Among the many forms of Ikebana, there is one in which we use all one material. It can be all one type of flower with its leaves, all one type of leaf, or various types of leaves. A dynamic simplicity is the goal; “less is more.”*
Leaves abound, even at the green grocer and farmer’s market. Napa cabbage leaves form the base of this arrangement with one yucca leaf, with remnants of a spent bloom, serving as the dominant line material. Three shades of green in a simple bowl are so tranquil.
NB: Because this blog is global, this link is added here. The yucca plant is the New Mexico state flower. It grows wild, and is used in xeric landscaping throughout the Southwestern United States. http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flowers/nm_yucca_flower.htm
As a workshop participant, I attempted to employ the techniques and aesthetics from the demonstration in my arrangement. Using asparagus fern and Boston fern for line material, I’ve anchored the arrangement with a large variegated Fatsia and a solid Fatsia leaf. The three components, heaven, earth and humanity, are present here: notice the three different heights and the three types of leaves. (I just can’t resist placing my piece of petrified wood alongside most any arrangement. It just speaks to me.)