It was right around Thanksgiving, and there was quite a turn in the weather between Weeks Forty-Seven and Forty-Eight.
And right around then, as I walked through the Pike Place Market, I noticed that the bouquets were becoming strangely sparse even since the week before. Only a few contained fresh flowers, although cabbage flowers were still much in evidence.
On some tables, the only flowers offered were dried ones, at $10 per bouquet.
Sadly, I knew this meant that the fresh-flower season was coming to an end. Which also meant the year-long Bouquet-a-Week Project was coming to an end.
It had been an exciting almost-year of choosing a fresh Pike Place Market bouquet, bringing it home, and rearranging the blossoms into my own designs.
I admired the farmers who were so dedicated to grow and drive into the Market so locals such as me, as well as travelers from around the world, could enjoy such a glorious natural display of colors, shapes, and textures.
And now, I have a collection of thousands of Pike Place Market blossoms captured forever by my iPhone 6 Plus and, more recently, my iPhone X Max, then “painted” in the amazing Waterlogue app.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey of floral discovery with me and will continue to return to the Braiden Blossoms website time and again for inspiration and respite from the everyday cares of life.
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.
I have to confess, I “defected” during Week Thirty-Five of the Bouquet-a-Week Project and bought my flowers at a farmers market other than Pike Place.
I felt mildly guilty, but sometimes convenience and expediency are more important than political correctness. And my guilt was assuaged since the bouquet I purchased that sunny, yet cool, Saturday in early September was particularly spectacular.
The farmer who sold it to me was a lovely young Asian woman who explained that, even though it cost $15 (her most expensive bouquet), it was really a bargain since it contained purple statice, small globe thistle (a branch with five seed pods that looked like small balls), and several sprigs of eucalyptus. Since those parts of the bouquet were dried materials, they could be reused indefinitely.
I was especially drawn to the fresh blooms because they included my favorite color of deep purple along with pristine white. Three towering gladiolas, half a dozen dahlias (many with “babies” or smaller blossoms), purple flowers with yellow centers, and prickly greenery with small pink and white flowers formed the crux of the fresh portion of the bouquet.
Because of the plethora of both fresh and dried flowers, I was able to create three truly “major” bouquets and two smaller ones during Week Thirty-Five.
Here are the fresh flowers that I picked up at the Shoreline Farmers Market. You can get a good sense of the five balls and eucalyptus sprigs from this shot.
I couldn’t decide which of the three “major” bouquets from Week Thirty-Five was my favorite, but finally chose this one since it was the most ikebana-like among them. The flowers are in one of my all-time favorite vases, an Asian-inspired, matte-black vase made by Paddy McNeely that I bought years ago at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
The second major bouquet from Week Thirty-Five is more conventional.
The interesting thing about the third major bouquet from Week Thirty-Five is that is is mostly composed of dried blossoms including the small globe thistle. It was so tall parts of it touched the ceiling!
I rarely use this simple matte-white vase, but it did the trick this time to offset the pretty purple blossoms.
Here are three of the smaller bouquets I created during Week Thirty-Five.
The Pike Place Market bouquet for Week Twenty-Nine of the Bouquet-a-Week Project came from one of my favorite long-time flower farmers called Flower Garden.
Erlinda is Flower Garden’s friendly floral designer. This week she created a beauty that included a half dozen pink peonies (several with “babies,” i.e., smaller blooms), white snap dragons, and white and pink golden arrow. A plethora of dried pink and purple flowers served as filler.