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 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