Saturday, November 26, 2011

BCOS 2010-2011 Show Table Awards

The Bucks County Orchid Society usually gives out show table awards for windowsill and greenhouse growers at every May's banquet award night. Because I was so busy and I didn't attend many meetings up until now (the November meeting), the president of BCOS handed me these two awards, which are from May. I was so surprised and happy. Everybody gave me an applause! and I received a $50 gift card to Parkside Orchid Nursery, which it's very nice that I can purchase new orchid for my collection.

Because I like its green color, so I bought this very young orchid plant (much cheaper than the mature one) from New York Orchid Show. After three years, it is blooming for the first time. I am happy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Combined Styles and Free Style

Nageire and Moribana
I did this style two years ago in book#2. The composition this time is much more beautiful than the previous one. (11/22/2011 class)

I love bittersweet and I like to arrange it using my new flea market found container. (11/22/2011 class)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Simplified Arrangement

My simplified arrangement has been trimmed to its limit in class, after a class discussion under the guidance of my teacher. Unfortunately I didn't take the picture before it was trimmed for comparison. The discussion--taking note of every single berry and leaf--was fun and was a very good lesson too. (11/22/2011 class)

Friday, November 18, 2011


The camellia is one of the most commonly used flowers in Japanese floral art, but in the United States we hardly see them used in the ikebana arrangement. Maybe the camellia is hard to get, also its flowers tend to fall off easily and do not stand up to transport. But I love it, so I planted a hardier species in my garden a few years ago. It has survived two harsh snow storms already. I am thrilled that I can use it today. The arrangement looks simple and elegant.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Orchids in November

This Thursday is our Bucks County Orchid Society meeting. I have missed two meetings already. I am going to bring four plants (below) to the meeting this time to compete. Hopefully I can get some awards!

Pot. Mysteve Natsumi. It has more flowers than last year.

Milttassia "Xenia" (Milt. Bluntii '4n' x Milt.Clowesii '4n) fragrant in the morning.

Brassia Winter Wonderland " White Fairy"
My blog shows that it bloomed for the first time in January 2010. Now I'm posting it again in this month's blooming orchids. It has 8 flowers and is much bigger than last time.

The left was divided from the same one that I posted last month(please check it). But this one bloomed a month later.
The right is Mitassia Charles H. fitch "Izumi"(I found its name from this month's Judge).
The orchids above are all fall bloomers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Composition with Pumpkin

Compared to the one below, I made a few little changes to this arrangement in today's class.(11/8/2011)

Left was my original arrangement, I did it before the class.
Right is my teacher's center piece arrangement.
Below is my arrangement using a pumpkin as a container. (11/8/2011)