Yesterday we made arrangements in the shoka shimputai style. Our teacher has a black pussy willow plant in her yard and I used those branches with gold cymbidum orchids and some small eucalyptus twigs. You can hardly go wrong with such strong elements.
I made a little arrangement in a basket the other day. I have little call for this type of thing but it is always fun to work on something like this. Pink roses, novelty carnations, white tulips, white filler, pink larkspur and 3 types of foliage.
On Sunday I made a few arrangements for a dinner party at Holton. We used the Holton plaid for tablecloths and I used flowers that would go with the colors in the design: blue iris, Vendela and Golda roses, some rolled gold speckled leaves and a little seeded eucalyptus. I never tire of this type of arrangement - it may not be a design breakthrough, but it is always pretty.