The spring weather, as usual, is highly variable; although the heat extremes have been greater than ever before. One consequence of the unsettled weather is beautiful cloud formations. 

I took this photo of the surf beach at Torquay late in an afternoon last week. 

Ikebana activities continue apace with a meeting of Ikebana International last Tuesday on the theme of Australian native flora. Members were encouraged to create ikebana using indigenous plants. An excellent talk was given about the Royal Botanic Garden's Australian Garden at Cranbourne. Details through the following link: Ikebana International Melbourne * .

When we were in Apollo Bay last week we bought some beautiful Waratahs (Telopea Speciosissima) that Leonora used with Bushy Yate (Eucalyptus Lehmannii) to make this arrangement 'to be viewed from all angles'. Vase by Graeme Wilkie * .

This means the arrangement has quite a different appearance depending on the angle from which it is seen.

I slightly reworked my arrangement from the I.I. meeting which appears on the I.I. blog. I have used 'Cushion bush' (Leucophyta brownii) and a sedge (Lepidosperma gladiatum), both of which grow on the cliffs at Torquay. I found a newspaper article about the Bendigo potter, Ray Pearce *  who made the vase, which reminds me of a sea urchin.

Greetings from Christopher
17th October 2015 

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