Small arrangements in Ikebana is as challenging as making huge ones. At least it is for me. When using small vases or containers, there is not much space to position the fresh materials. Plus the flowers or leaves one can put can be very limited.

For this week's lesson with my sensei, I challenged myself to do a composition using a number of small Ikebana arrangements. I had the idea to make such when I saw some Nasturtium plants at our local flower shop.


Small Arrangements as One Ikebana

The Nasturtium is an addition to materials or plants that I have not tried yet. I bought some small plants for my balcony. But before placing them there, I cut a few leaves for my Ikebana lesson. The shape of the leaves remind me of Monet's lily pond paintings.


Using the Nasturtium as my inspiration, I created an Ikebana composition similar to a lily pond. My pond is a dark blue rectangular Moribana container. The color of the container gave a good contrast against the greens and yellows. Inside are seven small Ikebana arrangements done separately. My fresh materials include green Dianthus balls, ferns, pompom mums, and yellow Gerbera.


Lily Pond with Nasturtium, Mums, Gerbera, and Dianthus


The small kenzans provide a more flexible and easier way to create lines inside the vase. Below is another perspective of the same arrangement.


Small Arrangements One Ikebana
Side View of the Luly Pond Arrangement