Next, fill your "real" vase about two_thirds of the way with warm water. Make sure it doesn't leak. Add flower food if available. (Follow the instructions on the packet.) Place a few of your larger blossom flowers in the vase and step back. This will give you a better idea of how to proportion your bouquet. If the stems are too long, simply cut them shorter. If they are too short, try a different container, or add pebbles or marbles to the bottom of the vase to elevate your flowers.
I have noticed that western style gardens _ such as those seen in big castles, for example _ characterize themselves by man_made forms that generally follow symmetric patterns. In contrast, Japanese gardens, while also man_made, always try to recreate lifelike landscapes, by using not only botanical elements but also water, gravel, rocks and other natural components. In a similar manner, when compared to western floral arrangements, Ikebana compositions also have a stronger emphasis in reproducing natural settings.