Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August Orchids Bloom

My orchid blooms in August are really not much to show. Here are the three:
Blc. Richard  Mueller x B.cordata
Bugs ate couple of new flower stems before I brought it home.
 Please compare to last September's orchids bloom.

 This is a miniature Dendrobium. I planted it on a root stump
 few years ago. It has bloomed a few times.

Monday, August 20, 2012

My Husband's Retirement Party

My children threw a party for my husband's retirement on August 18, 2012 after 35 years of practice (Urologist). I made a flower arrangement for the restaurant's room entrance table. I'm so proud of being his wife. Everyone had such admiring words for him. He has been a kind and caring doctor. I was also happy to have my children and grandchildren there. I'm proud of them all.
Material: Zebra grass, Dahlia, Phlox, Zinnia and Hosta
Container:  Paper-like ceramic vase, 8x10x5 inches in size

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ikebana and Paper - Free Expression

This is a close up snap shot of a sunflower head  I took last month. Half of
its seeds have been eaten. I thought it's interesting and pretty. I used this
 picture as inspiration for today's Ikebana assignment.(8/14/2012)

Material:  Sunflower,Cornflower seed head, Hosta and
Forsythia branch
This is my teacher's demo arrangement and  it's another
way to arrange it.
This was my paper wrapping design in 2/2012. It also suited
today's title.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With leaves Only- Using Five kinds of Leaves

Today's assignment is to find five kinds of different leaves to compose an arrangement. I did this before in May 2009, but my teacher wants to push us to the next level. I can see the difference from now and then.(8/14/2012)
Material: Tiger tail, Phalodendron selloum, Caladium,Yucca and Begonia

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Two Free Style arrangements

This composition consists of Hydrangea, Lily and one piece of trimmed twig,
 plus one Peace lily leaf.  
Materials: Philodendron sellum, purple dwarf balloon flower,
white Bellflower and drift wood.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July Orchids Bloom

Usually my orchids do not bloom in summer too often. I only have a new one that is blooming right now and the other two have been blooming since previous months.  
Cattleya (name lost). This was a very young plant. I got it
from pot party a few years ago. First time bloom. The flowers
are only two inches in size.

Three flowers have faded. New buds keep coming since May.

I cut the main stem off when it finished blooming.
The new branches are blooming beautifully.
This Phalaenopsis was a gift. It has been blooming  for
more than two months now.