Thursday, July 6, 2017

TAC/EC 2017: "Generations United, Taiwanese Americans Together" (2)

Once upon a time, my husband and I would take our three children--two teenagers and a toddler--to a college campus over July 4th weekend to attend the annual Taiwanese American Conference East Coast (TAC/ EC).
This year was the 48th year anniversary, and it's changed so much. Three decades ago, it was mainly first generation Taiwanese Americans who brought their children to attend. Since then, participation decreased, and for many years we didn't attend, particularly when our kids were busy starting their careers and families. But recently, more people have been returning because the second generation is grown now and they are bringing their kids! Grandparents, who were the originals, their children, and their children's children are now involved. The program has been handed to the second generation to organize (through TANG: Taiwanese American Next Generation), and we the older generation are supporting and helping. The theme of this year was "Generations United, Taiwanese Americans Together." When we were the parents, we brought our young kids to this occasion to learn about our root, culture and identity and also to have a great time. Now, we watch our own kids doing the same for theirs. How lovely to see our heritage passing down to next generation as we hope!.
The conference ran from 7/2 to 7/4/2017. Our Sogetsu Bux Mount study group was asked to provide an Ikebana Exhibition. It was one of the many event's programs, others were cultural, political...etc. There were many speakers, young and old, from homeland Taiwan and US.
Here was the Classical Music Concert Night. The stage's big arrangement was designed and arranged  by Chih and me.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Flower Plants Transplanted from the Old House

We have moved into our new home for more than six months now. During the long moving process, we gradually transplanted our beloved perennial plants to our new home's temporary garden place, adding to the existing flowers here. This Spring and Summer all the plants survived and are flowering. I am delighted!    
Helenium " Mardi gras "

New perennial, I planted last year

Japanese Iris at back yard corner garden

Common Peony, tree Peony is not flower this year
Some Daisy transplanted last year from old house

 Iris from former owner
Iris from former owner
 Transplanted Iris
Transplanted Clementis
close up view, former owner's
Philadelphus "Lemoinei"
Stokers' aster transplanted
Close up view

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Preparing for TAC/EC Conference Ikebana Exhibition (1)

 When our Sogetsu Ikebana study group was asked for providing a program about Ikebana exhibition in the 2017 Taiwanese American Conference/ East Coast (TAC/EC). It was short notice to prepare the whole thing, such as the stage decoration, poster, member's demonstration and exhibition. June was a busy month for preparation. We had 16 study group members to participate for exhibition and 4 members to do Ikebana demonstration. My job was to design a poster, help decorated stage for music concert, one arrangement and a demonstration. All of these had to be done and ready for July 1.
1) Here is my first try for exhibition piece, using a tall ceramic container and dried vine and leave. The seasonal materials are mock orange flower and magnolia leave. I fully understand the flower might not be available by then. So, I plan to change other flowers when the time comes. 
2) For my demonstration, I am thinking about to use my two  bamboo containers combined  and arranged as one arrangement. But it will be using different flowers, I use Hydrangea at this time pending to change.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 4th Celebration Arrangement

Silver painted Allium as fire works, red lily, white daisy, blue Hydrangea and red net to soften the wire mesh. All these materials carefully arranged together in the rectangular ceramic container. Let's celebrate our National Holiday!   

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June Class and Pot Luck Lunch

We've done a lot of practicing and relearning basic styles of arrangement this year. Lessons for June were FREE style. Anything you would like to create. After we finished two arrangements in the morning then we had pot luck lunch to end our yearly class with Hata Sensei. July and August are our Summer break. 
Lesson 1: Cross bar Fixture (Jumonji-dome)
Material: Snapdragon, Solomon seal, Philadeldrum and kiwi vine
Ceramic container with cross bar inside to hold materials.
Lesson 2: Free Style with new or challenging container
Material: Bittersweet vine," Lemoinei" mock orange. St. John wort and caladium
Container: One tall bamboo basket and the other round one made from bamboo too. They are my new containers. I thought it would be prettier to put them together as a whole arrangement.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Orchid Blooms and BCOS Awards Program

Tonight, June 21 was the final BCOS meeting before Summer break. We had a pot luck dinner along with our annual awards ceremony. I brought two Oncidium orchids to the show table. One of our members who is green house grower, her Sherry Baby oncidium had so many stems with hundreds of flowers. It is a big plant and so amazingly beautiful (the 3rd picture below). This year I missed monthly meetings so many times therefore I didn't expect to get any awards.
After dinner, every one got a flowering orchid to bring home as a party favor.
My sherry Baby Oncidium
My Oncidium "Pacific Panache"
A member's Sherry Baby oncidium
Part of Show table
Party favor, Dendrobium (miniature)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Using New Containers for arrangement

I purchased these bamboo basket containers separately at different times, they are well made and very pretty. The first one is 17inches and half tall, the water holder tube inside is only 2 inches in width. So it is difficult to insert the flowers or branches. Choosing the materials is a bit challenge. The 2nd container is 4 inches and half in diameter. Itself is already an art form.   
Crape myrtle, Solomon seal, kiwi vine and peony

lily and Solomon seal

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Free Style Arrangement

Free style yet basic variation. All the materials were picked from my garden. There are the Crape myrtle branch, peony and lantern rose / ceramic vase     
Hydrangea branch, peony and lantern rose. drift wood added beside the ceramic container.
Without knowing what kind of materials we were going to use, everyone in the class must complete their arrangement within 25 minutes. Surprise! The materials were one hosta leave and one lily stem. They were provided by teacher Meei-Huey Lin.   
The beautiful and fragrant flowering branch (I don't know its name) and azalea with bamboo basket.  

Saturday, May 27, 2017

March, April and May Orchid Blooms

It is a pity that my orchids have fewer blooms these months compared to previous years. I was so busy with other things that I forgot to water them. It might be that they dried out for too long. They really need your attention and care.
Now all my orchids are outside in a shady place, so I will let Mother Nature take care of them.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.
Cattleya, compact plant

Onc. Mtdm. Issaku Nagata



My lady slipper orchid (Pinocchio) has been
blooming since last July.

Two Oncidium orchids are waiting for bloom

Friday, May 19, 2017

Arrangement Using "Found Object"

This month, we are continuing our studies of the basic style with the lessons: Variation #3 Upright Style Moribana (1st lesson) and Nageire (2nd lesson). The third lesson is a freestyle arrangement using "Found Objects," anything we can find to create Ikebana.
For example, Hata Sensei used a plastic egg carton to create a beautiful arrangement for her demonstration(first picture).

Hata sensei's other demo arrangement
My arrangement using a piece of plastic fence

Classmate's arrangement
classmate's arrangement

My granddaughter made these paper flowers.
Basic Style Variation #3 Moribana

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The 11th World Ikebana International - Okinawa Convention Center

Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan, consisting of many islands. Before Japan annexed the Okinawa islands in 1879, it was an island nation, a kingdom called Ryukyu Kingdom with its palace structure very similar to China. Ryukyu kingdom paid tribute to China for several hundred years until Japan's annexation. The island endured the most severe fighting during WWII, before US invaded Japan.
My husband and I took a short trip to Taiwan after the convention to visit our relatives and friends. The trip from Okinawa to Taiwan only took an hour and half, which is much closer than Tokyo to Taiwan.
Convention Center site at the Ginowan Harbour.

Ginowan Harbor with small park

Fishing boats in harbor

Small park in harbor viewed from hotel balcony
Harbor viewed from hotel room