Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

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

         

 

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…

 

 

My flower book (14): Round bouquet November 30, 2009

I haven’t done any floral arrangement for a long time, because I work actually at a florist shop… paradoxical, but it’s true. I have now less time to create my bouquets on Sunday and my approach to floral art is a little different: that is why I arranged a round bouquet this week instead of a doing my arrangement directly in the vase, as usual.

  

However, I didn’t create a classical round bouquet. I put similar colors and flowers together instead of spreading them in the bouquet.

 

 Here is the bouquet from three angles :

 

 

 Flowers used :

 – Iris: Iris / Iris / 鸢尾

Brassica: Kale / Chou / 甘蓝

Limonium: Sea Lavender, Statice / Lavande de mer, Statice / 补血草,勿忘我,不凋花

 

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.

  Bouquet floral arrangement création art 插花

 

 

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 (12): Lilies October 25, 2009

Bouquet floral arrangement art design 插花

 

 

In this scented green bouquet:

  

Lilium longiflorum: Lily longiflorum / Lis / 麝香百合

 

Calla: Calla lily / Arum / 海芋

 

– Unknown green reeds with branch

 

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.

  

bouquet floral arrangement celosia 鸡冠花插花

 Flowers in theses bouquets:

 

Celosia: Cocks comb/Célosie, crête de coq/鸡冠花

 

– Grass/Graminée/禾本观赏植物

 

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

 

Ligustrum: Privet berries / Baies de Troène / 女贞树果

 bouquet floral arrangement vase boule bowl 球形花瓶 插花