I am still figuring tulips out. They like to do their own little thing. They wiggle around and grow significantly in the container and bend and flop. Then they snap back up and say “heeeeeey just doing my my tulip thing!”🌷They look good though of course they look good they’re tulips what’s not to like? I put these tulips on the kitchen counter and they greet me every morning when I make my coffee and say “good morning Matt! Have a good day!”🌷🌷🌷😍 (Have a good day!)
To me in the past, flowers have been viewed as a waste of money. It is a nice gesture for someone you love. But still it's store bought and you can buy me food instead 😋 However, I think I discovered a new appreciation for flowers through ikebana-- the beautiful art of flower arrangement.
There is so much thought that goes into each piece. It's just like paintings, sculptures and other forms of art. You need to take into consideration the length, placement, angles, colors, spacing. The water and vase are even part of the art.
Last night was my first time doing ikebana so it was also a cultural experience. Ikebana is a way to bring the four seasons experienced throughout Japan indoors. Ikebana stems from Buddhism as flowers are always offered to the alters so they made it into a form of art.
In Buddhism, odd numbers are good luck (something to keep in mind when creating your arrangement). The arrangement should maintain a triangular structure to connect heaven, the earth/ground and man. (The highest point represents heaven.) As you arrange and carefully place each stem, you try to make it look like everything is sprouting from one area.
I originally was interested in ikebana to learn more about the Japanese culture but now I want to practice getting in touch with my creativity. I'm not the most artistic person so it's been a goal of mine to do so. Ikebana is quite relaxing. The environment is rather silent and calming. Through the process you really appreciate each stem and bud. It's simple yet so moving. Ikebana goes along with my new found minimalist life approach.
There's so much more to learn but I look forward to expanding my appreciation for nature and having another therapeutic outlet.