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  • Writer's pictureLouise Worner

Valentine's Day Ikebana



This year we celebrated our first Valentine's Day in Belgium. The temperatures are still crisp, and after a very wet and soggy winter we finally have blue sky and no rain. Due to the wet weather, I was late getting my bulbs in, however, as a sure sign that spring is on its way, they are all starting to sprout. We are looking forward to the burst of colour that will appear after a long dark winter, and to the numerous varieties of tulips that we planted in our garden.


Materials

In anticipation of the flowers that are soon to bloom we decided to create a Valentine's Day ikebana using my daughters' favourite heart shaped suiban and pink tulips.


Balancing the Suibans

After balancing the suibans on one another, a small camellia branch was chosen as the main stem of the arrangement.


Placing the first stem

To create unity between the suibans a smaller stem of camellia was placed on a kenzan in the second vase.


Adding Camellia and a Tulip to the second vase

Tulips were added as a focal point and smaller camellia stems added to the front and sides to obscure the kenzan.


Final touches

Finally to create depth, a small branch was placed towards the back of the arrangement.

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