The Late Mum Show was held at Mandeville GardenWorks in Burnaby at the beginning of November. I had so many students who wanted to display, I didn’t have to! In all, 16 ikebana were displayed, six by Sangetsu. I thanked my students for making me look like a good teacher!
An old friend of the family passed away, and I was asked to do the flowers for her Memorial Service. I lent them my crystal candles holders which I decorated for the altar, and made a pastel coloured wreath to be used to surround a basket for cards, and then later to have at the grave site. There were also a dozen vase arrangements for the reception tables, which the family asked me to distribute to the helpers when the reception concluded.
Another flower challenge: Open Road was introducing a new alternative
to owning or leasing a luxury vehicle. The theme was “Flip”, as in flipping vehicles….I was asked to provide ten modern design flower arrangements with accent colours of navy and cyan. Okay…how about white flowers with accents of navy and teal (spray painted leaves, etc), arranged in white or silver containers? What do you think of these arrangements? Did I succeed in following the theme?
Another busy month with flowers. Having stepped into the position of President of the Vancouver Ikebana Association, in January (for the third time), I have been busy helping get the VIA newsletter together, as well as editing a semi-annual newsletter for Sangetsu North America.
We have gotten a committee together to plan our upcoming Spring Show in May, with haiku and poems as inspiration for our arrangements. This is a new undertaking, and over one hundred haiku and poems have been collected, which range from old masters of the seventeenth century, to some from the Vancouver Haiku Group, as well as our association’s international haiku champion, Inga Uhlmann.
Classes continue, although the afternoon ladies have taken a two week break to be with their children who are on Spring Break. Here is a picture of an arrangement using local flowering current, and iris.
February is a busy month for flower orders. I acquired a very appreciative customer this month, who ordered three large arrangements. One was for congratulating his dentist on opening a new office, the second was for his Valentine, and the third was supposed to be for his mother for Chinese New Year.
I say “supposed to be”, because when he saw it, he loved it so much, he couldn’t bring himself to give it away! He went to T & T to get her something else…
I was also invited to do an ikebana demonstration for the South Burnaby Garden Club, so I used as many branches and greenery from our strata grounds, and made five arrangements.