Although I was planning on using mistletoe for my next project, another opportunity came up to make table arrangements for a client’s event.  So, I visited the space to get some inspiration and then it was back to the flower market for more research

I wanted to find just the right greens.

And some kind of texture, maybe berries or something, hmmm…what are these…?

Some branches would also be good

and the room has a lot of gold in it too.

I really didn’t know what these were!

But was told these were wild cucumber.  Not quite right for this, but amusing nonetheless.

I had to resist the phalaenopsis orchids I usually get

even though the pink hues were amazing but I needed a holiday theme instead.

And no flowering kale for me that day

no poppies either

and I had to tear my eyes away from the peonies and roses 

because I was here for the deep red amaryillis

and chose some sturdier evergreen branches and these leaves (mental note: need floral i.d. guide for sure)

and some beautiful pepperberry.  I got enough for 9 arrangements and hauled it all back to the office…more to come in Part 2!