Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Three Small Bouquets

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Forty

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.

Here is my “catch-a-fellow” bouquet au naturel.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And “painted” using the Waterlogue app.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

Here are my red-and-yellow “fellows” laid in a row.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row
Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

And here are the blossoms painted in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue
Week Forty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

The Asian lilies and dahlias form a dramatic contrast when placed in a shapely black glossy vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Red and Yellow Dahlias and Scarlet Lilies
Week Forty: Red and Yellow Dahlias and Scarlet Lilies

Not to be outdone, the scarlet gladiolas and two of the dahlias create a monochromatic wall of beauty.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Crimson Gladiolas and Dahlias in Asian Vase
Week Forty: Crimson Gladiolas and Dahlias in Asian Vase

Yellow and red dahlias planted in a pink vase look festive.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Crimson and Yellow Dahlias in a Pink Vase
Week Forty: Crimson and Yellow Dahlias in a Pink Vase

A bunch of green leaves and a bit of purple statice pair perfectly in a simple clear-glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Yellow and Purple Flowers and Green Leaves
Week Forty: Yellow and Purple Flowers and Green Leaves

Here are three small bouquets from Week Forty–single blossoms with a lot of impact.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Three Small Bouquets
Week Forty: Three Small Bouquets

And some single “baby” dahlias (in a former balsamic vinegar bottle!) that I hoped might eventually open.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty: Small Delicate Bouquet
Week Forty: Small Delicate Bouquet
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: White Dahlias and Eucalyptus in Shiny Black Vase

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

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers

And here is the bouquet painted in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Five: Fresh Farmers Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Purple Gladiolas and White Dahlia in Black Ceramic Vase
Week Thirty-Five: Purple Gladiolas and White Dahlia in Black Ceramic Vase

The second major bouquet from Week Thirty-Five is more conventional.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: White Dahlias and Eucalyptus in Shiny Black Vase
Week Thirty-Five: White Dahlias and Eucalyptus in Shiny Black Vase

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!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Dried Flowers in a Matte Black Asian Vase
Week Thirty-Five: Dried Flowers in a Matte Black Asian Vase

I rarely use this simple matte-white vase, but it did the trick this time to offset the pretty purple blossoms.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Purple Flowers in a Simple White Vase
Week Thirty-Five: Purple Flowers in a Simple White Vase

Here are three of the smaller bouquets I created during Week Thirty-Five.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink and Two Green
Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink and Two Green

And another grouping of smaller bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink, Green, and Blue
Week Thirty-Five: Three Small Vases One Pink, Green, and Blue
Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Twenty-Nine

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.

Here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers still wrapped in white butcher paper.

Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here they are “painted” using the amazing Waterlogue app.

Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Twenty-Nine: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

Instead of creating a lot of smaller bouquets, I went for broke and arranged all of the fresh flowers, minus the dried flowers, in a bulbous black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Bounteous Bouquet in Bulbous Vase
Week Twenty-Nine: Bounteous Bouquet in Bulbous Vase

And here are the dried flowers arranged on their own. They are mighty pretty as well!

Braiden Blossoms Week Twenty-Nine: Dried Pink and Purple Flowers in Black Lacquer Vase
Week Twenty-Nine: Dried Pink and Purple Flowers in Black Lacquer Vase