Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Peony: Subtle Yet Captivating

Peony flowers has long been a favorite in Asian arts like paintings, poems, and even tattoos. It represents honor, wealth, romance, and beauty in all forms. There are special exhibitions for peony here in Japan between mid-April to mid-May. During this time, locals and foreign visitors can enjoy its beauty and subtle fragrance.   This year, I was fortunate to see one of these exhibitions at Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura… Read More

Carnation: Elegance and Versatility

Carnation is one of the popular flowers often preferred for bouquets or centrepieces. It is also a favorite flower to give as gift on Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day. Originally, its natural color is bright pinkish-purple. But because of modern technology, this flower is now available is array of colors whole year round. Each color of the carnation has a symbol or meaning similar to other flowers. However in general this flower expresses.. Read More

Anthurium Ikebana Arrangements

Anthurium is a tropical flower famous for its heart and waxy shape. It has a long vase life which is ideal for an arrangement or display. Often times, we see them arranged vertically so that the hearts are visible. But this also gives the flowers a two-dimensional image because of its flat structure. Here in Japan, anthurium flowers are a bit expensive and rare. Most of the time, they come in pots.. Read More

Yamabuki: The Golden Mountain Breeze

Yamabuki or Kerria japonica is a shrub native to China, Japan, and Korea. It belongs to the rose family and often times called as Mountain Rose. It has bright yellow small flowers which also represent the yellow color of gold. If translated, yamabuki means mountain breath. Yama means mountain, bu means breath, and ki means gold. This shrub spreads widely in the mountains, riverside, and gorges. In late spring, its.. Read More

Purple Statice As Focal Points

Purple statice are tiny cluster flowers which belongs to the Limonium family. Often times, it is serves as fillers in an arrangement. It is also a great material for drying because it can retain its color for a long time. Its stems can also be used to achieve fine yet solid lines.   Purple Statice to Complete the Arrangements   For the past few weeks, we had purple statice as.. Read More