The weather is wintery as I write this, though less cold the last couple of days because of some welcome rain. In our climate, and with the way Australian flora has evolved *, winter does not mean only bare branches everywhere. Australia is notable for its very small number of deciduous plants, so in our winter there is always plenty of green to be seen. Below are some photos I have just taken in the garden. 

A raindrop hanging from a stub on a rose bush. This reveals bad pruning, I know.

Rain on leaves of the same bush, Rosa Cécile Brünner  .

A tiny spider in its web. 

Branches of a corky-barked Allocasuarina torulosa * reflected in the water of the bird bath.

Last week I posted photos of my students winter arrangements showing the surface of water. This week's photos are of their arrangements that show the transparency of water using glass vases.

Helen has arranged a lichen-encrusted branch with gypsophila and a red anthurium focal point. 

Ellie arranged three vessels. Two with autumn leaves and one with a bare branch.

I thought the single plane tree leaf in the glass cube looked particularly striking. It made me think of a block of ice. 

Maureen arranged a single, large stem of Fatsia Japonica * (aralia japonica). This branch seemed to be arranged effortlessly, creating lovely arching lines and spaces with a loose mass on the righthand side.

Photos from the June meeting of Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter * have also been published.

Greetings from Christopher
18th June 2016

* Click on the blue text for further information.

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