Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

LaChaume painter July 8, 2012

One of these rare sunny days of Summer 2012 in Paris, very surprisingly I ran into a painter in front of Florist Lachaume’s window. My first reaction was: how she dares! Knowing that Lachaume is the only florist in Paris (as far as I know) who announces at its entry “No photo, no visit”. Therefore, I have never entered this emblematic Parisian florist store. 

That’s why I couldn’t prevent myself wondering if this is a PR event, and if so, on whose initiative ? Because apparently the painter is quite good at marketing too: look at the logo on her box and her stool, the way she is dressed (hat, apron, long skirt) and her old-style palette ! 

PR or spontaneous action, it was a pleasant scene, a magic moment, just like the slogan of Lachaume “Le Magicien de l’Ephémère” : The Magician of fleeting (beauty). 

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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” 

 

Delicious flowers

 

I guess the small white flowers must be very delicious. During the 15 minutes I watched him, the horse never raised his head!

 

horse cheval fleur flower eat spring white prunier peach flower

horse cheval fleur flower eat spring white prunier peach flower

Location: Near US, a small town in Ile-de-France region, France 

 

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.

 


 

Dahlia at Parc Floral Paris: 2 weeks later September 18, 2010

I returned to Parc Floral of Paris 2 weeks after my last post on Dahlia competition. The flowers bloomed better than 2 weeks ago and it was really difficult to say which one I prefered. However, I think my favorite ones are those which have a pompom shape.


By the way, I took these pictures with my new camera, SONY NEX 5, the most compact bridge camera which just came out. I’m quite satisfied with it, although I didn’t take the pictures with a macro lens for close-up views, they are quite clean-cut and the colors are beautiful for a very sunny day.



 

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

 

Dahlia competition at Parc Floral of Paris August 24, 2010

The Parc Floral is located in the east of Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes, one of the 2 artificial forests at the gate of Paris.


Currently there is a competition of Dahlia flowers in the Park. This is a tradition of the Park since 1992.  I’d like to share some pictures with you.


Which one do you prefer? You can go and vote for your favorite variety until late September.