…’forage & BLOOM’
Had you asked me a few weeks ago “what is a Kokedama?”….the question would have been met with a very blank stare. I’ve since however received an education in this method of plant growing, courtesy of talented friends (Natalie Sumiyoshi and Amanda Langerak), who are also the peppy proprietors of newly launched ‘forage & BLOOM’ floral and plant design services. You can view a sample of their work at https://www.instagram.com/forage_and_bloom/.
Kokedama by the way, translates from its Japanese origin simply to “moss ball”, and is the practice of removing a plant root system from its container, surrounding it in a mud cake and then moss, before finally winding it in string. The result is a free-standing ball containing a plant of choice, that can be hung or placed just about anywhere that takes your fancy.
The need for me to quickly get up to speed on all the above was driven by a kind invitation to capture some promotional images for ‘forage & BLOOM’, and to say we had fun doing this would be an understatement. These gals have a genuine passion for their craft, which includes foraging for driftwood, employing newly acquired carpentry skills to make the perfect receptacles for their home-grown “little guys”….interesting to note that all the plants they grow are their “guys” 😉 …but not surprising as they are truly showered with love. Floral arrangements also play a prominent role in the offerings of this business, and just weeks after launch they are already taking wedding bookings!
So with thanks for the chance to share in their energy and enthusiasm, while also feeding my own passion for photography, I wish them all the success they deserve in their new venture!