Winter is mild here in Northern California. My sister, Zoe and I spent a recent morning gathering bits and branches from her property in Sebastopol. This area of Sonoma County, called West County is prized for fertile soil and considered by many to be a Utopia. Zoe has always been an avid gardener, preferring to be outside most of the time, working. We were incredibly lucky to have grown up on a cut flower farm and nursery so flowers and plants have always been an integral part of our lives. Being so close in age, we spent our childhood together, outside exploring on our farm and most of our twenties working together as a design team for our family business. This flower friends series is about getting together just to talk and cut things and put them together without worry.
Ceanothus with a few gathered heart-shaped rocks.
The delicious smell of daphne, a true sign that spring is on it's way. Paired here with scented geranium and bare walnut branches in one of Zoe's vintage ceramic vases.
Zoe's chickens were quite happy we found some strawberries in her vegetable garden!
A few beautiful stems of a native flowering Ribes with dusty pink yarrow, artichoke foliage and a sweet, wispy pittosporum.
All flowers and styling by Zoe Honscher and Silvanie Farmar Bowers. Photos by Silvanie Farmar Bowers.