Ikebana principles in this season's arrangement:
This season we focus on using dried materials, specifically, painted birch branches. Using dried materials allows you to think outside the box (or vase), since dried materials don’t need to be placed in water. In addition, mixing fresh and dried materials together highlights the contrast between the two, and makes the fresh materials seem more alive.
Remove all leaves and thorns from your roses.
Remember to cut stems underwater to prevent air bubbles from forming.
The outer petals of your roses are called guard petals because they protect the rose. Feel free to gently remove them if needed.
Turn your rose upside down and gently roll the stem between your palms to open up the petals.