This photograph surprised me by the amazingly abstract-looking quality of the reflections in the water.
In the garden at home over the last couple of weeks I have been watching with pleasure as a range of flowers bloom.
This gazania is really striking for its dark, brick-red, colour, which contrasts beautifully with its furry, soft green foliage. Some gazanias have smooth, shiny green leaves
My second photo shows the first flowers of a small Forsythia bush that was bought for me last autumn by my friend Shirley. I am delighted and amazed that it has produced these flowers in the first spring since planting. I have great ikebana hopes!
Again this week I have photographed the apricot tree in flower. This time to contrast it with a small flower...
... that has finally appeared on a branch...
...in an ikebana arrangement I made eight weeks ago. The photo above shows the 'no-kenzan', bare-branch arrangement today. I have moved the arrangement into the warmth of our conservatory in the hope that it will flower further.
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My Melbourne-based ikebana colleague, Lara Telford, is now in the second week of her Norman and Mary Sparnon Scholarship in Tokyo and has posted photos from her first week of classes at the Sogetsu Headquarters.
On the righthand side of her web-page there is a button where you can sign up using Facebook. I think that means you will get an automatic notification when she publishes a posting.
Greetings from Christopher
23rd September 2017.