Last week, Cathy issued a challenge to create an Ikebana arrangement for this week’s IAVOM post and though it has been decades since I tried my hand at it, I thought I would give it a go. Simplicity and asymmetry are basic to the style, very different from my usual wild and loose, cottage-garden style. In looking at the photos, I can see I could pare it down more, but I’ll let this one stand as is!
My key focus is an orange, tetraploid daylily (Hemerocallis x fulva) that was given to me decades ago and although I do not like its aggressive nature in the garden, its blossom is attractive. A few additional daylily buds provide vertical height, along with two buds of globe thistle (Echinops ritro).
Spikes of Siberian iris foliage (I. siberica) create an inverted ‘L’ sweep, and branches of katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) leaves were intended to be placed laterally, but they had a mind of their own! A few tight panicles of patrinia (P. gibbosa) as well some of its serrated foliage fill out the bottom.
The vintage, oval lead container is a spiked frog that I inherited from my mother-in-law and is probably quite old, possibly handed down from her mother or mother-in-law.
The wood and tile trivet was made by my son while in high school and given to me as a gift. The Japanese cloisonné bowl belonged to my spouse’s grandmother, acquired when she lived in Japan in the early 20th century. Enlarge to look at the amazing detail, it is quite extraordinary. Someone labored a very long time to create this work of art.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden for hostly her weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.