The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Thirty-Four

I still had some “extra” flower arrangements left over from Week Thirty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, and I simply didn’t need as large and elaborate a bouquet as the prior week. So when I went to the Pike Place Market, I chose a $10 bouquet versus the more substantial and costly $20 from the prior week.

I think that after you take just one glance of the bouquet I finally settled on, you will understand the reason I chose it. I have no idea the variety of the fiery central dahlia, but I am in love with its intense orange color, yellow tips, and curly mane. It looks like a fireball or colorful sea creature!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

The “raw” flowers look like a sunburst when “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

I must have been thinking about the concept of Ikebana during Week Thirty-Four because both of my “major” bouquets had a definite Japanese vibe.

Here are three of the dahlias from the bouquet, with two orange ones centered around a deep-purple one. They are placed in one of my all-time favorite vases. It is called a Stems Vase and I purchased it years ago at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

If you’ve never been to the show, you owe it to yourself to put it on your calendar now and check it out in person February 20-24, 2018. NFWG is the perfect antidote to gray, winter skies.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Trio of Dahlias in Clear Glass Stand Vase Over Black Stones
Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Trio of Dahlias in Clear Glass Stand Vase Over Black Stones

The fiery orange dahlia and a single pussy-willow stem were all I needed when planted in my dramatic shiny-purple jelly-bean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Single Starburst Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Purple Jelly-Bean Vase
Week Thirty-Four: Single Starburst Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Purple Jelly-Bean Vase

For Week Thirty-Four’s first trio of small bouquets, I enjoyed using the single small sunflower and two more of the dahlias. The small yellow flowers looked like black-eyed daisies.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Three Small Vases With Dahlias and a Single Sunflower
Week Thirty-Four: Three Small Vases With Dahlias and a Single Sunflower

Here’s a second trio using different small vases.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Dahlias and a Single Sunflower in Three Small Vases in Red, Green, and Clear Glass
Week Thirty-Four: Dahlias and a Single Sunflower in Three Small Vases in Red, Green, and Clear Glass

Just for fun, I took a night-time photo of the first major bouquet of the week.

Braiden Blossoms Website Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night
Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night

And one final image–even more dramatic than the one above since it is “painted” in the Waterlogue Bold Mode–to enjoy before Week Thirty-Four’s flowers fade forever.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night Dramatic View
Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night Dramatic View

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