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-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-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-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

For Week Thirty-Seven of the Bouquet-a-Week Project I went to the Pike Place Market hoping to find a “Dahlias Only” bouquet to see how much I could do with a limited number of blossoms.

I was lucky, for at the very first farm stand in the Main Arcade, I found a bucket of small dahlia bouquets priced at $5. I chose the one below, mainly because of the gorgeous center bloom with its flirty white-and-red color combination.

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

The $5 bouquet looked pretty gorgeous when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Here are the eight dahlias and purple statice laid in a row.

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

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Here are several of the dahlias and some purple statice in a celadon Asian vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Multicolored Dahlias in a Celadon Vase
Week Thirty-Eight: Multicolored Dahlias in a Celadon Vase

And two red dahlias in a Buddha vase backlighted in green.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Two Red Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Eight: Two Red Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Four Small Vases
Week Thirty-Eight: Four Small Vases

And here are this week’s small bouquets. I will admit that some of the flowers are leftovers from Week Thirty-Seven but they still look gorgeous.

And here are this week’s three small bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Three Small Vases
Week Thirty-Eight: Three Small Vases

Although made up of leftovers from Week Thirty-Seven, these purple flowers look dramatic in a clear glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Eight: Purple Flowers in a Clear Conical Vase
Week Thirty-Eight: Purple Flowers in a Clear Conical Vase
Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid Out In a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

Spencer brought home a gorgeous bouquet for Week Thirty-Seven, rife with mahogany Asian lilies, dark dahlias, perky sprigs of purple static, and tall fronds of lilac-colored flowers. Here is the gorgeous Pike Place Market bouquet in all its natural glory.

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

And here is the Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven bouquet “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I love to assess each fresh bouquet by laying the flowers in a row, arranged by type and color.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row
Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row

Then it’s always fun to see how they pop up in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row Painted in Waterlogue

The dramatic mahogany lilies and three dark dahlias, crisscrossed just so in a tall rectangular glass vase, really come to life when backlighted in crimson.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Lilies and Dahlias in a Clear Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Lilies and Dahlias in a Clear Rectangular Vase

My favorite celadon Asian vase (a former Chinese wine bottle!), seemed to call out for orange dahlias and an orange-y backlight.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Orange Dahlias in an Asian Celadon Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Orange Dahlias in an Asian Celadon Vase

I bunched all the purple flowers into a glossy black Asian-leaning vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Purple Flowers in a Glossy Black Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Purple Flowers in a Glossy Black Vase

And backlighted three more of the red dahlias in my mother’s cut-glass decanter (which I wrote about in the Bouquet-a-Week Project, Week Twenty-Six) for a simple monochromatic arrangement.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Three Dahlias in a Cut-Glass Cranberry Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Three Dahlias in a Cut-Glass Cranberry Vase

Leftover leaves look lacy and lovely in this interesting maroon vase scrawled in black lines.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Green Leaves in a Red and Black Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Green Leaves in a Red and Black Vase

More of the purple statice and a few other flowers stand tall in a blue Buddha vase that serves as this week’s small bouquet.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Small Bouquet
Week Thirty-Seven: Small Bouquet
Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

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

Sweet Spencer brought home the fresh Pike Place Market flowers for Week Thirty-One of the Bouquet-a-Week Project and I marveled at their diversity of varieties and colors.

Pictured below in all their glory are deep-purple gladiolas, yellow and crimson dahlias, a single pale-yellow Asian lily, three giant sunflowers (!), and more than half a dozen zinnias, a flower that I hadn’t yet worked with during this summer season. And there were almost as many dried purple flowers as fresh ones.

Glorious, all!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers “painted” in the Waterlogue app.

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

There were so many gorgeous blossoms to play with during Week Thirty-One, I couldn’t resist laying them out in a long row along our granite dining-room counter.

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

And then “painting” them in the Vibrant mode of Waterlogue.

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

What’s more dramatic than the color combo of dark purple and bright yellow, rather like a clergyman’s robe?

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Two Sunflowers and Three Purple Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty-One: Two Sunflowers and Three Purple Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase

The zinnias snapped to attention when I arranged them over colorful marbles in a clear round vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Petunias and Colorful Marbles
Week Thirty-One: Petunias and Colorful Marbles

The single yellow lily and some of the dried purple flowers look splendid in my favorite tall pale-blue vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Lily in a Tall Blue Vase
Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Lily in a Tall Blue Vase

More dried purple flowers and one of the sunflowers play happily together in a bulbous white-and-blue-striped vase. I think I was channeling Vincent Van Gogh when I created this bouquet!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Sunflower and Purple Flowers in a Striped Vase à la Van Gogh
Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Sunflower and Purple Flowers in a Striped Vase à la Van Gogh

A single yellow dahlia and dried purple flowers rise gracefully in a shapely blue-glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers in a Blue Vase
Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers in a Blue Vase

One of the crimson dahlias and more dried purple flowers form an Ikebana-inspired design in my blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Red Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers
Week Thirty-One: Single Red Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers

This striking trio of dahlias and dried purple flowers are the perfect way to conclude the line-up for Week Thirty-One of the Bouquet-a-Week Project.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Three Small Bouquets
Week Thirty-One: Three Small Bouquets

By mid-week, several of the dahlias had died, so I rearranged two new bouquets. I call these “extras” and they bring me just as much joy as the original week’s bouquets.

Here is the first one and you may notice that the sunflower’s petals are drastically shortened from the original bloom. That’s because I went a little wild with the shears as I cut away the brown tips. Oh, well. The sunflower’s big eye looks even more dramatic this way!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Shaved Sunflower and Petunias
Week Thirty-One: Shaved Sunflower and Petunias

And here is a “normal” (unshaven) sunflower with a backdrop of deep-purple gladiolas and a single crimson petunia for a dramatic note.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty One: Sunflower, Purple Gladiolas, and Single Red Petunia in Purple Ceramic Vase
Week Thirty One: Sunflower, Purple Gladiolas, and Single Red Petunia in Purple Ceramic Vase

Here is the same arrangement photographed in dramatic evening light.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Dramatic Sunflower at Night
Week Thirty-One: Dramatic Sunflower at Night
Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Thirty

The Pike Place Market flowers for Week Thirty of the Bouquet-a-Week Project were more formal in feeling than past arrangements because I was expecting some important company that week and wanted to impress.

Nothing beats white Asian lilies and gladiolas along with an outlier–a single pink peony. Not sure how that got in there, but I was glad it did.

Here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers in all their glory.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

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

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

I took two of the white lilies and two of the gladiolas and arranged them corner-to-corner in a tall rectangular glass vase over smooth black-matte stones. A green backlight offered a dramatic touch.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: White Lilies and Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty: White Lilies and Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase

This arrangement of blossoming lilies and a majestic gladiola was so tall, I had to photograph it in a different setting, which proved a fortuitous experiment!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: White Lilies and One Gladiola in a Black Vase
Week Thirty: White Lilies and One Gladiola in a Black Vase

The single pink peony really projects my favorite ikebana vibe when paired with bear grass and a trio of pussy willow stems in my favorite glossy purple jellybean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: Single Pink Peony, Pussy Willows, and Bear Grass in a Purple Vase
Week Thirty: Single Pink Peony, Pussy Willows, and Bear Grass in a Purple Vase

Our company enjoyed the imposing arrangements, which lasted for well over a week as I cut off the dying lily blooms one by one until they faded altogether.

Week Twenty-Six: Three Small Bouquets in Dreamy Light

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

Week Twenty-Six in the Bouquet-a-Week Project brought a welcome change of pace because our long-time housekeepers surprised me with a dozen, deep-maroon dahlias. The flowers came freshly picked from the head housekeeper (and owner of the agency’s) garden near Fife.

The dahlias were delivered in a classic clear glass vase, the kind you get from the florist. I didn’t have the presence of mind to snap a photo, but here is the sort of vase I mean, painted using the Waterlogue app.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Six: Classic Clear-Glass Vase
Week Twenty-Six: Classic Clear-Glass Vase

It was a pretty vase, but since I already had several like it, I let the housekeepers take theirs home and chose one from my collection instead.

Here is the first bouquet I created, which the way-too-kind ladies ooh-ed and aah-ed over. It reminds me of a nosegay and the kangaroo paw adds needed height.

Week Twenty-Six: Dark-Maroon Dahlias and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Clear Cylinder
Week Twenty-Six: Dark-Maroon Dahlias and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Clear Cylinder

Just for fun, after the housekeepers left, I transplanted the fistful of flowers into this antique cranberry-glass decanter. It looks beautiful backlighted in red and framed by a few sprigs of kangaroo paw and greenery.

Week Twenty-Six: Maroon Dahlias and Kangaroo Paw in Ruby Decanter
Week Twenty-Six: Maroon Dahlias and Kangaroo Paw in Ruby Decanter

The decanter used to sit proudly on the cocktail trolley in the dining room of our family home in suburban Philadelphia. During fancy dinner parties my parents used to throw, my father made a big deal about serving after-dinner Port (which he called “a nightcap”) from the heirloom decanter.

Here are the four small bouquets of Week Twenty-Six, which also included some left over flowers from the Bouquet-a-Week Project, Week Twenty-Five.

Week Twenty-Six: Four Small Bouquet Medley
Week Twenty-Six: Four Small Bouquet Medley

I love this threesome of small bouquets as well.

Week Twenty-Six: Three Small Bouquets in Dreamy Light
Week Twenty-Six: Three Small Bouquets in Dreamy Light

I also had some Asian lilies and a kangaroo-paw sprig left over from the prior week, and arranged them in a clear-glass cylinder over smooth, ebony stones to dramatic effect.

Week Twenty-Six: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Clear Cylinder
Week Twenty-Six: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Clear Cylinder

It’s amazing how a simple Champagne flute serves as the perfect vessel for a handful of Golden Arrow, stems carefully arranged in a criss-cross pattern.

Week Twenty-Six: Lacy White Flowers in Champagne Flute
Week Twenty-Six: Lacy White Flowers in Champagne Flute

A single cheerful sunflower and some purple dried flowers from Week Twenty-Five (more long-lived leftovers) take on the look of a Van Gogh painting when placed in my favorite blue Buddha vase. Warm summer sunlight!

Week Twenty-Six: Vincent Van Gogh Sunflower in Blue Vase
Week Twenty-Six: Vincent Van Gogh Sunflower in Blue Vase