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 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 Website Week Thirty-Five: White Dahlias and Eucalyptus in Shiny Black Vase

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

I have to confess, I “defected” during Week Thirty-Five of the Bouquet-a-Week Project and bought my flowers at a farmers market other than Pike Place.

I felt mildly guilty, but sometimes convenience and expediency are more important than political correctness. And my guilt was assuaged since the bouquet I purchased that sunny, yet cool, Saturday in early September was particularly spectacular.

The farmer who sold it to me was a lovely young Asian woman who explained that, even though it cost $15 (her most expensive bouquet), it was really a bargain since it contained purple statice, small globe thistle (a branch with five seed pods that looked like small balls), and several sprigs of eucalyptus. Since those parts of the bouquet were dried materials, they could be reused indefinitely.

I was especially drawn to the fresh blooms because they included my favorite color of deep purple along with pristine white. Three towering gladiolas, half a dozen dahlias (many with “babies” or smaller blossoms), purple flowers with yellow centers, and prickly greenery with small pink and white flowers formed the crux of the fresh portion of the bouquet.

Because of the plethora of both fresh and dried flowers, I was able to create three truly “major” bouquets and two smaller ones during Week Thirty-Five.

Here are the fresh flowers that I picked up at the Shoreline Farmers Market. You can get a good sense of the five balls and eucalyptus sprigs from this shot.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers

And here is the bouquet painted in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

I couldn’t decide which of the three “major” bouquets from Week Thirty-Five was my favorite, but finally chose this one since it was the most ikebana-like among them. The flowers are in one of my all-time favorite vases, an Asian-inspired, matte-black vase made by Paddy McNeely that I bought years ago at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Purple Gladiolas and White Dahlia in Black Ceramic Vase
Week Thirty-Five: Purple Gladiolas and White Dahlia in Black Ceramic Vase

The second major bouquet from Week Thirty-Five is more conventional.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: White Dahlias and Eucalyptus in Shiny Black Vase
Week Thirty-Five: White Dahlias and Eucalyptus in Shiny Black Vase

The interesting thing about the third major bouquet from Week Thirty-Five is that is is mostly composed of dried blossoms including the small globe thistle. It was so tall parts of it touched the ceiling!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Dried Flowers in a Matte Black Asian Vase
Week Thirty-Five: Dried Flowers in a Matte Black Asian Vase

I rarely use this simple matte-white vase, but it did the trick this time to offset the pretty purple blossoms.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Purple Flowers in a Simple White Vase
Week Thirty-Five: Purple Flowers in a Simple White Vase

Here are three of the smaller bouquets I created during Week Thirty-Five.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink and Two Green
Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink and Two Green

And another grouping of smaller bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink, Green, and Blue
Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink, Green, and Blue
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

For Week Thirty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I returned to the Pike Place Market and chose the bountiful bouquet myself, versus having my darling husband pick one out.

Because it had been several weeks, I went a bit crazy, spending my entire budget of $20 on a SPECTACULAR mosaic of periwinkle, deep purple, and pristine white flowers. Here is the big bouquet in all its raw glory.

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

And here it is “painted” using the Natural Mode of the Waterlogue app.

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

I couldn’t resist laying out the individual flowers, placed together by type and color, to see just how many I had to play with during Week Thirty-Three. Here they are!

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

And these are the same flowers “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Because of the sheer number of dramatic blossoms I had to work with, I was able to create four major bouquets for Week Thirty-Three. Here is the first one and interesting to note that the “greenery” this week is actually curly kale. You might say this is an edible arrangement–ha!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Periwinkle Blue and Purple Flowers Over Blue Stones in a Tall Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Periwinkle Blue and Purple Flowers Over Blue Stones in a Tall Rectangular Vase

I fell in love with what I call pom-pom dahlias and felt they would look the most impressive in my Ikebana Vase from Design Within Reach. Backlighting in pink ups the drama.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase

My mother’s beloved cranberry-glass vase, a family heirloom, deserved the biggest dahlia, a magnificent white beauty tinged with pink.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: A Half-Dozen Dahlias in a Tall Cranberry-Glass Vase
Week Thirty-Three: A Half-Dozen Dahlias in a Tall Cranberry-Glass Vase

More curly kale and the white dahlias, with just a touch of pink, fill this beautiful bulbous crystal vase to the max. I used a Perfect Arrangers stainless-steel “frog” in the bottom of the vase to hold the stems just how I wanted them to appear.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: White Dahlias and Curly Kale in a Bulbous Crystal Vase
Week Thirty-Three: White Dahlias and Curly Kale in a Bulbous Crystal Vase

Another big-boy dahlia and a single pom-pom dahlia, when paired with pussy-willow stems in my favorite Asian-inspired celadon vase, really “sing.”

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and Pussy Willows in Celadon Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and Pussy Willows in Celadon Vase

A single pom-pom dahlia and pussy-willow stalk look stupendous in my pink Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Single Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Single Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Pink Buddha Vase

Shooting Week Thirty-Three’s trio of small bouquets becomes even more dramatic than usual when “painted” using the Waterlogue app’s Bold Mode.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and a Sunflower in Three Small Vases
Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and a Sunflower in Three Small Vases

I thought it would be instructive during Week Thirty-Three to show just how much of this bouquet was made up of dried pink and purple flowers as filler. This is one clever way that the flower farmers at the Pike Place Market manage to make their bouquets appear so full and also sell them at such reasonable prices.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Brown Bag and Dried Flowers
Week Thirty-Three: Brown Bag and Dried Flowers

As mentioned in Week Twenty-Five of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I sometimes end up making “extra” bouquets mid-week when the blossoms begin to fade and I rearrange the surviving ones using new vases and decorative fillers.

Week Thirty-Three “extra” bouquets included three interesting bouquets. The first shows a bunch of the smaller dahlias (“babies”) clustered together in a pretty rose-embossed vase that I don’t use nearly enough. It originally held an FTD bouquet I sent to my mother-in-law and that I inherited when she passed away.

To help the flowers stay upright and not flop against the lip the vase, I used a round kenzan (a.k.a, a “spiky frog”) that is used in the Japanese art of ikebana. I bought the kenzan at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival but they are widely available online if you want to purchase one.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Miscellaneous Leftover Blossoms in a Rose Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Miscellaneous Leftover Blossoms in a Rose Vase

A second “extra” arrangement is presented in my tall, baby-blue vase which makes any flower assortment look impressive.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Extra Blue and Purple Flowers in Tall Blue Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Extra Blue and Purple Flowers in Tall Blue Vase

Finally, more “baby” dahlias and some of the dried purple flowers fill my pink Buddha vase to good effect.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Leftover Purple Flowers in Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Leftover Purple Flowers in Pink Buddha Vase
Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

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

The Pike Place Market bouquet for Week Twenty-Nine of the Bouquet-a-Week Project came from one of my favorite long-time flower farmers called Flower Garden.

Erlinda is Flower Garden’s friendly floral designer. This week she created a beauty that included a half dozen pink peonies (several with “babies,” i.e., smaller blooms), white snap dragons, and white and pink golden arrow. A plethora of dried pink and purple flowers served as filler.

Here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers still wrapped in white butcher paper.

Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

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

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

Instead of creating a lot of smaller bouquets, I went for broke and arranged all of the fresh flowers, minus the dried flowers, in a bulbous black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Bounteous Bouquet in Bulbous Vase
Week Twenty-Nine: Bounteous Bouquet in Bulbous Vase

And here are the dried flowers arranged on their own. They are mighty pretty as well!

Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Dried Pink and Purple Flowers in Black Lacquer Vase
Week Twenty-Nine: Dried Pink and Purple Flowers in Black Lacquer Vase