Last summer, my optician, with whom I have become friends, gave me and Helen a tour of her iris garden. She has lots of different varieties and we chose those we loved. A few weeks later she gave me a bag of iris rhizomes which I course let sit in the garage until they were dried out twigs. I finally felt guilty enough to plant them in my little nursery bed on the side of the house and hoped for the best.
Amazing, this spring, they have flourished and are sending up the most beautiful blossoms. I am thrilled. I will tag them as to color and then divide them so Helen can have some as well.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Happy Easter everyone and thank you for reading my blog. When I look at the different countries that readers come from I am just amazed - people from Iran, Pakistan, Austria, China, Europe, Australia are reading this blog! - it is mind boggling and such fun to contemplate. So thanks everyone and have a nice holiday today.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Yesterday we had a nice ikebana class - the style was Shoka Shimputai - 3 elements in a straight line in the center of the kenzan. For mine, I borrowed the teacher's container and used a wonderful gold orchid, an iris leaf and a sprig of burgandy and green euphorbia. A really simple recipe but a beautiful outcome. The second picture is a closeup of an incredible tulip from the teacher's garden - it was so full it looked like a peony. Backed by a trimmed monstera leaf it made a bold statement.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
For the one or two of you know don't know this - you can click on any picture on my blog and blow them up so you can see more details of the work. My photography skills are pretty minimal but I persevere, if only to have a record of the work I do for various clients so I don't repeat myself.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Anyway, with the spring comes the usual mad rush of orders. Many of our clients like fairly simple overall forms of arrangements but within these forms it is lots of fun to play with color and the combinations of different types of flowers.