Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fleurs Blanches

Inside, outside, in situ, arranged - here are my "fleurs blanches" - always stunning,
these many dreamy white flowers...

Considered a weed with a name to match please meet "Sticky Snakeroot"!  Even so I adore this 
pretty white pincushion-like flower which is a member of the sunflower family.  
I discovered it on one of my favorite trails maintained by the 
These trails are one the greatest gifts to our community here in Santa Barbara!

Sometimes less is more; here classic white wax flowers en masse in an 
ASTIER DE VILLATTE vase atop a vintage hand carved Ethiopian tray. 
Adjacent, an old brass elephant bell will gently call guests to dine.

 New York City in the Springtime - this charming townhouse sports white 
flowers in the balcony boxes with an ivy trellis meandering below and...

Clusters of Star of Bethlehem Flowers surrounded by daisies and ivy in the street level garden.

 Here at LADUREE in Paris on the Champs-Elysees, sometimes more is more!  
This magnificent lily and philodendron arrangement is as dazzling as the 
patisseries, however, not sugar free ~

These white hydrangea rank as the biggest and best ever, found in the magnificent gardens of the French seaside palazzo VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD on the Cote d'Azur in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Brilliant!  While I've not yet dined at Claude Colliot in the Marais, this Parisian 
restaurant caught my attention with their innovative jasmine "trees" created 
with dry branches for these fragrant vines to climb.

Springtime blossoms on a beach in East Hampton, Long Island.

 In Sag Harbor, make sure to visit Donna Karan's URBAN ZEN, both fashion and home, sublime!  These masses of snowballs are dreamy in the aqua glass vases, no?  And... the giant pots and simple mass plantings of different white flowers.
Simple, stunning!

 Further East in West Sussex, English hedgerows are typically composed of a mix including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Crab apple, Dog rose, honey suckle, etcetera, etcetera..tres jolie!

 A sweet wildflower found near a stream on the grounds of the 
PELICAN INN in Mill Valley, California.

 What could be more inviting but an open door, allowing you to follow the alluring scent of the casa blanca lilies inside, here at THE HOUSE HOTEL Galatasaray, Istanbul Turkey.  Try this at home!

 Once again from the charming establishment of THE HOUSE HOTEL, on each landing, 
bright white flowers refresh on each flight as you ascend to the top floor lounge 
and restaurant with breathtaking views over Galatasaray and greater Istanbul.

A bientôt with these simple, smashing dogwood blossoms from New York.