Last week I announced that I would be taking a couple of weeks out of the office to refresh and rejuvenate. And, since I wouldn’t be around to buy fresh Pike Place Market flowers, I began to post some of my favorite “leftovers” (bouquets that didn’t make it into earlier posts) for you to enjoy.
So during Week Fifteen we’ll continue along that path with seven “leftover” bouquets featuring flowers I purchased at the Market, then “painted” in the Waterlogue app. I hope you enjoy them!
Here are several lively yellow and red tulips in a multi-stripe vase.
These draping pink and white tulips look ethereal in a clear curved vase.
This arrangement, with its dramatic lighting and black and white colors, reminds me of a Spanish flamenco dancer!
The big, bright faces of these peach tulips make me smile.
These ruffly pale daffodils look gorgeous framed in greenery and positioned in a green glass vase with a few sprigs of draping bear grass.
Two tulips and red “feathers” in a clear glass vase are fetching.
Here is a sparse, but eye-catching arrangement, in a contemporary glass vase I bought at a Christmas Market in Germany.
Just before I went to the Pike Place Market on a Thursday afternoon, I read an article on flower arranging that really got me thinking. The article said that monochromatic flower bouquets are quite the rage, so I went to the Market with thoughts of choosing flowers all of the same color.
It was the first day the cruise ships were in port and the Market was packed with tourists ooh-ing and aah-ing the colorful displays of fruits and vegetables as well as the intrepid fishmongers tossing salmon skyward at Pike Place Fish under the Market clock.
I muscled my way through the mass of humanity, intent on purchasing flowers in a single color.
But, once I arrived, there were SO many gorgeous pre-made flower bouquets that I decided to shift course and choose one of those.
It was a very tough decision as the colors and variety were almost overwhelming. It was not only the beginning of the summer tourist season, but the beginning of the height of the flower season as well.
Here is the original $20 bouquet with raw flowers.
Here are the major bouquets I designed during Week Ten. This is a gorgeous vase that we received as a gift—it almost looks like something by Lalique with sculptured front and back panels and an embossed silver band around the base. It is also quite heavy and the tulips seemed to love their new home!
In the second major bouquet from Week Ten, I used a simple glass vase filled about a quarter of the way with clear glass marbles in the base. Ruffly daffodils and parrot tulips stand at attention, their stems interwoven in a graceful V.
The final major bouquet is a stunning contrast in black and deep pink with a single magnolia branch left over from Week Nine. The branch adds a graceful ikebana touch.
Here are photos of the smaller bouquets. The pink and blue Buddha vases on either side are among my favorite vessels!
The small red-and-clear-glass vase with the single tulip is so dramatic.
Week Seven started off with a bang when I went to the Pike Place Market and bought a pre-arranged bouquet for $20 from one of the long-time flower farmers who sets up her stand under the famous Market clock.
This bouquet really caught my eye, thanks to the apple blossoms and gorgeous pink camellia at its center. It also included four pale, ruffly daffodils and eight tulips in white and pale pink. My idea of heaven!
Here is a photo of the fresh blossoms.
And here is my favorite shot of the fresh blossoms after I “painted” them in the Waterlogue app.
I felt like a kid in a candy shop with such a bounty of fresh blossoms to play with. From 14 flowers and lots of greenery, I created three major bouquets and three smaller ones.
Here is my favorite among the major bouquets. It is the essence of ikebana, the Japanese art of minimalist flower arranging.
Here is another arrangement I am very proud of. I love how the tulips drape so effortlessly and sensuously across the curves of the clear-glass vase backlighted in a neon shade of backlight.
Here is the third major bouquet from Week Seven. The tulips were being very cooperative as they all stood up (fairly) straight and aligned perfectly. A rarity!
In addition to the three major bouquets, I was able to craft a trio of smaller arrangements from the big pre-made bouquet. I place these in our bathroom (one on each side of the double vanity) and another on the stand-up desk in my office.
This perfect single pink camellia reminds me of my mother, who used to raise camellias when I was growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. How she got these Southern-region flowers to survive there is beyond me. She also nurtured several young magnolia trees in our front yard until they towered over the dwarf Japanese Maple trees.
Three of the pale, lacy daffodils and some greenery fit perfectly with this green-glass vase that I got as a child when our family took a car trip from my hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Williamsburg, Virginia.
This single camellia looks gorgeous in my cobalt Buddha vase.