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-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

For Week Thirty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I returned to the Pike Place Market and chose the bountiful bouquet myself, versus having my darling husband pick one out.

Because it had been several weeks, I went a bit crazy, spending my entire budget of $20 on a SPECTACULAR mosaic of periwinkle, deep purple, and pristine white flowers. Here is the big bouquet in all its raw glory.

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

And here it is “painted” using the Natural Mode of the Waterlogue app.

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

I couldn’t resist laying out the individual flowers, placed together by type and color, to see just how many I had to play with during Week Thirty-Three. Here they are!

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

And these are the same flowers “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Because of the sheer number of dramatic blossoms I had to work with, I was able to create four major bouquets for Week Thirty-Three. Here is the first one and interesting to note that the “greenery” this week is actually curly kale. You might say this is an edible arrangement–ha!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Periwinkle Blue and Purple Flowers Over Blue Stones in a Tall Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Periwinkle Blue and Purple Flowers Over Blue Stones in a Tall Rectangular Vase

I fell in love with what I call pom-pom dahlias and felt they would look the most impressive in my Ikebana Vase from Design Within Reach. Backlighting in pink ups the drama.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase

My mother’s beloved cranberry-glass vase, a family heirloom, deserved the biggest dahlia, a magnificent white beauty tinged with pink.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: A Half-Dozen Dahlias in a Tall Cranberry-Glass Vase
Week Thirty-Three: A Half-Dozen Dahlias in a Tall Cranberry-Glass Vase

More curly kale and the white dahlias, with just a touch of pink, fill this beautiful bulbous crystal vase to the max. I used a Perfect Arrangers stainless-steel “frog” in the bottom of the vase to hold the stems just how I wanted them to appear.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: White Dahlias and Curly Kale in a Bulbous Crystal Vase
Week Thirty-Three: White Dahlias and Curly Kale in a Bulbous Crystal Vase

Another big-boy dahlia and a single pom-pom dahlia, when paired with pussy-willow stems in my favorite Asian-inspired celadon vase, really “sing.”

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and Pussy Willows in Celadon Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and Pussy Willows in Celadon Vase

A single pom-pom dahlia and pussy-willow stalk look stupendous in my pink Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Single Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Single Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Pink Buddha Vase

Shooting Week Thirty-Three’s trio of small bouquets becomes even more dramatic than usual when “painted” using the Waterlogue app’s Bold Mode.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and a Sunflower in Three Small Vases
Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and a Sunflower in Three Small Vases

I thought it would be instructive during Week Thirty-Three to show just how much of this bouquet was made up of dried pink and purple flowers as filler. This is one clever way that the flower farmers at the Pike Place Market manage to make their bouquets appear so full and also sell them at such reasonable prices.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Brown Bag and Dried Flowers
Week Thirty-Three: Brown Bag and Dried Flowers

As mentioned in Week Twenty-Five of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I sometimes end up making “extra” bouquets mid-week when the blossoms begin to fade and I rearrange the surviving ones using new vases and decorative fillers.

Week Thirty-Three “extra” bouquets included three interesting bouquets. The first shows a bunch of the smaller dahlias (“babies”) clustered together in a pretty rose-embossed vase that I don’t use nearly enough. It originally held an FTD bouquet I sent to my mother-in-law and that I inherited when she passed away.

To help the flowers stay upright and not flop against the lip the vase, I used a round kenzan (a.k.a, a “spiky frog”) that is used in the Japanese art of ikebana. I bought the kenzan at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival but they are widely available online if you want to purchase one.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Miscellaneous Leftover Blossoms in a Rose Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Miscellaneous Leftover Blossoms in a Rose Vase

A second “extra” arrangement is presented in my tall, baby-blue vase which makes any flower assortment look impressive.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Extra Blue and Purple Flowers in Tall Blue Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Extra Blue and Purple Flowers in Tall Blue Vase

Finally, more “baby” dahlias and some of the dried purple flowers fill my pink Buddha vase to good effect.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Leftover Purple Flowers in Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Leftover Purple Flowers in Pink Buddha Vase