Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Multicolored Dahlias in a Multicolored Vase

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

It was a Saturday afternoon as I walked through the Pike Place Market trying to decide which fresh flower bouquet to buy.

I noticed that the pickings were pretty slim, nothing like the extravaganza of fresh flower bouquets available during the summer and early fall.

As often happened, I decided on a bouquet from Erlinda at Flower Garden. As I handed over my $10, I felt a wave of sadness since I knew it might be the last time I would see my friend during the 2018 growing season.

The Week Forty-Seven bouquet I purchased from Erlinda was an interesting mix of Asian lilies and dahlias in a rainbow of colors. Underneath, dinosaur kale leaves formed some of the greenery along with more traditional stems of green leaves.

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

Here is the lacy beauty of the Week Forty-Seven bouquet when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

You can get a better look at the dinosaur kale from Week Forty-Seven when the components are laid out for viewing. . .

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

And painted in Waterlogue.

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

Simple majesty are the words that best describe the first major bouquet of Week Forty-Seven, composed of a yellow Asian lily, a variegated maroon-and-white dahlia, and greenery.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Asian Lilies and a Dahlia in a Matte Black Vase
Week Forty-Seven: Asian Lilies and a Dahlia in a Matte Black Vase

The stripes on this Italian vase mirror the colors in the dahlias I arranged within it.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Multicolored Dahlias in a Multicolored Vase
Week Forty-Seven: Multicolored Dahlias in a Multicolored Vase

Single dahlias, kale, and greenery are understated forms of beauty.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-Seven: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

As are the three small bouquets from Week Forty-Seven.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Three Small Vases
Week Forty-Seven: Three Small Vases

Accidentally, while working with the flowers, two broke from their stems. Never one to waste anything, I put them in a round celadon vase that held the pair of dahlias as if it were made for them.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Seven: Red and White Dahlias Floating in a Round Celadon Bowl
Week Forty-Seven: Red and White Dahlias Floating in a Round Celadon Bowl
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Three Small Bouquets

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

I was so starved for fresh Pike Place Market flowers by Week Forty-Six, that instead of one bouquet, I chose two!

Each bouquet cost $10, so I managed to stay within my weekly limit of $20. And each was centered with a purple cabbage flower. The yellow bouquet was for Spencer, since that is his favorite color; mine skewed pink with a couple of yellow interlopers.

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

Week Forty-Six’s twin bouquets look particularly jaunty when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

The yellow bouquet looks pretty spiffy when its blossoms are laid in a row. . .

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

Then painted in Waterlogue.

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

Here are the blooms from the pretty-in-pink bouquet au naturel. . .

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

Then painted in Waterlogue.

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

Feeling a little greedy, I used both the cabbage flowers in one arrangement. My bulbous black vase contains them to perfection.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Purple Cabbage Flowers and Dahlias
Week Forty-Six: Purple Cabbage Flowers and Dahlias

Bound and determined to use my Ikebana vase, I pulled the yellow pom-pom dahlias and a single pink one for contrast.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Yellow and Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase
Week Forty-Six: Yellow and Pink Dahlias in an Ikebana Vase

Three pink dahlias pose prettily in a pink Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Three Pink Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Six: Three Pink Dahlias in a Pink Buddha Vase

Pink and yellow dahlias, plus dried statice, form a fitting combo in a blue Buddha vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Two Dahlias in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Six: Two Dahlias in a Blue Buddha Vase

My Buddha vases flank a more upright container in lush blue.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and a Blue Vase
Week Forty-Six: Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and a Blue Vase

Here are the three small arrangements from Week Forty-Six.

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

And a “bonus” bouquet created from a white cabbage flower and greenery left over from Week Forty-Five.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Six: White Cabbage Flower and Greenery
Week Forty-Six: White Cabbage Flower and Greenery
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

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

I got off easy during Week 45 of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, because my flowers from Week 44 were still going strong. Well, at least the magnificent cabbage flower, which I thought might last forever.

I reformulated that blossom into my major bouquet, so all I needed for Week 45 was a handful of dahlias to repopulate my small bouquets.

I went to the Pike Place Market very late on a Tuesday afternoon after a dentist appointment. It was already about 5:15, when most farmers are packing up or have already left.

But I was in luck, for Erlinda, the erstwhile agent at Flower Garden, was still hard at work creating memorable bouquets.

Erlinda greeted me with delight and we agreed that I would purchase eight dahlias for $10 (such a deal!). Together we chose the most beautiful blossoms, which included four yellow-and-orange pom-pom dahlias (which I like because they last a long time) and three white dahlias with pink tips.

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

And here are Week Forty-Five’s fresh Pike Place Market flowers “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

For my major arrangement of Week Forty-Five, I planted the huge cabbage flower and one of the pink-and-white dahlias in an Asian-leaning matte black vase along with some greenery left over from prior weeks.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Cabbage Flower and Dahlia
Week Forty-Five: Cabbage Flower and Dahlia

One of the puffy yellow dahlias looks perky in my favorite baby-blue vase paired with leftover greenery and pussy-willow branches.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Yellow Dahlia in a Tall Blue Vase
Week Forty-Five: Single Yellow Dahlia in a Tall Blue Vase

One of the lacy pink-tinged dahlias looks magnificent in a pale-green glass pitcher my family  bought on a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, more than 50 years ago (!). The purple “flowers” underneath are actually cabbage flowers left over from Week Forty-Four.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlia in a Blue Buddha Vase

Buddha vases flank a clear glass vase, all backlighted in white light.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase
Week Forty-Five: Single Dahlias in Two Buddha Vases and Clear Glass Vase

We finish up Week Forty-Five with three small bouquets.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Five: Three Small Bouquets
Week Forty-Five: Three Small Bouquets
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Small Purple Cabbage Flowers in a Lilac Ceramic Vase

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

As I walked through the Pike Place Market during Week Forty-Four of the Bouquet-a-Week Project, it became increasingly apparent that the fresh flower season was beginning to wind down.

Instead of the plethora of brilliant-colored blossoms of all varieties, cabbage flowers and dried statice were much more in evidence than in prior weeks. And there were even bouquets made up entirely of dried flowers.

I chose a $10 bouquet from Erlinda at Flower Garden. A giant cabbage flower formed the focus of the bouquet, surrounded by white and multicolored dahlias. Sweet!

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

The cabbage flower looks like the rings of a planet when “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

Here are the fresh blossoms laid in a row.

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

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

The cabbage flower and smaller white flowers perch perfectly in a bulbous black vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Cabbage Flower, White Flowers, and Greenery
Week Forty-Four: Cabbage Flower, White Flowers, and Greenery

Dahlias and greenery perk up happily in a celadon Asian vase that started life as a Chinese rice-wine bottle, as described in the Bouquet-a-Week Project, Week Seventeen.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Variegated Dahlias in a Celadon Vase
Week Forty-Four: Variegated Dahlias in a Celadon Vase

Three small purple cabbage flowers and dahlias form a harmonious color combo in a lilac ceramic vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Small Purple Cabbage Flowers in a Lilac Ceramic Vase
Week Forty-Four: Small Purple Cabbage Flowers in a Lilac Ceramic Vase

And my “Van Gogh” vase, with its jaunty blue-and-white stripes, serves as the perfect vessel for a big orange dahlia.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Orange Dahlia in a Striped Vase
Week Forty-Four: Orange Dahlia in a Striped Vase

As the Asian lilies began to die, I cut them from their stems until only one was left. But it came back to life in this clear-glass vase backlighted in violet light.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Yellow Lily in a Glass Vase
Week Forty-Four: Yellow Lily in a Glass Vase

Here are four smaller vases, made of white and pink dahlias, to conclude the Bouquet-a-Week Project, Week Forty-Four.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Four: Four Small Bouquets
Week Forty-Four: Four Small Bouquets
Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Fresh Pike Place Market Flowers Laid in a Row

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

Dahlias and giant yellow Asian lilies formed the foundation of Week Forty-Three of the Bouquet-a-Week Project. Here is the fresh-from-the-Pike-Place-Market bouquet.

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

And here is the Week Forty-Three bouquet “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

And here are the Week Forty-Three blossoms laid in a row.

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

And “painted” in Waterlogue.

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

I couldn’t resist merging one of the yellow lilies with a fistful of the maroon dahlias in a dramatic matte-black Asian-style vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Yellow Asian Lily and Scarlet Dahlias
Week Forty-Three: Yellow Asian Lily and Scarlet Dahlias

Another dramatic arrangement of yellow dahlias and greenery in my favorite purple jellybean vase.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Single Dahlia in a Jellybean Vase
Week Forty-Three: Single Dahlia in a Jellybean Vase

I love the way Waterlogue painted the center of the single maroon dahlia that forms the focus of this unusual bouquet.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Black Dahlia in a Multicolored Ruby Vase
Week Forty-Three: Black Dahlia in a Multicolored Ruby Vase

Orange backlighting makes this single salmon-colored dahlia even more stunning than it already was.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Single Salmon Dahlia in a Green Buddha Vase
Week Forty-Three: Single Salmon Dahlia in a Green Buddha Vase

This unusual clear-glass circular vase props spiky orange dahlias perfectly.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Two Orange Dahlias in a Spherical Vase
Week Forty-Three: Two Orange Dahlias in a Spherical Vase

Here are the three small bouquets from Week Forty-Three.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Three Small Vases
Week Forty-Three: Three Small Vases

And here is a rearrangement of several of the major blossoms.

Braiden Blossoms Website Week Forty-Three: Two Yellow Lilies and Dahlias in an Asian Vase
Week Forty-Three: Two Yellow Lilies and Dahlias in an Asian Vase
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