The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Forty-One

“Dark drama” describes the bouquet I chose for Week Forty-One of the Bouquet-a-Week Project. I called it “dark drama” because it was made up of two magenta Asian lilies, two regal purple gladiolas, seven deep-purple dahlias, and three variegated purple-and-white dahlias.

I bought the bouquet for Week Forty-One from my favorite flower designer in the Pike Place Market, Erlinda, who works at Flower Garden. The bouquet for Week Forty-One cost $20, my limit on flower purchases each week.

As is my custom, after I photographed Erlinda’s bouquet, I took it apart so I could make individual arrangements of my own design. Much to my surprise, I discovered two white-and-green cabbage flowers underneath the dahlias, lilies, and gladiolas. And there were also several sprigs of white flowers.

To my delight, this was a very bounteous bouquet! Here is my photo of the original bouquet.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here it is “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

I love to lay out the flowers in a neat row and photograph them. . .

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row
Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row

Then “paint” them in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row and Painted in Waterlogue
Week Forty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row and Painted in Waterlogue

My first major bouquet included two magenta Asian lilies and the variegated dahlia, along with some of the white flowers. I placed them in one of my favorite vases, a purple terra-cotta vase with a faintly Asian-style shape.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Scarlet Lilies and Black Dahlia
Week Forty-One: Scarlet Lilies and Black Dahlia

My next major bouquet was a real beauty as well, with the white cabbage flowers, a variegated dahlia, and the two purple gladiolas positioned in a glossy black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flowers and Purple Gladiolas
Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flowers and Purple Gladiolas

One of the variegated dahlias and some greenery looks lovely when placed in a blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Variegated Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-One: Variegated Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

Three of the magenta dahlias perch perfectly in my Buddha vases and a clear glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-One: Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

Three more magenta dahlias form the three small bouquets for Week Forty-One.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Three Small Bouquets
Week Forty-One: Three Small Bouquets

A few days later, after the flowers had started to fade, I created a new “extra” bouquet made up of the cabbage flowers, gladiolas, a dahlia, and the white flowers.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flower, Purple Gladiolas, and Scarlet Dahlia
Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flower, Purple Gladiolas, and Scarlet Dahlia

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