Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

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
 

My flower book (34): colorful autumn flowers October 8, 2011

 Enjoy the last flowers with the colors of sunshine. 

Winter is coming, we’ll settle for warehouse flowers until March !

 

 

 

My flower book (33): Ikebana September 17, 2011

To those who have waited patiently during 5 monthes, I dedicate my latest bouquets, also my first trials of Ikebana. 

Thanks for your loyalty and your encouragement. I have never abandoned the flowers. 

 

 

 

 

 

My flower book (32): inspired by Paula Pryke April 10, 2011

My latest book acquisition was Paula Pryke’s “The Ultimate Floral Collection: A Celebration of Flower Design”, which inspired me for this bouquet composed with flowers with very different length.

I totally agree with Paula’s floral design vision: “My own personal style and preference is for natural, abundant and romantic flowers. I prefer simple arrangements with a wild twist. (…) I dislike over-worked fussy designs and prefer the flowers to speak for themselves. I like to think that in my work the flowers are the stars of the arrangement. I hope my input enhances the beauty of the plant material without being too dominant, and that my style is accessible to all.


Courtesy Paula Pryke

 

My Flower Book (31): Peony March 6, 2011


Peonies are already available at florists’. Although knowing they are greenhouse cultured, I can’t resist to their charm. further more, the ones I  bought yesterday smelled so good, just like garden ones. And I found Mooseberry (Viburnum) flowers to match them, how resist ?


Moosberry or Cranberry (Viburnum) is one of my favorite foliages. Between a flower and leaves, it has the most perfect pastel color and the most delicate posture to match pastel colored spring flowers.

Vase Haviland