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
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
Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies, Gladiola, Sunflower, and Kangaroo Paw in Glossy Black Vase

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

The Bouquet-a-Week Project kicked off with a stupendous array of flowers in Week Twenty-Five. I was drawn to this beauty by the graceful lime gladiola, spiky kangaroo paws, single sunflower with its fuzzy brown eyeball, and yellow Asian lilies. Pale-pink peonies and white golden arrow formed a pleasing framework around the major blossoms.

Here is the bouquet fresh from the Pike Place Market.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Twenty-Five: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here is the Week Twenty-Five fresh bouquet “painted” using the Waterlogue app.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Twenty-Five: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

As I always do, I unfurled the fresh flowers from their white wrapping paper and divided the flowers into a loose pile. Then I cut the stems and stripped them of any small leaves that remained. Next I “arranged” the flowers in a glossy-black, bell-shaped vase filled with water that would hydrate the blossoms until I could create the smaller individual bouquets.

Here is that shot “painted” in Waterlogue. I liked it so much, I was tempted to call it a day, but that would defeat the purpose of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, which is to buy a fresh Pike Place Market bouquet or single blossoms for less that $20 per week, then design smaller arrangements.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies, Gladiola, Sunflower, and Kangaroo Paw in Glossy Black Vase
Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies, Gladiola, Sunflower, and Kangaroo Paw in Glossy Black Vase

The first major bouquet of Week Twenty-Five means a lot because of the cranberry-colored, cut-glass vase, which is a family heirloom. There used to be two of them and the pair sat on either side of our mantel in the house where I grew up in suburban Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, one got crushed when my parents moved from the family home in Pennsylvania to their retirement house in Austin, Texas. After my parents died, I inherited it.

For years, it has sat in our bookshelves looking forlorn and, frankly, rather forgotten. But, thanks to the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I pulled it down (very carefully!), dusted it off, and graced it with the gladiola, peonies, and kangaroo paw.

I imagined my mother looking down and smiling at her industrious daughter’s clever re-use of her beloved mantle-piece “objet d’art,” as she used to call it. She was an amazing woman, and you can read more about her (specifically, the words I spoke at her memorial) on the Five More Minutes With website.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: White Peonies, Lime Gladiola, and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Ruby Vase
Week Twenty-Five: White Peonies, Lime Gladiola, and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Ruby Vase

My favorite robin’s-egg-blue narrow vase is well suited to the yellow irises and another sprig of kangaroo paw. Majestic!

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paw in Swooping Pale-Blue Vase
Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paw in Swooping Pale-Blue Vase

More yellow lilies and kangaroo paw form a fitting foil in an Asian-inspired vase with a double opening.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Matte-Black Vase
Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paw in Tall Matte-Black Vase

A few days later, the peonies had faded so I took the remaining blossoms and created two “extra” bouquets. Taking this shot at night under a neon-pink back light using the “Bold” setting in the Waterlogue app resulted in this dramatic shot.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paws in Violet Ceramic Vase
Week Twenty-Five: Yellow Lilies and Kangaroo Paws in Violet Ceramic Vase

A small arrangement looks winsome in my pink Buddha vase.

Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Twenty-Five: Tangled Flowers and Scarlet Iris in Pink Buddha Vase
Week Twenty-Five: Tangled Flowers and Scarlet Iris in Pink Buddha Vase
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