by February 11th!)

Plant an apple tree ~ What could be better than planting a tree with someone you love? These young trees come from Cloud Mountain Nursery in Whatcom County and will be ready to plant any time this Spring. Some varieties also do well in pots. (And what wonderful names – Pink Pearl, Rubinette, Belle de Boskoop, Fiesta, Ida Red, Liberty…!) Other fruit trees & shrubs are available too.  $50 & up.

Design consultation certificates ~ Give someone (or yourself) a kick start for planning something new in this year’s garden. A $150 consultation includes 1.5 hours for a garden walk-through and meeting, with follow-up notes and recommendations that could lead into a master plan, a landscape installation, or a successful DIY project. Available as a gift certificate.

Hazel Floral Subscriptions

Seasonal flower subscriptions

Gift yourself or someone else a season of flowers, delivered to your door 1x, 2x, or 4x per month. Large, quart-size bouquets are ultra-local, sustainably-grown and filled with herbs and flowers. Flowers are available all year round but guaranteed to be homegrown at our micro-urban Greenwood flower garden in the warmer months. From $25/bouquet and $35/bouquet including delivery. Available as a gift certificate. Choose a full year or order season by season to fit your schedule.

Here’s a video introduction for the flower subscription: https://vimeo.com/243256837

A flower subscription works similarly to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model. As members you become investors in our mini-micro urban flower growing venture. The shares/subscriptions you purchase now help purchase seeds, starts, compost and supplies before summer sales start.

For pricing and info about your flower share, please call 206.351.9407 or email hazeldesignscapes@gmail.com.

 

More about flowers by Hazel Designs:

Inspiration is gained in the gardens and woods around us, in the season’s growth as well as in its light, flavors and celebrations. Expect each bouquet to be an ode to the Here And Now with a certain level of nerdy botanical play, color expression from subtle to brilliant, and lots of movement and texture. We are devoted to using ultra-local and seasonal materials, and keep the health of our children, our neighborhood, our watershed and the planet in mind as we plant, tend, snip and design.

All bouquets will be “grower’s choice” but we welcome special requests. Please notify us at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled pick-up/delivery if you would like any specific flowers, colors, shape, etc.

If you have other flower needs, please place an order with us at least one week in advance (two weeks if it’s a large order). We offer bouquets and arrangements of all sizes, garlands and flower crowns. Planted containers and potted plants are also available to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

valentine’s blooms on sale now

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February 14th. Valentine’s Day. The days are getting brighter and longer but we’re still in the middle of winter, so it’s a perfect time to spread  joy and love in the form of flowers. >>Order form below, or contact me at 206.351.9407.

Arrangements are made to order, with fresh, PNW blooms and mostly-foraged foliage. Tell me if you have a message or sentiment to convey, and I’ll let the flowers do the talking.

Expect rich textures, colors and patterns that highlight unique botanical qualities and the essence of the season. As an artist and a landscape & planting designer, I play with color, texture, light and movement. I’m excited to showcase these elements in these smaller and more ephemeral packages. I am dedicated to using locally sourced plant material, from local flower farmers as well as from my own cutting garden and foraging forays.

Valentine’s Days orders can be placed up until the 13th. Free delivery available in north Seattle on Feb 13 & 14 (ask about other locations in the Seattle area). Studio pick-up in Greenwood Feb 12 – 14. Payment accepted via PayPal, check & cash.

Pricing:

Small (pint-size) $35 and up

Medium (quart-size) $45 and up

Large (compote) $65 and up

Succulent bowl $45 and up

Flower wrap (in butcher paper) –  $35 and up, dependent on flower variety

Statement arrangements – made to order, contact me for more details!

Mason bees & beautiful parking strips for pollinators

Welcome back to gardening season. The days are tangibly longer and those extra minutes of light are beckoning us gardeners back into our winterized beds. (Take a peek at the new growth around the crowns of your peonies, track the height of your daffodil spears, but leave that mulch down to keep them cozy!) Now is the time to prune up your shrubs and fruit trees, get on top of the winter weeding & mulching, and start seriously planning for spring veggie crops.

This year I’m excited to focus on attracting and sustaining pollinators and birds in the garden. We installed a couple beautiful water-wise parking strip gardens last year and I intend to make that a central part of our work this year as well. Join us in ripping up that high-maintenance, low-return grass strip and replace it with a beautiful ribbon of perennial grasses, flowers & native ground covers that will help sustain beneficial insects and critters. These vibrant, diverse gardens can be low-maintenance and drought-tolerant once their roots establish in place.

Looking for inspiration on this front? I find mine in Piet Oudolf‘s work and Seattle’s own Sarah Bergmann’s  Pollinator Pathway project. If you think you might have interested neighbors or you live near a larger green space, your garden may be eligible for Pollinator Pathway certification.

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Water-wise Planting Strip, year 1   [design & photo by Hazel Landscapes]
We will also be installing Mason bee homes in several of our gardens to encourage early pollination of fruit trees & shrubs. I’m excited to make this a wide-spread project. Get in on the fun with your own custom built Mason bee house, and ensure a bountiful crop of berries and fruit for the fall. Read about Mason bees here on the Seattle Tilth blog, then talk to us about ordering some for your garden. The time is now!

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it begins again…

Happy Spring, everyone —

We still haven’t passed the Valentine’s Day marker, but unseasonable warmth has spurred  on plant growth faster than usual. Daffodils, witch hazel, Daphne, snow drops, plum trees, Indian plum, red maples, sweet box, and Crocus are all blooming and creating clouds of fragrance that waft around the neighborhoods. Ahh.

And to sweeten an already sweet season, we have a spring chicken in our family, a baby girl, who is just beginning to look around and enjoy the outside world. Such fun.

With Spring comes clean-up and planning time in the garden. Contact us with any design or site planning questions, or to get set up with a design consultation package. Look under our Services and Our Work tabs to see some of our past projects.

Remember, plant your peas on President’s Day! Potatoes go in on St. Patrick’s Day.

Happy gardening,

Annika & the crew at HAZEL

wishing tree

Here is a new kind of tree in bloom that we found in Carkeek Park: a Wishing Tree! Full of red ribbons with people’s wishes written and tied on.

Gardening in urban soils

I’ve been doing more research into edible gardens and soil contamination lately, and I thought I would share my findings here. As my family prepares to move onto a new city lot with old homes and unknown previous uses (e.g. there was rumor of the property having been rented to a fellow with a roofing company once), we’ve been thinking more carefully about where to place raised planter beds, play areas and fruit trees.

It seems that most plants don’t take up contaminants, but the greatest risk is direct contact with the soil. To find out what’s in your soil, do a soil test with the U. Mass Soil Testing Laboratory (www.soiltest.umass.edu) which offers a standard soil test for home gardeners including pH, nutrients, and extractable metals for only $10. They will send your results with recommended actions for various crops.

If needed, import new soil to your garden (from a reputable source like Cedar Grove) and cover pathways with wood chips, new soil/gravel or pavers. Then grow your garden and simply wash your hands and homegrown produce before eating.

Here are some more basic guidelines adapted from the US EPA (2011):

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR URBAN GARDENS
-Build your garden away from existing roads and railways, or build a hedge or fence to reduce windblown contamination from mobile sources and busy streets.

-Cover existing soil and walkways with mulch, landscape fabric, stones, or bricks.

-Use mulch in your garden beds to reduce dust and soil splash, reduce weed establishment, regulate soil temperature and moisture, and add organic matter.

-Use soil amendments to maintain neutral pH, add organic matter, and improve soil structure.

-Add topsoil or clean fill from certified soil sources. **Cedar Grove is certified organic, and tests regularly for heavy metals.

-Build raised beds or container gardens. Raised beds can be made by simply mounding soil into windrows or by building containers. Sided beds can be made from hemlock/fir wood, synthetic wood, stone, concrete block, brick, or naturally rot-resistant woods such as cedar and juniper.

-Your state or local city agency may recommend using a water-permeable fabric cover or geotextile as the bottom layer of your raised beds to further reduce exposure to soils of concern.

-Practice good habits:
Wear gloves, and wash hands after gardening and before eating.
Take care not to track dirt from the garden into the house.
Wash produce before storing or eating, and teach kids to do so, too.
Peel root crops, and remove outer leaves of leafy vegetables.