Thursday, March 8, 2018

Orchids in February and March

Here are my blooming orchids for these two months. It's pity! Since we have moved this much smaller house, my orchids not only declined but also less bloom each time. I know the reason why:
1) My sun room ( or Ikebana room) is not as bright as before.
2) The well water is supposed good for plants but we have to softening it for household use. I was told the softened water is not good for the plants.  
3) There are not enough shady trees in my backyard to place orchids under, during the Summer time (May after mother's day to early October).
4) Less attentive care provided. 
I think these are four reasons causing my orchids not as healthy as before! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Two Free Style- Class of february 27

Two assignments from Meei-Huey Sensei's class:
1) Using wire inserted rope and arrange it. Which I did it in Hata Sensei's class few months ago. This time I used a smaller rope to arrange a different kind of look (please check 4/6/2017 post).  
2) Free Style - I bought a plant which I saw it at the first time in the market. It has a strange name " Love-lies-bleeding". I would like to use it in my arrangement. My other materials are Mugo pine, Prairie gentian, Carnation, Wax flower and yellow Siberian dogwood branch with my new glass container.
Glory lily, ever green and baby's breath / triangular ceramic

Monday, February 19, 2018

Three Lessons on Febuary 19 - Dried, Bleached or colored Materials Arrangement and... Two Orthers

Hata Sensei was absent today. Because of she had car problem. I felt a little bit disappointed, but her safety is the most concern, after all, she is ninety years old. But her energy and stamina inspire us a great deal and I think Ikebana could be making everybody look younger!
So, we had Midori Sensei (she is our classmate also a wonderful teacher too) substituted to instruct us. 
Three lessons:
1) Dried, Bleached or colored materials (book 4-13)
2) Color of the container (book 3-10)
3) Choose one of Sofu's 50 principle: express it with your own arrangement
Dried Palm leave, statice, baby's breath and vine

This ceramic container has three holes

Azalea, tulip and Spring flower were picked to suit the glass container
One of Sofu's 50 principle: Line, mass and color are three elements 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dried Materials Arrangement - Pastel Color

I have been saving all these dried flowers for a while. There were the flowers of pink and purple statice, hydrangea, baby's breath and big and small of silver painted allium. I think the glass container is a good choice for this arrangement.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Bamboo Installation and Bamboo Art at Metropolitan Museum

Hata Sensei mentioned several months ago that the Metropolitan Museum was having an exhibit and installation of bamboo art. The exhibit would also feature an arrangement by Hata Sensei in one of the baskets being shown. The last weekend of January, my husband and I were able to make the trip to the museum with our daughter who lives in Brooklyn. The artistry using bamboo was magnificent. We saw many unique and skillfully woven baskets made by Japanese that were close to 100 years old as well as many modern pieces. They were unbelievably beautiful.

Main hall

Arrangement by Hata Sensei

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

MWGC Gala Center Piece

On January 25th, our Martha Washington Garden Club ( MWGC) held an annual Gala Lunch and Presentation. This was our club's major fund raising event. The theme was "Flowers for All Seasons". I was asked to make a big center piece in the hall way. There were more than 140 people attending (double our members' number). We had 17 round tables, so 17 members were asked to volunteer to design the center piece of each table with a different theme of their own idea.
My arrangement, Tulip, Dendrobium, pine and others / ceramic containers
Floral Designer Deborah Moyer, She is our club member.

One of her demo piece ( not complete )
Plenty vegetables and flowers arrangement (big harvest)

Member's table design, July 4th theme

Thanksgiving or Fall design
Spring color
Mardi Gras
April Shower
September school start
 Summer start

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Manipulating Leaves Arrangement

After we watched Hata Sensei's demonstration for manipulating leaves, we then had our opportunity to try our hand at them. We brought our container and any tools like scissors, wire cutter, staple and scotch tape for manipulating the leaves. A class member has ordered variegated hala and ti leaves as well as anthurium for everyone in the class. We practiced the techniques that we have just learned and arranged them. (1/15/2018 Hata Sensei's class)
The first picture is my arrangement. The other three are classmates' arrangement.


Lesson 3: Variation #4 Upright style Nageire

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter Orchids

Today is the last day of 2017. The coldest New Year's Eve in this half century! The temperature has been around 10-20 degrees F for a week.  It's going to be a frigid, brutal, cold and single digit New Year's Eve. I am worried about the people gathering in Times Square in NYC, waiting for the crystal ball to drop, and singing Auld Lang Syne, saying good bye to 2017 and cheering for 2018. They might freeze in this kind of cold!
Well, these orchids will help to warm our hearts and lift up our spirits in these cold days. They are still blooming. The purple and white cattleyas (first and second pictures below) are producing a nice fragrance in the air.  So pleasant!

Cattleya,  "Rome Holiday"  picture taken from October
I didn't expect this miniature dendrobium bloom again