A freestyle arrangement today, with the fruit “hand of Buddah” and locally grown red tulips. The hand of Buddah is actually lemon, which I spotted in the grocery store with two others. I don’t see them often but I grab one if I do. Truly a special visual treat,and this time I might even try to cook with it later on. The tulips are just beginning to appear in the market, they’re locally grown in Virginia by a Dutch grower who growns millions of cut tulips a year. I wanted to use the many fingers of the hand of Buddah to cradle the tulips stems and really use them to create my design. There are days I wish I had that many fingers so I could grab every flower within reach. Not only is it strange and exotic, it has that wonderful lemon fragrance. What’s the most exotic thing you’ve found at the market or grocery store lately?

5 Replies to “365 Days of Ikebana-Day 121”

  1. Sarah says:

    Great inspiration, I never think about looking in the exotic fruit section!

  2. Nadine says:

    I’ve only seen the “hand of Buddah” once in my grocery store. It is amazing! Great arrangement. We are starting to get orange parrot tulips in the grocery stores around here.

  3. Nadine says:

    Keith, I am just curious….. where and how do you store all these amazing vases you have? I’ve hardly seen the same one twice! I live in a tiny house , and I put a cabinet in my garage to store floral supplies and vases, but it doesn’t even come close to your collection.

  4. Keith says:

    Nadine, it’s not easy to store all the vases. I too have a small space, so we both have the same problem. I keep dreaming of walls of cabinets to store everything I have and more.

  5. Keith says:

    The exotic fruit section is great and if you have and Latin or Asian grocery stores near you they too have some great resources for fruit and vegtables to use!

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