Thursday, September 27, 2012

September orchids bloom

All the activities( BCOS, MWGC and etc) resumed this month. We had a pot party. I bought one very young orchid plant and hopefully under my care it will bloom some day. Here are my three orchids that I brought to the BCOS meeting show table:
Now, this orchid has 12 flowers in 5 stems compare to last
 month it only has one flower.

Dendrodium.  After a month  later, it has 3 stems and
 the first stem has 7 small flowers. 

Oncidium. Sherry Baby " sweet Fragrant"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Last Day of Summer

Freshly picked daisies, together with leftover rose and baby's breath I completed this summery arrangement.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Using Both Fresh and Unconventional Materials

Material: Rose, Metal Sheet and dish kenzan
See the title and try to arrange it an abstract way. This is my teacher's
 requirement on 9/18/2012 class. I was absent so I did it at home.
 I named this arrangement " Tough Love".

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Two Arrangements for Demonstration

I was so honored to be invited by the Trevose Horticultural Society on September 17, 2012 as guest speaker. In a PowerPoint presentation to talk about "Ikebana: Japanese Floral Art." It is based on my learning experience and I explained many selected pictures from my blog. At the end I demoed a basic slanting style (Nageire) arrangement and free style line arrangement.
Last February, I was a speaker for our Martha Washington Garden Club and gave a slide presentation and discussion. That was my first presentation. I just updated the program for this time.
Azalea branch and rose
Here using technique to stabilize the shin.

Only one kind of material (sunflower) and line arrangement

Monday, September 10, 2012

Autumn Harvest Exhibition

Grace Taiwanese Presbyterian Church holds an Autumn harvest exhibition (9/8-9/9/ 2012) each year. I am so pleased and thankful that Grace Church gave me the opportunity to practice Ikebana. All my flower materials were from my friend's garden (she is a master gardener).
Here are my four arrangements from the exhibition:
Horizontal Style: Final version, this one got many complements.
Ikebana and Paper: Recycled bouquet wrapping paper
and same color tone flowers(phlox, dahlia and zinnia),
 I used metallic structure to support other materials.

Upright Style: More than basic upright style, using drift
wood to balance and harmonize the whole outlook. 

Free Style: I just changed the flowers (sedum and dahlia)
from a previous arrangement.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Preparing for Church Exhibition

Phlox, Zinnia, Hosta and twig

Two moon shape containers ,two Edgeworhia branches, Zinnia and Dahlia
I will  paint the two pieces of wooden base black later for the show.