Monday, March 4, 2019

In a vase at the NWFG Show

When people refer to the NWFG Show as "the flower show" it always surprises me. Of course it is called the NW FLOWER and Garden Show (or er, Festival), but I think of it as the garden show. The one place where flowers do reign supreme is in the Floral Competition. Here are my favorite entries...

Atlantis, from Laura Mitchell and Young Flowers.

Parts of this one I really liked, others not so much. I didn't really understand the overall shape, and didn't care for the white plastic pieces embedded in the moss (I assume they were plastic, I didn't touch them).

The base was very well done, everything mushed together just so.

I admire their ability to get the Mammillaria gracilis var. fragilis tucked in there tightly.

I know from experience they are not easy to work with, one touch and bits are rolling everywhere.

Kaleidoscope from Gregory Jay Ducat.

I liked the fact this one was 99% flowers

But I don't understand why it's named Kaleidoscope.

And my favorite part was jutting off the back of the display, where most people couldn't even see it.

Path to Mindfulness from La Vassar Florists, I somehow missed taking a photo of the sign for this one, so I can't give you a specific name of the designer.

Even though I chatted with her as she replaced faded pieces of foliage and flowers.

She told me about the PVC framework her husband built for the display and I think she said it was leaking, that's why she had to return on Thursday morning to spiff things up. How frustrating that must be, to get done with an elaborate design, and then have something go wrong.

It was pretty fabulous though, lots of different elements tucked in, all working together harmoniously.

The green trick Dianthus mixed with tiny chartreuse Chrysanthemums was my favorite part.

Next is Parisian Gardens by the staff at Fena Flowers.

Truth be told I edited this photo and the one above and I thought to myself, "I don't remember such a flat display, how odd..."

Then I came to this image. Huh. A clear vase that was nearly invisible when you focused on the succulents at its base. I think it worked better as a flat display.

Next is El Inferno Verde, from Franchesca Rivera-Fobes at Shady Vines Floral Company.

I like it's traditional shape.

And the exuberant flowers it contains.

Finally Tropical Delight, from Mr Jay E. Jensen - Dutch Master, at Grant & Jensen Floral Events. I scoured their website to find some reference to why Mr Jensen is a Dutch Master but found none.

Whatever the reason, I do love this arrangement.

Almost monochromatic, but not quite.

Decadent in it's use of Anthurium.

It's going down as one of my all-time favorites.

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  1. I seem to enjoy the floral display more after bloggers post about them. My own pictures never come out right since the display is up against the morning light, and arrive very early. The more I look at "Atlantis", the more a love it and I appreciate it's "under water-like" scene.
    On Wednesday morning, when I was at the show, "Path to Mindfulness" was already being tinkered with by the designer. This is the first time I see it from the front and I absolutely love it.

    1. The location is a problem! I took most of these photos at about 7:45 on Thursday morning. I was there for the tweet-up at 7:30 and realized the light wasn't half bad and there were no people in the way.

  2. Tropical Delight for my taste is the one arrangement that works as a whole. All the others are way too overdone and, like you, I only like little bits and areas of them. My response always surprises me as I think of myself as a more is more kind of gal.

    1. Funny I would put you in the artful minimalist category.

  3. That's a nice closeup shot of the Anthurium in the last one showing the subtle details of its colors. I think my favorite was El Inferno Verde, for the black Scabiosa. I wish they would display these in a different spot, the lighting is bad against that bright window not just for pictures but for looking at them as well. You got some excellent photos.

    1. I took my photos at the tweet-up, when we were gathered waiting to get in. The light wasn't awful at that early hour.

  4. Such loveliness but why were you not exhibiting? You make some of the most beautiful arrangements. I think I like the last one best but mainly because it looks perfect for a large table in the entrance of a fine a hotel which is where I would normally see something like this. The urn in which it is displayed just has that little touch of color in the ridges which makes it a perfect choice.

    1. Ha! Thanks Jennifer, but these are professionals. Can you imagine me assuming a place with them, that would be hilarious.

  5. Some nice offerings this year. The big, overdone arrangements are always a bit like the latest clothing fashions at big shows; interesting but who would actually wear that. It's interesting to see parts of the creations that might inspire our own arrangements.

  6. My guess about Mr. Jensen is that 'Dutch Master' may be the Name of his floral business.

  7. Oops, should read more carefully. Well, my new guess is he specializes in Dutch Master still-life types of arrangements.

    1. You're probably right, but it just seems so OVER THE TOP to have to list it like that. Like he's justifying thousands of dollars he spent to be accredited as a DUTCH MASTER.

  8. I can see why you like the Anthurium arrangement but my favorite is "El Inferno Verde" even if it's stuffed to the gills with plants and flowers (or, given my own proclivities, maybe that's why I like it).

    1. Yes, that seems like the one you would like the best!


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