Smokin’ Black Flowers for your Halloween Table!

I did think for a minute about starting this post by saying “OMG, these flowers are totally black and super duper perfect for Halloween”.  Well, I want you to know that everything I write to you is truthful so I will start this post with that standard intact.

OMG!!! These flowers are (almost) totally black!  You can head to the nursery or to the local florist or if you are lucky enough to live in SF, you can head to the SF Flower Mart to get your hands on black flowers.  So sexy, so sinister, so stupendous!

Here is an arrangement that is in real life a very dark purple but has come out a bit bloody (I have already sent a shout out to Tim Cook about the color of close-up photos on the iPhone)-still appropriate for our much loved celebration of the macabre.

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Puttin’ on the Ritz!

Okay, so not really puttin’ on the Ritz as in that fabulous number with Gene Wilder in “Young Frankenstein”, but rather creating something super duper for the VP of Global Marketing for the Ritz.  Pressure on, time to get creative with 3 hours notice!  (No problem.)

There is something SO FANTASTIC about being asked to go above and beyond (which is what I try to do with each and every client ttytt) and being able to find just the right elements for a very special arrangements in your garden.  I am telling you my friends, getting your hands dirty to plant flowering plants and then prettying up your life and the life of those you love with the flowers they produce is one of the most satisfying things in the world.  I think the only thing that compares, while playing in the dirt that is, is growing food that you eat with your friends.  (I am planning on growing root veggies!-  More later.)

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Chocolate in the garden!

Chocolate Cosmos!!!

These are fast becoming some of my favorite flowers.  Chocolate Cosoms! are the wildflower choice of many, ranging in color from Picote pink and white to these dark sexy chocolate numbers you see here.  I was one my way to see a friend, who graciously agreed to help with my computer.  (Ugh!  I love me a trip to the Apple store but when I have to sit and wait for help with a computer “bug”, suddenly the cuties behind the counter become a bit campus-ish if you know what I mean)

However, I left grateful for the help and promptly went to the garden to pick some of these lovelies for the adorable Grant and his super duper boyfriend Alex who installed some additional software on my computer as well as a delightful new screen saver.  I tied it with a delicate ribbon from my favorite store in the world and hit the road to meet with my adorbs friends, in their equally adorbs apartment.

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Apple Pride

Apple, on whose product I write, requested something simple and cute for a cozy little LGBT celebration at the super lovely Hotel Vitale here in San Francisco.  Well, what to do after the unbelievably bad rainbow fiasco on the streets of The Castro, and all the while not too terribly fond of lots of bright mixed colors in anything else but a fruit salad.  (The client requested color in a very LGBT kind of way – often a chubby RED FLAG for me, but whatevz, I am always up for a challenge and it is truly the goal of John James Designs to Redefine Enchantment and to dazzle clients every step of the way.DSC_0246

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