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-Two: Three Small Bouquets

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

The beautiful light of summer helped create the glorious bounty of blossoms for Week Forty-Two of the Bouquet-a-Week Project. This bounteous Pike Place Market bouquet contained yellow and pink Asian lilies, purple gladiolas, multicolored dahlias, and goldenrod formed the foundation.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And the bouquet looked even more glorious when “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

Here are the blossoms laid in a row.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row
Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row Waterlogue
Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row Waterlogue

And here is Week Forty-Two’s first major bouquet—three yellow Asian lilies, cabbage flowers, and white and purple glads in a glazed black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Purple Cabbage Flowers, Yellow Lilies, and Gladiolas
Week Forty-Two: Purple Cabbage Flowers, Yellow Lilies, and Gladiolas

A crystal Waterford vase, which had been a wedding gift (!) holds the three giant orange dahlias, golden rod, and dried purple statice. Wow-za!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Orange Dahlias, Goldenrod, and Purple Statice
Week Forty-Two: Orange Dahlias, Goldenrod, and Purple Statice

A single maroon dahlia and greenery backlighted in amethyst looks regal.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Single Black Dahlia in a Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-Two: Single Black Dahlia in a Clear Glass Vase

As does another maroon dahlia in a blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Black Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Two: Black Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

Here are three more dahlias and goldenrod in three small vases.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Three Small Bouquets
Week Forty-Two: Three Small Bouquets

Another dramatic bouquet with a play between red and yellow blossoms perched in my favorite celadon Asian vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Red and Yellow Flowers in an Asian Vase
Week Forty-Two: Red and Yellow Flowers in an Asian Vase

An “extra” bouquet (one made with elements from prior-week bouquets) looks pretty spectacular, rife with purple gladiolas, greenery, and white cabbage flowers. Pretty good for a bunch of leftovers!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: White Cabbage Flower and Purple Gladiolas in a Blue Vase
Week Forty-Two: White Cabbage Flower and Purple Gladiolas in a Blue Vase
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
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 Website Week Thirty-Six: Three Small Bouquets

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

For Week Thirty-Six of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I returned to the Pike Place Market on a Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. I was tired after stopping at the grocery store on the way home preceded by a long, but much-needed workout.

To my delight, Erlinda from Flower Garden was in her usual spot in the Market’s Main Arcade, near “where they throw the fish,” the tourists’ name for Pike Place Fish.

When trying to decide between two gorgeous bouquets, I asked Erlinda for her advice and she pointed me toward this one. It was a real bargain at just $10 and I chuckled as I kept hearing passersby remark on how beautiful the Market’s flowers are and at such inexpensive prices.

“The guys have it easy who live here,” one woman said. “They can pick up a bouquet for ten bucks on their way home!”

So true.

Here are the gorgeous blossoms from Week Thirty-Six, fresh from the Pike Place Market.

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

And here are the bountiful blooms “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I love to line up the flowers by variety and color. These are so spectacular!

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

And equally beauteous “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I used my mother’s favorite vase and arranged half a dozen white dahlias with jaunty pale-purple tips so they stood at attention just so.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Half a Dozen Dahlias in a Clear Pink Vase
Week Thirty-Six: Half a Dozen Dahlias in a Clear Pink Vase

The six pink dahlias look very “ikebana” in a glossy black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Pink Dahlias in a Glossy Black Vase
Week Thirty-Six: Pink Dahlias in a Glossy Black Vase

My blue Buddha vase holds a handful of purple and pink flowers to strong effect.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Pink Flowers in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Six: Pink Flowers in a Blue Buddha Vase

And, never to be forgotten, here are Week Thirty-Six’s three small bouquets.

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

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

I still had some “extra” flower arrangements left over from Week Thirty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, and I simply didn’t need as large and elaborate a bouquet as the prior week. So when I went to the Pike Place Market, I chose a $10 bouquet versus the more substantial and costly $20 from the prior week.

I think that after you take just one glance of the bouquet I finally settled on, you will understand the reason I chose it. I have no idea the variety of the fiery central dahlia, but I am in love with its intense orange color, yellow tips, and curly mane. It looks like a fireball or colorful sea creature!

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

The “raw” flowers look like a sunburst when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I must have been thinking about the concept of Ikebana during Week Thirty-Four because both of my “major” bouquets had a definite Japanese vibe.

Here are three of the dahlias from the bouquet, with two orange ones centered around a deep-purple one. They are placed in one of my all-time favorite vases. It is called a Stems Vase and I purchased it years ago at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

If you’ve never been to the show, you owe it to yourself to put it on your calendar now and check it out in person February 20-24, 2018. NFWG is the perfect antidote to gray, winter skies.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Trio of Dahlias in Clear Glass Stand Vase Over Black Stones
Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Trio of Dahlias in Clear Glass Stand Vase Over Black Stones

The fiery orange dahlia and a single pussy-willow stem were all I needed when planted in my dramatic shiny-purple jelly-bean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Single Starburst Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Purple Jelly-Bean Vase
Week Thirty-Four: Single Starburst Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Purple Jelly-Bean Vase

For Week Thirty-Four’s first trio of small bouquets, I enjoyed using the single small sunflower and two more of the dahlias. The small yellow flowers looked like black-eyed daisies.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Three Small Vases With Dahlias and a Single Sunflower
Week Thirty-Four: Three Small Vases With Dahlias and a Single Sunflower

Here’s a second trio using different small vases.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Dahlias and a Single Sunflower in Three Small Vases in Red, Green, and Clear Glass
Week Thirty-Four: Dahlias and a Single Sunflower in Three Small Vases in Red, Green, and Clear Glass

Just for fun, I took a night-time photo of the first major bouquet of the week.

Braiden Blossoms Website Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night
Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night

And one final image–even more dramatic than the one above since it is “painted” in the Waterlogue Bold Mode–to enjoy before Week Thirty-Four’s flowers fade forever.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night Dramatic View
Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night Dramatic View