Thursday, November 21, 2013

Glorious Bittersweet - Ikebana Inspired


From a Wild Tangled Mass to Ikebana

A friend told me she was having a bridal shower for her daughter.  Since it's November, there isn't much left in my garden.  Thankfully, Karin loves bittersweet, and that, I have plenty of.  I decided to cut Karin a few vines ...


Bittersweet at Cedarmere Farm

Armed with Karin's favorite Autumn berries, I then had to decide what to do.  I knew that it would be beautiful and autumnal if Karin and I draped, tugged, and scattered the bittersweet vines around her porch, doors, windows, etc.  But I needed to come up with a few centerpieces to place strategically around where the food would be set out and her guests would be gathering.  The key to making arrangements for a big party is to use electric colors in a simple arrangement.  Because there is so much going on -- food, people, music -- a simple arrangement will command attention. Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, immediately came to mind.  (See my Autumn Glory - Simple Elegance post, 11/25/2012, for a brief explanation of this Japanese art and the points to keep in mind when making an Ikebana arrangement.  Also, remember the odd number rule - see Odd Composition Rule in Landscaping post, 12/7/12.)


Bittersweet Arrangement - Ikebana Inspired

Bittersweet

Autumn Arrangement - Ikebana Inspired
Bittersweet,  Yellow Chrysanthemum, Callicarpa Americana, Calendula leaves

Autumn Arrangement - Ikebana Inspired
Bittersweet,  Yellow Chrysanthemum, Callicarpa Americana, Calendula leaves

Autumn Arrangement - Ikebana Inspired
Bittersweet and Japanese Anemone Leaves

Autumn Arrangement - Ikebana Inspired
Bittersweet and Japanese Anemone Leaves


Let the art of Ikebana inspire you.
I think you will enjoy the 
tranquility that accompanies it.

                                                               Christa

6 comments:

  1. I love bittersweet. I see it all over at the lower elevations but sadly none grows on my land.
    Such pretty arrangements you have put together.

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    1. Joan,
      I love them too. They are fun to decorate with.
      Christa

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  2. Christa... So pretty! How blessed is Karin to have a "flower arranging" friend who grows her own stock? Love the simplicity and the vibrant colors from these arrangements and your previous post. Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan,
      Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
      Christa

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  3. Simple and dramatic - perfect for the occasion and the season.
    Have good evening and a good continued week.
    Ingrid xx

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    1. Hi Ingrid,
      Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving to you.
      Christa

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