Friday, February 10, 2017

Using Driftwood Arrangement and Free Style Arrangement

The driftwood, I found in the park few months ago. I used it as a main part of the arrangement. 
The Winter berry branches were left from previous arrangement. I placed two stones in one side of the container to lift up the driftwood, added moss to naturalize the look.
Red berry and yellow rose are color contrast / ceramic container
Material: Magnolia branch, Lily, snapdragon and Philodendron



Monday, January 30, 2017

"Winter - Inspiring Images and Ikebana"

"New Hope Art embraces the season and celebrates two forms of visual art in the themed exhibition from January 21-29. The exhibition, featuring paintings and photographs by invited member- artists, also showcases unique inspired Winter floral by the Sogetsu Bux- Mont Study Group- a regional non profit organization of teachers and students of Ikebana- Japanese flower arranging."

We had five arrangements in total along with artists' paintings and photographers' pictures exhibited in the New Hope Art Center. Each arrangement displayed its own grey platform and pedestal, except the one on the stage.
1) "Window's Pane and Beauty" by June Wu, Betty Tsai, Ying Chen. There were several individual arrangements put together as a whole on the stage by three of our study group members.
2) "A Midwinter Night's Dream" by Lynn J. Lee. A rather big arrangement by me. It should be viewed from all around. In my imagination or dream, the silvery alliums could be snow flakes, fairies or stars on a winter night.
Materials: bitter sweet, mum, carnation, Winter berry, Siberian dogwood, Statice, Hinoki, Nadina, dried allium and hydrangea.
3) "New Year, New Hope" The year of the rooster, by Chih Huang
4) "Three Friends of Winter" Pine, Bamboo and Plum 松竹梅 歲寒三友(Suihan Sanyou), by Doris C. Liu, Mary Swierczynski
5) "Stillness, Calm" by  Grazynka Shaarani
1) Stage Arrangement

2) front view
2) Silvery Allium as snow flake
2) Back view is beautiful too
4) "Three Friends of Winter"
3) "New Year, New Hope"
5) "Stillness, Calm"

Friday, January 27, 2017

Martha Washington Garden Club Gala

On January 26, MWGC held a fundraising gala for college scholarships. I got there too late to participate in the raffle, but I was so fortunate to win the drawing where they called out a gala ticket number. I was one of the first numbers they called and I could choose an arrangement to take home, all designed by Deborah Moyer, owner of a flower shop and instructor at Mercer County CC. I was hoping to use the many materials in my ikebana.



I brought home this big arrangement

Friday, January 20, 2017

January Orchid Bloom

I brought three orchid plants to the January meeting on 1/19/2017 and was lucky enough to win a raffle for a budded Cattleya orchid. January is the month of cymbidium blooms. I gave away the biggest among them to the orchid society to avoid dividing them myself and because they took up so much room. This year, out of the five I have left, only two are blooming.
Cym. "Moonstone". Three stems, easy to bloom and dependable.
Cym. 2nd stem is growing in the back.
This is my raffled compact Cat. (no I.D.)

Large Cat, fragrant

Cat," Hawaiian Lightening". Too bad! only one flower.
The 2nd stem in back
Pinocchio keep going...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

3 Basic Style Variation

Again, we review and refresh the basic style in Hata Sensei's class this month.(1/16/2017)
1) Basic Slanting Style Moribana ( Shin45 degree,Soe15 degree, Hikae75 degree)
2) Basic Slanting  Style Nageire    (Same as above)
3) Variation No.1 Upright Style, Moribana or Nageire of your choice (Shin 15, Soe 45 Hikae 75)
I think I have been very good at all the fundamental arrangements. To make each basic style arrangement requires not only placing the 3 main stems (Shin, Soe and Hikae) right in all angles but also to make them pretty, balanced and harmonious.
Hata sensei's basic slanting style (1)
 My basic slanting style (1)
My basic slanting style (2)
Marcia's basic slanting (2)
My basic upright style (3)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome the Year of 2017

The year of 2016 has faded away so as some of my December Cattleya orchids. But there will always be other new blooms!
 Wishing you all a happy, healthy and peaceful 2017! 
The two kinds of Cattleya, the flowers are 4" and 5.5" in size. (Fragrant)

Friday, December 30, 2016

December Orchid Bloom

December is the month my Cattleya orchids bloom the most. But I noticed that some of them have fewer flowers compared to previous years. The reasons are because of the lack of my attentive care and environment change (I was busy moving and ...).  But some of the blooms do last for a long time and most of them are fragrant.
Below are my cattleya orchids. The pictures of the peach orchid shows a series of blooms(check the date).
Blc. Hwa Yuan Beauty" Pearl"
Slc. Final Touch "Mendenhall" AM/AOS
The 3rd bud appeared, it really surprised me.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Holiday Arrangements

" Full moon on Christmas night"
Siberian dogwood, poinsettia, baby's breath, Douglas fir and
Xmas ornaments. /black rectangular ceramic container 

Free Style

 Douglas fir, baby's breath, Alstromeria in the glass container. The soft wire added to get more pop.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Holiday Arrangement for Japanese New Year

The traditional Ikebana materials for cerebration of Japanese New Year are Pine, Bamboo, Berry, Mum, Rose, Narcissus...and Mizuhiki (Japanese paper strings with gold and silver for happy occasion). My materials used: Bamboo, Pine, Winter berry, Carnation and Baby's breath. This arrangement is larger than an usually one. The tallest bamboo is 3 feet, the shortest one is only 3 inch. The ceramic black container is 16"x 9"x 2.5"