Because Melbourne is nearly 900kms south west of Sydney the subtropical trees, that I showed in last weeks posting, are just coming into full bloom here. The Jacaranda, below, is in the Royal Melbourne Botanic Garden adjacent to the Herbaceous Border

Laurie and I were showing some friends from the United Kingdom around the gardens and came across this Brachychiton Acerfolia. 

Pictured above are Stephen, Stella and Laurie, all of whom met in Papua New Guinea where they worked in the early 1970's.

Another of my favourite flowers in the garden is this 'Golden Chalice Vine' (Solandra Grandiflora), which has enormous flowers the size of small bowls.

Stephen kindly consented to be the human figure to give a sense of scale to these huge flowers.

This week's ikebana is the work of my students. In their class last week I set them the exercise of creating ikebana using 'Fresh and Unconventional (man-made) Material'. The results were very varied and showed an imaginative interpretation of the exercise.

Ellie used perforated rubber matting which she scrolled, exploiting its sheerness to partially conceal some of the yellow lilies that she had combined with variegated New Zealand Flax leaves.

Helen combined a rusty bicycle chain with seed pods from a succulent. She carefully placed the chain to emphasise the two different surfaces of the vase.

Maureen combined an old boot that was splattered with white paint, white chrysanthemums and stems from a Xanthorrhoea (grass tree).

Christine used a junction-section of air-conditioning ducting, white plastic strapping and an ornamental variety of 'Tea tree' (leptospermum).

Greetings from Christopher
7th December 2014

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