July – Flower of the month


Arrangement by Hiroko Suzuki

Japanese Buckthorn bears spikes of small flowers and has a willow like look. They are edible and made often into liqueurs. For its pliancy and toughness, branches are used in the old days to make horse whips.

Kurohime-Ajisai is a kind of Japanese hydrangea macrophylla. Literally “Ajisai” comes from “Azusai” meaning a group of indigo flowers.  The German physician Philipp Franz von Siebold is said to have named a hydragea after his loving wife Otakisan.

One-Point Advice for the Arrangement this month:

Heavy plants like Buckthorn is advisable to place over the vase and utilize it to hold other materials.

Materials used in the arrangement: Biwa(Loquat), Kumayanagi(Buckthorn), Kurohime-Ajisai(Hydrangea)

Vase by Tusgbusa Katoh “Sanka’ku-”

Profile of Ms.Hiroko Suzuki

Born in 1963, Ms. Suzuki started at her early age with her Ikebana lessons (Ikenobo, Ohara and European Flower Arrangement). She continued with her studies of “nageire” style under Master Toshiro Kawase and came to hold many exhibitions in and outside Japan. Many of her works appear in magazines and on TV.

Her latest production is the “Sculpture with Plants”, at which Ms. Suzuki introduces her works using dried plants and fresh in her own unique style. She teaches flower arrangements at several cultural schools.