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. 

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Chelsea Flower Show : Floral Designs July 8, 2012

The Floral design is not the most important part of Chelsea Flower Show. I didn’t expect much thus really had some surprises. There are 2 major displays for Floral arrangements: one in the Floral Design Marquee, the other in the Great Pavillion. 

Among all the arrangements, my favorite was Stephen McDonnell’s “Firework”. I’m not a fan of contemporary Floral Art using Sculpture technic and artificial materials than just fresh flowers, but this arrangement really impressed me by its beautiful curves, dynamic colors and the valorization of the flowers. 

Other arrangements of some interest: 

 

 

Chelsea Flower Show: Nurseries June 3, 2012

The Great Pavilion is the centerpiece of the show where features all nurseries, flower growers, plant societies and florists.

Actually each nursery is specialized in a specific kind or family of flowers. In a very limited space (most stands are around 4-5 m2, the display or the merchandising is very important to valorize the flowers. I saw some nurseries with the same speciality, orchids for example, but their stands looked so different: some were more attractive than the others. 

Of course the display varies also according to different types of flowers. Most long-stemmed cut flowers are displayed in a regular shape as a floral arrangement sticked in floral foam. My favorites are herbaceous “wild” style flowers that are often displayed as in the nature or in a cottage garden: meaning a voluntarily neglected style but carefully arranged in reality. 

Here is the ranking of my favorite stands: 

  • Gold Medal : Culm View Nursery, Herbaceous Perennial specialist 

  •  Silver Medal: D’Arcy & Everest, Specialist Alpine Nursery & Gardens 

 
  • Bronze Medal: (after hesitating for long) goes to Jacques Amand International, Bulbous Plants Specialist 

 
Of course many other nurseries are of special interest. Here are more pictures. 
The Tokonoma by Binny Plants, Peonies Specialist
 
 Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
Harveys Garden Plants, shade and woodland plants, hardy herbaceous plants
McBean’s Orchids
Thorncroft Clematis, early summer flowering clematis
David Austin Roses, bridal bouquet collection
Peter Beales, classic roses
National Chrysanthemum Society
Waitrose & NFU, Fruit, flowers, vegetables & plants
Waitrose & NFU, Fruit, flowers, vegetables & plants
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, orchids
 

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 (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.




 

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 (25): country-style bouquet August 10, 2010

In August many florists in Paris are closed for vacation, but the one near my home which proposes 5 bunches of flowers at 10 euros is still open during this period. I bought 10 euro’s flowers last weekend and have arranged these two country-style bouquets. Value for money.


I love these colors : orange, yellow, white, which are quite cheerful but announce already the coming of Autumn.

By the way, the 8th August is the first day of Autumn this year according to the Chinese lunar calendar.