My last floral arrangement with autumn flowers and foliage: Hydrangea, Dahlia, Veronica, Callicarpa.
My Flower Book (25): country-style bouquet August 10, 2010
In August many florists in Paris are closed for vacation, but the one near my home which proposes 5 bunches of flowers at 10 euros is still open during this period. I bought 10 euro’s flowers last weekend and have arranged these two country-style bouquets. Value for money.
I love these colors : orange, yellow, white, which are quite cheerful but announce already the coming of Autumn.
By the way, the 8th August is the first day of Autumn this year according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
My flower book (13): Chrysanthemum November 2, 2009
The 1st November was All Saint’s Day in most European countries. It’s the day when people go to cemetery for their lost family or friends. I don’t know if Chrysanthemum is always their first choice for this day’s flower, I have seen at Parisian florists’ a lot of other flowers like Lily, Hydrangea and Iris, etc., though there were many kinds of Chrysanthemum too.
However, Chrysanthemum is not a cemetery flower. In China, it is the symbol of longevity and rare species are very expensive and sought-after. Justchrys, the organisation pour the promotion of Chrysanthemum has done a great work to change the image of the flower in the West. I find that people begin to accept this flower and appreciate its beauty, it original scent and its variety.
I did this bouquet with 5 big burgundy red chrysanthemums and a kind of orange ones in the form of snowball. I like these colors of Autumn, the best season in a year.
Flowers in this bouquet:
– Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum / Chrysanthème / 菊花
– Celosia: Cocks comb / Célosie, Crête de coq / 鸡冠花
– Unknow foliage/seeds
My flower book (11) : Berries October 11, 2009
Many hedge plants have berries in Autumn. From my stroll along by the Seine River near Neuilly in Paris, I picked up a bundle of branches with all colors of berries which I’ve made a bouquet with.
Fruits can be as colorful as flowers, and they are the extension of flower’s life. The nature is a wonderful cycle.
My flower book (10): Rouge attitude September 21, 2009
Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn. For city dwellers, the first signs of the season are surely colors of trees and, if you love flowers, you may have noticed the new arrivals at florists’. At this time of year, the flowers most used for bouquets are chrysanthemum, dahlia, glad, berries, etc.
For my homework of the Florist’s course (at Natura-Dis school in France), I have to make 3 floral arrangements in 3 different vases with the same flowers. I have chosen Celosia as the star flower in these bouquets. The Celosia is also called “cocks comb” referring to its form and color.
I had made first 2 bouquets with a rectangular and a cube vase. The 3rd one withe the bowl was arranged one week later with the flowers recycled from the cube vase.
Flowers in theses bouquets:
– Celosia: Cocks comb/Célosie, crête de coq/鸡冠花
– Hypericum: St. John’s wort / Millepertuis / 金丝桃
– Ligustrum: Privet berries / Baies de Troène / 女贞树果
Lovely Justchrysanthemum ! September 10, 2009
It ‘s Autumn and the chrysanthemum is the flower of this season. The association JustChrysanthemum (see my back post) have just released their Autumn creations, as they do for each season.
However, I was a little surprised to see that their logo have taken also the colors of Autumn. A detail which gives life to this organisation working for one of the most lovely things in the world : the flower.