My quest to find flowers on my vaction has led me to grocery stores, and I have written about it in the last few days. Dyed flowers, bad/limited selection, that sort of thing. Today I gave Trader Joe’s grocery store a try, and surprise it had a nice little section of flowers (not a dyed flower in sight) they were very fresh and the price was really reasonable. The bouquets were cute, and I thought it might be fun to challenge myself to make my ikebana arrangement today with one of the pre-made bouquets. At $3.99 it was a bargain! So I took it back to my temporary abode and took a look at what I had: a stem of alstromeria, a red rose, two tems of purple statice, two stems of chrysanthemums and two orange gerbera daisies. There was also odd stem of darkish green/black foliage that was unfamiliar to me (and I do know quite a bit about flowers and foliage). I used everything but the rose and alstromeria stems in the black tube vase to make my nagiere arrangement. So here we have the tranformation of the grocery store bouquet to ikebana arrangement!