A Harvest of Ideas

Ikebana-using two kenzans

Ikebana Freestyle

Ikebana- freestyle

Freestyle Ikebana

October Garden Delights

Ikebana -Vertical Composition

Ikebana-Vertical Composition

Today I did this arrangement of materials that were cut from my backyard garden (with the exception of the Indian Summer calla lily). I had planned to do some larger arrangements with some flowers bought yesterday at the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market, but the lillies were not yet open. There is something really fun about exploring the garden to find small gems to use in a smaller arrangement. I was happy to rediscover the heuchera leaves, and the blackberry lily. I also found one lonely nerine lily that is coming up. It's a reminder to me to order some new nerine bulbs to plant this fall so I can enjoy many of them in various colors next fall. Right now the lillies from the farmer's market have been re-cut and placed in a warm spot to open. I'll work on some sketches for my arrangement, and be ready to make it tomorrow morning. Maybe I will canvas the neighborhood for some native grasses, and see what other surprises await.

Inspiring fall fowers

Ikebana with fall favorites

Ikebana with fall favorites

Ikebana with self made vase

Autumn, my favorite time of year for color and flowers. I have a few new arrangments that were inspired by fall colors. They were fun to do, but done with the fading sunlight in mind. I have to take advantage of the light at the right time of day, and sometimes I don't have the time to get an early start. Maybe next week I can be a little better prepared. Soon I will lose my "outdoor studio" to the late fall and winter elements, so I need to utilize it while I still can.
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