Japanse tuinen en ikebana/Japanese gardens and Ikebana

Op deze blog zullen we berichtjes en informatie plaatsen over Japanse tuinen en ikebana.
Japanese gardens, floral design and musings about living a good life.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1, 2, hupakee

In tegenstelling tot het traditionele bloemschikken maak je bij Ikebana een stuk 2 keer: een keer tijdens de les en een keer thuis. Door het fragiele evenwicht is het heel moeilijk om een Ikebana-arrangement veilig te transporteren. Als je pas begint met Ikebana is het thuis hermaken even moeilijk als tijdens de les, maar naarmate de lessen vorderen gaat het opnieuw maken vlotter en vlotter.

Friday, January 27, 2012

a sogetsu tulip

aerial photos: Ed Oudenaarden
Holland produces about 90 percent of the world’s flower bulbs because of its ideal climate and soil conditions. The International Bloembollencentrum in Hillegom (near Amsterdam)  does research on the industry and sets standards for growers. New hybrids are developed each year. New varieties are entered into the official catalogue only after much testing. There are currently about 10,000 registered varieties of tulips, but only about 500 of them well known.

sogetsu tulip

In 2000, the Sogetsu Branch Nederlands organized a seminar and a Sogetsu Ikebana demonstration by master instructor Tetsunori Kawana to commemorate the 400 years of trading between the Netherlands and Japan. Anke Ma-Verhoeven presented a new species of a tulip named "Sogetsu.”
It is dark lavender with a hot pink base inside, growing to about 18" for a mid season bloom.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

eating tulips

Melinda Drake
Tulips are edible  -- or, parts of them are. The petals have a mild taste like lettuce or cucumber. To eat the bulb it is important to remove the skins and the inner flower bud. Some people are allergic to simply handling the bulb; so ingesting them would certainly be a bad idea. A quick look found a few recipes that use (pesticide free) tulip petals as dessert cups, appetizers and for tulip wine.

During WW2 some people in the Netherlands were forced to eat tulip bulbs, especially in the German occupied North during the Hongerwinter (Winter 1944/1945). As many as 30,000 Dutch people are believed to have perished from malnutrition or exposure. Many also died from toxic poisoning induced by eating tulip bulbs. This was a dark and terrible time of war and you can read a personal account of eating tulips at Green Deane’s Eat the Weeds

Flower Fact: 
Are squirrels, deer, gophers, and moles eating your tulip bulbs?  Try planting the bulbs in wire cages that protect them from all sides. Make the cages bigger than they have to be, and place the bulbs in the center, surrounded by dirt, so they can’t be gnawed from the outside. Or surround the bulbs with lots of small sharp stones to scrape on tender noses and toes. For added insurance, spray some deer repellant or castor oil based product to repel hungry creatures—or spread cayenne powder or crushed hot pepper flakes on top of the soil to disguise the tempting scent of the bulbs planted below.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Broken Tulips

Variegated tulip varieties, or broken tulips, admired during the Dutch tulip mania gained their delicately feathered patterns from an infection (the virus "breaks" the plant's lock on a single color of petal)of a mosaic virus that was carried by the green peach aphid. These aphids were common in European gardens of the seventeenth century. While the virus produces fantastically colorful flowers, it also weakens the plants. The virus is all but eradicated from tulip growers' fields and the modern varieties that display fantastic flames and patterns are the result of careful breeding and preservation of something broken, but still beautiful.

strongs king tulip