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. 

 

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” 

 

My flower book (28): spring buds February 13, 2011

After the Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival, the season begins to change.

Many signs indicate the spring’s approaching this week: green buds on plants, blackbirds singing all day long to attract females, daytime becoming longer and longer…

My last bouquet is composed with flowers and branches with a spring touch.

– Salix gracilistyla: Rosegold Pussy Willow/Saule/银芽柳

–  Craspedia: Billy buttons/Craspedia/金槌花

– Molucella: Bells of Ireland/ Clochette d’Irlande/贝壳花

– Eucharis: Amazon Lily/Lys d’Amazonie/油加律,亚马逊百合

– Hypericum: Hypericum/Millepertuis/金丝桃


 

My Flower Book (27): Spring contrast January 23, 2011

My last bouquet was composed with flowers bought on a Sunday market. Flowers on the markets are fresher and generally they come from horticulturists in the region or sometimes just from ordinary people who have a garden and too much flowers so they sell them (although I don’t think we can have too much flowers…).

At the moment their aren’t many kinds of flowers, and even the bulb spring flowers are cultivated in greenhouse or they come from the South, warn coountries.

Though quite limited in choices, I found some beautiful flowers: blue hyacinth, orange tulip and yellow mimosa. This forms a very gay spring bouquet with contrasting colors. Normally I prefer bouquets with the same color tone (different shades of a same color or very closed colors familly), but this time I’m really convinced by the contrast colors.

We should always try different things, and to surpass oneself.

 


 

My flower book (25): Lady Diana September 5, 2010

Following my last arrangement for Chanel, the composition of today has been created for another famous lady: the Princess Diana.


Yes it’s also a topic from my flower school’s homeworks. It’s about a sympathy arrangement to be placed in front of the statue of Pont de l’Alma, in Paris, where Lady Diana had her car accident and passed away.


I choosed Automn flowers and fruits to make a seasonal composition with chearful colors, instead of a conventional sad arrangement for this kind of occasions.


Flowers used in this arrangements are:

–  Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum/Chrysanthème/菊花

Gerbera: Gerbera/Gerbera/非洲菊

Hydrangea: Hortensia/Hydrangea/八仙花,绣球

Hypericum: Hypericum/Millepertuis/金丝桃,黄海棠

Amaranthus: Amaranthe/Joseph’s-coat/尾穗苋

– Rubus: Blackberry/Mûre/复盆子

Kniphofia: Torch Lily/Faux aloès/火炬百合

Nigella: Love in a Mist/Nigelles de Damas/黑种草

 

My flower book (18): black and white January 26, 2010

Though we are still in cold winter, spring flowers can already be found everywhere at florists’. I think flowers are as import for our spirits as for aesthetic reasons.

  

I arranged a bouquet last week with just a few branches of Prunus in the black narrow glass vase of Villeroy & Bosh I talked about in a previous post. This week, in order to use the branches in another way, I’ve chosen 3 black arums and 3 white Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) to arrange a black-and-white bouquet in a Ikea pitcher.

 

 

Flowers used in this bouquet:

 

Calla: Calla lily/ Arum/ 马蹄莲

Agapanthus: Lily of the Nile/ Agapanthus/ 百子莲

Prunus

Aspidistra (leaf): Aspidistra/ Langue-de-belle-mère / 蜘蛛抱蛋, 一叶兰, 箬叶

 

My flower book (15): Tulips December 7, 2009

On the left is a simple bouquet of orange tulips for home decoration.

 

On the right is a round bouquet of tulips and buttercups to offer at an informal visit.

 

The orange color is cheerful in winter, when it rains a lot in Paris. Although I can’t help from keeping thinking that the tulips come from the hydroculture in Holland, but not a Spring field…