Eye-catching Ikebana ( Flower Arrangements)
by Tarla Dalal
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Ranjana tulsyan presents a simple and attractive arrangement using the japanese art of flower arrangement.
5 screw-pine (kewda) leaves
1 croton branch
6 to 8 kalanchoe or jatropha flower heads
1 verbena flower head
boat-shaped container , 14-15" long
1 medium sized ( rectangular) pin holder
2 small pin holders
cycas leaves instead of kewda leaves
carnation , chrysanthemum_spell! or rose instead of kalanchoe_spell!
gysophila instead of verbena or croton
- Take one screw-pine leaf and cut off 3" from the lower portion of the leaf.
- Cut 5-6" off the upper portion of the leaf. Now the leaf is 13" long.
- Cut the upper portion of the leaf to form a v shape.
- Cut the upper half of the leaf to get a zig-zag pattern as shown in the picture.
- Similarly modify the remaining leaves so that they are of different lengths.
- Place the medium sized and one small pin holder towards the left of the container ( the medium-sized on the left and the small one on right). The place one small pin holder towards the right of the container. Pour water into the container.
- Fix the longest modified screw-pine leaf towards the right back of the medium-sized pin holder.
- Fix one leaf each on either side of the middle leaf (leave a little space at the back of the leaves on the pin holders).
- Fix 2 leaves on the small pin holder.
- Take on kalanchoe flower head. Attach a 1" long piece of thick stem to the lower portion of the kalanchoe stem with thread.
- Fix the flower head as shown. Similarly arrange the reast of the flower heads.
- Fix the verbena at the back of the middle leaf such that the flowers are visible from the front.
- Fix the croton branch behind the first leaf from left as shown in the picture. Your arrangement is ready.
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