I was surprised recently when I looked for the source of an odd piercing noise outside the bathroom window to see this colourful Australian King Parrot. It was eating seeds from a Billardiera heterophylla. In recent years there has been an increasing number of parrots in our garden because in the 1970's and 80's many people started planting Australian native plants in their gardens. When we planted this twisting vine about 25 years ago it was known as Sollya heterophylla. This particular one has a pale blue flower.

The parrot was startled by my movements and flew to the top of our pergola. 

In the following week I had set my students the exercise of using vine in an arrangement and, coincidently, Christine used some of the same vine in her arrangement. The first photo below is before correction.

Here it is again after correction. As you can see the irises have been neatened up. Christine wanted the flowers to make a mass contained within the volume of the vine.

She has created a good feeling of space both within the vine and around the work.

Ellie used a very different approach, emphasising the vine by using only one length with a beautiful curve. She has thus created a sense of the space above the vase. The lines are off-set by intensely red autumn leaves.

This weekend the Victorian Branch of the Sogetsu School has been very busy with two days of workshops given by Mr Yoshiro Umemura from Sydney. I will post some photos from the workshops next week.

Greetings from Christopher
27th July 2014

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