Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Orchids in May

I wish this medium sized white Catelleyas could last until for my daughter's wedding (less then 5 weeks away). She always wants her bridal bouquet to have this kind of orchid, just like mine (which was from my father's orchid collection). I might have to look for it somewhere else to fulfill her wish. Usually there are not many blooming Cats in the summer time.

Zygonisla Cynosure " Blue Birds"
Three years ago this was a young plant, it's the second time it's bloomed now. I can't believe how easy it is!

Left-Huge, 7 inches flower on big plants. Fragrant
Right- Encyclia "Green Hornet" Buds are produced one after another, it's still going strong.

Left- I divided it into two plants last summer, both were blooming through April to early May.
Right- This is the same orchid as the first picture above, it's been blooming for 4 weeks now.( 5/31/2011)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

MWGC - May Little Show

On May's MWGC meeting, I entered two designs for the little show, one is a "Tubular Design." I used three PVC tube as containers and the peony were from my garden.
Another one is a "Flowering of the Arts." I arranged all the flowers (which were from my garden too) to interpret the painting below. I bought this water color painting from Acapulco, Mexico long time ago.(5/25/2011)

"Flowering of the Arts' - Interpret a painting of your choice

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In a Suiban without Kenzan

I arranged this at home and took this picture at a different angle a day before class.
I made this arrangement in the suiban without using Kenzan. I used an upside down wood branch as a center framework that is steady in place, then I interlocked the branch with the maple, lilac and a clematis flower. The base is effectively displayed with water. My teacher said this was beautiful--what do you think? (5/17/2011)

Paying Attention to the Container and Placement

I love this container (Rosenthal, made in Germany) because its unique open mouth. I want to showcase it, so I made a simple arrangement only using a few Irises to suit the subject title. I placed my composition the corner of the stairs toward one side against the window.(5/17/2011)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

To be Viewed from All Angles

We skipped April's Ikebana class because our teacher went for vacation. We resumed May's class today. I made my arrangement "To be viewed all angles" using waved pine and Azalea.
I also had an another big free style arrangement that my teacher assigned me to do this time. I just did my first lay out draft today. It will be completed next ikebana class.(5/5/2011)