Doe's anyone go to a flower club or floral demonstrations?
I am member of a floral art group,we meet once a month. We watch a national floral demonstrator
make usually six arrangements, have a coffee, exchange ideas,buy floristry products at a stall
and offer our competition arrangements to the judge!
Next month our competition title is an arrangement with a piece of wood.
I don't have any wood yet! Has anyone got any ideas please?
That sounds like a lot of fun Terri, esp when you all share the same enthusiasm for floral art. Wish I could join you...could I via satellite or something? Haha. I'm not sure if there's anything like that around here...but then there's no time for me to do that anyway. This forum is my outlet for floral art, I guess. Hmmm...wood? Is bamboo a wood? You know how I love bamboo, esp large cane ones. I also like large dead tree branches...like the ones they grow orchids and bromeliads on. I'll make you one when I find the time...and the wood.
Thanks Karma, I didn't think of bamboo! although I only have some skinny sticks!
I would love you to come to the flower club once a month. I will tell you what we are doing and you can join me!
I don't have any dead branches either. It is not the sort of thing you can just go and buy really is it?
I will have to find woods!
Didn't Poochella posted a really cool vase she made from a raw piece of wood? I thought that was really nice. Skinny sticks of bamboo are cool too. How about making a vertical grid by connecting the joints with raffia or rope/jute? Then you could do the arrangement on the grid? Seen it done somewhere. I remember thinking it would make a great headboard if turned horizontally. Well, thanks for the invitation...I will be happy to join you!
Garden clubs still exist. Like many social institutions which require volunteer members with free time on their hands, I sense these clubs have fallen on hard times..at least in my region. For whatever reason, the garden clubs I'm familiar with were populated mostly by female members and the changing role of women over the past few decades also means there are fewer and fewer who can devote time to a luncheon and afternoon meeting. (Not that women ever had time for that with all the work and responsibilities of running a household, but the emergence of professional career women leaves even less "unscheduled" time for such activities I guess).
I'd love to see a re-emergence of these organizations. Speaking as a man, it would be even more desirable from my point of view that they would re-emerge as "co ed" organizations with a diversity of aims, including floral arranging, general horticulture, vegetable gardening, organic versus chemical, etc. (Although, what am I saying? Do I really want to be against a group where I'd be the only guy in amongst 25-30 garden loving gals?) :)
Thankyou for dong that link Karma, It is really lovely that container of Poochella's. Where am I going to find a lovely
hollowed out piece of Birch like that around here?!! I will find Something no doubt.
Are you going to try the grid idea?
BDale, Our club meets at 7.30pm, first Wednesday every month.
Most of the floral designers from Holland are Men, by the way! For some reason the Dutch men are very good at floral
design. At Hampton Court flower show recently, the floral demonstraters were men. So please don't give up!
Thanks, all, for the encouragement; it'll help me keep on trying.
I had the worst time keeping everything standing straight for the pics. And the Heliotrope died by the next morning :( Do you have problems with Heliotrope? Seems last time I put it in the "getting to know you" vase that it also died first, and quickly! Know any secrets for extending its vase life? And that darned floral foam disintegrated, too. Can't seem to reposition anything. Guess I better plan better in advance.
Yes, Karma that is sweet potatoe vine 'Blackie'.
And Terri, that's just my sofa throw behind the vase, it had the purple of the Heliotrope and seemed less distracting than my cluttered kithchen. What do you use behind your pics?
Hi Sookey, I find that some garden flowers are just not suitable for picking and arranging they are best left where they are.
The woody stem stuff needs to be given the shock treatment! Cut the stems then hold into a cup of boiling water for
1 minute only, this shocks the plant and it helps to get the water all the way up the stem. It may sound drastic but it
works. DON'T do this with anything else!!
It is important to always cut your stems at a slant, this is for 2 major reasons, firstly for conditioning the flowers,which
should be done the day before you intend to use them, or at the very least 2 hrs before. It helps to put flower food in the water too. Secondly, the slant will help you to push the stems into the floral foam much easier and try not to reposition
them too much! when the holes get big you have the falling out problem.
I would really say not to worry too much about trying to make it look perfect , but take a more go with the flo
attitude, it's all learning and the more you do the more condfident you will become.
Hope that helps!
I have a piece of black cotton material about 3 metres long, which I usually use for indoor arrangements,and
a bamboo stick to hang it from.
If it's not good foam it will break up anyway, not trying to plug oasis but it's the best one I've used!!
Terri, your wood arrangement is cool! Is that bunny grass?...very nice. Is that what you brought to the meeting? I bet everyone was full of oohs and aahs! I love the sticks and flowers. The blanket of mums create a beautiful contrast for your roses. Did you put the twigs together yourself? Sorry so many questions, I just love it! You really have the best ideas!
I should get something black for background. It really makes the arrangements stand out better.
Well, here's my wood arrangement. I found this dead piece of wood in the back of my dad's backyard, along with other interesting trees that would make nice arrangements with. Just some gerbera daisies and curly willow sticks that came with a bunch of greens at the supermarket.
Thankyou Karma,Great! nice pot too, we have to become more creative now with summer nearly over,we can't rely on the beautiful summer flowers anymore.
Those twigs are great for spraying, so don't throw them out. We can look forward to autumn / winter
displays with all the lovely coloured leaves,berries and seedheads.
Gold and silver, but you can get all different colours these days. They are really good to preserve the leaves or berries
and give colour to pinecones, twigs, nuts etc... and great for making christmas tree decorations with plant materials.
Sorry, I've had company over the weekend and couldn't get online.
These "woodies" are way cool!
Terri, I like that you've shown the progress of woody roots to wood arrangement. And your "sticks and flowers" are very pretty, I'm liking the color contrast and the sticks - how'd you hold 'em together?
And Karma: If this is what you do with some findings from dad's place... well again just let me say WOW! I'm thinking here it's about the negative space as well as the solids, right? And love the vase.
Also want to know how Terri sprays her twigs and are the arrangement categories set up on a monthly basis? I thought it was weekly - that's why I asked where they were.
Sookey, originally we thought about having a different theme every week (or at least that was what I had in mind) like the "get to know you", "tea time", and "summer getaway", but for some reason, we never went beyond those. Participation sort of went down as the weeks went by, so Terri let us join in on her monthly themed floral meetings. Of course, you can always start a theme if you'd like, and I'll be happy to join you. Thanks for the positive feedback. You definitely understood the concept of negative/empty space; "Less is more" kind of deal. Or maybe it's just an excuse for not spending too much on flowers. Anyway, hope you stick around for a while...we can both learn how to spray our twigs. Sookey, if you have grass, join the ornamental grass thread. I'm the only one with an arrangement in there. Could use some help in there. Terri, you too!
Hi Sookey, glad you liked the woody arrangenents. The sticks were glued with a hot glue gun.
I use a spray booth, which is just a big cardboard box which I fold away after use.
Place the twigs or plant material inside, spray, turn over with tongues and spray again.
I would join in a weekly theme sookey.
Ok Karma, I may have to use my bunny grass for the ornamental grasses, I don't think I have any other grasses.
BTW, how am I going to get that root out of the vase? It was a big struggle to get it in!!! I think it can live in the vase
foever now, luckily I got it in a sale for 50p.
I saw this advert and thought it was quite funny.
I didn't know where to put this, but since we were on the subject of woods, I just wanted to say how much I like curly willow. In the past I've used fresh willow, and although I've seen it root in my vase of flowers, it never occurred to me to plant it. Well, I did this time and it is now sitting in a pot of soil. I kept it in a shaded area and am watering it. Is this the right thing to do and is there anything else that needs to be done?
Tomorrow Oct. 3 will be the first Wednesday of this month...time for our monthly flower club meeting. Although our host Terri is away, we still should bring in this month's floral theme arrangements...parallels. Anyone? Hope Terri will check in on us tomorrow.
Well, being close to halloween, I may be able to come with something clever. I won't be able to do anything until next Monday or Tuesday, as I have to travel today and tomorrow and then we are going to the Round Up in Tupelo to meet other DGers. I can't wait!
I'm on a tight budget, so this is some really traditional flowers from the grocery store. I didn't mean to buy these mums either. I thought they were the spider mums. Each flower was in its own sleeve...couldn't tell. Sorry so boring...I think tropical flowers would make better parallels. Anyway, here's mine...now bring in yours!
Beautiful, vibrant colours and lovely paralell arrangement, well done karma and thanks for taking part .
When my pc is working I will show you what I did.I made three lines and used, orange gerberas, purple statice, red carnations, white roses, aspidistra leaves and bear grass. I won the trophy for the month!
Next month the theme is FIREWORKS.
I had a lucky night, I also won one of the raffle prizes which was an arrangement made by the demonstrator!!
I hope to be back in cyberspace soon Karma! at least I will have a few to show you when I eventually get my pc back and working normally. Keep up your good work and enthusiasm won't you ladies? bye for now. Terri
Thanks Traci...I bought them at Winn-dixie...they don't always carry the orange. It was screaming for me to pick them up. Do y'all have a whole foods? They have the coolest flowers. I saw tiny pumpkins on a stick last week...have no idea what they're called. I should buy my flowers at the flower shop to support the floral business, but the grocery store is just more convenient...not to mention cheaper.
Finaaaaaaaaaaaaly, she shows up! We've missed you, Terri, hope you don't mind we carried on here without your presence. Your arrangement sounds awesome...can't wait to see it. Congratulations on your award! And I can't wait to see it! Will you show us your prize arrangement as well...I'd love to see what the demonstrator did.
Thankyou Karma, you are very kind seeing as you weren't there to see the others!!
Here's the trophy, I have to take it back next month.
I haven't got a picture of the prize I won, but I will redo it myself to show you what it was like, when I get some orange gladioli which is what it had in it.
Are you going to do the 'Fireworks' theme?
that will be the last one for this year, in December they do gift wrapping. We wrap gifts and they are given to old people's homes. I have a feeling you will be good at gift wrapping, we can have some fun with our christmas presents.
I'm going to be pretty busy for the next few months, but I will try to do something for the fireworks theme. Gift wrapping will be a lot of fun, esp. when it's for charity. That's a very nice thing to do.
I have lots of paper I bought after Christmas, but didn't stock up on ribbon. Guess I will have to stock up after this Christmas. My favorite thing is recycled brown paper and raffia with some pine cones and berries.
Congrats Terri. Very cool design. I love the base. Hate you have to send the trophy back.
I love using the brown paper and raffia. I have glued pearls and rhinesones on it, either as designs or random. Cut out mag pics with a theme for the wrapping, like old perfume bottles or old cars for different family members, but that takes a while. I also have different stamps, mostly abstract and stamp it with gold ink. I sometimes tie a silver dollar with the the raffia and write on the back for the tag. A gold or silver paint pen works good. There are so many things you can do with it. It even looks good with nothing added. I love the berries and pine cones. Oh, when I finally have flowers, I will try to dry and glue them on. Fern leaves or a big poinsettia or fern leaves with a poinsettia. Ok must stop. I will start buying gifts just to wrap.
I can't help it. It is one of the very few crafty things I can do. I am so sad when I spend so much time on them and then they are ripped about. I tell myself every year, don't do it, but I can't help it.
If you have won it four times, than it should definitely be yours to keep. Is it given out once a month? Has anyone else won four times? Be greedy girlfriend.
I have a little extra time on my hands since I resigned, but on the flip side, money is tight. I will see what I can do. It may be those sticks I was talking about earlier. Plenty of them. If the darn Spider lilies would come back up, the definitely could be used. I have now dug out 200 in about a 5 sf area. I know there must be thousands in there. We are actually suppose to get several days of rain next week, thank goodness, and maybe something in the yard will pop up. I know the camillas are about to bloom.
It's a great idea to use sticks and foliage , anything you can find around the garden would be great. This is a relaxed
flower club and I don't think you need to go and buy expensive flower's to try out ideas.
The arrangement that I won in the raffle was made with sticks, some were split, which gave more interest,and she used
the seed heads of crocosmia,and other 'dead' matter!!! mixed with some fresh foliage, it looked good.
more time on your hands huh? no excuses then, haha!
Did you read the post earlier when I told Karma I would make a stick cross. She was kind enough to point out that was not parallel lines. I am going to definitely keep working on this, as I do have fun. I still have got to get some floral foam. I have even watched a little 10 part ideas on arrangements from Better homes and Gardens. I Love some they did there.
I will see what I can come up with next week. I am going out of town this weekend, where another DGer is kind enough to give me 8 to 10 full size Brugs. I can't wait!!
I can't believe Karma hasn't show up. She has been dying for you to get back. I had the pleasure of speaking with her and she has to be one of the sweetest people I have talked with from DG. Although she does get those digs in every once in a while. lol.
Traci, are you sure it was a pleasure talking to me? Remember I hardly got a word in? j/k Now, I didn't wanna call you out on the arrangement, Traci. But since Terri's back, we'll just have to tag team you. No more puttin' it off after this weekend. Come back with all your brugs, lucky girl, and be ready to work them sticks.
Terri, I have not been dying for you to get back, just withering away a little. :)
Traci, what are you doing with all the spider lily bulbs? If you're going to throw them out, let me know. . .I'd like a few. If you're replanting them elsewhere, I'd still like a few. . .LOL. Trade you for a christmas ornament?
No ornament needed, Darling. Are you in the Addy? If not, D-mail me and I would be glad to send some to you!!
As much as I would love to following the marching orders, it looks like it will be the middle of the week before I am able to do any parallels. We filled up the extended size PU and I must take care of the cuttings, trees, plants, etc. first. After that, I will do my best to make the (possibily worst ever seen) parallel line arragement.
Hmmmmm. . .trying to think of an idea for fireworks. . .I'm coming up with nothing. I'll see if I can come up with something. Terri, tell them you lost the trophy. You may as well keep it if you're gonna win it every month.
Hey, I have not been to the old cafe since the day they put me in jail! So that wasn't me! Who is Zany?
Well if I win it this time, it will be the last!!
When you get 20 points over the year ,you leave the novice section and move up to the 'Intermediate' level!
At the moment I am on 18.
Points are given 0-5 for instance with the last arrangement I got 5 points, one time I got a 3!
I don't know what to do for fireworks, or even what container to use! what are you doing?
Zany is my flower girl!
Congrats in advance in achieving intermediate level! Thanks for reminding me about the fireworks. Still brainstorming. . .haven't come up with anything yet. Probably will miss it Wednesday, but i promise to come up with something. Or should I wait for Traci's parallels debut?
Terri, I was curious how you were going to pull it off. . .but you sure did! That looks wonderfully fun. I love the spiraling around the stems. Awesome! Did you get to bring home the trophy? I would have given it to you! Gotta go put Peyton to sleep now. Thanks for showing us your piece. That was exciting.
Trophy!!! I want to see yours tomorrow!!! and You will have a special trophy ok? ok Traci, you too!!!
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That sounds like a very good theme Traci,
no fowers no money!
Do you have sticks, leaves,twigs? Why don't we try 'Land Art'?
Making something with materials collected from our gardens,and arranging them either inside or outside.
Just a idea!!
I know what you mean Karma. I don't have somewhere set up, it's a pain getting everything out! I usually do a few arrangements in one go while I have it set up.
My greenhouse is getting too told to stay in there for too long these days!
Hi Adele, 7 flowers and foliage is the title of the theme, the rest is your own interpretation!! no advice offered, you're on your own!!!!!!!! Everyone comes up with something completely different, thats the idea!
Hope you can join in the fun.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. If you would be so kind as to take your seats, dinner will be served shortly. I hope you enoy your evening and will now turn you over to your hostes s for tonights judging. : )
Shrimp fried rice with soy sauce/sweet and sour sauce and fortune cookies. ( can't imagine how this menu popped into my head. ; ) )
Bravo! applause! Hey Star, this is a real treat! We haven't had such fancy food at this club before!
What a lovely arrangement of goodies, and so beautifully presented, very fuuny too!
I'm starving, so hope you don't mind if I have a fortune cookie to keep me going!
The centrepiece is really pretty, looks like it's sitting on angel wings. Thankyou very much, you are so thoughtful.
I'm going to set the long table out and put the tablecloth on, ready for the arrangements to be displayed later.
We also have a stall selling floristry equipment, potted plants, ribbon's ,containers, magazines and all that.
If anyone would like to donate to our stall, please bring your items in!
I've set the chairs out, everything is prepared, better go and make my arrangement!!!
See you back here later...
I'm glad you like it, Thankyou for your kind comments. I saw something like it in a flower magazine, and made my own version of it! I liked your contemporary christmas basket, so I used one like it for this arrangement.
It's ok to be late! we are not one of those strict flower clubs!! Looking forward to seeing your's when it's ready.
LOVE the food menu. Very creative and darling to boot. I have been trying to figure out what I could do with the Chinese take out boxes.
Terri, fantastic!! It is going to be very hard to beat. Here's a suggestion. Why don't we allow entries to run through the weekend. This will allow players extra time if they are working. Let me know what you all think.
Where's yours?!!!!!! We need your elegant arrangement.!
I seem to be going through a horizontal phase! it's quite difficult, but I like a challange.
Actually dear friend, there was no flower club this month, we don't start arranging until March!
So I didn't win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and when we go back, I will be at intermediate level! (not trying to show off!)
Only the novice section can win the trophy. This encourages the novices to try harder and move up. Intermediates collect points and have to earn 35 points over the year to move up to seniors. then it is advanced seniors (like Jenny) our chairwoman.
Here in our own cyber flower club, we can do what we like!!! weekly or monthly meetings are fine by me.
If we have a weekly meeting, this would give everyone a chance to choose the theme.
What does everyone else think?
Looking forward to seeing more 7 flower and foliage arrangements!
Ok, you can choose next weeks theme, after this one. Something to think about, remembering the theme is always very simple, and open to many interpretations.
Thanks for your enthusiasm and support.
Eddited to say, it is understood that not everyone will have time to make it to the club every week, and that's ok, join in whenever you can!
Please may we have the new theme by Monday, which gives us time to prepare. Thanks!
I did it!!! Here's my 7 flowers and foliage display. It will look different in the morning. It actually looks different now(10 minutes after picture was taken.) because I change the color of some test tubes.
Hey Terri, It would be my pleasure to pick next week's theme. Next theme is fruit and flowers. I'll announce it again on Monday:)
WHOO HOO! Adele, fabulous idea to incorporate your experiments into the theme. It really is working!
Thankyou for joining in with this weeks theme, a very unique design, Well done.!
Thanks for next weeks theme, I'm looking forward to it.
I found it! Fruit is it? Sorry bout the frost on the grapes (straight from the fridge) and I've eaten the mango and one of the peaches, also re-used the leaves and flowers from the arrangement from the cafe. (recycling!)
I know it's not "mind boggling, or think outside the square" but I'd eat it!
you know, I thought that myself. Next bbq I go to, I'm taking a fruit platter, but of course I'll put a bit more time, effort and thought into it! Thanks Adele, I'm eating the banana on my cereal as I type. It's raining here and I don't know if it will clear up for me to go to work, so what better way to spend the morning than visiting me mates on DG.
Hi Sue, G'day mate!
BEAUTIFUL, thankyou for bringing your delicious looking platter. Love the dish you have used, it fits so well with the theme, with it being a natural container of wood. Exotic fruits and flowers look so special, I think you arranged them in an interesting way showing the different textures, with some cut for added interest.Thanks for joining the flower club!
Sorry I'm late with mine!! (migrane last night and had to go to bed).
I have the day off today so I will have time to get mine done, and bring it in later.
Adele, raisins are fine, it's your theme dear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Adele, first decide what style of arrangement you want to ... modern or traditional.
For instance, Karma's arrangement is traditional, but she has added a modern twist using the apples.
Sue's arrangement is design based and modern. Hope that helps a bit!
I was wondering, how did the experiments with the dyed flowers turn out?
The flowers didn't change colors again. I think the dye was too diluted.
I came across a bowl that I use for fruit. I'm going to use that for the container. I think my approach will be traditional but I really don't know the difference. So when I make it you'll tell me.:)
Have fun on your day off.
Hey Terri, I love it. I would love to pick your brain one day. One question, as the leaves on tulips go down to the base of the flower, do you just leave them attached to the flower instead of removing them? I think the leaves are part of the charm of tulips.
What beautiful arrangements everbody!!!!!!!!! Looking at them fruit and flowers makes me want to cha-cha cha. Very appetizing!
I'm hanging my head right now in shame. I had gotten some fruit the other day and then got busy on my homework, forgot about the project and ate my fruit for a snack. tryign to stay of f the tater chips and cookies so much. Didn't realiz e what I had done til later. Opps! : ( with it being in the teens the next few days and rainand sleet , don't know if I will even attempt to go to store. I don't do cold so well.
Hi Traci and Star,
Too funny eating your fruit!!!
Strickly speaking you should cut the tulips off at the end of the stem and throw away the leaves!!
I agree with you Traci, the leaves are good and I like to use them!
Thanks for the compliments!
Star, got any lemons or tomatoes...raisins?!!
It's Beautiful Adele! So light and airy, really nice fresh colours and textures. The balance with the oranges is perfect! Thankyou for the theme this week, I thought it was a good idea and you have done a great job!
I think you should nominate or ask someone to choose next weeks theme!
OMG, I've been at it for hours! Mostly trying to get the pics right. I've got lamps with tinfoil directed at the arrangement and tried with flash, without flash and with different light measures (although I don't know what I'm doing there!) This is the best I could do, but I think it looks nicer in real life. It is made of Tall Cyperus papyrus at the back, White flowering chives, Malay pygmy bamboo (Pogonathum paniceum or something like that) and a couple of tortured willow peices.
I'm still using that horrible piece of oasis until i can get to the shops. Theres hardly any body left to it at all! You's would die laughing if you could see it!
Anyway, here goes. Its supposed to look simple, elegant and oriental.
This last weekend my husband and I went to the Hawaii Flower and Shippers Assoc 60th Annual Shinnenkai banquet held at the University of Hawaii Hilo "Imiloa Centre" - doesn't that sound rather grand! At this event shippers and growers of tropical flowers enter their prize flowers into the "People's Choice" competition.
We have a protea farm and so entered my prize pincusions a basket full of pink protea
and consequently won 1st place for my prize protea. That is the greatest feeling to know that the flowers that my husband and I grow WON first place.
We live in Hawaii on the Big Island and we wonder if any of you use protea in your floral arranging - we would love to see some of your arrangements.
Sue, what a beautiful arrangement! Adele, you have to add her on the guru list.
Aloha to you Annemaree! Congratulations on your award. I wish I could afford proteas in my arrangements. They are about $5 a stem down here. I believe terriculture has used it in one of her arrangements. She will be along to post a pic for you, I'm sure. Do you have pics of your proteas? I bet they are really cool.
Your arrangement is lovely Sue! You really did achieve simlpe elegant and oriental. Thankyou for joining in with the theme this week.
Aloha Annemaree and welcome to cut flowers!
Congratulations on your award for Proteas, they are such special flowers , we don't see them much here.
I have only used them once to make a wreath, there is a picture of it in the ' Belles florists' thread. Sorry iI don't know how to do the link!
I would love to see some pictures of your proteas if you have any.
I will be late with my Zen arrangement, I won't have time to make it until Thursday!
Guess what? I actually made an arrangement! Sorry my participation has been so low. Here's my zen arrangement. This is soooooo less is more LOL! And I used a cereal bowl. Ignore the background. The kitchen was the only place I could find black.
Aloha Annemaree and congratulations! I'm very new at arranging flowers. I had to look up what proteas look like. I would love to use them in a flower arrangement. Have you ever used proteas in a flower arrangement?
Hey Karma, I think your arrangement is very zen, simple and elegant. It's very good.
Hi and Aloha to all. Annemaree, my friend (Annmarie also) down the road grows proteas , they do very well in our climate apparently. She does a lot of dried flower arranging and uses them. They are also used regularly in store bought Dried flower arrangements here in Australia.
Thanks Adele for your kind words. I spent literally hours last night trying to get a good photo as I'm not here during the daylight! I've arrived home to see it all dried out because I left the doors open and a nice strong breeze has been blowing through all day, not to mention that scungey piece of Oasis I keep using! I really must throw it away.
I actually did 3 arrangements last night, because I cut wayyyyyyy to much material. There is such a variety of foliage form and colour in my garden! At least the place is looking very decorative now, with arrangements in almost every room!
Hey, Karma. Your arrangement is exactly what I thought a Zen arrangement might look like! Well done.
And TC, can't wait to see yours!
This is in my bathroom, an arrangement of Croton spp at the front, then Cordyline fruticosa leaves, then Giant African Fountain grass in behind
Pupil.. Love your tea cup and the way you have the flowers going up the side like that.
WeedWoman... very nice presentation. it really has an oriental feeling and movement to it when I look at it.
Karma... Glad to see you finally got to play. Simple but elegant. Nifty idea using a ceral bowl.
Digger... Very peaceful and relaxing. All ya need now is a bit of a tiny water fountain runing through it and I would think I was in a Japanese thought garden for reflection. Looking at the pebbles, makes me realize that I need to relax a bit and breath.
I hope next week maybe I cna get to store and get some flowers or something. Got exams coming up so cramming for them.
Welcome AnneMarie! Would like to se e some of your flowers.
We're all waiting in anticipation Terri! You've got all of ours to learn from, *chuckle*
Hi Adele, just like a bonsai! Where did you get your dish?
Star, what are you studying?
Me, a guru? Nah, I'm just lucky to have so much material to work with!
How is everyone?
I love your zen garden digg! Love the contrast between the rocks and the green moss. Terri, "sweet" Zen garden. I don't exactly understand the rock placement in Zen philosophy, but it looks very calming.
Sue, The problem with 'native' for a theme, at this time of year, is some of our gardens are still asleep! Please suggest something easier!!!
Thanks Karma, for saying my zen garden was calming!
It was very difficult for me not to add flowers, but I did it!!! , Thanks Traci!
O.k, o.k, no natives. I get them all year, so we can do that agin another time. No, I'll leave it up to you to suggest another theme, as I can't think of any, and not knowing what you may have access too makes it tricky also. (i.e Tropical)
I've heard from Karma, she is not well and is suffering with colds and flu. Also her little boy is not well.
Karma said to say Hi, but she is not up to playing out at the moment.
Get well soon Karma!
Anything goes ok, I'll be back with mine in a while!
Sue, Love your colourful arrangement, thankyou for bringing it in.
Putting it way over there on the window ledge, I can't see it properly, please bring it closer and tell us what exotics you have in it!!! love the watering can. pretty please?
Hi Sue and Star,
Thankyou both for for calling in and letting me know.
I didn't know about your tornado watch. Hope you stay safe and are all ok?
Valentines for next week, Star thats a good idea, thankyou.
Sue,I thought your anything goes theme was a good idea! and great for new flower club members to join in.
Well, lets aim for Valentines day, and do "anything goes" "whenever" That kinda works well doesn't it? I will still try to do something soon. Getting itchy fingers!
Take care you lot with the bad weather! Mother natures being mean to us for cutting the heads off her flowers!
Very nice Terry, it reminds me of a scrumptious cake, and should be served in the cafe immediately! I didn't know oasis came in pink, what a good idea to be able to make it part of the arrangement.
Here is a close up of the Celosia flowers. They are like velvet!
Thanks Sue. wish I could find Celosa over here, I don't see it very often. love it, so unusual. I have grown the feathery one, such bright colours. Your valentine arrangement is very sexy! thanks for joining in.