Hello everyone and a very happy new year to you all. I wish you good health, above all else and, then, happy 'Ikebanaring'!
The Christmas arrangement above is the work of my sister-in-law Toula Karanikolopoulos and is in the entry of her home. She and her husband, Con, not only provided a veritable feast for the whole extended family on Christmas day but the house was decorated with a variety of stunning arrangements. I've included two more below but I have to apologize for the poor quality of my photos, as they were taken on my mobile.
|You might be interested to know that the solid|
white material is wax
The little skink, below, was often on our doorstep and would scurry away as we approached but I managed to sneak up on him, snapping this photo.
Back home and the holiday is quickly forgotten as the garden beckons. The warm weather, then torrential rain caused all sorts of problems. I did so much pruning today that I filled my wheelbarrow to overflowing but I find gardening therapeutic and never a chore. My only problem is finding enough time for a high maintenance garden.
My strelitzia Nicolai is in full flower. Only trouble is, the flowers are too high. For the arrangement, below I'm indebted to my window cleaner, Luke, who, whilst on his ladder cleaning the windows, cut the two flowers for me. I used a large gymea leaf, which was given to me by my friend Olga. The container is one I made many years ago.
I had a lot of fun with the leek flowers, below, both in training them to shape and in arranging them.
Bye for now,