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.
And the bouquet looked even more glorious when “painted” in Waterlogue.
“Dark drama” describes the bouquet I chose for Week Forty-One of the Bouquet-a-Week Project. I called it “dark drama” because it was made up of two magenta Asian lilies, two regal purple gladiolas, seven deep-purple dahlias, and three variegated purple-and-white dahlias.
I bought the bouquet for Week Forty-One from my favorite flower designer in the Pike Place Market, Erlinda, who works at Flower Garden. The bouquet for Week Forty-One cost $20, my limit on flower purchases each week.
As is my custom, after I photographed Erlinda’s bouquet, I took it apart so I could make individual arrangements of my own design. Much to my surprise, I discovered two white-and-green cabbage flowers underneath the dahlias, lilies, and gladiolas. And there were also several sprigs of white flowers.
To my delight, this was a very bounteous bouquet! Here is my photo of the original bouquet.
My first major bouquet included two magenta Asian lilies and the variegated dahlia, along with some of the white flowers. I placed them in one of my favorite vases, a purple terra-cotta vase with a faintly Asian-style shape.
My next major bouquet was a real beauty as well, with the white cabbage flowers, a variegated dahlia, and the two purple gladiolas positioned in a glossy black vase.
One of the variegated dahlias and some greenery looks lovely when placed in a blue Buddha vase.
Three of the magenta dahlias perch perfectly in my Buddha vases and a clear glass vase.
Three more magenta dahlias form the three small bouquets for Week Forty-One.
A few days later, after the flowers had started to fade, I created a new “extra” bouquet made up of the cabbage flowers, gladiolas, a dahlia, and the white flowers.
Have you ever heard the childhood rhyme, “Red and yellow, catch a fellow?” That’s the phrase that ran through my head when I spotted this Pike Place Market bouquet on sale for $20. This brimming bounty of blossoms contained two red gladiolas, two deep-pink Asian lilies, six scarlet dahlias, six yellow dahlias, petite white flowers, purple statice, and green leaves as filler.
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.
The $5 bouquet looked pretty gorgeous when “painted” in Waterlogue.
Here are the eight dahlias and purple statice laid in a row.
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.
And here is the Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven bouquet “painted” in Waterlogue.
I love to assess each fresh bouquet by laying the flowers in a row, arranged by type and color.
Then it’s always fun to see how they pop up 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.
My favorite celadon Asian vase (a former Chinese wine bottle!), seemed to call out for orange dahlias and an orange-y backlight.
I bunched all the purple flowers into a glossy black Asian-leaning 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.
Leftover leaves look lacy and lovely in this interesting maroon vase scrawled in black lines.
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.
Sweet Spencer brought home the fresh Pike Place Market flowers for Week Thirty-One of the Bouquet-a-Week Project and I marveled at their diversity of varieties and colors.
Pictured below in all their glory are deep-purple gladiolas, yellow and crimson dahlias, a single pale-yellow Asian lily, three giant sunflowers (!), and more than half a dozen zinnias, a flower that I hadn’t yet worked with during this summer season. And there were almost as many dried purple flowers as fresh ones.
There were so many gorgeous blossoms to play with during Week Thirty-One, I couldn’t resist laying them out in a long row along our granite dining-room counter.
And then “painting” them in the Vibrant mode of Waterlogue.
What’s more dramatic than the color combo of dark purple and bright yellow, rather like a clergyman’s robe?
The zinnias snapped to attention when I arranged them over colorful marbles in a clear round vase.
The single yellow lily and some of the dried purple flowers look splendid in my favorite tall pale-blue vase.
More dried purple flowers and one of the sunflowers play happily together in a bulbous white-and-blue-striped vase. I think I was channeling Vincent Van Gogh when I created this bouquet!
A single yellow dahlia and dried purple flowers rise gracefully in a shapely blue-glass vase.
One of the crimson dahlias and more dried purple flowers form an Ikebana-inspired design in my blue Buddha vase.
This striking trio of dahlias and dried purple flowers are the perfect way to conclude the line-up for Week Thirty-One of the Bouquet-a-Week Project.
By mid-week, several of the dahlias had died, so I rearranged two new bouquets. I call these “extras” and they bring me just as much joy as the original week’s bouquets.
Here is the first one and you may notice that the sunflower’s petals are drastically shortened from the original bloom. That’s because I went a little wild with the shears as I cut away the brown tips. Oh, well. The sunflower’s big eye looks even more dramatic this way!
And here is a “normal” (unshaven) sunflower with a backdrop of deep-purple gladiolas and a single crimson petunia for a dramatic note.
Here is the same arrangement photographed in dramatic evening light.
The Pike Place Market flowers for Week Thirty of the Bouquet-a-Week Project were more formal in feeling than past arrangements because I was expecting some important company that week and wanted to impress.
Nothing beats white Asian lilies and gladiolas along with an outlier–a single pink peony. Not sure how that got in there, but I was glad it did.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
And here is the Week Twenty-Five fresh bouquet “painted” using the Waterlogue app.
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.
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.
My favorite robin’s-egg-blue narrow vase is well suited to the yellow irises and another sprig of kangaroo paw. Majestic!
More yellow lilies and kangaroo paw form a fitting foil in an Asian-inspired vase with a double opening.
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.
A small arrangement looks winsome in my pink Buddha vase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweet peas, that single crimson dahlia, and more purple flowers for contrast look fetching in a pink Buddha vase backlighted in fuchsia.
There rather droopy snapdragons and lively purple flowers look jaunty in a squatty, clear-emerald vase backlighted in green.