It was almost a month ago when I saw some painted Ruscus leaves at our local flower shop. They were in silver and royal blue colors. It is quite early for some winter colors but I could not resist on buying some stems.

Artificially-colored fresh materials are not detested in Ikebana. However, most practitioners still prefer to showcase the natural colors of the plants. On one hand, I also understand that the shop owners are always in the verge of earning some profit from their goods. Hence, they try to sell as much as they can. Unsold flowers and leaves usually end up as trash and would result to lesser income.

I like using Ruscus in my arrangements because of its structure and vivid color. Plus it takes a while before it withers. However, it was my first time to use some artificially colored leaves. I noticed that even if starts to dry out, the leaves stayed intact on the stems. The shop owner did a good job on painting them manually because the silver and blue colors remained the same up to this day.



Painted Ruscus for Early Summer Ikebana


These past few days, Tokyo gets warmer day by day. This is an indication that summer is just around the corner. Using the painted Ruscus leaves, I made two arrangements to welcome the early summer. Both compositions aim to give a refreshing feeling to help ease the hot temperature. I used contrasting and complimenting colors to highlight the ruscus leaves.



Painted Ruscus in Ikebana
Early Summer Ikebana using Painted Ruscus and Gerbera




The second composition features allium flowers which are abundant during this time of the year until July and August. I like having them here in Japan because of their curvy lines.

Curvy Allium Flowers with Silver and Blue Ruscus Leaves


Happy weekend everyone!