Flowers of the month (April, 2018)

Hi, this is Shire. Thank you very much for coming to my room again! This “Flowers of the month” series are written in both English & Japanese at the same time since there are many images I would like you all enjoy at once.

Let’s start my monthly flower arrangement♬


April, 2018 〜 Main color: Pink ; Birth stone: Diamond〜
2018年4月 ~テーマカラー:ピンク;誕生石:ダイヤモンド~ 

【Flowers for the arrangement】 Sakura cherry blossoms “Kawazu-zakura” and “Somei-yoshino,” White tea rose “Diamond days”

Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms: This is a “newer” cherry blossom kinds being pretty popular in Japan. It was found in 1955 which was transplanted in Kawazu town (Shizuoka pref. Japan) and officially named “Kawazu-zakura” in 1974. This sakura (cherry blossoms) has really pretty & clear pink color which is the main reason why I really would love to use this particular cherry blossoms.  Besides this sakura, you will see our most famous cherry blossoms in Japan (and the world, I guess?) “Somei-yoshino” as well.
カワヅサクラ/河津桜:1955年頃偶然発見した原木を静岡県の河津町に移植し、1966年から開花が見られるようになってから養殖などで広まり、1974年に河津桜と正式に命名された早咲きのピンク桜です。遠目にもその濃い目ピンクが美しく、一見桃の花と見まごうかもしれませんが、お花自体はバッチリ桜です。今回はこの河津桜をメインとして、グラデーション効果で奥行きと華やかさを強調するために『ソメイヨシノ』も添えていきます。ちなみに桜の語源は、「咲く」に複数を意味する「ら」を加えたもの、日本神話に登場する女神・木花咲耶姫(コノハナノサクヤビメ)のサクヤをとったもの、など諸説あります。花言葉は『spiritual beauty(精神の美)』『a good education(優れた教育)』日本では優美な女性、というのもあります。日本女性らしいお花でもありますね♡

White rose “Diamond Days” : The (most?) famous birthstone of the month, diamond is naturally referred to a beautiful, white rose. Don’t you agree with me? There are a few such roses have the name “diamond” and I’ve picked this “Diamond Days” for the arrangement. A lovely pale flower, cream to white on the outer petals and a little cream to lemon in the center. It has a nice citrusy fragrance too.
白薔薇「ダイヤモンド・デイズ」:4月誕生石『ダイヤモンド』にちなんだホワイト・ローズの香り高い(シトラス系)品種『Diamond Days(ダイヤモンド・デイズ)』を使用します。ホワイト〜クリーム系の花の中心がうっすらレモンイエローになっているところが、上品さを醸し出しています。ティーローズの代表!のような形で、お花自体は大きく開花しますが、今回は咲き始めの蕾をドッサリと、花器の縁から桜の裾野を埋めてしまうような勢いで生け込んでいます。白薔薇の花言葉は『innocence and purity(純潔と純粋)』『I am worthy of you(私はあなたにふさわしい)』『reverence(深い尊敬)』、蕾にも花言葉があるようで、『too young for love(恋をするには若すぎる)』『girlhood(少女時代)』・・・蕾を使って正解、でしょうかwwww

【Display Image】There are several images for your reference in this time.

*Image reference of the large scale cherry blossom arrangements*

(I used a pretty similar flower vase of the center image — a tall, dark brown semi-glazed pottery)

*Image reference of the arrangement combo of cherry blossoms and white roses*

Finally, here comes my drawing… You can definitely imagine the arrangement better with above real photos 🙂 The actual arrangement at Shamballa School is a really, really large scale which you may be stunned by the gorgeousness yet elegance of cherry blossoms.


Please visit the imaginary school in Shamballa so that you will be able to see & smell the beautiful flowers💖


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