Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Tropical Plants for the Japanese Flower Art

Tropical plants are rare gems. At least from where I am at the moment. Back then, I just see them growing from our garden. Sometimes I secretly cut them from our neighbor’s. Little did I know that I will be excited to see them in botanical gardens and in our Ikebana flower set.   Last Tuesday, our flower set at Seishincho Ikebana class included light green Anthuriums and red orange.. Read More

Summer Feels Brought Inside

It’s summer season once again here in Tokyo! Despite the cloudy and a bit rainy weather we have this week, the humid air tells me it is summer indeed. It is the time of the year when I dream of sitting under a coconut tree and enjoying the pearly beach back home. Unfortunately it is now monsoon season in the Philippines. Inspired by the season and the photo above, I.. Read More

Alliums and Sunflowers: Signs of Summer

Alliums are one of the flowers I love when the weather starts to get warmer. In early May, I always look forward to see them in my flower sets. I especially like those with crazy curves.     In June, we get big balls and very tall straight stems. And when paired with sunflowers, it is an indicator that summer is already here. I love combining big allium flowers with.. Read More

Natsutsubaki Featured in Different Ikebanas

Natsutsubaki or summer camellia is a plant species native to Japan and Korea. Its flowers are small (only up to 8 cm wide) and single-layered.  The flowers are abundant in June until end of August. A few weeks ago, we were fortunate to have it in our flower set. It was my first time to use this plant. I got some stems with thick foliage and in different height. Hence, I decided to.. Read More

Hydrangea as Summer Ikebana

Hydrangea or Ajisai are now in season. This flower is considered as Japan’s flower of summer because of its light colors that are refreshing to the eyes. In Japanese literatures, it is used in haikus to symbolize summer. It is not officially summer yet here in Japan. But the weather feels like so – very hot and sunny day. From 5:00 in the morning until 7:00 pm, it is very humid air and.. Read More