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Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

It was right around Thanksgiving, and there was quite a turn in the weather between Weeks Forty-Seven and Forty-Eight.

And right around then, as I walked through the Pike Place Market, I noticed that the bouquets were becoming strangely sparse even since the week before. Only a few contained fresh flowers, although cabbage flowers were still much in evidence.

On some tables, the only flowers offered were dried ones, at $10 per bouquet.

Sadly, I knew this meant that the fresh-flower season was coming to an end. Which also meant the year-long Bouquet-a-Week Project was coming to an end.

Week Twenty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Twenty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

It had been an exciting almost-year of choosing a fresh Pike Place Market bouquet, bringing it home, and rearranging the blossoms into my own designs.

Week Twenty: Erlinda at Flower Garden Holding My Beautiful Bouquet
Week Twenty: Erlinda at Flower Garden Holding My Beautiful Bouquet

I admired the farmers who were so dedicated to grow and drive into the Market so locals such as me, as well as travelers from around the world, could enjoy such a glorious natural display of colors, shapes, and textures.

Week Twenty: Pike Place Flowers in Waterlogue
Week Twenty: Pike Place Flowers in Waterlogue

And now, I have a collection of thousands of Pike Place Market blossoms captured forever by my iPhone 6 Plus and, more recently, my iPhone X Max, then “painted” in the amazing Waterlogue app.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey of floral discovery with me and will continue to return to the Braiden Blossoms website time and again for inspiration and respite from the everyday cares of life.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Multicolored Dahlias in a Multicolored Vase

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

It was a Saturday afternoon as I walked through the Pike Place Market trying to decide which fresh flower bouquet to buy.

I noticed that the pickings were pretty slim, nothing like the extravaganza of fresh flower bouquets available during the summer and early fall.

As often happened, I decided on a bouquet from Erlinda at Flower Garden. As I handed over my $10, I felt a wave of sadness since I knew it might be the last time I would see my friend during the 2018 growing season.

The Week Forty-Seven bouquet I purchased from Erlinda was an interesting mix of Asian lilies and dahlias in a rainbow of colors. Underneath, dinosaur kale leaves formed some of the greenery along with more traditional stems of green leaves.

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

Here is the lacy beauty of the Week Forty-Seven bouquet when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

You can get a better look at the dinosaur kale from Week Forty-Seven when the components are laid out for viewing. . .

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

And painted in Waterlogue.

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

Simple majesty are the words that best describe the first major bouquet of Week Forty-Seven, composed of a yellow Asian lily, a variegated maroon-and-white dahlia, and greenery.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Asian Lilies and a Dahlia in a Matte Black Vase
Week Forty-Seven: Asian Lilies and a Dahlia in a Matte Black Vase

The stripes on this Italian vase mirror the colors in the dahlias I arranged within it.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Multicolored Dahlias in a Multicolored Vase
Week Forty-Seven: Multicolored Dahlias in a Multicolored Vase

Single dahlias, kale, and greenery are understated forms of beauty.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-Seven: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

As are the three small bouquets from Week Forty-Seven.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Three Small Vases
Week Forty-Seven: Three Small Vases

Accidentally, while working with the flowers, two broke from their stems. Never one to waste anything, I put them in a round celadon vase that held the pair of dahlias as if it were made for them.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Red and White Dahlias Floating in a Round Celadon Bowl
Week Forty-Seven: Red and White Dahlias Floating in a Round Celadon Bowl
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Three Small Bouquets

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

I was so starved for fresh Pike Place Market flowers by Week Forty-Six, that instead of one bouquet, I chose two!

Each bouquet cost $10, so I managed to stay within my weekly limit of $20. And each was centered with a purple cabbage flower. The yellow bouquet was for Spencer, since that is his favorite color; mine skewed pink with a couple of yellow interlopers.

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

Week Forty-Six’s twin bouquets look particularly jaunty when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

The yellow bouquet looks pretty spiffy when its blossoms are laid in a row. . .

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

Then painted in Waterlogue.

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

Here are the blooms from the pretty-in-pink bouquet au naturel. . .

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

Then painted in Waterlogue.

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

Feeling a little greedy, I used both the cabbage flowers in one arrangement. My bulbous black vase contains them to perfection.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Purple Cabbage Flowers and Dahlias
Week Forty-Six: Purple Cabbage Flowers and Dahlias

Bound and determined to use my Ikebana vase, I pulled the yellow pom-pom dahlias and a single pink one for contrast.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Yellow and Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase
Week Forty-Six: Yellow and Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase

Three pink dahlias pose prettily in a pink Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Three Pink Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Six: Three Pink Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase

Pink and yellow dahlias, plus dried statice, form a fitting combo in a blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Two Dahlias in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Six: Two Dahlias in a Blue Buddha Vase

My Buddha vases flank a more upright container in lush blue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and a Blue Vase
Week Forty-Six: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and a Blue Vase

Here are the three small arrangements from Week Forty-Six.

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

And a “bonus” bouquet created from a white cabbage flower and greenery left over from Week Forty-Five.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: White Cabbage Flower and Greenery
Week Forty-Six: White Cabbage Flower and Greenery
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

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

I got off easy during Week 45 of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, because my flowers from Week 44 were still going strong. Well, at least the magnificent cabbage flower, which I thought might last forever.

I reformulated that blossom into my major bouquet, so all I needed for Week 45 was a handful of dahlias to repopulate my small bouquets.

I went to the Pike Place Market very late on a Tuesday afternoon after a dentist appointment. It was already about 5:15, when most farmers are packing up or have already left.

But I was in luck, for Erlinda, the erstwhile agent at Flower Garden, was still hard at work creating memorable bouquets.

Erlinda greeted me with delight and we agreed that I would purchase eight dahlias for $10 (such a deal!). Together we chose the most beautiful blossoms, which included four yellow-and-orange pom-pom dahlias (which I like because they last a long time) and three white dahlias with pink tips.

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

And here are Week Forty-Five’s fresh Pike Place Market flowers “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

For my major arrangement of Week Forty-Five, I planted the huge cabbage flower and one of the pink-and-white dahlias in an Asian-leaning matte black vase along with some greenery left over from prior weeks.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Cabbage Flower and Dahlia
Week Forty-Five: Cabbage Flower and Dahlia

One of the puffy yellow dahlias looks perky in my favorite baby-blue vase paired with leftover greenery and pussy-willow branches.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Yellow Dahlia in a Tall Blue Vase
Week Forty-Five: Single Yellow Dahlia in a Tall Blue Vase

One of the lacy pink-tinged dahlias looks magnificent in a pale-green glass pitcher my family  bought on a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, more than 50 years ago (!). The purple “flowers” underneath are actually cabbage flowers left over from Week Forty-Four.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

Buddha vases flank a clear glass vase, all backlighted in white light.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

We finish up Week Forty-Five with three small bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Three Small Bouquets
Week Forty-Five: Three Small Bouquets
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Small Purple Cabbage Flowers in a Lilac Ceramic Vase

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

As I walked through the Pike Place Market during Week Forty-Four of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, it became increasingly apparent that the fresh flower season was beginning to wind down.

Instead of the plethora of brilliant-colored blossoms of all varieties, cabbage flowers and dried statice were much more in evidence than in prior weeks. And there were even bouquets made up entirely of dried flowers.

I chose a $10 bouquet from Erlinda at Flower Garden. A giant cabbage flower formed the focus of the bouquet, surrounded by white and multicolored dahlias. Sweet!

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

The cabbage flower looks like the rings of a planet when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Here are the fresh blossoms laid in a row.

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

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

The cabbage flower and smaller white flowers perch perfectly in a bulbous black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Cabbage Flower, White Flowers, and Greenery
Week Forty-Four: Cabbage Flower, White Flowers, and Greenery

Dahlias and greenery perk up happily in a celadon Asian vase that started life as a Chinese rice-wine bottle, as described in the Bouquet-a-Week Project, Week Seventeen.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Variegated Dahlias in a Celadon Vase
Week Forty-Four: Variegated Dahlias in a Celadon Vase

Three small purple cabbage flowers and dahlias form a harmonious color combo in a lilac ceramic vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Small Purple Cabbage Flowers in a Lilac Ceramic Vase
Week Forty-Four: Small Purple Cabbage Flowers in a Lilac Ceramic Vase

And my “Van Gogh” vase, with its jaunty blue-and-white stripes, serves as the perfect vessel for a big orange dahlia.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Orange Dahlia in a Striped Vase
Week Forty-Four: Orange Dahlia in a Striped Vase

As the Asian lilies began to die, I cut them from their stems until only one was left. But it came back to life in this clear-glass vase backlighted in violet light.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Yellow Lily in a Glass Vase
Week Forty-Four: Yellow Lily in a Glass Vase

Here are four smaller vases, made of white and pink dahlias, to conclude the Bouquet-a-Week Project, Week Forty-Four.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Four Small Bouquets
Week Forty-Four: Four Small Bouquets
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row

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

Dahlias and giant yellow Asian lilies formed the foundation of Week Forty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project. Here is the fresh-from-the-Pike-Place-Market bouquet.

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

And here is the Week Forty-Three bouquet “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

And here are the Week Forty-Three blossoms laid in a row.

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

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I couldn’t resist merging one of the yellow lilies with a fistful of the maroon dahlias in a dramatic matte-black Asian-style vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Yellow Asian Lily and Scarlet Dahlias
Week Forty-Three: Yellow Asian Lily and Scarlet Dahlias

Another dramatic arrangement of yellow dahlias and greenery in my favorite purple jellybean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Single Dahlia in a Jellybean Vase
Week Forty-Three: Single Dahlia in a Jellybean Vase

I love the way Waterlogue painted the center of the single maroon dahlia that forms the focus of this unusual bouquet.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Black Dahlia in a Multicolored Ruby Vase
Week Forty-Three: Black Dahlia in a Multicolored Ruby Vase

Orange backlighting makes this single salmon-colored dahlia even more stunning than it already was.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Single Salmon Dahlia in a Green Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Three: Single Salmon Dahlia in a Green Buddha Vase

This unusual clear-glass circular vase props spiky orange dahlias perfectly.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Two Orange Dahlias in a Spherical Vase
Week Forty-Three: Two Orange Dahlias in a Spherical Vase

Here are the three small bouquets from Week Forty-Three.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Three Small Vases
Week Forty-Three: Three Small Vases

And here is a rearrangement of several of the major blossoms.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Two Yellow Lilies and Dahlias in an Asian Vase
Week Forty-Three: Two Yellow Lilies and Dahlias in an Asian Vase
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Three Small Bouquets

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

The beautiful light of summer helped create the glorious bounty of blossoms for Week Forty-Two of the Bouquet-a-Week Project. This bounteous Pike Place Market bouquet contained yellow and pink Asian lilies, purple gladiolas, multicolored dahlias, and goldenrod formed the foundation.

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

And the bouquet looked even more glorious when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Here are the blossoms laid in a row.

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

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

And here is Week Forty-Two’s first major bouquet—three yellow Asian lilies, cabbage flowers, and white and purple glads in a glazed black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Purple Cabbage Flowers, Yellow Lilies, and Gladiolas
Week Forty-Two: Purple Cabbage Flowers, Yellow Lilies, and Gladiolas

A crystal Waterford vase, which had been a wedding gift (!) holds the three giant orange dahlias, golden rod, and dried purple statice. Wow-za!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Orange Dahlias, Goldenrod, and Purple Statice
Week Forty-Two: Orange Dahlias, Goldenrod, and Purple Statice

A single maroon dahlia and greenery backlighted in amethyst looks regal.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Single Black Dahlia in a Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-Two: Single Black Dahlia in a Clear Glass Vase

As does another maroon dahlia in a blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Black Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Two: Black Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

Here are three more dahlias and goldenrod in three small vases.

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

Another dramatic bouquet with a play between red and yellow blossoms perched in my favorite celadon Asian vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Red and Yellow Flowers in an Asian Vase
Week Forty-Two: Red and Yellow Flowers in an Asian Vase

An “extra” bouquet (one made with elements from prior-week bouquets) looks pretty spectacular, rife with purple gladiolas, greenery, and white cabbage flowers. Pretty good for a bunch of leftovers!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: White Cabbage Flower and Purple Gladiolas in a Blue Vase
Week Forty-Two: White Cabbage Flower and Purple Gladiolas in a Blue Vase
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

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
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Three Small Bouquets

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Forty

Have you ever heard the childhood rhyme, “Red and yellow, catch a fellow?” That’s the phrase that ran through my head when I spotted this Pike Place Market bouquet on sale for $20. This brimming bounty of blossoms contained two red gladiolas, two deep-pink Asian lilies, six scarlet dahlias, six yellow dahlias, petite white flowers, purple statice, and green leaves as filler.

Here is my “catch-a-fellow” bouquet au naturel.

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

And “painted” using the Waterlogue app.

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

Here are my red-and-yellow “fellows” laid in a row.

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

And here are the blossoms painted in Waterlogue.

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

The Asian lilies and dahlias form a dramatic contrast when placed in a shapely black glossy vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Red and Yellow Dahlias and Scarlet Lilies
Week Forty: Red and Yellow Dahlias and Scarlet Lilies

Not to be outdone, the scarlet gladiolas and two of the dahlias create a monochromatic wall of beauty.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Crimson Gladiolas and Dahlias in Asian Vase
Week Forty: Crimson Gladiolas and Dahlias in Asian Vase

Yellow and red dahlias planted in a pink vase look festive.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Crimson and Yellow Dahlias in a Pink Vase
Week Forty: Crimson and Yellow Dahlias in a Pink Vase

A bunch of green leaves and a bit of purple statice pair perfectly in a simple clear-glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Yellow and Purple Flowers and Green Leaves
Week Forty: Yellow and Purple Flowers and Green Leaves

Here are three small bouquets from Week Forty–single blossoms with a lot of impact.

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

And some single “baby” dahlias (in a former balsamic vinegar bottle!) that I hoped might eventually open.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Small Delicate Bouquet
Week Forty: Small Delicate Bouquet
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Orange Gladiolas and Giant Dahlia

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

To borrow a phrase from the great British Baking Show, Week Thirty-Nine of the Bouquet-a-Week Project was a “showstopper.” It had everything thanks to height from two orange gladiolas, a riot of color from a medium-sized sunflower, a cabbage flower, one spiky orange-and-yellow dahlia, two variegated orange-and-yellow dahlias, one variegated maroon-and-white dahlia, and five sprigs of goldenrod.

I purchased this showstopper from Erlinda, my favorite flower designer at Flower Garden in the Pike Place Market for $15. I love her blossoms because the stems are clean and free of much extra foliage which makes them easy to work with once I arrive home. Here is the original bouquet.

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

And here is Week Thirty-Nine’s showstopping bouquet “painted” using the Waterlogue app.

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

The blossoms look trés magnifique when laid out in tandem.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row
Week Thirty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

And painted in Waterlogue using the Vibrant setting.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

Lately, I have enjoyed putting all the blossoms into a large vase to see how they look before dividing them into smaller bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Big Bouquet
Week Thirty-Nine: Big Bouquet

I couldn’t resist grouping several of the most unique blossoms together in a glossy Asian-leaning vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Orange Gladiolas and Giant Dahlia
Week Thirty-Nine: Orange Gladiolas and Giant Dahlia

A single maroon dahlia and greenery looks pretty cool when painted in Waterlogue using Bold Mode.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Giant Scarlet Dahlia in a Striped Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Giant Scarlet Dahlia in a Striped Vase

Week Thirty-Nine’s single sunflower formed a copacetic match with a few sprigs of goldenrod–two very different shades of yellow.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Single Sunflower in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Single Sunflower in a Blue Buddha Vase

The cabbage flower and goldenrod formed a fitting duo in a pink Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Cabbage and Goldenrod in a Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Cabbage and Goldenrod in a Pink Buddha Vase

The two smaller bouquets seem to be saying hello to one another in the Waterlogue painting below.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Two Buddha Vases
Week Thirty-Nine: Two Buddha Vases

And here are Week Thirty-Nine’s three small vases.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Pink, Blue, and Green Small Bouquets
Week Thirty-Nine: Pink, Blue, and Green Small Bouquets

And three more from this showstopping bouquet, just for good measure.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Two Blue and One Pink Small Bouquet
Week Thirty-Nine: Two Blue and One Pink Small Bouquet

Even leftover green leaves and a single frond from one of the gladiolas look fetching when presented in a simple glass vase and backlighted in green.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Green Leaves in a Triangular Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Green Leaves in a Triangular Vase

A few days later, after the blossoms began to fade and I wanted a change of pace, here are the arrangements I came up with. I just love the “Van Gogh” look of the sunflower in this striped vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Giant Sunflower in a Striped Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Giant Sunflower in a Striped Vase

And what’s not to like in the way the narrow throat of this purple ceramic vase seems to hug the towering gladiolas and dahlias?

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Orange Gladiolas and Huge Orange Dahlia in Purple Ceramic Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Orange Gladiolas and Huge Orange Dahlia in Purple Ceramic Vase

My trusty tall baby-blue vase gets an Ikebana feeling when planted with orange and red dahlias and pussywillow sprigs.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Orange and Yellow Dahlias in a Tall Blue Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Orange and Yellow Dahlias in a Tall Blue Vase

When the individual flowers on the gladiola stems began to die from the bottom up (as they always do), I pulled them off, cut down the stems, and placed the two leftover gladiolas in the whimsical cat vase. Meow!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Nine: Orange Gladiolas in a Gray Cat Vase
Week Thirty-Nine: Orange Gladiolas in a Gray Cat Vase