Lets start with iris -
|The glorious, vivid blue of these Siberian|
iris makes up for the fact that they are
short lived. I used with them curculigo
leaves, a plant of which was given to me
by my colleague, Pat Hetrel
|Here I used the ensata iris with begonia flowers and wisteria vine|
I find myself apologizing, again, for my long absence but it's been an even busier time than normally, even for me. It's also been a particularly difficult year in terms of my health and I will be very happy to see the back of 2016.
Anyway, on to ikebana. I ran a three-hour demonstration and workshop at the Park Orchards Community Centre recently, which was attended by some keenly interested ladies. It was a great deal of work for me because, apart from preparing 8 arrangements, I also had to acquire containers, kenzans, branches and flowers for the attendees. Judging from the feedback, it was all worth it.
I'm including only one photo (below) from that workshop, as I was on my own and was unable to also act as photographer. Usually, I reset the arrangements at home and photograph them, however, as I mentioned before, I've been too busy.
|A rather modern Christmas arrangement using umbrella grass stems|
Nandina domestica flowers deep in the glass container that used to
belong to a beloved aunt.
As always, for our last lesson we made celebratory arrangements. Due to absences, we had fewer students taking part. However some made up for it by making more than one.
|Also, Nicole McDonald|
|Shaneen Garbut. I was very impressed by these|
|Aurelia Dong. These are young Banksia, which, in the photo, look|
like they are dried but are, in fact, quite fresh
|Aurelia Dong, again.|
|I made this modern wall arrangement using Gymea|
leaves and hippeastrums that I grew.
Bye for now,