The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Eight

On a Thursday morning during Week Eight, I asked my darling husband to bring home a dozen tulips of his choosing from the Pike Place Market. This is always a dicey prospect as I have no idea what varieties and colors he’ll choose. But since we usually agree on similar aesthetics, I was ever hopeful.

As usual, he did a great job. When he rang the doorbell and thrust a butcher-paper-wrapped bouquet into my hands, I discovered 12 tightly closed tulips in six primary and pastel colors: pale-pink, orange-red, orange-red with a black center, purple “parrot” tulips (those with alluring ruffly petals), plain yellow, and plain-yellow “parrot” tulips. Here are the raw tulips from Week Eight:

Week Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Tulips
Week Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Tulips

And here are the tulips “painted” using the Waterlogue app.

Week Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Tulips in Waterlogue
Week Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Tulips in Waterlogue

For one of my major flower arrangements, I chose sea-glass decorative filler and an apple-blossom stalk left over from Week Seven.

Week Eight: Four Orange-Red Tulips with Sea Glass
Week Eight: Four Orange-Red Tulips with Apple Blossom and Sea Glass

Another major arrangement, made using my favorite Asian celadon vase, employed two of the left-over apple blossoms and two beguiling yellow tulips. I love how the flowers curve perfectly. Thanks, tulips!

Week Eight: Two Yellow Tulips with Apple Blossom
Week Eight: Two Yellow Tulips in Celadon Vase with Apple Blossom

In addition to the two major bouquets I created that week, I was able to design six smaller arrangements. I place these smaller bouquets on my desk, beside the double vanities in our bathroom, in our bedroom, and in our foyer.

Here are those “baby” bouquets, starting with a gorgeous purple tulip, greenery, and a single pussy-willow branch. Mea culpa: the greenery and pussy willow were left over from bouquets purchased two or three weeks ago. But the waxy leaves and branches seem to stay alive forever, so why not make use of them?

Week Eight: Single Tulip Clear Vase
Week Eight: Single Tulip in a Clear Vase with Greenery and Pussy Willow

Here’s another simple, clear vase, but with one of the orange-red tulips and greenery.

Week Eight: Single Red-Orange Tulip in a Simple Clear-Glass Vase
Week Eight: Single Red-Orange Tulip in a Simple Clear-Glass Vase

The third variation features another orange-red tulip, but in an Asian-inspired black vase.

Week Eight: Single Red-Orange Tulip in a Black Vase
Week Eight: Single Red-Orange Tulip in a Black Vase

To finish with a bang, here are several of the smaller vases shot in groupings of three.

Week Eight: Three Small Vases with Tulips
Week Eight: Three Small Vases with Tulips
Week Eight: Three Small Vases with Tulips Variation 2
Week Eight: Three Small Vases with Tulips Variation 2

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