Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (my flower book 38) January 1, 2013

My first trial of Wreath, with white and red flowers. 

Wish everybody a Happy 2013! 

Wreath couronne fleur flower floral art red white

courrone wreath flower fleur art floral

couronne wreath flower fleur art floral

 

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My Flower Book (37): colors & textures November 25, 2012

I like the contrast of complementary colors and different textures in a bouquet: purple-yellow, blue-orange, red-green; silky-rough, airy-leafy…The strong contrast makes a bouquet more dynamic. 

By composing this classic round bouquet with pink Roses, red Sedum and purple Statice, I added a touch of white Camomile as well as some yellow Roses which has the same color as the heart of Camomile. Suddenly the bouquet becomes less statutary, more dynamic. The green Poppy fruits make the bouquet more playful. 

 

My flower book (36): autumn bouquet October 21, 2012

My last floral arrangement with autumn flowers and foliage: Hydrangea, Dahlia, Veronica, Callicarpa. 

 

Chelsea Flower Show : Floral Designs July 8, 2012

The Floral design is not the most important part of Chelsea Flower Show. I didn’t expect much thus really had some surprises. There are 2 major displays for Floral arrangements: one in the Floral Design Marquee, the other in the Great Pavillion. 

Among all the arrangements, my favorite was Stephen McDonnell’s “Firework”. I’m not a fan of contemporary Floral Art using Sculpture technic and artificial materials than just fresh flowers, but this arrangement really impressed me by its beautiful curves, dynamic colors and the valorization of the flowers. 

Other arrangements of some interest: 

 

 

Chelsea Flower Show: Nurseries June 3, 2012

The Great Pavilion is the centerpiece of the show where features all nurseries, flower growers, plant societies and florists.

Actually each nursery is specialized in a specific kind or family of flowers. In a very limited space (most stands are around 4-5 m2, the display or the merchandising is very important to valorize the flowers. I saw some nurseries with the same speciality, orchids for example, but their stands looked so different: some were more attractive than the others. 

Of course the display varies also according to different types of flowers. Most long-stemmed cut flowers are displayed in a regular shape as a floral arrangement sticked in floral foam. My favorites are herbaceous “wild” style flowers that are often displayed as in the nature or in a cottage garden: meaning a voluntarily neglected style but carefully arranged in reality. 

Here is the ranking of my favorite stands: 

  • Gold Medal : Culm View Nursery, Herbaceous Perennial specialist 

  •  Silver Medal: D’Arcy & Everest, Specialist Alpine Nursery & Gardens 

 
  • Bronze Medal: (after hesitating for long) goes to Jacques Amand International, Bulbous Plants Specialist 

 
Of course many other nurseries are of special interest. Here are more pictures. 
The Tokonoma by Binny Plants, Peonies Specialist
 
 Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
Harveys Garden Plants, shade and woodland plants, hardy herbaceous plants
McBean’s Orchids
Thorncroft Clematis, early summer flowering clematis
David Austin Roses, bridal bouquet collection
Peter Beales, classic roses
National Chrysanthemum Society
Waitrose & NFU, Fruit, flowers, vegetables & plants
Waitrose & NFU, Fruit, flowers, vegetables & plants
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, orchids
 

Chelsea Flower Show 2012 June 2, 2012

Courtesy RHS Lindley Library

For the first time since I heard about it, I managed to attend the famous Chelsea Flower Show held in London every year in May. 

The Chelsea Flower Show, launched in 1913 (100 anniversary next year!) has a very  long history. It has always contained both nursery exhibits and model gardens from the beginning. 

It is also the flower show most associated with the Royal family, who attend the opening day every year. This year several features including exhibitions of photographs and a themed floristry competitions and a floral arrangement display were held to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. 

The Show mascot of this year is the Iris unguicularis “Mary Barnard” from RHS (The Royal Horticultural Society) Lindley Library. 

I was quite impressed by the passion of British people for flowers and garden. It was a very nice experience that I’m going to share in following posts through different categories. Like the show awards for best stands with gold/silver/bronze medals, I have an idea of my personal rankings.

 

 

A flower day in Paris April 2, 2012

Paris is a city of flowers. An escapade in Paris can bring you to the most unexpected yet fascinating encounter with flowers. 

One of my “flower days” begins at Saint-Honoré, when I first come across a ready-to-wear boutique whose window was decorated with delicate Spring flowers. 

 

boutique fleur flower decoration

 

Then I succumb to the charms of some Champaign-colored delicious English roses. 

 

English roses anglaises champagne champaign color bouquet

English roses anglaises champagne champaign color bouquet

Vase: Gien collection “Circus” 

 

When I get home, the branch of peach flowers I brought back from a promenade greet me with the most elegant and delicate posture, bathed in soft light of sunset. 

 

vase branch branche fleur blanc white

Vase: Haviland “Impératrice Eugénie”