Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

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.




 

Beijing’s Flower Market August 4, 2010

I have been in Beijing, my hom town, during July and have managed to visit a flower market.


In Beijing or other Chinese cities, you won’t see many florist’s shop. There are several big markets gathering dozens of flower shops, for trade or for retail.


I wanted to see the possibility for a Western florist to open a shop in Beijing. I’m still quite persuaded it will work, for two reasons.

On one hand, there is a need in China. I have seen several people with a bouquet in the street or even in restaurants — Chinese people do think of flowers when they have to make a gift.

On the other hand, the current offer in the market is not very satisfying. Most of Chinese florists have no professional traning and don’t have very accurate taste in line with international trends. They creations, though sometimes reflect the Chinese floral art style, are not original because everyone is doing the same thing.

With the Chinese people’s love for luxury and Western lifestyle, I’m sure that a luxury florist store like Lachaume of Paris can be a successful concept in Beijing. Maybe first among foreigners living there and fashionable Chineses, and then it would be possible to educate the Chinese and make the market bigger and bigger.


Here are some photos I’ve taken in the flower market I visited.

 

My flower book (19): Lilies February 3, 2010

Lily is not favorite flower. Generally I prefer small naturel style fragile-looking flowers with irregular petals and foliage. As you can see, the lily flower has noting to do with the style I described. The only sort of lily I like is the longiflorum which has long, narrow and cream-colored flowers.

 

However, when I saw these orange lilies with their cute little buttons, I felt very keen to decorate my hall with them. I knew that with the heat at home, the buttons would be open very soon and this can last all the week, maybe even longer. In order to have a denser bouquet, I have chosen white Peruvian lilies and arranged them lower than the lilies.

 

Usually we pick off pistil of lily because pollen can stain the flowers. Here I have left them because I like their brown color with give a dynamic touch to the bouquet.

 

 

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 (2) : Evolution of a bouquet June 21, 2009

bouquet arrangement floral 插花

bouquet arrangement floral 插花

bouquet arrangement floral 插花

 

 

 

A bouquet is never still, it is always in movement and evoluates just like the nature. At each moment it changes the color, volume and form.

 

The 3 pictures of this bouquet were taken the first, the third and the fifth day after its creation.

It is composed of :

 

Lilium : Lily / Lys /百合

Freesia : Freesia / Frésia /小苍兰

Alstroemeria hybrida : Peruvian Lily /Alstromère, lis des Incas, lis du Pérou / 六出花,秘鲁百合