Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

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.

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Flower painters (2): Vincent Vin Gogh March 9, 2010

 Apart from his famous Sunflowers, Vincent Vin Gogh (Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853-1890) has left us numerous other still life paintings, especially vases of flowers. Here are some of his flower paintings, less famous than the Sunflowers, but as wonderful as them. This is the kind of paintings that I would decorate my home with.

A real genius, Vincent.

Vincent Van Gogh        

     

     

    

Courtesy Vincent Van Gogh and owners of the paintings

 

My Flower Book (16) : Merry Christmas December 21, 2009

Christmas is coming ! 

  

Although the sunflower does not blossom in winter, its bright yellow color is so gay to warm the cold winter and to decorate the holidays, I chose it for my Christmas decoration this week. The sequined foliage is perfect to give more Christmas atmosphere…

Besides the small Christmas tree, I arranged a another bouquet with floral foam. Red and green are Christmas’s colors too.

 

Merry Christmas !                      

     

On the left :

Helianthus annuus: Sunflower / Tournesol / 向日葵

– Foliage / feuillage / 绿叶

 

On the right :

Abies: Fir tree / Sapin / 冷杉

Dianthus: Carnation / Oeillet / 康乃馨

 

 

 

Alps mountain flowers August 18, 2009

I passed the weekend of 15th August, which is a holiday in France, in a small Swiss village in the Alps Mountains, just beside the Lake Geneva. This was not the first time I’ve been to this area but the first time in August. The nature was scenic, the weather was mild…It was very difficult to come back to Paris and go to work.

 

Suisse self-service flowers garden fleurs 摘花

Suisse flower garden fleurs jardin 瑞士 花园

Suisse flower garden fleurs jardin 瑞士 花园

 Suisse flower garden fleurs jardin dahlia 瑞士 花园 大丽花Suisse flower garden fleurs jardin sunflower tournesol 瑞士 花园 向日葵

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Swiss farmer had planted flowers in his garden and at the moment when I passed, he made his garden a “self-service flower market” where you can pick flowers yourself. The Dahlias were so beautiful under the blue sky.

 

  alpes wild flowers fleurs 阿尔卑斯山野花Suiss flower fleurs mountain alpes 阿尔卑斯山野花alpes flowers wild fleurs 阿尔卑斯山野花

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 At the Furka Pass in the Alps, at 2500 meters of altitude, the mild flowers were very colorful thanks to the sunshine.