Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

The $5 bouquet looked pretty gorgeous when “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

Here are the eight dahlias and purple statice laid in a row.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row
Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Eight: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

Here are several of the dahlias and some purple statice in a celadon Asian vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Multicolored Dahlias in a Celadon Vase
Week Thirty-Eight: Multicolored Dahlias in a Celadon Vase

And two red dahlias in a Buddha vase backlighted in green.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Two Red Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Eight: Two Red Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Four Small Vases
Week Thirty-Eight: Four Small Vases

And here are this week’s small bouquets. I will admit that some of the flowers are leftovers from Week Thirty-Seven but they still look gorgeous.

And here are this week’s three small bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Eight: Three Small Vases
Week Thirty-Eight: Three Small Vases

Although made up of leftovers from Week Thirty-Seven, these purple flowers look dramatic in a clear glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Eight: Purple Flowers in a Clear Conical Vase
Week Thirty-Eight: Purple Flowers in a Clear Conical Vase
Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid Out In a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here is the Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven bouquet “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

I love to assess each fresh bouquet by laying the flowers in a row, arranged by type and color.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row
Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row

Then it’s always fun to see how they pop up in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Seven: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid In a Row Painted 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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Lilies and Dahlias in a Clear Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Lilies and Dahlias in a Clear Rectangular Vase

My favorite celadon Asian vase (a former Chinese wine bottle!), seemed to call out for orange dahlias and an orange-y backlight.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Orange Dahlias in an Asian Celadon Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Orange Dahlias in an Asian Celadon Vase

I bunched all the purple flowers into a glossy black Asian-leaning vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Purple Flowers in a Glossy Black Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Purple Flowers in a Glossy Black 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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Three Dahlias in a Cut-Glass Cranberry Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Three Dahlias in a Cut-Glass Cranberry Vase

Leftover leaves look lacy and lovely in this interesting maroon vase scrawled in black lines.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Green Leaves in a Red and Black Vase
Week Thirty-Seven: Green Leaves in a Red and Black Vase

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.

Braiden Blossoms Website Bouquet-a-Week Project Week Thirty-Seven: Small Bouquet
Week Thirty-Seven: Small Bouquet
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Three Small Bouquets

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

For Week Thirty-Six of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I returned to the Pike Place Market on a Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. I was tired after stopping at the grocery store on the way home preceded by a long, but much-needed workout.

To my delight, Erlinda from Flower Garden was in her usual spot in the Market’s Main Arcade, near “where they throw the fish,” the tourists’ name for Pike Place Fish.

When trying to decide between two gorgeous bouquets, I asked Erlinda for her advice and she pointed me toward this one. It was a real bargain at just $10 and I chuckled as I kept hearing passersby remark on how beautiful the Market’s flowers are and at such inexpensive prices.

“The guys have it easy who live here,” one woman said. “They can pick up a bouquet for ten bucks on their way home!”

So true.

Here are the gorgeous blossoms from Week Thirty-Six, fresh from the Pike Place Market.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here are the bountiful blooms “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

I love to line up the flowers by variety and color. These are so spectacular!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row
Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

And equally beauteous “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Six: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

I used my mother’s favorite vase and arranged half a dozen white dahlias with jaunty pale-purple tips so they stood at attention just so.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Half a Dozen Dahlias in a Clear Pink Vase
Week Thirty-Six: Half a Dozen Dahlias in a Clear Pink Vase

The six pink dahlias look very “ikebana” in a glossy black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Pink Dahlias in a Glossy Black Vase
Week Thirty-Six: Pink Dahlias in a Glossy Black Vase

My blue Buddha vase holds a handful of purple and pink flowers to strong effect.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Pink Flowers in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Six: Pink Flowers in a Blue Buddha Vase

And, never to be forgotten, here are Week Thirty-Six’s three small bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Six: Three Small Bouquets
Week Thirty-Six: Three Small Bouquets
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 Website Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

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

For Week Thirty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I returned to the Pike Place Market and chose the bountiful bouquet myself, versus having my darling husband pick one out.

Because it had been several weeks, I went a bit crazy, spending my entire budget of $20 on a SPECTACULAR mosaic of periwinkle, deep purple, and pristine white flowers. Here is the big bouquet in all its raw glory.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here it is “painted” using the Natural Mode of the Waterlogue app.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

I couldn’t resist laying out the individual flowers, placed together by type and color, to see just how many I had to play with during Week Thirty-Three. Here they are!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row
Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

And these are the same flowers “painted” in Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue
Week Thirty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row Painted in Waterlogue

Because of the sheer number of dramatic blossoms I had to work with, I was able to create four major bouquets for Week Thirty-Three. Here is the first one and interesting to note that the “greenery” this week is actually curly kale. You might say this is an edible arrangement–ha!

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Periwinkle Blue and Purple Flowers Over Blue Stones in a Tall Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Periwinkle Blue and Purple Flowers Over Blue Stones in a Tall Rectangular Vase

I fell in love with what I call pom-pom dahlias and felt they would look the most impressive in my Ikebana Vase from Design Within Reach. Backlighting in pink ups the drama.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase

My mother’s beloved cranberry-glass vase, a family heirloom, deserved the biggest dahlia, a magnificent white beauty tinged with pink.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: A Half-Dozen Dahlias in a Tall Cranberry-Glass Vase
Week Thirty-Three: A Half-Dozen Dahlias in a Tall Cranberry-Glass Vase

More curly kale and the white dahlias, with just a touch of pink, fill this beautiful bulbous crystal vase to the max. I used a Perfect Arrangers stainless-steel “frog” in the bottom of the vase to hold the stems just how I wanted them to appear.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: White Dahlias and Curly Kale in a Bulbous Crystal Vase
Week Thirty-Three: White Dahlias and Curly Kale in a Bulbous Crystal Vase

Another big-boy dahlia and a single pom-pom dahlia, when paired with pussy-willow stems in my favorite Asian-inspired celadon vase, really “sing.”

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and Pussy Willows in Celadon Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and Pussy Willows in Celadon Vase

A single pom-pom dahlia and pussy-willow stalk look stupendous in my pink Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Single Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Single Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Pink Buddha Vase

Shooting Week Thirty-Three’s trio of small bouquets becomes even more dramatic than usual when “painted” using the Waterlogue app’s Bold Mode.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and a Sunflower in Three Small Vases
Week Thirty-Three: Dahlias and a Sunflower in Three Small Vases

I thought it would be instructive during Week Thirty-Three to show just how much of this bouquet was made up of dried pink and purple flowers as filler. This is one clever way that the flower farmers at the Pike Place Market manage to make their bouquets appear so full and also sell them at such reasonable prices.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Brown Bag and Dried Flowers
Week Thirty-Three: Brown Bag and Dried Flowers

As mentioned in Week Twenty-Five of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, I sometimes end up making “extra” bouquets mid-week when the blossoms begin to fade and I rearrange the surviving ones using new vases and decorative fillers.

Week Thirty-Three “extra” bouquets included three interesting bouquets. The first shows a bunch of the smaller dahlias (“babies”) clustered together in a pretty rose-embossed vase that I don’t use nearly enough. It originally held an FTD bouquet I sent to my mother-in-law and that I inherited when she passed away.

To help the flowers stay upright and not flop against the lip the vase, I used a round kenzan (a.k.a, a “spiky frog”) that is used in the Japanese art of ikebana. I bought the kenzan at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival but they are widely available online if you want to purchase one.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Miscellaneous Leftover Blossoms in a Rose Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Miscellaneous Leftover Blossoms in a Rose Vase

A second “extra” arrangement is presented in my tall, baby-blue vase which makes any flower assortment look impressive.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Extra Blue and Purple Flowers in Tall Blue Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Extra Blue and Purple Flowers in Tall Blue Vase

Finally, more “baby” dahlias and some of the dried purple flowers fill my pink Buddha vase to good effect.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Three: Leftover Purple Flowers in Pink Buddha Vase
Week Thirty-Three: Leftover Purple Flowers in Pink Buddha Vase
Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: A Trio of Peonies in Glass Vases in Pink Light

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

I bought my Week Thirty-Two flowers of the Bouquet-a-Week Project from Erlinda, the talented floral designer at Flower Garden in the Pike Place Market.

Because I still had some leftover blossoms from Week Thirty-One, I chose my own flowers for Week Thirty-Two versus opting for a premade bouquet.

The chosen blossoms included six peonies ranging from white to pale pink to deep crimson. There were even four “babies” attached to the bigger flowers. “Babies” are what I call unopened, lolly-pop-sized peonies. They are so fun to watch unfurl.

I also got two BIG yellow dahlias. Once again, I was delighted to discover there was a “baby” attached to one of the stems.

Here are the beautiful blossoms fresh from the Pike Place Market.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-Two: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here are the flowers “painted” in the amazing Waterlogue app.

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

A deep-crimson and pale-pink peony partnered perfectly in my glossy purple jellybean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: A Pair of Peonies in a Jellybean Vase
Week Thirty-Two: A Pair of Peonies in a Jellybean Vase

Later in the week, after the peonies had faded, I replaced them with one of the fuzzy yellow dahlias, bear grass, and a trio of pussy-willow stems.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: Single Yellow Dahlia, Bear Grass, and Pussy-Willow Trio
Week Thirty-Two: Single Yellow Dahlia, Bear Grass, and Pussy-Willow Trio

The single white peony looks starkly beautiful over multicolored marbles in a clear-glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: A Single Peony With Multicolor Marbles
Week Thirty-Two: A Single Peony With Multicolor Marbles

This is a new “vase,” which actually started life as a soap dispenser in our kitchen. You never know where an unusual and useful vessel will be found! A crimson peony and its “baby,” along with a few pieces of greenery, are stunning.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: Deep Pink Peonies in Silver Spiral Vase
Week Thirty-Two: Deep Pink Peonies in Silver Spiral Vase

The “baby” peonies look so happy in three small vases backlighted with natural-colored light.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: A Trio of Vases in Natural Light
Week Thirty-Two: A Trio of Vases in Natural Light

Just for fun, here is the same grouping backlighted in green. . .

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: A Trio of Peonies in Glass Vases in Green Light
Week Thirty-Two: A Trio of Peonies in Glass Vases in Green Light

Then, pink. . .

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: Trio of Small Vases in Pink Light
Week Thirty-Two: Trio of Small Vases in Pink Light

And finally, my favorite Buddha vases flank the same central vase with the pink backlight. Festive!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-Two: A Trio of Peonies in Glass Vases in Pink Light
Week Thirty-Two: A Trio of Peonies in Glass Vases in Pink Light
Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

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

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.

Glorious, all!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers “painted” in the Waterlogue app.

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

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.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row
Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

And then “painting” them in the Vibrant mode of Waterlogue.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row
Week Thirty-One: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in a Row

What’s more dramatic than the color combo of dark purple and bright yellow, rather like a clergyman’s robe?

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Two Sunflowers and Three Purple Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty-One: Two Sunflowers and Three Purple Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase

The zinnias snapped to attention when I arranged them over colorful marbles in a clear round vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Petunias and Colorful Marbles
Week Thirty-One: Petunias and Colorful Marbles

The single yellow lily and some of the dried purple flowers look splendid in my favorite tall pale-blue vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Lily in a Tall Blue Vase
Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Lily in a Tall 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!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Sunflower and Purple Flowers in a Striped Vase à la Van Gogh
Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Sunflower and Purple Flowers in a Striped Vase à la Van Gogh

A single yellow dahlia and dried purple flowers rise gracefully in a shapely blue-glass vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers in a Blue Vase
Week Thirty-One: Single Yellow Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers in a Blue Vase

One of the crimson dahlias and more dried purple flowers form an Ikebana-inspired design in my blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Single Red Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers
Week Thirty-One: Single Red Dahlia and Dried Purple Flowers

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.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Three Small Bouquets
Week Thirty-One: Three Small Bouquets

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!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Shaved Sunflower and Petunias
Week Thirty-One: Shaved Sunflower and Petunias

And here is a “normal” (unshaven) sunflower with a backdrop of deep-purple gladiolas and a single crimson petunia for a dramatic note.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty One: Sunflower, Purple Gladiolas, and Single Red Petunia in Purple Ceramic Vase
Week Thirty One: Sunflower, Purple Gladiolas, and Single Red Petunia in Purple Ceramic Vase

Here is the same arrangement photographed in dramatic evening light.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty-One: Dramatic Sunflower at Night
Week Thirty-One: Dramatic Sunflower at Night
Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

The Bouquet-a-Week Project: Week Thirty

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.

Here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers in all their glory.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Thirty: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

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

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

I took two of the white lilies and two of the gladiolas and arranged them corner-to-corner in a tall rectangular glass vase over smooth black-matte stones. A green backlight offered a dramatic touch.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: White Lilies and Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase
Week Thirty: White Lilies and Gladiolas in a Clear Rectangular Vase

This arrangement of blossoming lilies and a majestic gladiola was so tall, I had to photograph it in a different setting, which proved a fortuitous experiment!

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: White Lilies and One Gladiola in a Black Vase
Week Thirty: White Lilies and One Gladiola in a Black Vase

The single pink peony really projects my favorite ikebana vibe when paired with bear grass and a trio of pussy willow stems in my favorite glossy purple jellybean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Week Thirty: Single Pink Peony, Pussy Willows, and Bear Grass in a Purple Vase
Week Thirty: Single Pink Peony, Pussy Willows, and Bear Grass in a Purple Vase

Our company enjoyed the imposing arrangements, which lasted for well over a week as I cut off the dying lily blooms one by one until they faded altogether.

Week Twenty Four: Three Small Bouquets

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

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.

Week Twenty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Twenty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here are the fresh Pike Place Market flowers “painted” using the amazing Waterlogue app.

Week Twenty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue
Week Twenty-Four: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Painted in Waterlogue

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.

Week Twenty-Four: Pink Lilies and Kangaroo Paw
Week Twenty-Four: Pink Lilies and 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.

Week Twenty-Four: Purple Irises and Single Crimson Lily in Striped Vase
Week Twenty-Four: Purple Irises and Single Crimson Lily in Striped 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.

Week Twenty-Four: Dramatic Blossoms in Celadon Asian Vase
Week Twenty-Four: Dramatic Blossoms in Celadon Asian Vase

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.

Week Twenty Four: Single Lily and Sunflower Ode to Van Gogh
Week Twenty Four: Single Lily and Sunflower Ode to Van Gogh

Sweet peas, that single crimson dahlia, and more purple flowers for contrast look fetching in a pink Buddha vase backlighted in fuchsia.

Week Twenty Four: Pretty in Pink Flowers and Vase
Week Twenty Four: Pretty in Pink Flowers and Vase

There rather droopy snapdragons and lively purple flowers look jaunty in a squatty, clear-emerald vase backlighted in green.

Week Twenty Four: Purple Snapdragons in a Green Glass Vase
Week Twenty Four: Purple Snapdragons in a Green Glass Vase

Those ruffly daisies look happy in the Week Twenty-Four three-small-bouquets Waterlogue “painting.”

Week Twenty Four: Three Small Bouquets
Week Twenty Four: Three Small Bouquets
Week Twenty-Three: Two Small Bouquets

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

The Week Twenty-Three Bouquet was a lively mix that included a gorgeous sunflower, purple irises, kangaroo paws, and even a pink iris or two. Here are the flowers fresh from the Pike Place Market.

Week Twenty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers
Week Twenty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers

And here is the same bouquet “painted” using the Waterlogue app.

Week Twenty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue
Week Twenty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers in Waterlogue

As I always do, I released the blossoms from their white butcher-paper wrapper, unwound the bouquet’s rubberband-bound plastic bags and moist newspaper, and placed the flowers back on the stretched-out butcher paper. I made sure the stems were cleared of small leaves and recut the ends, then stuck all the flowers in this shiny black vase so I could figure out exactly what I had.

I snapped a photo because I was so taken with the result of this impromptu bouquet. Glorious!

Week Twenty-Three: Major Bouquet in Dramatic Black Glossy Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Major Bouquet in Dramatic Black Glossy Vase

But I knew that I didn’t want to use all of the Week Twenty-Three flowers in one arrangement. So (rather sadly) began to design individual bouquets. Here is the first one of those.

Week Twenty-Three: Kangaroo Paw and Sweet Peas in Clear Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Kangaroo Paw and Sweet Peas in Clear Vase

The second one is an ode to the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. BRIGHT COLORS!

Week Twenty-Three: Vincent Van Gogh Tribute
Week Twenty-Three: Vincent Van Gogh Tribute

My favorite colors came into play in the arrangement below, which includes a single intoxicatingly fragrant Stargazer Lily (rife with blossoms that I could hardly wait to watch bloom over the coming days), and selected greenery to create a fluffy frame.

Week Twenty-Three: Single Pink Lily in Lilac Ceramic Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Single Pink Lily in Lilac Ceramic Vase

The “Bold” setting of the Waterlogue app created this dramatic version of the same vase with only the greenery from the Week Twenty-Three bouquet.

Week Twenty-Three: Greenery Alone in a Lilac Ceramic Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Greenery Alone in a Lilac Ceramic Vase

My favorite small blue-glass vase forms a fitting contrast when planted with red sweet peas and purple flowers.

Week Twenty-Three: Red Sweet Peas in a Blue Vase
Week Twenty-Three: Red Sweet Peas in a Blue Vase

I love the romantic way the red and purple flowers drape in the two small bouquets below.

Week Twenty-Three: Two Small Bouquets
Week Twenty-Three: Two Small Bouquets

And here are the small bouquets from Week Twenty-Three. These miniature arrangements decorate the twin vanities in our bathroom and one sits next to the television in the bedroom.

Week Twenty-Three: Three Small Bouquets
Week Twenty-Three: Three Small Bouquets