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: 

 

 

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 (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 (9): Unique September 21, 2009

I am reading Jeff Leatham’s books about floral design and his famous floral decoration at the hotel Georges V in Paris. One of Jeff’s signature statement is to display a bunch of flowers sideways in a big glass vase.

  

On the left is one of Jeff’s creation, and on the right is mine of glads and grass imitating his style.

  

Florists are inventing technic more and more difficult and complicated to create gorgeous floral sculpture. However, what I prefer personally is always simple and natural bouquets without complicated technique but with good taste for color and harmony.

  

art floral Jeff Leatham amaryllis 孤挺花glad glaïeul bouquet floral design 剑兰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture on the left: Courtesy Jeff Leatham