For my second to last ikebana class, we did flower arrangements rather than ikebana. All the flowers, instead of being purchased from a flower shop, were donated by my ikebana ladies, grown in their gardens or “borrowed” from who-knows-where. Very colorful and a nice change of pace from regular classes, as there are no set rules for flower arranging! Also, the hydrangeas are off the hook in bloom up here, which I remember from my arrival last year. It’s nice to see them indoors now, too, brightening up my genkan.