The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Nine

I went a bit wild in Week Nine, deciding to buy flowers early in the day and hoping to get to the Pike Place Market earlier than usual.

But the work gods didn’t cooperate, and I didn’t make it to the Market until close to 5 p.m. on a chilly Thursday afternoon when I wasn’t even sure many flower farmers would still be there.

But thank heavens, several hearty farmers were still creating bouquets and happily hawking their wares under the Market Clock.

I walked up and down the aisle in the Main Arcade, comparing and contrasting the pre-made bouquets. But, unlike in weeks past, nothing   really caught my eye.

Instead, I spotted a white-plastic bucket jam-packed with spiky purple tulips and another that contained ruffly daffodils with tiny heads.

Upon closer inspection, I realized that the there were two or three small daffodils on each stem. Quickly, I asked for 10 of them, along with six of the purple tulips.

The rather unfriendly farmer (I think she wanted to go home–and who could blame her, it was cold and late, after all) handed me my flowers and asked for $11.

Right next to that farmer, I saw another woman with a bucket full of beautiful branches that I thought might be from a dogwood tree. But the delicate flowers were pale yellow, and I’d never seen a yellow dogwood. When I inquired, the farmer said they were branches from a magnolia tree, my late mother’s favorite. I asked for one branch, which cost all of $3.

I felt like a queen as I walked along First Avenue to our condo with two bouquets in hand that cost a grand total of $14. When I got home, I realized that, consciously or subconsciously, I had chosen blossoms in my husband’s and my favorite colors (yellow and purple, respectively).

Here are the raw flowers from that wild Week Nine.

Week Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

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

Week Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue
Week Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue

Here is one of the major bouquets I created that week using only three of the spiky purple tulips and the magnolia blossom. To me, this bouquet is the essence of the principal of ikebana.

Week Nine: Three Tulips and Magnolia Branch
Week Nine: Three Tulips and Magnolia Branch

Here is the same bouquet, after one of the tulips had broken in the middle and (oh, so sadly) had to be pulled out and reused in a smaller bouquet. Since the base photo was taken at night, the background became all dark and moody, with intriguing shadows at the top.

Week Nine: Two Tulips and Magnolia Branch at
Week Nine: Two Tulips and Magnolia Branch at Night

This bouquet (which really isn’t so much a bouquet as the positioning of two of the purple tulips in a vase!) is so sexy. I love it when my tulips behave just as I want them.

Week Nine: Two Purple Tulips in a Circular Vase
Week Nine: Two Purple Tulips in a Circular Vase

Here are the same two tulips in a tall “vase” that was originally a water bottle (!). It isn’t nearly as sexy, but fun to see how different it is than the arrangement above.

Week Nine: Two Purple Tulips in a Tall Vase
Week Nine: Two Purple Tulips in a Tall Vase

And here are some of the smaller bouquets from Week Nine that make use of the gorgeous multi-headed daffodils and pussy willows (left over from a prior week).

Week Nine: Three Small Vases--Green, Green, and Pink
Week Nine: Three Small Vases–Green, Green, and Pink
Week Nine: Three Small Vases--Green, Light Pink, and Dark Pink
Week Nine: Three Small Vases–Green, Light Pink, and Dark Pink

Here is the vase that I most often use in our bedroom since shelf space is limited. I am a new convert to these double- and triple-headed daffodils and plan to seek them out next time I’m at the Market.

Week Nine: Two Daffodils and Pussy Willow
Week Nine: Two Daffodils and Pussy Willow

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Seven

Week Seven started off with a bang when I went to the Pike Place Market and bought a pre-arranged bouquet for $20 from one of the long-time flower farmers who sets up her stand under the famous Market clock.

This bouquet really caught my eye, thanks to the apple blossoms and gorgeous pink camellia at its center. It also included four pale, ruffly daffodils and eight tulips in white and pale pink. My idea of heaven!

Here is a photo of the fresh blossoms.

Week Seven Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here is my favorite shot of the fresh blossoms after I “painted” them in the Waterlogue app.

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

I felt like a kid in a candy shop with such a bounty of fresh blossoms to play with. From 14 flowers and lots of greenery, I created three major bouquets and three smaller ones.

Here is my favorite among the major bouquets. It is the essence of ikebana, the Japanese art of minimalist flower arranging.

Two Daffodils and Two Apple Blossoms in a Clear Glass Vase
Week Seven: Two Daffodils and Two Apple Blossoms in a Clear Glass Vase

Here is another arrangement I am very proud of. I love how the tulips drape so effortlessly and sensuously across the curves of the  clear-glass vase backlighted in a neon shade of backlight.

Three Tulips in a Curved Glass Vase
Week Seven: Three Tulips in a Curved Glass Vase

Here is the third major bouquet from Week Seven. The tulips were being very cooperative as they all stood up (fairly) straight and aligned perfectly. A rarity!

Five Pink Tulips in a Crystal Vase
Week Seven: Five Pink Tulips in a Crystal Vase

In addition to the three major bouquets, I was able to craft a trio of smaller arrangements from the big pre-made bouquet. I place these in our bathroom (one on each side of the double vanity) and another on the stand-up desk in my office.

This perfect single pink camellia reminds me of my mother, who used to raise camellias when I was growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. How she got these Southern-region flowers to survive there is beyond me. She also nurtured several young magnolia trees in our front yard until they towered over the dwarf Japanese Maple trees.

Single Camellia and Two Apple Blossoms in a Simple Glass Vase
Week Seven: Single Camellia and Two Apple Blossoms in a Simple Glass Vase

Three of the pale, lacy daffodils and some greenery fit perfectly with this green-glass vase that I got as a child when our family took a car trip from my hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Williamsburg, Virginia.

Two Lacy Daffodils in a Green Vase
Week Seven: Two Lacy Daffodils in a Green Vase

This single camellia looks gorgeous in my cobalt Buddha vase.

Single Pink Camellia in a Cobalt Buddha Vase
Week Seven: Single Pink Camellia in a Cobalt Buddha Vase