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Alder and chrysanthemum in a white plastic moribana vase.

Teacher: Ranka

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Tenerife’s highest point, Teide, is surrounded by a natural park filled with pine trees. This volcanic region suffers from occasional forest fires in the hot summer months. The bark of the pine trees in this area is scorched black, but the trees keep growing in the high altitude. This arrangement represents my recent hiking experience on the Chinyero trail. I combined fragile violet flowers with burnt tree material to create a contrast between two feelings: fresh and suffering, gentle and sturdy.

Teacher: Ranka

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The joy of spring comes to life in the form of different spring branches. The only coniferous material is the pine. I was aiming at an airy, light impression popular with the Sogetsu school.

Teacher: Ranka

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Something simple, bearing a haiku in mind.

Think of a rainy, misty day at the old pond. Everything is quiet, except the slight drip of raindrops on the bamboo leaves. You get to make one secret wish, but one alone.

Teacher: Ranka

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A white container curls under a pine branch and some blue-violet bells. The colours seem quite seasonal, although clematis is not a flower of this season.

Teacher: Ranka

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A bamboo shoots up and rustles slightly in the spring breeze.

Teacher: Ranka

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Sweet Magnolia

Another type of spring magnolia I got from my teacher Shunran. The petals are more elongated than in the previous kind, so this species might be considered a little more elegant in style. But they both look absolutely stunning.

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