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 Four: Three Small Bouquets

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

My sweet husband brought home the Week Twenty-Four bouquet and it was a bounteous beauty, bursting with several different types of blossoms that I hadn’t worked with much before. These included a vivid blue hydrangea, one huge scarlet dahlia, and three daisies with fuzzy faces that seemed to smile at me from the perimeters of the bouquet. Here are the fresh flowers from the Pike Place Market for the Bouquet-a-Week Project, Week Twenty-Four, which cost $15.

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

And here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers “painted” using the amazing Waterlogue app.

Week Twenty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Twenty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

The gorgeous glob of pink Stargazer lilies caught my eye first, and I knew they would pair dramatically with a single sprig of kangaroo paw.

Week Twenty-Four: Pink Lilies and Kangaroo Paw
Week Twenty-Four: Pink Lilies and Kangaroo Paw

Next I made a grab for all the purple-and-yellow irises and the single crimson lily. I like the way the lacy shapes of the irises contrast with the strong horizontal lines of the vase.

Week Twenty-Four: Purple Irises and Single Crimson Lily in Striped Vase
Week Twenty-Four: Purple Irises and Single Crimson Lily in Striped Vase

What to do with the single hydrangea? I thought my Asian-inspired celadon vase would form the perfect foil for such a singular bloom, especially when paired with pink sweet peas, two of the pink petunias, purple flowers, and a single spear of bear grass.

Week Twenty-Four: Dramatic Blossoms in Celadon Asian Vase
Week Twenty-Four: Dramatic Blossoms in Celadon Asian Vase

Here’s another design using a pink lily and a huge sunflower (left over from a prior bouquet) in my swooping robin’s-egg-blue vase, my ode to Vincent Van Gogh.

Week Twenty Four: Single Lily and Sunflower Ode to Van Gogh
Week Twenty Four: Single Lily and Sunflower Ode to Van Gogh

Sweet peas, that single crimson dahlia, and more purple flowers for contrast look fetching in a pink Buddha vase backlighted in fuchsia.

Week Twenty Four: Pretty in Pink Flowers and Vase
Week Twenty Four: Pretty in Pink Flowers and Vase

There rather droopy snapdragons and lively purple flowers look jaunty in a squatty, clear-emerald vase backlighted in green.

Week Twenty Four: Purple Snapdragons in a Green Glass Vase
Week Twenty Four: Purple Snapdragons in a Green Glass Vase

Those ruffly daisies look happy in the Week Twenty-Four three-small-bouquets Waterlogue “painting.”

Week Twenty Four: Three Small Bouquets
Week Twenty Four: Three Small Bouquets
Week Twenty-Three: Two Small Bouquets

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

The Week Twenty-Three Bouquet was a lively mix that included a gorgeous sunflower, purple irises, kangaroo paws, and even a pink iris or two. Here are the flowers fresh from the Pike Place Market.

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

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

Week Twenty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue
Week Twenty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue

As I always do, I released the blossoms from their white butcher-paper wrapper, unwound the bouquet’s rubberband-bound plastic bags and moist newspaper, and placed the flowers back on the stretched-out butcher paper. I made sure the stems were cleared of small leaves and recut the ends, then stuck all the flowers in this shiny black vase so I could figure out exactly what I had.

I snapped a photo because I was so taken with the result of this impromptu bouquet. Glorious!

Week Twenty-Three: Major Bouquet in Dramatic Black Glossy Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Major Bouquet in Dramatic Black Glossy Vase

But I knew that I didn’t want to use all of the Week Twenty-Three flowers in one arrangement. So (rather sadly) began to design individual bouquets. Here is the first one of those.

Week Twenty-Three: Kangaroo Paw and Sweet Peas in Clear Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Kangaroo Paw and Sweet Peas in Clear Vase

The second one is an ode to the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. BRIGHT COLORS!

Week Twenty-Three: Vincent Van Gogh Tribute
Week Twenty-Three: Vincent Van Gogh Tribute

My favorite colors came into play in the arrangement below, which includes a single intoxicatingly fragrant Stargazer Lily (rife with blossoms that I could hardly wait to watch bloom over the coming days), and selected greenery to create a fluffy frame.

Week Twenty-Three: Single Pink Lily in Lilac Ceramic Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Single Pink Lily in Lilac Ceramic Vase

The “Bold” setting of the Waterlogue app created this dramatic version of the same vase with only the greenery from the Week Twenty-Three bouquet.

Week Twenty-Three: Greenery Alone in a Lilac Ceramic Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Greenery Alone in a Lilac Ceramic Vase

My favorite small blue-glass vase forms a fitting contrast when planted with red sweet peas and purple flowers.

Week Twenty-Three: Red Sweet Peas in a Blue Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Red Sweet Peas in a Blue Vase

I love the romantic way the red and purple flowers drape in the two small bouquets below.

Week Twenty-Three: Two Small Bouquets
Week Twenty-Three: Two Small Bouquets

And here are the small bouquets from Week Twenty-Three. These miniature arrangements decorate the twin vanities in our bathroom and one sits next to the television in the bedroom.

Week Twenty-Three: Three Small Bouquets
Week Twenty-Three: Three Small Bouquets
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