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random bouquet

I came upon this flower “arrangement” in a commercial garden.  I say “arrangement” because I don’t really believe the flowers were arranged, but rather placed somewhat haphazardly into the bucket of water to keep them fresh until they could be packaged and shipped.

And yet, there’s something about the way these flowers are located in relation to each other that I find compelling.  The way the large white blossom takes front and center stage like an unabashed diva.  The way the bold red ginger spears, normally the show-stealers, aren’t as sharply focused and wind up playing a supporting role in the background.  The way the random green stems and leaves add a strong vertical element to the composition.

The unusual down- and back-lighting adds drama…and finally, the way that almost all the foliage continues out of the frame forces you to focus back on the white flower.

This isn’t a typical tropical bouquet, by any stretch of the imagination.

And it definitely does NOT follow the rules of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging that is performed in a meditative manner and results in a minimalist design.  (Practitioners of ikebana, please forgive my gross oversimplification of your art form, which I greatly admire.)

Therefore, it’s the antithesis of ikebana, but no less beautiful, at least to me.



  1. Compelling composition and color!

  2. Super!!!!

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