Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (my flower book 38) January 1, 2013

My first trial of Wreath, with white and red flowers. 

Wish everybody a Happy 2013! 

Wreath couronne fleur flower floral art red white

courrone wreath flower fleur art floral

couronne wreath flower fleur art floral

 

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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

 


 

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.

 


 

Good news : result of Floral Art Contest April 7, 2010

I’ve just been informed that I’ve got the third prize in the Floral Art Contest organised by my school Natura-Dis.

The jury found my arrangement a little high for a table center piece (that I agree) but really creative and harmonious.

I’m quite happy about the result. Anyway, this is the first contest I am in. I think I can do better next time.

To see my creation’s pictures, click here.

 

Here is the Winners’ creations in my group: classic vegetative style.

 

 

My flower book (22): Parrot Tulip bush March 24, 2010

Parrot Tulip is my favorite in the family of tulips. I like their irregular and multicolored petals which give them a less “artificial” look then other tulips.

 

In this creation I used some branches of Grefsheim Spirea to make the base. This horizontal arrangement looks just like a spring bush with little new pale green leaves!

 

     

      

Since I have mentioned the types of tulips, here is the categorization from the website www.tulipes-mania.fr:

– Single Tulips 

         

– Double Tulips

         

– Lily-flowered Tulips

         

– Fringed Tulips

         

– Parrot Tulips