Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Three Small Bouquets

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Forty-Two

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.

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

And the bouquet looked even more glorious when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Here are the blossoms laid in a row.

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

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row Waterlogue
Week Forty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row Waterlogue

And here is Week Forty-Two’s first major bouquet—three yellow Asian lilies, cabbage flowers, and white and purple glads in a glazed black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Purple Cabbage Flowers, Yellow Lilies, and Gladiolas
Week Forty-Two: Purple Cabbage Flowers, Yellow Lilies, and Gladiolas

A crystal Waterford vase, which had been a wedding gift (!) holds the three giant orange dahlias, golden rod, and dried purple statice. Wow-za!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Orange Dahlias, Goldenrod, and Purple Statice
Week Forty-Two: Orange Dahlias, Goldenrod, and Purple Statice

A single maroon dahlia and greenery backlighted in amethyst looks regal.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Single Black Dahlia in a Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-Two: Single Black Dahlia in a Clear Glass Vase

As does another maroon dahlia in a blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Black Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Two: Black Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

Here are three more dahlias and goldenrod in three small vases.

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

Another dramatic bouquet with a play between red and yellow blossoms perched in my favorite celadon Asian vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: Red and Yellow Flowers in an Asian Vase
Week Forty-Two: Red and Yellow Flowers in an Asian Vase

An “extra” bouquet (one made with elements from prior-week bouquets) looks pretty spectacular, rife with purple gladiolas, greenery, and white cabbage flowers. Pretty good for a bunch of leftovers!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Two: White Cabbage Flower and Purple Gladiolas in a Blue Vase
Week Forty-Two: White Cabbage Flower and Purple Gladiolas in a Blue Vase
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Forty-One

“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.

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

And here it is “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I love to lay out the flowers in a neat row and photograph them. . .

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

Then “paint” them in Waterlogue.

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

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Scarlet Lilies and Black Dahlia
Week Forty-One: Scarlet Lilies and Black Dahlia

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flowers and Purple Gladiolas
Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flowers and Purple Gladiolas

One of the variegated dahlias and some greenery looks lovely when placed in a blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Variegated Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-One: Variegated Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

Three of the magenta dahlias perch perfectly in my Buddha vases and a clear glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-One: Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

Three more magenta dahlias form the three small bouquets for Week Forty-One.

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

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flower, Purple Gladiolas, and Scarlet Dahlia
Week Forty-One: White Cabbage Flower, Purple Gladiolas, and Scarlet Dahlia
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-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-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