Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

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.

 


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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.

 

Interflora February 28, 2010

       

 

The 13th Interflora World Cup Competition will be held on Friday 26 March 2010 through until Sunday 28 March 2010 in Shanghai together with a unique spectacular floral fashion event presented by leading floral designers.

 

This is the first time the Interflora World Cup Competition has been staged in China and will showcase the city of Shanghai.

Interflora, being active in China through the partnership with Uniflorist since 2008, is developing the Chinese market of fresh cut flowers. I hope their marketing effort would change Chineses’ flower offering habits. However, I am not so sure that they will much improve the taste for floral art of the average Chinese, because even in Europe (at least in France) the bouquets of Interflora are not quite sophisticated nor original.

 

 

Vegetables May 6, 2009

garlic ail 蒜lettuce leitue 生菜

 

 

 

 

 
 “Flower” means plant or vegetative for me, which includes flowers, leaves,  branches and even vegetables. In the nature, all can be beautiful, even the most ordinary things.

 

Here are pictures of garlic and lettuce taken in a morning market in Paris. I like their coulours, so smooth and juicy.

 

Tulip April 24, 2009

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Tulip is  the flowering plant which has the most different species, about 150 all over the world. Tulips are always associated with Holland, which is the biggest producer of tulips and the horticultural center of Europe, even the world.

I went to Holland last year to visit the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction and tulips fields. Actually, it’s difficult to find the sea of flowers as in my imagination. The fields were split and surrounded by buildings. I realized that the pictures we saw about Holland and its Tulips had avoided these things…

So the best place to see tulips is in theme parks, like the Keukenhof Tulips Park near Amsterdam.

In Paris, there are also many varieties of tulips in public gardens, as Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Floral de Vincennes where I took these photos.