Simplicity is a key to Japanese flower arranging.
(Photo courtesy UC Davis Arboretum)
With all the hurried days this time of year, it’s nice to have a chance to relax, even for just an hour, and learn a new, quiet skill.
At 12;10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is offering just such an opportunity.
A free class in Japanese flower arranging will be taught by UC Davis Professor Emeritus Haruko Sakakibara via Zoom. It’s offered via the Nature Rx program at UC Davis.
Students will create a small table arrangement from supplies easily found around the house. Even a mayonnaise jar, for example, can work ad a vase. Pebbles or marbles go in the bottom.
Smaller flowers cut from the garden or purchased at a store (such as a supermarket or Trader Joe’s) add the color. Greens from shrubs such as nandina or camellias fill out the arrangement.
Learn more about the supplies needed:
The class also is sponsored by Each Aggie Matters, Healthy UC Davis, and UC Davis Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being.
— Kathy Morrison
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Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:
* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.
* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.
* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.
* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.
* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.
* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.
* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.
* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).
* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.
* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.
* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.
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