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

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

I still had some “extra” flower arrangements left over from Week Thirty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, and I simply didn’t need as large and elaborate a bouquet as the prior week. So when I went to the Pike Place Market, I chose a $10 bouquet versus the more substantial and costly $20 from the prior week.

I think that after you take just one glance of the bouquet I finally settled on, you will understand the reason I chose it. I have no idea the variety of the fiery central dahlia, but I am in love with its intense orange color, yellow tips, and curly mane. It looks like a fireball or colorful sea creature!

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

The “raw” flowers look like a sunburst when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I must have been thinking about the concept of Ikebana during Week Thirty-Four because both of my “major” bouquets had a definite Japanese vibe.

Here are three of the dahlias from the bouquet, with two orange ones centered around a deep-purple one. They are placed in one of my all-time favorite vases. It is called a Stems Vase and I purchased it years ago at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

If you’ve never been to the show, you owe it to yourself to put it on your calendar now and check it out in person February 20-24, 2018. NFWG is the perfect antidote to gray, winter skies.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Trio of Dahlias in Clear Glass Stand Vase Over Black Stones
Week Thirty-Four: Fresh Trio of Dahlias in Clear Glass Stand Vase Over Black Stones

The fiery orange dahlia and a single pussy-willow stem were all I needed when planted in my dramatic shiny-purple jelly-bean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Single Starburst Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Purple Jelly-Bean Vase
Week Thirty-Four: Single Starburst Dahlia and Pussy Willow in Purple Jelly-Bean Vase

For Week Thirty-Four’s first trio of small bouquets, I enjoyed using the single small sunflower and two more of the dahlias. The small yellow flowers looked like black-eyed daisies.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Three Small Vases With Dahlias and a Single Sunflower
Week Thirty-Four: Three Small Vases With Dahlias and a Single Sunflower

Here’s a second trio using different small vases.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Dahlias and a Single Sunflower in Three Small Vases in Red, Green, and Clear Glass
Week Thirty-Four: Dahlias and a Single Sunflower in Three Small Vases in Red, Green, and Clear Glass

Just for fun, I took a night-time photo of the first major bouquet of the week.

Braiden Blossoms Website Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night
Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night

And one final image–even more dramatic than the one above since it is “painted” in the Waterlogue Bold Mode–to enjoy before Week Thirty-Four’s flowers fade forever.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night Dramatic View
Week Thirty-Four: Three Dahlias in Asian Vase at Night Dramatic View
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