Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A Hint of Spring

Window display: A Hint of Spring
cellophane rolls, two wooden containers, old hemp string,
blue Hyacinths, yellow Roses and green Carnations

Frozen layers of winter are still covering spring. It's all silent and cold - but not for long. Life is coming back!


Creative Arts said...

Nice blog, lots of beautiful arrangements. Thanks for sharing. Flower greetings Helga, www.ikebana-today.com

nordic lotus said...

Hi Helga. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. It means a lot to me. I'm proud that you like my ikebana arrangements. I've added your new blog to my reading list.

Reich said...


I am Rachel, I recently joined your blog, yesterday night I had a look before going to sleep. Indeed it will became really addictive . I did not have time yet to go all your information, but I will. Great compositions , great links . I discovered Ikebana 6 years ago . I took sometime ago a lesson over a week end only in Madrid as it is really difficult for me to find teachers in Spain, so all your news, ideas are fantastic for me. HAve you got any recommended book I should have ? Any recommender fillers and flowers I could plant in my garden? Thank you very much !

nordic lotus said...

Hi Rachel. Thanks for joining the blog. I'm glad you find it inspiring. I don't know any ikebana teachers in Spain, but several of the blogs in my blog list ate Spanish. I've been surprised to find that I have a lot of visitors from Spain. It looks like Ikebana is quite popular in your country. One of my favorite books for learning Sogetsu ikebana is Stella Coe's "Ikebana: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Japanese Flower Arranging". Gustie L. Herrigel's "Zen in the Art of Flower Arrangement" is a classic book on ikebana philosophy. Both are probably out of print but can be found on Amazon. Of new books the large size photo books edited by Mit Ingelaere-Brandt are nice and inspirational. Joan D. Stamm "Heaven and Earth are Flowers" is a nice source for philosophy and living with ikebana. I don't know much about gardening in Spain. It's always useful to have Aspidistra leaves. If you can grow bamboo that's great too. I also love flowering branches like cherry, peach, almond trees, and of course Magnolia. Good luck with finding out more about ikebana!

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