Flowers and Ikebana

New Zealand Flax To Play With

New Zealand Flax is one of my favorite materials for Ikebana. The leaves are quite long, strong, and flexible. These leaves are one of the best materials to use if you are learning about leaf manipulation. They are very versatile and malleable. You can use them like ribbons or weave them like a basket or mat. For our Ikebana lesson last Tuesday, we got a bunch of New Zealand Flax together some flowers. The moment I saw these leaves in my flower set, my hands started to play with it.


Highlighting New Zealand Flax Leaves

My main material for yesterday’s lesson are the tri-color New Zealand Flax leaves. I also got some pink Roses, white Day Lilies. still green Goldenrod, and blue Gentian. For my first arrangement, I combined two light brown vases in a single arrangement united by the leaves curved like ribbons.  I also put pink Roses to complement the light color of the vase as well as some Goldenrod to some texture to the whole arrangement.

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New Zealand Flax Curved Like Ribbons


Similar to my first arrangement, I again treated the leaves like ribbons for my second arrangement. But instead of creating circles, I used the holes of the vase to create wavy lines. And because I want to highlight the leaves, I just added some Goldenrod and a single Hibiscus for some contrast. The vase was a gift from my friend Ausra before they left Tokyo last week.


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Playful Ribbons Using Flax Leaves


For my third arrangement, I tried to move away from the curves and circles for a bit. Instead of making curves, I highlighted the strong lines of the New Zealand Flax by folding the leaves into several points. I added some white Day Lilies to blend with the white and green colors of the leaves. And some yellow Gerberas to give some strong contrast.  The arrangement was placed in a white and blue vase to balance the colors and to emphasize lines.

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Emphasizing Lines Using New Zealand Flax Leaves


Still with contrasts in mind, I transformed the New Zealand Flax into broom-like leaves as contrast to the heaviness or mass of the Gentian and Mums.

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Mass and Lines Using New Zealand Flax, Mums, and Gentian



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