Saturday, November 20, 2010

Orchids in November

Oncidium "Saint Dawn Gold" (Dancing lady Orchid)
Look! It looks just like a group of yellow dressed ladies dancing together having a ball.
C. Skinneri Alba " Debbie" Fcc/Aos ( Fragrance)
This cat. blooms faithfully every year during Thanksgiving time.

Pot. Mysteve Natsumi
I was surprised that this one has two flowers for the first time. Another one I posted last month is still blooming.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Morimono For Thanksgiving Dining Table

View from front (top) and back ( bottom).

I arranged these at home the day before the lesson. Bottom pictures are side views.

These arrangements are for the Thanksgiving dinner table. Even though I made one last year, this time the teacher wanted us to use vegetables, fruits, and one that should be viewed from all angles. Display on plate, cloth or large leaf was our choice. So this year's Thanksgiving center piece design, as you can see above, suited all my teacher's requirement. I used a drift wood to connect both sides. My teacher made a very good point that one side should be smaller, so I took some vegetables and fruits out.
Compared to last year's arrangement, I like this year's better. Going through all my ikebana blog pictures, I think I am improving not just skills but also in confidence. So many things to be thankful for, this is one of them! ( 11/16/2010)

Horizontal Style Nageire Variation No.6

The horizontal style is characterized by Shin, which is placed almost horizontally or extended near to the side from the mouth of the vase, 85 degrees, Soe is 65 degrees and Hikae is 75 degrees. There are flower pear tree branches and mums, just like dividing a circle into three equal sections. (11/16/2010)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Vines Design

I was so delighted that I could reuse the flower materials (Oncidium orchids and sunflower), from last week's M.W.G.C. Gala raffle prize for today's lesson" Vines" design.
I couldn't find any vines with leaves or berries at that time, and I also had an idea to use a grapevine wreath combined with orchids and a sunflower. At first I separated and reassembled the wreath into two circles with a thick willow twig to secure them into the tall vase and last I inserted the flowers to complete the composition.(11/9/2010)

My classmate Barbi's vines design and my first try.

Slanting Style Moribana Variation No.5

This composition was arranged with two Kapu (Azalea branches and roses). Shin 45 degree, Soe 15 degree and with their subordinate materials arranged in the back, the other Hikae 75 degree placed in front. In this style the water between the two groups should be seen clearly as if the water was flowing through from the back toward the front. ( 11/9/10)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November Gala at M.W.G.C.

The November Gala is our (Martha Washington Garden Club) major fund-raiser for scholarships that we award in June to students in horticulture and related fields. I was lucky enough to win a big ikebana like arrangement in a raffle. As you see above, it is beautiful! (11/5/2010)