Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

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. 


Spring 2012 Window at Printemps, Paris April 8, 2012

Parisian Department Store Printemps continues the theme “FLOWER” for their window decoration of Spring 2012.

The new collections of this season are absolutely gorgeous ! The color trend is a combination of pastel/sorbet pink, orange, violet colors with flashy yellow, green, fuchsia, hot red…


flower floral fleurs décoration decoration fashion paris magasin

flower floral fleurs décoration decoration fashion paris magasin

flower floral fleurs décoration decoration fashion paris magasin maison


My flower book (26): latest arrangements November 20, 2010

I have been  very busy recently but I’ve never stopped doing floral arrangement each week.

In fact, after a stressing and exhausting week, my biggest pleasure and the best way to relax is to buy some flowers and arrange a bouquet.

Here I post some of my latest bouquets.


Blue roses and purple carnations : ethics in the Floral Industry March 5, 2010

I have just come upon the 2010 spring-summer advertising compaign of the Spanish brand Loewe, with Daria Werbowy. The top model posed in front of a wall covered with creeper and…BLUE Orchids! I have to admit that the blue orchids made me quite uncomfortable.







 Courtesy Loewe






Everyone who has a little knowledge about flowers knows that this variety of Orchid, Phalaenopsis, exists only in white, rose, mauve, and rarely yellow colors. Although the flowers utilized in the shooting were artificial, it could mislead consumers. Furthermore, it is not only a question of aesthetics, but can be ethics.


We are talking more and more about ethics in the floral industry : environment, sustainable development, energy, fair trade, etc. Today I am treating another problem: Transgenesis.


Let’s see the introduction of a laboratory, Florigene:” Florigene uses genetic modification technology to bridge genetic gaps and rapidly deliver valuable improvements to flower species. The improvements to flowers – whether in shape, colour, vase life, disease resistance or other characteristics – have historically been achieved by cross-breeding of existing varieties. Florigene Moon carnations are an exquisite range of unique carnation varieties.” The company’s famous Moon carnations is a collection of carnations whose color varies from light lavanda to dark purple, which don’t exist in the nature. And the copany is working for, apparently, creating blue roses – not tinted blue roses that we can find at the Saint Valentine’s Day (how horrible!), but really “natural” blue roses.

Florigene Moonlite Standard Carnation

Courtesy Florigene

I am not judging the commercial action of Florigene. Anyway, I am not against improving flowers’ vase life and disease resistance by using modern biological and genetic technologies. And new varieties and cultivars of plants have always been created, by crossing other varieties. However, I am always getting shocked by seeing artificial-colored flowers.


As for all others ethics subjects, each person may have his own opinion. Personally, I will never use blue roses or purple carnations in my floral arrangements.


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.



bouquet berries baies automn 秋天果实 插花






Vegetables May 6, 2009

garlic ail 蒜lettuce leitue 生菜





 “Flower” means plant or vegetative for me, which includes flowers, leaves,  branches and even vegetables. In the nature, all can be beautiful, even the most ordinary things.


Here are pictures of garlic and lettuce taken in a morning market in Paris. I like their coulours, so smooth and juicy.