Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

Peony at Parc Floral Paris April 30, 2012

牡丹 (Mu Dan) &  芍药 (Shao Yao) 

Peony is one of my favorite flowers. In Chinese, the two types of peonies have completely different names, but they belong to the same family: Paeoniaceae. 

In English, their name reflects more obviously the difference : Tree Peony and Herbaceous (bush) Peony. Tree peony flowers are supported by woody branches and lose their leaves in winter while leaving woody stems; bush peonies have non-woody, green stems, they die back in winter and regrow in spring. Tree peonies have bigger flowers and they bloom 15-30 days earlier then herbaceous peonies. 

Tree Peony, 牡丹 (mǔdān), is the national flower of China, it is also known as “flower of riches and honour”. In Chinese culture, Tree Peony is also called “King of Flowers” while Herbaceous Peony is called the “Prime Minister of Flowers”. 

Thanks to a Japanese donation, Parc Floral of Paris hosts a large collection of Peonies. End April, begging May is the season of Tree Peonies, while some of Herbaceous Peonies are not yet in bloom.

 

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The language of flowers April 2, 2012

France La Poste released a series of stamps with the languages of flowers.  

Although today nobody offers flowers according to their language (except for some most symbolic ones such as Rose, chrysanthemum, Lily of the Valley, etc.), and I am the first to buy flowers just for their natural beauty, I  also believe that a flower and the gesture of offering a flower would become more meaningful if we try to compose a message with them. 

Arum Lily: Ardour

Tulip: Love

Rose: Passion

Violet: Modesty

Pansy: Affection

Lily of the Valley: Happiness

Iris: Tenderness

Dahlia: Admiration 

Poppy: Delight

Peony: Generosity

Daisy: Attraction

Carnation: Loyalty

 

My flower book (33): Ikebana September 17, 2011

To those who have waited patiently during 5 monthes, I dedicate my latest bouquets, also my first trials of Ikebana. 

Thanks for your loyalty and your encouragement. I have never abandoned the flowers. 

 

 

 

 

 

My Flower Book (31): Peony March 6, 2011


Peonies are already available at florists’. Although knowing they are greenhouse cultured, I can’t resist to their charm. further more, the ones I  bought yesterday smelled so good, just like garden ones. And I found Mooseberry (Viburnum) flowers to match them, how resist ?


Moosberry or Cranberry (Viburnum) is one of my favorite foliages. Between a flower and leaves, it has the most perfect pastel color and the most delicate posture to match pastel colored spring flowers.

Vase Haviland

 


 

My flower Book (24): Chanel exhibition August 10, 2010

One of my Floral Art home work is to create a symmetrical composition for the desktop of an exhibition where photos of Coco Chanel are shown. I have to say that professors of my floral art school, Natura-Dis, are quite creative for homework subjects. I will do another one shortly also for a famous lady, but I keep the theme secret for the moment.


So for the Chanel arrangement, I chose red and white as major colors because they are the colors of camellia, the flower of Chanel, and also because the match of these two colors is very chic.


I used 4 species of flowers:

– Polianthes tuberosa: Tuberose/ Tubéreuse / 晚香玉

– Rosa

– Paeonia

– Amaranthus

 

My flower book (3) : gift basket June 21, 2009

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flower basket panier fleurs 花篮

             I  arranged this basket of flowers for the dinner of a friend. He was invited by his Chinese professor. That is why I’ve chosen Peony as the principal flower in this bouquet. Peony is the symbole of wealth and power in China, and is also China’s national flower.

 

           I’ve put floral foam blocs in the basket and have plunged flowers in the moss. Normally if we water the blocs everyday, the flowers and last at least one week, like in a vase.

 

In this bouquet :

 

Paeonia : Peony / Pivoine / 牡丹

Ranunculus : Ranunculus / Renoncule / 毛莨

Viburnum : Snowball / Boule de neige, Viorne / 木绣球, 绣球荚迷

– Foliage / Feuillage / 绿叶

 

For those who are interested in making floral arrangements at home, I think it would be useful to compute the price of this creation (I’m in Paris and I bought the flowers in early May at a florist’s in the 16th arrondissement, which is rather expensive)

– Flowers: 70 €

– Basket: 15 €

– Floral foam: 5 €