Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

Beijing’s Flower Market August 4, 2010

I have been in Beijing, my hom town, during July and have managed to visit a flower market.


In Beijing or other Chinese cities, you won’t see many florist’s shop. There are several big markets gathering dozens of flower shops, for trade or for retail.


I wanted to see the possibility for a Western florist to open a shop in Beijing. I’m still quite persuaded it will work, for two reasons.

On one hand, there is a need in China. I have seen several people with a bouquet in the street or even in restaurants — Chinese people do think of flowers when they have to make a gift.

On the other hand, the current offer in the market is not very satisfying. Most of Chinese florists have no professional traning and don’t have very accurate taste in line with international trends. They creations, though sometimes reflect the Chinese floral art style, are not original because everyone is doing the same thing.

With the Chinese people’s love for luxury and Western lifestyle, I’m sure that a luxury florist store like Lachaume of Paris can be a successful concept in Beijing. Maybe first among foreigners living there and fashionable Chineses, and then it would be possible to educate the Chinese and make the market bigger and bigger.


Here are some photos I’ve taken in the flower market I visited.

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My flower book (8) September 7, 2009

Rustic style floral basket :

 

rustic floral basket panier fleurs 花篮

 

 

 Sedum: Stonecrop / Orpin / 景天

Hypericum : St. John’s wort / Millepertuis / 金丝桃

Eucalyptus : Eucalyptus / 桉树

 

 

My flower book (3) : gift basket June 21, 2009

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

             I  arranged this basket of flowers for the dinner of a friend. He was invited by his Chinese professor. That is why I’ve chosen Peony as the principal flower in this bouquet. Peony is the symbole of wealth and power in China, and is also China’s national flower.

 

           I’ve put floral foam blocs in the basket and have plunged flowers in the moss. Normally if we water the blocs everyday, the flowers and last at least one week, like in a vase.

 

In this bouquet :

 

Paeonia : Peony / Pivoine / 牡丹

Ranunculus : Ranunculus / Renoncule / 毛莨

Viburnum : Snowball / Boule de neige, Viorne / 木绣球, 绣球荚迷

– Foliage / Feuillage / 绿叶

 

For those who are interested in making floral arrangements at home, I think it would be useful to compute the price of this creation (I’m in Paris and I bought the flowers in early May at a florist’s in the 16th arrondissement, which is rather expensive)

– Flowers: 70 €

– Basket: 15 €

– Floral foam: 5 €