Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 8

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

One of my personal favorite categories on the Braiden Blossoms website is one I call Floral Color Blocks, for lack of a more imaginative term. Floral Color Blocks are masses of flowers in rectangular shapes  “painted” in the Waterlogue app. To me, they could almost be printed on paper and/or fabric and made into notecards and/or pillowcases. Hey, a girl can dream!

Sometimes I sit and stare at a Floral Color Block, allowing myself to fall into the colors and textures as though they were a soothing visual pillow.

So this week, Week Twenty-Two of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, instead of following my usual formula of purchasing a bouquet at the Pike Place Market and rearranging it using new combinations of flowers, vases, and decorative fillers, I present some of my favorite Floral Color Blocks.

I hope you enjoy these “visual pillows” as much as I do!

Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 1
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 1
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 2
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 2
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 3
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 3
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 4
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 4
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 5
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 5
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 6
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 6
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 7
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 7
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 8
Week Twenty-Two: Floral Color Block 8
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy 4

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

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been editing the photos from our recent cruise and really enjoying spending quality time with the 1,758 images I captured. I took 945 in the British Isles and 813 in Iceland, so there is plenty to work with! In that vein, during Week Twenty-One I wanted to take a break from the official Bouquet-a-Week Project concept (rearranging Pike Place Market bouquets) and instead share some of my favorite trip photos with you.

We spent a couple of days at the venerable Savoy Hotel in London before our cruise departed from Dover. The Savoy is within easy walking distance of Covent Garden, a photographer’s dream (the perfect place to snap trip photos!) thanks to numerous outdoor vendors, entertainers, restaurants, and happy visitors that frequent the place.

I took two floral-related shots, then “painted” them using the Waterlogue app.

Week Twenty-One: Covent Garden Sign and Flowers
Week Twenty-One: Covent Garden Sign and Flowers
Week Twenty-One: Covent Garden Flower Cart
Week Twenty-One: Covent Garden Flower Cart

The lobby of The Savoy boasts towering formal flower arrangement. They are simply breathtaking for the sheer number of blossoms and their unparalleled beauty. So veddy, veddy British!

Even if you aren’t staying in the hotel, it is worth a visit just to get a gander at The Savoy lobby’s bounteous bouquets, all of which offer intriguing possibilities for trip photos.

Below are several different images “painted” in the four modes of the Waterlogue app that I like to work in–Natural, Vibrant, Bold, and Color Bloom.

Which one(s) you like best?!?! I’d love to know.

Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy 2
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy 2
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy 3
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy 3
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy 4
Week Twenty-One: Formal Flowers at The Savoy 4
Week Twenty-One: Pretty in Peach Flowers at The Savoy
Week Twenty-One: Pretty in Peach Flowers at The Savoy
Week Twenty-One: Orchids in a Formal Arrangement at The Savoy
Week Twenty-One: Orchids in a Formal Arrangement at The Savoy
Week Twenty: Pink Peonies and Snapdragons

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Twenty

I bought my Week Twenty bouquet for the Bouquet-a-Week Project from Erlinda, one of the long-time and most talented designers in the entire Pike Place Market. Here she is proudly displaying the flowers I chose.

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

I’ve known Erlinda for years and always appreciate the fresh and clean bouquets she crafts at Flower Garden in the Pike Place Market’s Main Arcade. You can find Flower Garden under the Market clock, just a few steps away from Pike Place Fish (which tourists often refer to as “the place where they throw the fish”).

I was drawn to this lush bouquet, rife with vibrant contrasting colors, because of several “new” varieties of flowers. I use the word “new” loosely here, simply because the names of the “new” flowers were hitherto unbeknownst to me. More on the “new” varieties that I discovered thanks to the PlantSnap app later on in this post.

Here is the fresh bouquet of Pike Place Market flowers that cost $15.

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

And here is the same bouquet “painted” in “Natural” mode using the Waterlogue app.

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

This was not only a visually opulent bouquet, but it smelled great, thanks to the peonies and one of the “new” flowers I discovered on PlantSnap called Golden Arrow (Plumeria Pudica).

Here is the first major bouquet I created using the single orange Asian lily and two of the graceful Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos) positioned so perfectly in an Asian-leaning vase lined with smooth black rocks. Although I had worked with the lacy red flowers for years, I never bothered to learn their name until now. Good to know!

Week Twenty: Ikebana Red Lily and Kangaroo Paws in Natural Light
Week Twenty: Ikebana Red Lily and Kangaroo Paws in Natural Light

Here is the same arrangement shot at night with ivory backlights. Magical!

Week Twenty: Ikebana Red Lily and Kangaroo Paws at Night
Week Twenty: Red Lily and Kangaroo Paws at Night

I knew that the dark-pink peonies and snapdragons would look pretty in a Waterford cut-glass vase. I love using this vessel because it was a wedding gift when my husband and I married 36 years ago.

Week Twenty: Pink Peonies and Snapdragons
Week Twenty: Pink Peonies and Snapdragons

I really wanted to use this interesting art-glass vase in a muted burgundy color. Orange canna lilies and purple flowers and greenery are so dramatic.

Week Twenty: Orange Canna Lilies in Mottled Burgundy Vase
Week Twenty: Orange Canna Lilies in Mottled Burgundy Vase

My favorite blue Buddha vase backlighted in blue looks royal with the addition of White Golden Arrow and purple flowers.

Week Twenty: Golden Arrow and Purple Flowers in Blue Buddha Vase
Week Twenty: Golden Arrow and Purple Flowers in Blue Buddha Vase

A single Kangaroo Paw in an Asian celadon vase is the spirit of ikebana.

Week Twenty: Single Kangaroo Paw in Celadon Vase
Week Twenty: Single Kangaroo Paw in Celadon Vase

The three small vases for Week Twenty of the Bouquet-a-Week Project made use of a single pink peony, Golden arrow, purple flower, and a couple of lilies left over from Week Nineteen. Week Twenty: Three Small Vases

Week Twenty: Three Small Vases

Week Nineteen: Three Small Bouquets

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Nineteen

Week Nineteen of the Bouquet-a-Week Project was a welcome relief from Week Eighteen since I felt like my old self again and memories of the dreaded colonoscopy were well behind me (so to speak).

I chose a lovely bouquet from among several options from one of my long-time favorite farmers who you’ll find in the first section of the Pike Place Market’s Main Arcade.

Here is her photo with the bouquet, which cost all of $15!

I was drawn to this particular bouquet because the colors clashed instead of coordinated. Who would think to put yellow and scarlet lilies together with pink peonies, but it works.

Week Nineteen: Flower Garden Owner
Week Nineteen: Flower Garden Owner

Here is the fresh bouquet of Pike Place Market flowers once I got them home.

Week Nineteen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Nineteen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

This is the same bouquet “painted” using the Waterlogue app.

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

As always, I separated the blooms so that each variety was together. I made sure the stems were cleared of small leaves so the flowers would stay fresher for a longer period of time, then I cut the stems on the diagonal (to encourage them to slurp up the fresh water) to uniform lengths.

For my first major bouquet of Week Nineteen in the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I placed the lilies in a violet ceramic vase, chosen because it would form a third contrast with the flowers. Striking!

Week Nineteen: Asiatic Lilies in a Purple Ceramic Vase
Week Nineteen: Asiatic Lilies in a Purple Ceramic Vase

I knew the four pale-pink peonies would look lovely together and decided the dark-pink one would serve as an accent. I chose a vase I hadn’t use previously, a clear-amethyst one with a pleasing plump shape.

Week Nineteen: Five Pink Peonies in a Clear Amethyst Vase
Week Nineteen: Five Pink Peonies in a Clear Amethyst Vase

To separate and support the peony stems (and help them to fan out like a fluffy pompom), I used a fabulous new product I purchased at the EATS MORE pop-up store in the downtown Seattle Nordstrom flagship store.

Anywhere Vases by Fruitsuper are metal cutouts in round, square, and triangular shapes drilled with holes of the same shape (round with six round holes, square with four square holes, and the triangle with a single triangular hole). According to the website, the cutouts “turn vessels into vases.” Why didn’t I think of that!?!?

Week Nineteen: Fruitsuper Anywhere Vases
Week Nineteen: Fruitsuper Anywhere Vases

The Anywhere Vases cost $38, a veritable bargain when you consider how versatile they will be. I also liked that they are Made in the USA, according to the sensible cardboard packaging.

For one of my smaller bouquets, I went back to bold, contrasting colors when I chose to pair deep-purple sweet peas and shrubby yellow crest with a clear, royal-blue vase. The blue backlight really makes it sing!

Week Nineteen: Deep-Purple Sweet Peas and Shrubby Yellow Crest in a Blue Vase
Week Nineteen: Deep-Purple Sweet Peas and Shrubby Yellow Crest in a Blue Vase

These pale-pink charmers look so dainty in a clear cylindrical vase backlighted in pink. Now I know what they mean by “pretty in pink!”

Week Nineteen: Pink Flowers in a Back-Lighted Clear Vase
Week Nineteen: Pink Flowers in a Back-Lighted Clear Vase

A single crimson lily and greenery looks jaunty in a clear green-glass vase.

Week Nineteen: Single Crimson Lily in a Green Glass Vase
Week Nineteen: Single Crimson Lily in a Green Glass Vase

This vase below is another new find. . .actually a Rosé wine bottle with embossed flowers all around the base (hard to see on the photo, but they diffuse the pink backlight nicely). More dainty pink flowers and Shrubby Yellow Crest form the arrangement.

In case you want to enjoy a nice bottle of Rosé and a pretty vase afterwards, the wine is called Fleurs de Prairie 2017 and hails from Provence. Very appropriately, its name translates from the French as “wildflowers.”

Week Nineteen: Fleurs de Prairie Vase with Pink and Yellow Flowers
Week Nineteen: Fleurs de Prairie Vase with Pink and Yellow Flowers

And here are my three small bouquets from Week Nineteen of the Bouquet-a-Week Project. . .more sweet peas and yellow crest in gayly colored vases.

Week Nineteen: Three Small Bouquets
Week Nineteen: Three Small Bouquets
Week Eighteen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue

Week Eighteen: The Bouquet-a-Week Project

Week Eighteen of the Bouquet-a-Week Project began under a cloud since it also marked the date for my five-year routine colonoscopy procedure.

For anyone who has ever undergone this experience, you know that the preparation is worse than the actual procedure, which takes just half an hour and is performed under “twilight sedation,” which essentially means strong knock-out drugs.

Preparation begins about a week before you go into the hospital, when you are strongly advised to go off any vitamins or supplements that contain Vitamin E, fish oil, or anything else that keeps your blood from clotting. Alive and Ibuprofen are also verboten for the same reason; Tylenol is okay if needed.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Three days before the procedure, you have to stop eating nuts, seeds, and popcorn. Fiber supplements are also off the table (or, more correctly, out of your system). Going off fiber supplements certainly wasn’t a problem, but the other three forbidden items were more problematic, especially since I practically live on nuts and nut butters.

Twenty-four hours before the big procedure, I had to stop eating solid foods entirely. So on Wednesday morning, the 13th of June (aptly named, since it was definitely not my lucky day) I ate my last bite of Dannon Oui Vanilla Yogurt. I had chosen this particular brand of yogurt since it comes in an old-timey glass cup (civilized!) and is especially thick and pleasant-tasting.

I ate the cool, creamy yogurt with a small spoon in tiny bites over 1 1/2 hours. I wanted to make my final tastes of solid food last as long as possible.

From then on, until 7:30 on Thursday morning (two hours before the procedure), I was allowed to consume only a clear liquid diet, things like bouillon, Popsicles, Jell-o, and fruit juices. Caveats included no milk or dairy products and no red or blue-hued liquids, since those colors could mimic blood, confuse the doctor, and negate the test results.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., I had to drink two (yes, two!) liters of what I rather derisively refer to as “the solution.”

Said “solution” is officially called Golytely or GaviLyte–a polyethylene glycol and sodium solution. You mix the fine white powder with four liters of water plus a packet of Crystal Light drink mix, shake well, and refrigerate.

“The solution” tastes strongly, and strangely, of salt, rather like diluted Thai fish sauce. The packet of Crystal Light is supposed to mask the bad taste. Trust me, it doesn’t.

From the first cup of “the solution,” the stomach begins to roil and rumble, rife with cramps and spasms. And then the bowel movements begin.

The more you drink, the more you go to the bathroom. And go, and go, and go.

I went to bed that night around 11:30, after my daily dose of the Trevor Noah show. But sleep came slowly as I focused on my turbulent tummy, deciding whether I needed to jump up and run to the bathroom one more time, or whether I could catch a few hours of shut-eye.

My alarm clock was set for 4:15 so I could stumble out of bed and begin drinking the final two liters of “the solution.” Strangely, although I was sleep-deprived and starving, I was almost looking forward to drinking the last two liters of “the solution,” more than ready to finish cleaning out my bowels and head to the hospital to undergo the actual procedure.

I wrote this blog while drinking the final two liters of “the solution.” My writing flowed quickly, as if an invisible hand was guiding my fingers over the keyboard. I stopped briefly every fifteen minutes to drink a cup of  “the solution” until finally. . .mercifully. . .thankfully. . .the giant jug was empty and I could place it in the recycling bin. Victory!

My dear husband drove me to the hospital. I felt dizzy and had a splitting headache, a combination of low blood sugar and dehydration. I felt as though I had been reduced to a bag of blood and bones, a mind and body that  just wanted to get “the procedure” over and done with.

I checked in without incident–thankfully all the paperwork was in order–and the receptionist encircled my left wrist with my patient ID. My husband got his marching orders as well, told to stay in the waiting room and monitor my progress on a color-coded overhead monitor using my secret patient number.

A male nurse prepped me for the procedure. I stripped down to my bra, put a cotton robe over my head, and arranged myself over the sheet-draped gurney with a warm blanket over my body.

The nurse inserted an IV drip into my arm and taped it down. My husband and I waited an hour, making small talk and gazing out the window, before I was wheeled into the operating room.

The doctor introduced herself and we discussed the impending procedure. The nurse attached the monitors and the anesthesiologist began the job of sending me off to dreamland.

The next thing I knew, I was being gently shaken awake by a nurse. I had survived. I was awake. I was alive.

My husband looked as relieved outwardly as I felt inwardly. Soon, the doctor arrived and informed us that my bowels looked normal and I didn’t have to have another colonoscopy for five more years. In addition to that most welcome news, she said I could go home and eat a simple meal.

The point of all of this way-too-graphic reporting on my colonoscopy is that the one bright spot during that otherwise horrible week was when my dear husband brought home a fresh Pike Place Market bouquet for me to play with.

The beautiful blossoms filled my senses and brightened my outlook. For at least a few hours, while arranging the beautiful blossoms, my mind was happy and free.

Afterwards, as I admired the resulting bouquets, I was relieved from the ugliness of sitting in the bathroom, drinking copious amounts of a gag-inducing liquid, and worrying about going to the hospital.

In short–flowers saved me.

Here is that beautiful bouquet–a medley of oranges and purples–that cost my husband all of $15.

Week Eighteen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Eighteen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here is the bouquet “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I knew that a handful of deep-pink peonies, and a single white one, would look scrumptious in one of my favorite vases.

Week Eighteen: White and Deep Pink Peonies in a Purple Terracotta Vase
Week Eighteen: White and Deep Pink Peonies in a Purple Ceramic Vase

I have never used this rustic clay vase, but orange Asiatic lilies and purple-and-yellow irises fit it perfectly.

Week Eighteen: White and Deep-Pink Peonies in a Terracotta Vase
Week Eighteen: White and Deep-Pink Peonies in a Terracotta Vase

This may be my favorite creation from Week Eighteen–pale-pink sweet peas, a single purple sweet pea, and a Perennial Cornflower. I have to admit I was unfamiliar with the latter, but figured out its correct name thanks to the amazing SnapPlant app. If you’re not familiar with this useful tool, you should be. Simply snap a photo of the plant in question and several possibilities pop up on your iPhone or iPad. Choose the correct one, then archive it in your Recent Snaps gallery for future reference.

Week Eighteen: Sweet Peas in a Clear Green Vase
Week Eighteen: Sweet Peas in a Clear Green Vase

An ikebana-inspired design using my favorite “jelly-bean” vase features deep-pink peonies and the above-mentioned Perennial Cornflowers.

Week Eighteen: Deep Pink Peonies and Perennial Cornflowers in the Jelly-Bean Vase
Week Eighteen: Deep Pink Peonies and Perennial Cornflowers in the Jelly-Bean Vase

More of the spiky blue cornflowers look gorgeous in a clear cylindrical vase with gray-glass decorative filler. The vase is lighted from behind with blue candle lights.

Week Eighteen: Spindly Periwinkle-Blue Flowers in a Back-Lighted Clear Vase
Week Eighteen: Spindly Periwinkle-Blue Cornflowers in a Back-Lighted Clear Vase

Here are three small bouquets I made using Shrubby Yellow Crest and irises. I love the color play between the yellow and deep purple flowers.

Week Eighteen: Three Small Bouquets
Week Eighteen: Three Small Bouquets
Week Seventeen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Seventeen

In Week Seventeen of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I returned to my tried-and-true formula of buying a prearranged Pike Place Market bouquet, then rearranging it using my own vases and decorative fillers.

This was a very special week since we had just returned from 21 days  out of the office, during which we enjoyed a cruise from Dover, England, to Reykjavik, Iceland. It was an amazing journey during which I took hundreds of photos. I can’t wait to start editing and posting the best images on this website for you to enjoy!

We returned from our trip with renewed energy and vigor–refreshed, relaxed, and rarin’ to go.

I bought the Week Seventeen bouquet from one of my long-time favorite farmers who sells in the first section of the Market’s Main Arcade. I was drawn to this lush bouquet, rife with white, plus several different shades of pink peonies; sweet-pea sprigs vibrant purple-and-yellow irises; shrubbery yellow crest; fresh mint; and pretty greenery.

Here is the fresh bouquet of Pike Place Market flowers that cost $15.

Week Seventeen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Seventeen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here is the same bouquet “painted” using the Waterlogue app in “Natural” mode.

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

This was not only a visually opulent bouquet, but it smelled great, too! The frilly peonies oozed a rich aroma, while the scent from the sweet peas was milder and less complex. The fresh mint sprigs provided a sharp top note. I didn’t know whether to arrange this bouquet or simply smell it!

But I knew that the irises and the shrubby yellow crest would look fabulous in my ikebana vase. I was unfamiliar with the yellow crest, but figured out what it was thanks to the wonderful PlantSnap plant identifier application).

Week Seventeen: Purple Irises and Shrubby Yellow Crest in My Ikebana Vase
Week Seventeen: Purple Irises and Shrubby Yellow Crest in My Ikebana Vase

Here is the same arrangement shot from a different angle.

Week Seventeen: Purple Irises and Shrubby Yellow Crest in My Ikebana Vase Version Two
Week Seventeen: Purple Irises and Shrubby Yellow Crest in My Ikebana Vase Version Two

Three of the peonies formed a fluffy contrast to the stark lines of this black lacquer vase.

Week Seventeen: White and Pink Peonies in a Black Lacquer Vase
Week Seventeen: White and Pink Peonies in a Black Lacquer Vase

This is the another side of the same arrangement.

Week Seventeen: Pale Pink and Dark Pink Peonies in a Black Lacquer Vase
Week Seventeen: Pale Pink and Dark Pink Peonies in a Black Lacquer Vase

And here is one more view. I can’t decide which one I prefer!

Week Seventeen: Dark Pink, Light Pink, and White Peonies in a Black Lacquer Vase
Week Seventeen: Dark Pink, Light Pink, and White Peonies in a Black Lacquer Vase

A neon-pink peony and an stark white one, plus a stalk of fresh mint, looks stunning in this celadon vase, which started life in an Asian grocery as a vessel for a funky Chinese wine.

Week Seventeen: A Single White and Pink Peony in Celadon Asian Vase
Week Seventeen: A Single White and Pink Peony in Celadon Asian Vase

Two medium-pink peonies and a mint stalk look jaunty in this turquoise Buddha vase.

Week Seventeen: Pink Peonies in a Clear Turquoise Vase
Week Seventeen: Pink Peonies in a Clear Turquoise Vase

Here are the three small vases that decorate the double vanities in our bathroom and the TV shelf in our bedroom. They are composed of sweet peas, shrubby yellow crest, and mint stalks.

Week Seventeen: Three Small Vases With Mint, Sweet Peas, and Shrubby Yellow Crest
Week Seventeen: Three Small Vases With Mint, Sweet Peas, and Shrubby Yellow Crest

A second collection of small-vase arrangements.

Week Seventeen: Three Small Vases With Mint, Sweet Peas, and Shrubby Yellow Crest Version Two
Week Seventeen: Three Small Vases With Mint, Sweet Peas, and Shrubby Yellow Crest Version Two

A single sweet-pea stalk and gorgeous greenery look stunning in this simple clear-green vase.

Week Seventeen: Single White Sweet Pea and Leaves in a Clear Green Vase
Week Seventeen: Single White Sweet Pea and Leaves in a Clear Green Vase

This is my new favorite vase, purchased during our cruise at The Jetty Gallery in Oban, Scotland, from the gallery’s knowledgeable owner, Annie Mackenzie.

The vase is tiny–just 1 7/8 inches tall–and exquisitely painted in pale gray. It looks stunning on this stand I bought at this spring’s Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center.

Week Seventeen: Tiny Flowers and Leaves in Miniature Porcelain Vase
Week Seventeen: Tiny Flowers and Leaves in Miniature Porcelain Vase

Here is the same shot in the “Bold” mode of Waterlogue. I love how the flowers painted on the stand “pop” so beautifully.

Week Seventeen: Tiny Flowers and Leaves in Miniature Porcelain Vase Version Two
Week Seventeen: Tiny Flowers and Leaves in Miniature Porcelain Vase Version Two
Color Block Two

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Sixteen

This week, instead of posting Pike Place Market flowers “painted” using the Waterlogue app, we are taking a bit of a diversion to display what I refer to as “Color Blocks.” Color Blocks are portions of formal flower arrangements that I photograph, then “paint” in Waterlogue.

I find these formal flower arrangements at my health club, where I work out twice a week. But you can find similar formal flower arrangements in office and hotel lobbies, flower shops, and perhaps even in your own home (if you’re lucky!).

If the half-dozen images that follow resonate with you, you can find more in the Color Blocks section of this website.

Color Block One
Color Block One
Color Block Two
Color Block Two
Color Block Three
Color Block Three
Color Block Four
Color Block Four
Color Block Five
Color Block Five
Color Block Six
Color Block Six

 

 

Week Fifteen Pink and White Tulips in a Circular Vase

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Fifteen

Last week I announced that I would be taking a couple of weeks out of the office to refresh and rejuvenate. And, since I wouldn’t be around to buy fresh Pike Place Market flowers, I began to post some of my favorite “leftovers” (bouquets that didn’t make it into earlier posts) for you to enjoy.

So during Week Fifteen we’ll continue along that path with seven “leftover” bouquets featuring flowers I purchased at the Market, then “painted” in the Waterlogue app. I hope you enjoy them!

Here are several lively yellow and red tulips in a multi-stripe vase.

Week Fifteen: A Bevy of Tulips in a Multicolor Vase
Week Fifteen: A Bevy of Tulips in a Multicolor Vase

These draping pink and white tulips look ethereal in a clear curved vase.

Week Fifteen: Pink and White Tulips in a Circular Vase
Week Fifteen: Pink and White Tulips in a Circular Vase

This arrangement, with its dramatic lighting and black and white colors, reminds me of a Spanish flamenco dancer!

Week Fifteen: Draping Red Tulips, Pussy Willow Branch, and Bear Grass in a Black Vase
Week Fifteen: Draping Red Tulips, Pussy Willow Branch, and Bear Grass in a Black Vase

The big, bright faces of these peach tulips make me smile.

Week Fifteen: Huge Peach Tulip, Pussy Willow Branch, and Bear Grass in a Clear Vase
Week Fifteen: Huge Peach Tulip, Pussy Willow Branch, and Bear Grass in a Clear Vase

These ruffly pale daffodils look gorgeous framed in greenery and positioned in a green glass vase with a few sprigs of draping bear grass.

Week Fifteen: Pale, Ruffly Daffodils, Greenery, and Bear Grass in a Green Vase
Week Fifteen: Pale, Ruffly Daffodils, Greenery, and Bear Grass in a Green Vase

Two tulips and red “feathers” in a clear glass vase are fetching.

Week Fifteen: Peach and Yellow Tulips and Red Feathers in a Clear Vase
Week Fifteen: Peach and Yellow Tulips and Red Feathers in a Clear Vase

Here is a sparse, but eye-catching arrangement, in a contemporary glass vase I bought at a Christmas Market in Germany.

Week Fifteen: Single White Tulip, Pussy Willow Branch, and Greenery in a Contemporary Glass Vase
Week Fifteen: Single White Tulip, Pussy Willow Branch, and Greenery in a Contemporary Glass Vase
Week Fourteen: Yellow Tulips and Bear Grass

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Fourteen

Believe it or not, I do not post all the bouquets I create for the Bouquet-a-Week Project on this website.

So for the next three weeks, while we take some time out of the office to refresh and rejuvenate (and take more photos!), I will post some of my favorite “leftovers” for you to enjoy.

This week, all the arrangements feature tulips I purchased at the Pike Place Market, then “painted” in the Waterlogue app. Because of their spare design, they display the concept of ikebana.

Here are three jaunty red lipstick-red tulips,  a pussy-willow branch, and bear grass in one of my favorite Asian-inspired vases.

Week Fourteen: Three Red Tulips in a Black Vase
Week Fourteen: Three Red Tulips in a Black Vase

Another favorite vase and two red tulips.

Week Fourteen: Two Red Tulips, Pussy Willow Branch, and Blue Curved Vase
Week Fourteen: Two Red Tulips, Pussy Willow Branch, and Blue Curved Vase

A single spiky pink tulip and a trio of pussy-willow branches look stunning in my purple jelly-bean vase.

Week Fourteen: Single Red Tulip, Pussy Willows, and Purple Jelly Bean Vase
Week Fourteen: Single Red Tulip, Pussy Willows, and Purple Jelly Bean Vase

This “vase” is actually a pencil holder, but I love its simple lines. It makes a simple contrast to a big purple tulip, calla lilies, pussy willows, and greenery.

Week Fourteen: Spiky Red Tulip, Calla Lilies, Pussy Willows, and White Vase
Week Fourteen: Spiky Red Tulip, Calla Lilies, Pussy Willows, and White Vase

These yellow tulips almost look like a big pom-pom. Sis-boom-bah!

Week Fourteen: Yellow Tulips and Bear Grass
Week Fourteen: Yellow Tulips and Bear Grass

It’s intriguing to me that even arrangements made without flowers can look stunning. Here, a few sprigs of greenery and red “feathers” create two beautiful bouquets.

Week Fourteen: Red Feathers and Greenery Duo
Week Fourteen: Red Feathers and Greenery Duo

Here’s another non-flower bouquet that looks surprisingly lush and inviting.

Week Fourteen: Red Feathers, Greenery, and Pussy Willows in Burgundy and Black Vase
Week Fourteen: Red Feathers, Greenery, and Pussy Willows in Burgundy and Black Vase
Week Thirteen: Blue-and-White Striped Vase with Yellow and Orange Tulips

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Thirteen

Week Thirteen was full of firsts–the first time I had worked with Asian lilies during this spring season and the first time I had used two new vases to create my floral bouquets.

It was also the first time I had blown my normal $20-a-week budget. But I couldn’t resist four Asian lilies that cost $4 apiece for a total of $16.

Then I needed a half dozen tulips for additional smaller bouquets. The hand-lettered paper sign above the flower farmer’s stand said that a dozen tulips cost $10, so I figured that if I got half a dozen, I’d just be $1 over budget.

But naughty me. I chose six “double” tulips. So when I handed the farmer a ten-spot, she thanked me and turned her attention back to a bouquet she had been arranging.

When questioned, she explained that the “double” tulips cost twice as much as “regular” tulips. In any case, I knew I would enjoy them and that they would photograph beautifully, then “Waterlogue” well.

Here are the ten stems I purchased that day.

Week Thirteen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirteen: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here are the fresh flowers “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I got greedy and used all four Asian lilies in the first of two major bouquets I created during Week Thirteen. You’ll note that this is one of the new vases. . .an extremely tall bamboo rectangle with a clear glass cone hidden inside to keep the flowers watered. It worked perfectly with the four long-stemmed orange and pink Asian lilies that I set in opposing corners. Some tall red branches created a dramatic finishing touch.

Week Thirteen: Tall Bamboo Vase with Four Asian Lilies and Red Branches
Week Thirteen: Tall Bamboo Vase with Four Asian Lilies and Red Branches

Here is the other new vase that I admired in a Target advertisement and bought for $9.99. Hand-painted in China, each container is a bit different. I like the way the navy paint drips down through the white stripes. With the addition of three tulips, it almost has a Dutch-painterly, Vermeer-like vibe.

Week Thirteen: Blue-and-White Striped Vase with Yellow and Orange Tulips
Week Thirteen: Blue-and-White Striped Vase with Yellow and Orange Tulips

Here are the three smaller bouquets I designed during Week Thirteen using the remaining three “double” tulips in reddish-orange and bright yellow colors.

Week Thirteen: Three Small Vases with Fiery Reddish-Orange and Yellow Tulips
Week Thirteen: Three Small Vases with Fiery Reddish-Orange and Yellow Tulips

A few days later, after the Asian lilies had opened into their full glory, I reshot them in the bamboo vase.

Week Thirteen: Four Lilies in a Bamboo Vase Version 2
Week Thirteen: Four Lilies in a Bamboo Vase Version 2

Then I removed the bamboo exterior and pulled out the glass conical vase inside and rearranged three of the blossoms.

Week Thirteen: Three Lilies in a Clear Glass Vase with a Red Branch
Week Thirteen: Three Lilies in a Clear Glass Vase with a Red Branch

I positioned the remaining pale-pink lily, which was positively bursting with blooms, in my favorite robin’s-egg blue curving vase along with a trio of pussy willows and greenery. Here’s that gorgeous shot in Waterlogue.

Week Thirteen: One Pink Lily in a Curved Pale Blue Vase
Week Thirteen: One Pink Lily in a Curved Pale Blue Vase